Local News

  • Aquarium releases rehabilitated sea turtle

    More than 250 people stood together on the beach at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area on May 23 waiting for a special guest to emerge from a park ranger truck. Members of the Animal Care Team at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher maneuvered and lifted their charge from the truck bed and carried it closer to the shore.

  • Carolina Shores boasts solid 6 percent growth

    The town of Carolina Shores population has grown to 4,146 people as of July 1, 2017, which represents 6 percent annual growth. This steady growth keeps Carolina Shores in the lead as the largest town in southern Brunswick County, the largest town on U.S. 17 between Leland and North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the fifth largest town in Brunswick County overall.

  • Sunset Beach mayoral candidate forum

    Sunset Beach Town Council will host a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Monday, June 4, during council’s regularly scheduled meeting at town hall at 700 Sunset Blvd. N.

    Candidate Greg Weiss will address the council and public by giving a brief introduction of himself and the reasons why he would like to be appointed mayor. Afterward, Weiss will answer questions from council members.

  • Dead bear found on N.C. 904 near Sunset Beach

    A black bear was found dead in one of the travel lanes of N.C. 904 early Wednesday, apparently after being struck by a car.

    The bear, estimated to weigh around 200 pounds, was found near the Ascension Drive entrance to the Sunset Ridge community.

    Sunset Beach Assistant Police Chief Joe Smith said vehicular parts were also found at the scene, leading to speculation the bear was struck by a car whose driver fled the scene.

    Sunset Ridge resident Bob Johns said the incident apparently happened sometime after midnight in the early hours of May 23.

  • Longtime OWA manager Mike Sapp dies

    The community is mourning Mike Sapp, longtime manager of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College, who died Tuesday in Durham.

    Sapp, 64, died from medical complications after undergoing surgery at Duke Medical Center, according to information posted on his Facebook page by his daughter, Amy Leighton.

  • Man pleads guilty to shooting at coworker after argument

    A man accused of shooting at his coworker at a construction site last year pleaded guilty to the crime. No one was injured.

    Dadrian Earl Todd, 27, was arrested July 17 and charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, according to a Leland Police Department news release. 

    Court records show Todd pleaded guilty to the charge May 7 .

    Assistant District Attorney Troy Cronk said Judge C. Ashley Gore sentenced Todd to a 60-day suspended sentence.

    Gore also placed Todd on 12 months of supervised probation.

  • Shallotte police seek man for fraudulent purchases

    Shallotte police are looking for a man who made fraudulent buys at Lowes Home Improvement earlier this year, as well as other locations in North Carolina and South Carolina.

    The purchases were made Feb. 26, but police were only recently notified about it, Detective Sgt. John Holman said

    The man is described as white with a medium build and a brown mustache.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Shallotte police at 754-6008 or private message Shallotte police through their Facebook page and ask to speak with Holman.

  • South Carolina man accused of stealing golf carts

    A Galivants Ferry, S.C., man is accused of stealing six golf carts from Brunswick County.

    Joseph Molok, 39, of Rosa Mae Lane was arrested May 16 and charged with six counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, two counts of breaking or entering, larceny after breaking and entering and two misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property.

  • Two men sentenced in 2017 Supply home invasion

    Two of the three men charged in a 2017 Supply home invasion will spend at least five years in prison.

    Jonathan Joel Velez, 23, of Chadwick Landing in Shallotte and Miguel Angel Rivera Cortes, 46, of Seawind Court in Supply pleaded in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, while Joshua Albarran, 23, of Mackerel Street in Supply pleaded March 7, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release issued Tuesday.

  • OIB man accused of fracturing another man’s jaw

    An Ocean Isle Beach man is accused of fracturing another man’s jaw earlier this month.

    Matthew Ryan Eubanks, 18, of Heron Point Road SW was arrested May 11 and charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury, a felony.

    Warrants show Eubanks fractured the victim’s jaw in three places during a fight May 8.

    Eubanks was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released May 11 on $5,000 bail.