Today's News

  • I’m still going to cry; you won’t change my mind


    I just want to clarify: I do not support gun control.

    Until the day I and every other American can lay our heads on our pillows at night and close our eyes knowing we are unequivocally safe from harm, there will never be a day I agree with disarming our citizens.

    Our forefathers fought for this right. My own family members have fought for this right. (And thank God they had guns.)

    There will always be evil in this world. Unfortunately, we can’t stop it from wielding its ugly head.

  • Stay home if you’re sick: Help control spread of the flu

    A Brunswick County resident has died from the flu.

    Fred Michael, Brunswick County Health Service public information officer, said a Brunswick County resident, a male in his 60s, died several weeks ago as a result of the flu.

    He said the man hadn’t had a flu shot.

    The death is among 17 flu-related deaths reported in North Carolina since Oct. 6, 2012.

    According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services 13 of the deaths were in patients 65 and older; two in people ages 50-64; and two in people ages 25-49.

  • BCSO Crime Report

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


    Jan. 9

    Calls for service on Gray Bridge Road, Shallotte.

    Larceny of hydrocodone on Nicholas Place, Winnabow.

    Simple physical assault on Bell Way, Leland.

    Burglary with forcible entry and vandalism on Copas Road, Shallotte; suspect took three bottles of perfume, a necklace, diamond earrings, a painting, two clocks, antiques, PlayStation 3 games, a lamp, a bottle of Vicodin and a bottle of Loratab.

  • Drive-by shooting, robbery, argument keep BCSO deputies busy

    It was a busy weekend for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Two separate incidents in Shallotte involving guns left one person in the hospital with a gunshot wound and another in possession of more than $27,000 worth of items stolen.

    A third incident in Bolivia also involved gunfire.

    On Friday, Jan. 11, a little before 10:30 p.m., two people at 641 NW Tryon Road, Shallotte, were watching the Lakers basketball game on television. According to Capt. Mose Highsmith, BCSO Legal Affairs, an unknown subject or subjects fired into the residence.

  • New McDonald’s off U.S. 17 expected to open in late-March

    SUPPLY—The walls are up, but the arches of a new McDonald’s restaurant on U.S. 17 at N.C. 211 in Supply will not light up until late March.

    Carla Taylor with M.C. Anderson’s, owner of the fast-food restaurant, said the building could possibly be completed by March 26.

    Brunswick County Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw anticipates a completion date of March 12, but said rain could delay the schedule.

    “There’s been a lot of rain, so you never know,” he said.

  • Kiwanis Club forms to help North Brunswick kids

    LELAND—A new Kiwanis Club has formed in northern Brunswick County.

    Now two-dozen new members are looking to help children in the area.

    The new club was formed by the Southport-Oak Island Kiwanis Club (SOIKC), a group that has been active for 19 years.

    SOIKC member Mike Clune saw the need for a club in northern Brunswick County so he and others began looking for new members who liked a challenge.

  • 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.


    Jan. 12

    Breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and larceny; unknown suspect entered an unsecured vehicle parked on Bent Green Drive and took a man’s gold and diamond ring valued at $1,000 and a $300 iPod.

  • Brunswick County honors former manager Jerry Lewis with building name

    Brunswick County officials will honor the first modern-era county manager, Jerry Lewis, by dedicating a government building in his name.

    In 1970, Lewis was the county commission’s selection to re-implement the county manager form of government. The county stopped hiring managers in 1929 and let commissioners handle operations.

    Alan Lewis said at the time his father stepped in as county manager he was working as a private engineering consultant. The family also ran two Lewis’ Department Stores in Shallotte—all while raising five kids.

  • School system asks public to weigh in on facilities plans

    The next step in the creation of an updated Brunswick County School’s Facilities Master Plan will rely on parent involvement.

    School officials will host three community focus group meetings next week to get input from parents and community members about how to meet the educational needs of students.

    The meetings are set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at North Brunswick High School; Wednesday, Jan. 23, at South Brunswick High School; and Thursday, Jan. 24, at West Brunswick High School.

  • Local schools have ‘zero tolerance’ policy on bullying

    Brunswick County Schools has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to bullying.

    That is the message school officials are conveying just a week after a student opened fire in Bakersfield, Calif., high school last week.

    That shooting follows on the heals of the Dec. 14 massacre of elementary students and some adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.