Today's News

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach police officers charged Noreene Burnett Shell, 54, of 4504 Old Sevierville Pike, Knoxville, Tenn., with driving while impaired on Ocean Boulevard West on Sept. 14.

  • Drug suspect sentenced to five to seven years

    One of two suspects arrested in what Shallotte police called the town’s biggest drug bust has been sentenced to five to seven years in prison.

    On Sept. 9, Jonathan Nowokunski of Oak Island pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to traffic in amphetamine and felony conspiracy to traffic in opium or opium derivative.

    Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced Nowokunski to an active term of five years and 10 months to seven years in the N.C. Department of Corrections and a $50,000 fine.

  • K-9 enforcement roundup

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has launched its K-9 enforcement team.

    The team, comprised of five K-9 officers and their dogs, is similar to the sheriff’s office community policing program, which targets areas with high crime and drug activity, but the K-9 enforcement team is its own patrol division.

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.


    Shallotte police investigated a rash of breaking and entering and larceny from vehicles last week. The investigation is ongoing.

    All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Nine reports of breaking and entering and larceny of money on Owendon Drive; suspect broke into victims’ vehicles and stole $5 in cash from each vehicle.

    •Two reports of breaking and entering and larceny of money on Brierwood Road; suspect broke into victims’ vehicles and stole $5 in cash from each vehicle.

  • West Brunswick helps make students 'aware' of graduation with week of activities

    SHALLOTTE—Even though the school year has just begun, students in Brunswick County Schools are looking toward graduation.

    Gov. Mike Easley proclaimed September 7-13 Graduation Awareness Week, and Brunswick County joined school districts throughout the state in helping students become aware of what it takes to graduate high school.

  • 21st Century Classroom program improves learning

    The Brunswick County School District began the 21st Century Classroom Initiative in 2007 to provide support to teachers in an effort to improve classroom learning through engagement with technology tools and resources.

    With the generous funding provided to the school district by county commissioners and the vision of the Brunswick County Board of Education, we now have more than 100 classrooms where teachers are equipped with a laptop computer, projector, document camera and InterWrite interactive pad.

  • Roger Bacon Academy to get school resource officer

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved a school resource officer for Roger Bacon Academy.

    The county approved a $70,000 appropriation for the school resource officer, for which the academy would reimburse the county.

    The school resource officer would also be trained as a DARE officer. With the approval the academy also agreed to a four-year contract with annual salary and benefit increases established by county administration.

    In other business, commissioners:

  • The Prohibition and Great Depression Years (1920-1939) at Ocean Isle Beach

    The National Prohibition Act passed over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto on Oct. 28, 1918, and provided enforcement for the 18th Amendment outlawing liquor. The act took effect on the Federal level on Jan. 29, 1920, and was not repealed until Dec. 5, 1933.

    During the Prohibition years in America, it was illegal to produce, transport, or possess liquor. However, sailing vessels routinely used Tubbs Inlet to smuggle rum, whisky and other liquor into Brunswick County from the Bahamas, Jamaica and Canada.

  • Shallotte planning board sets vision plan workshop

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board will meet in a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 to discuss a schedule of tasks to make Shallotte’s new vision plan a reality.

    “One of the things [the planning board] wants to focus on initially is the urban waterfront district,” town administrator Paul Sabiston said this week.

    Obtaining the required permits from the state Division of Coastal Management would require a lot of planning and paperwork.

  • Women's conference set for Saturday

    Raised in a family poisoned by addiction, Paula Gray-Slough of Shallotte saw things by age 10 that some 20-year-olds hadn’t seen.

    At 10 years old, her grandparents took her in. They raised her to go to church, but in her mind the damage was done, Gray-Slough said recently, and she veered off into a life with no direction.

    “I felt like I didn’t have a purpose,” she said. “I felt insignificant.”

    Her first marriage ended in a painful divorce, resulting in depression and suicidal thoughts.