Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Combined efforts from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilmington Police Department led to the arrest of two suspects from New Hanover County earlier this week.

    On April 22, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit and the Wilmington Police Department arrested Taurean Farrior for heroin possession.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Lost phone at Urgent Care on Main Street in Shallotte; victim reported losing an iPhone.

    •Robbery with a dangerous weapon on Ocean Highway West in Carolina Shores; suspect entered victim’s business and pointed a gun at an employee.

    •Assault by pointing a weapon on Bayshore Court in Sunset Harbor; suspect brandished a firearm at victim and threatened to use it on himself.

  • Adams named president of Brunswick Community College

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees have named Dr. Susanne Adams as the next president of Brunswick Community College.

    Pending approval from the State Board of Community Colleges, Adams will assume her position on July 1, and will be paid a yearly salary of $125,000.

  • County manager unveils $190 million operating budget


    Total proposed operating budget: $190 million

    Proposed tax rate: 44.25 cents per $100 of property valuation (revenue neutral)

    General fund budget: $146 million, which includes $31.9 million for Brunswick County Schools

    Enterprise fund: $19.2 million for water fund; $19.5 million for wastewater fund

    Next budget workshop: 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 25

    Budget public hearing: 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 6


  • Sheriff’s detectives search for suspect wanted for restaurant break-in

    CALABASH—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a suspect wanted for breaking into a popular Calabash restaurant.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said during the early morning hours of Sunday, May 8, a suspect forcefully entered the Grapevine Restaurant and Lounge at 9991 Beach Drive in Calabash.

    The suspect stole about $180 worth of beef tenderloin and a bag of miscellaneous coins from the restaurant, Stanley said.

  • Winnabow man charged with murder

    WINNABOW—A Winnabow man has been arrested for a weekend murder.

    John Patrick Heller, 22, of 6149 Sawdust Lane, Winnabow, has been charged with the murder of his father, former Oak Island attorney Tom Heller, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said.

    Stanley said sheriff’s deputies responded to the rural Winnabow home around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, after a taxicab driver called to report John Heller was refusing to pay him after receiving his services.

  • SBI investigates officer shooting

    A Sunset Harbor man was killed after he pointed a loaded handgun at sheriff’s deputies.

    The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was called to investigate the shooting death, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said.

    Stanley said sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a home at 668 Bayshore Drive in Sunset Harbor around 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13.

    The call was in reference to a man shooting a firearm inside his garage.

  • Trojans’ Bradley Bell second in 400 at state track meet

     West Brunswick High School senior Bradley Bell finished second in the 400-meter race in the NCHSAA Class 3A state track and field meet May 13 at North Carolina A&T State University.

    Bell finished the race in 49.56 seconds. Eric Winfrey won in 48.73 seconds.

    Bell, seventh in this race last year in 50.68 seconds, battled through injuries this season before qualifying for a regional in the last meet of the season.

    “I pulled my hamstring in the 100 meters, and I’ve been trying to recuperate,” he said.

  • Padgett has stunning finish at state track and field meet

    GREENSBORO—Ever since last spring, when Kayla Padgett first picked up the shot (and threw it as if it were a softball) and first threw the discus (as if it were a Frisbee disc), she has been surprising everyone with her victories.

    Friday at the NCHSAA Class 3A state track and field meet at North Carolina A&T State University, Padgett, a West Brunswick High School senior, had one more surprise: on her final throw in the shot put, she set a Class 3A record with a mark of 42 feet, 7 inches.

    “I didn’t see that one coming,” she said

  • Relay for Life this weekend at West Brunswick High School

    Cancer survivors and loved ones of those who lost their battles with the disease will be celebrated at the 2011 Relay for Life of Brunswick County, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday at West Brunswick High School.

    Opening ceremonies start at 6 p.m. with a survivor lap on the track at 6:15 p.m.

    “A survivor is anyone who has ever heard the words ‘You have cancer,’” according to the American Cancer Society’s website. “And we invite all cancer survivors in the community to attend Relay For Life.”