Local News

  • Bolivia woman, son arrested for drug possession

    A Bolivia woman and her son have been arrested on drug charges.

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Louise May Maloney, 48, of 1360 Green Lewis Road, Bolivia, and her son, Franco Maloney, 28, also of 1360 Green Lewis Road, after executing a search warrant at the home on Friday, Jan. 8.

    Drug agents believed Maloney’s home was the “hub for a large-scale prescription pill ring in the Bolivia area,” according to a news release.

  • Work on Ocean Isle Beach Park stalls when contractor stops operations

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Work has stalled on the new Ocean Isle Beach Park off Old Georgetown Road, but the county parks and recreation director is still hoping for a spring opening.

    The park’s contractor, Weaver Construction Co. of Conway, S.C., ceased operations Dec. 4, 2009, leaving park construction in limbo, parks and recreation director Jim Pryor said.

    “They moved off-site and disappeared,” Pryor said.

    The last bill the county received for the $2 million park project was in October.

  • Sen. Burr calls for transparency in healthcare negotiations

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., is urging President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open healthcare negotiations to the public.

  • Shallotte Planning Board OKs plat, amendments

    The Shallotte Planning Board has approved expansion of an existing business and moved the process forward for the opening of two new businesses.

    At its Tuesday night meeting, the board approved a site plan amendment for Timbercraft Construction, a cabinetry business on Whiteville Road, to allow the company to add a 1,380 square-foot attached storage building.

    According to town planner Allen Serkin, the amendment is a minor one. The owner has also agreed to add stripes to the parking lot.

  • Shallotte pastor travels to Zanzibar to spread message of Christianity

    Imagine attending church service outside in 95-degree temperatures, surrounded by soldiers armed with machine guns.

    For many Christians on the island of Zanzibar, in Tanzania, Africa, this is a reality.

    Todd Underwood, pastor at the Shallotte Church of God, witnessed the scenario firsthand when he visited the island last November.

    Accompanying him were Doug Seaman, a pastor from Washington, D.C., and his wife, Pam.

    Underwood and the Seamans made the trip to be part of an eight-day crusade to bring Christianity to residents of Zanzibar.

  • Reward offered in pelican cruelty case

    The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for breaking the wings of 10 brown pelicans in Brunswick County.

    Between Dec. 17 and Dec. 31, 2009, 10 pelicans were found washed ashore on Bald Head Island, Oak Island, Holden Beach and Caswell Beach. The birds were suffering from broken wings. Some of the birds had drowned, and the rest had to be euthanized as a result of their injuries.

  • Time Warner Cable official promises better service to Holden Beach residents

    The new director of government relations for Time Warner Cable’s Wilmington area promised the company would do a better job serving Holden Beach after hearing a boatload of complaints from Holden Beach commissioners and homeowners during the town’s regular board meeting Tuesday night.

    Eric Collins heard complaints about repaired lines being left above ground for as long as six months, shoddy picture quality and price, among other things.

  • Brunswick representatives attend forum on investing in children's futures

    “Smart Investing: Communities Thrive When Children Thrive” is an initiative funded by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to find out what North Carolinians think are the most important priorities for the state, specifically related to young children.

    The foundation funded eight forums across the state, and several representatives from Brunswick County attended the forum in Fayetteville last month.



    A Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in the Brunswick County Commissioners Chambers located in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building at the Brunswick County Government Center in Bolivia. Everyone is invited to attend. Nonperishable food items will be accepted at the event. For more information, contact Andrea White at 253-2016.


  • Soles indicted on assault charges for August shooting

    WHITEVILLE—State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr., the state’s longest serving legislator, was indicted Thursday afternoon for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

    The grand jury returned a true bill of indictment at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, charging Soles with the Aug. 23, 2009, shooting of Thomas Kyle Blackburn at Soles’ Branchwater estate at Tabor City.

    The indictment came just days after Soles announced he would not seek re-election to the North Carolina Senate.