Today's News

  • Willie honored for documentary on World War II

    Lt. Col. Clarence Willie MUSC, Ret., received a letter of appreciation from county commissioner May Moore and a plaque from Judge Ola Lewis for his documentary, “Fight for Freedom,” on Sunday, March 30, during a World War II tribute and U.S.O. musical revue at the Southport Community Center attended by 250 people.

    The award–winning film tells the story of the Montford Marines, the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps. They trained at Montford Point, a segregated section of Camp Lejeune.

  • Credit card fraud reported in Sunset Beach area

    A case of credit card fraud was reported to local police April 16 in Sea Trail.

    A suspect fraudulently used a resident’s card to pay a cell phone bill, the victim told police.

    No arrests have been made.

    Also on April 16, police arrested Richard Morris for failure to appear for the state of North Carolina.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week.

    •Burglary, larceny and vandalism on Shell Drive; suspect stole TV/VCR/stereo equipment.

    •Larceny from a motor vehicle and burglary on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect stole a GPS, a GPS mount and a telephone headset.

  • Drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

    •Dylan Wayne Lovin, 21, of 1321 Carlisle St., Supply; charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Justin Christopher Feldt, 23, of 1784 Spruce St., Supply; charged with possession of up to ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


    Leland police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Breaking and entering on Village Road; suspect broke into a storage shed and stole three lamps and drop cords. There were no signs of forced entry. The padlock was missing from the door.

    •Larceny on New Point Boulevard; suspects Dana Sherell McKiver, 23, of 606 Emory St., Wilmington, and Airel Carter, 16, of 483 Pheasant Court, Wilmington were cited and released.


    Ocean Isle Beach police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests.

    •Grayson Cosper Mann, 22, of 2504 Harptree Court, Raleigh; cited for speeding 55 mph in a 20 mph zone.

    •Tracey Finch Colvin, 40, of RR 2 Box 2118, Townsend, Ga.; cited for expired inspection.

    •Vandalism on East First Street; suspect put building debris in victim’s pool.

    •Larceny on East First Street; suspect removed the lower housing of the victim’s boat.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Police arrested Carrie R. Zercher, 32, of Shallotte, for driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and driving left of center. According to the arrest report, the responding officer saw Zercher’s vehicle driving south on Main Street weaving over the centerline. The officer pulled her over and determined the driver was intoxicated. Her driver’s license was also suspended.

  • Schools may increase meal prices

    Prices of milk, bread, produce and other grocery items continue to escalate and cause financial worry for Brunswick County Schools’ child nutrition services.

    Tina Ward, director of child nutrition services, said last month the department was operating with a deficit of $107.919.49 as of Jan. 1.

    To try and balance the budget and retain a three-month operating balance, Ward suggested the board raise student meal prices 20 cents for elementary and high schools and 30 cents for middle schools beginning with the 2008-2009 school year.

  • Holden Beach man takes property value appeal to Raleigh--and wins

    A Holden Beach man, who appealed his property value and lost at the local level, has taken his appeal to the state and won.

    John Lennon, who owns a second-row home on Holden Beach, said his property value, valued during the 2007 countywide revaluation at $842,950, was too high.

    Lennon wrote an appeal letter to the Brunswick County Tax Department, arguing his property value was too high, but nothing changed. Then he went before the board of equalization and review, only to be denied a second time.

  • Bark at the Beach raises more than $11,000

    HOLDEN BEACH—The second annual Bark at the Beach raised more than $11,000 for Easter Seals and B.A.R.K.

    The March 29 doggie walk and contests raised $11,171 for Easter Seals and $593 for B.A.R.K., a group that promotes responsible pet ownership, educational programs and meals on wheels for pets in conjunction with Brunswick County Social Services.

    About 30 dogs and their owners turned out for the event, which involved a 2 to 3-mile walk down Brunswick Avenue. Afterward, several canine competitions took place under the Holden Beach high-rise bridge.