Local News

  • Operation Seasons Greetings nets 31 drug arrests; 19 suspects remain at large

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram kicked off the holiday season last week with Operations Seasons Greetings.

    Launched around dawn Wednesday, Dec. 16, drug agents, sheriff’s deputies and local police officers split into teams and took to the streets, charged with rounding up suspects wanted in the large-scale drug investigation.

    By that evening, 28 people had been arrested, charged with 68 drug charges, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Steve Lanier said.

  • Students help with BFA Christmas distribution

    Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) in Shallotte handed out more than 480 Christmas baskets to families in need last week.

    Students from Brunswick County Academy’s Occupational Course of Study (OCS) were on site last Thursday to help carry food bags and turkeys to people’s cars.

    OCS instructor Karen Babson said her students need work and community service hours to earn diplomas. Helping at BFA went toward the requirements and gave students a chance to see how they could make a positive impact in the community.

  • Sheriff's detectives investigating a stabbing death in Leland

    LELAND—Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the stabbing death of a Leland man.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Capt. Gene Caison said Johnny Webb, 32, of 3460 Blue Banks Loop Road, died from a single stab wound to the chest early Sunday morning.

    Detectives responded to the Blue Banks Loop Road home around 3:20 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, and Webb was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, where he was pronounced dead.

  • Carolina Shores Planning & Zoning chairman Jim Hartnett dies

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town lost its planning & zoning board chairman while the local fire department lost a valued volunteer last week.

    Jim Hartnett, chairman of the Carolina Shores Planning & Zoning Board and a longtime volunteer with the Calabash Fire Department, died last Thursday at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Hartnett, 76, had served as chairman of the town planning & zoning board since 2007. He also had been involved with the Calabash Fire Department for more than nine years.

  • Police make another arrest in Hardee's case, seek suspect

    Shallotte Police have charged another person in connection with the armed robbery at Hardee’s on Main Street Dec. 12. They have also identified the alleged robber, who is still at large.

    On Tuesday, police charged Bobbie Diabo, 39, of 3686 Spring Dale Road, Little River, S.C., with aiding and abetting armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

    She’s now custody at J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C.

  • Holden Beach residents will have to replace corroded tanks, panels

    This wasn’t exactly the Christmas spending many Holden Beach homeowners had planned on.

    But rusty and corroded propane tanks and/or electric panels pose such an imminent danger that replacement will be required within 30 days.

    “The gas tanks can leak, and somebody’s flipping cigarettes off the back deck—or fireworks…” said Holden Beach town manager David Hewett. “I’m cognizant of the yard-Nazi thing on anything the building inspector does, but this is a no-brainer.”

  • Town hall renovations continue

    Renovations to the Shallotte Town Hall building on Cheers Street are continuing. In the fall, the town signed a contract with Landmark Builders to build $358,419 in additions to the town hall’s administration building including improvements to the exterior and installing an elevator inside.

  • SBWSA money to go for sewer aid in Calabash, Sunset Beach

    Surplus funds from the defunct South Brunswick Water and Sewer Authority will be used to provide sewer connection assistance in Calabash and Sunset Beach.

    Brunswick County Utilities Director Jerry Pierce said this week roughly $67,000 has been earmarked for Sunset Beach, and Calabash will receive “exactly that same amount.”

    Funding will be for eligible property owners, those in low-to-moderate income brackets, as well as those who are handicapped, Pierce said.

  • Senate health reform bill moves forward; Christmas Eve vote expected

    After a series or party-line votes on healthcare reform this week, senators are expected to cast what could be their final vote on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act early Christmas Eve.

    The week of votes on the reform bill began with a cloture vote at 1 a.m. Monday, when a 60-40 party-line vote gave senate Democrats the three-fifths majority needed to move for with the bill.

  • High surf advisory, rain, cold weather in Brunswick

    A high surf advisory is in effect for Brunswick County beginning at 3 p.m. Friday and lasting through midnight.

    Six to 8 foot breakers are expected to develop in the surf zone, according to the National Weather Service. That means the surf will be rough and strong, frequent rip currents are expected, especially around high tide Friday night.

    Throughout the day Friday, rain is expected to develop and linger. Rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches are expected. Some areas may see as much as 3 inches of rain.