Today's News

  • Wanted man arrested in Wrightsville Beach

    A Brunswick County man has finally been arrested after police have been searching for him since early October.

    Kenneth Ross Jessup, 45, of Southport, was wanted for felony worthless check, absconding a felony indictment for a similar charge and a contempt citation from court.

    He had last been seen in the Southport area in mid-November. He was arrested around 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Wrightsville Beach.

    According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, officials received an anonymous tip about Jessup’s whereabouts.

  • Sheriff’s Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week:


    Nov. 30

    Burglary with forcible entry on Rosa Trail in Bolivia.

    Larceny of building materials on Milliken Street in Holden Beach.

    Vandalism on Ocean Sound Circle in Supply.

    Larceny and credit card fraud on Beachwood Drive in Calabash.

    Larceny of a fishing pole on Pembroke Street in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Missing person on Scorpion Drive in Leland.

  • Education briefs

    Virginia Williamson honors students with awards
    Virginia Williamson Elementary School has recognized the following recipients for its first nine-weeks awards:
    First grade
    Principal’s award: Josue Cifuentes-Lopez, Amtra Daniels, Tanner Fields, Chevy Gaughf, Ava Hinson, Kerstynn Klass, Bailey Klutzz, Brennan McFadden, Courtney Weston, Tyrieck Woodard.
    Citizenship: Hellen Browning, Teyah Clemmons, Grace Dibenedetto, Morgan Furr, Michael Hernandez, Kaylein Ouellett, Leah Renegar, Reyna Syrianah, Justin Ward, Kamyriah Webb.

  • Festival draws crowd to Shallotte following parade

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce saw its first post-Christmas parade festival in Shallotte as a success.

    “We hoped to keep people out after the parade for some family fun,” Kelly Mathews, the chamber’s programs and events director, said Saturday.

    As Saturday morning’s annual parade wound down, families made their way to Shallotte Riverside park to see what was offered at the Christmas on the River festival.

  • Philanthropist honored for supporting area students

    Ken Hoffman, board member for Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc., and CEO of Cygnus Technologies, was recognized by the Cape Fear Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as an exemplary advocate for students.
    His compassion and commitment to the community is evident through his support in helping sustain dropout prevention programs in Brunswick County middle schools.

  • County 4-H’ers take project to Southport Elementary

    Brunswick County 4-H members Bobbi Jane Lawrence and Owen Bell attended Southport Elementary School’s Nov. 15 PTA meeting and helped facilitate a science-learning experience for other students in attendance.
    By using this year’s National Youth Science Day experiment kit, the Eco Bot Challenge, they engaged in a hands-on activity that allowed students to engineer their own robots and control surfaces.

  • ATMC awards $30,000 in education grants to area schools

    ATMC has awarded $30,000 in grant funds to 18 programs intended to enhance the educational opportunities of Brunswick County students and residents. The cooperative recently honored the recipients with a reception at ATMC’s corporate headquarters in Shallotte.
    Recipients commented on the programs for which the grant funds are intended and the impact they should have on area students. Those receiving funding were:

  • Town Creek kindergarten students re-enact pilgrim’s lives

    Is Town Creek Elementary an ideal place to settle? Kindergarten students have been blending past and present by imagining themselves as pilgrims arriving at Town Creek Elementary from England to settle and live. They have been exploring the school and surrounding areas evaluating sources of water, food and shelter to meet their needs.
    What did they discover? Town Creek Elementary is not suitable for the pilgrims; therefore, they constructed their own model settlement.

  • Dosher adds public wireless Internet

    In keeping with its mission to continually enhance its patient and visitor experience, Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport has updated its onsite wireless network.
    It has substantially upgraded its existing wireless network throughout the hospital to a new, state-of-the-art wireless network to meet current and future Wi-Fi demands.

  • Leland Police report

    The Leland Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.


    Nov. 25

    Jemar Dominique Davis, 29, of 1008 Hunterstone Dr., Apt. 306, Leland, charged with one count of misdemeanor simple physical assault.

    Onytia Tanik Hewett, 24, 1008 Hunterstone Dr., Apt. 306, Leland, charged with one count of misdemeanor simple physical assault.


    Nov. 26