Today's News

  • Helicopter crashes near Oak Island Pier

    A helicopter crashed Thursday near the Oak Island Pier. Two passengers were aboard the aircraft and were rescued by a charter fishing vessel.

    Fishermen and beachgoers gathered on the beach to watch the rescue. Several fishermen witnessed the crash and said the helicopter seemed to be having trouble before it hit the water.

    TowBoatUS recovered the helicopter and towed it ashore in the Yaupon Beach area of Oak Island.

  • West Brunswick beats Hoggard in CCSSL game

     The West Brunswick High School baseball team beat Hoggard 9-3 June 14 in a Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League game.

    West finished with 10 hits but set up most of its runs with 14 steals/no attempted throws. Khalil Gause, Gray Cheers, Sean Hewett and Eric Hill each had three stolen bases. Gause stole home on a delayed steal.

    Winning pitcher Ryan Caison gave up two runs and four hits in four innings. He walked four and struck out three.

  • Pat Sykes resigns from DSS board

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioner-elect Pat Sykes has resigned from the county’s board of social services.

    County commissioners appointed Fauna Schaub to replace Sykes on the DSS board at their last meeting, Monday, June 4.

    Commissioners approved Schaub’s appointment four votes to one, with commissioner and former DSS member Charles Warren dissenting.

  • Summer food service program begins June 18

    Beginning June 18, all Brunswick County children younger than 18 years old can receive a free breakfast and lunch five days a week for eight weeks.

    Jessica Swencki, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman, said the program is a collaboration between the school system and Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA), which will sponsor the summer food service program.

    There are no income eligibility requirements to receive the meals—it is open to all children in the county, Swencki said.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From June 4-10, special operations set up checkpoints on Town Creek Road, George II Highway, Shallotte rest area, N.C. 133, U.S. 74-76 on-ramp, Shallotte Point Loop and Piggott roads, N.C. 179, McLamb Rod, Green Hill Road and No. 5 School Road.

  • NWS unveils new tornado, tsunami warning system

    Don’t ignore your cell phone if it starts vibrating strangely. It could be an emergency message from the National Weather Service.

    The National Weather Service is part of the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), which allows the agency to interface to the Wireless Emergency Alters (WEA) service being rolled out by wireless carriers across the country this year.

    CMAS is a partnership between Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and wireless carriers to enhance public safety.

  • Holden Beach budget passes with some objections

    Holden Beach commissioners approved an $8.3 million budget by a 3-2 vote at their regular meeting in town hall Tuesday night.

    The budget includes a $2.45 million operating fund, $3.4 million water and sewer fund and $2.4 million BPART fund.

    Commissioners Sandy Miller, Don Glander and Ray Lehr voted for the budget, which does not include a tax increase, while commissioners Dennis Harrington and Sheila Young voted against the budget.

  • Woman arrested for faking her abduction

    A Leland woman has been arrested for fabricating her own abduction.

    According to Leland Police, Ashley Hutchins, 27, of 127 Basin St., Leland, has been charged with extortion and cyber stalking. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where she was placed under a $250,000 secured bond.

    Police say the abduction was reported Saturday, June 2, saying Hutchins was being held for an undisclosed ransom.

    Hutchins was found the following day in Winnabow.

  • Sheriff's Office crime report

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

    •Fraud on Nottaway Drive in Calabash on June 8.

    •Burglary and vandalism on Carol Street in Southport on June 8.

    •Larceny on Chadwick Landing Road in Supply on June 9.

    •Motor vehicle theft on North Mulberry Road in Shallotte on June 9.

    •Death investigation on Parkview Place in Shallotte on June 9; a 48-year-old man was found dead. No foul play is suspected and a toxicology report is pending.

  • Commissioners deny manager’s plea for $11,000 personnel policy revision

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have denied county manager Marty Lawing’s request to hire a consultant to review the county’s 16-year-old personnel policy manual. 

    Lawing wanted to hire an outside consultant to review and draft an updated personnel policy for $11,000, because he said no county department head had adequate time to devote to the project.

    Lawing said the county previously formed a committee to review the document and to draft a new policy, but the committee was unable to come up with a workable document.