Today's News

  • Residents look elsewhere for income as gas prices soar

    Back in the good ol’ days, the only thing you had to do to pay for a tank of gas was reach into your wallet.

    With fuel averaging $4 a gallon and prices increasing in food and just about any other product imaginable, it’s no surprise people are reaching far beyond their wallets to make ends meet.

    Pawnshops around the area have seen an increased flow of traffic in the past few months, people from all walks of life needing to make a few bucks.

  • Ministry provides help in tough times

    Putting food on the table is one thing no family should have to worry about, even in the most difficult times.

    That’s one reason Angel Food Ministries has been popular for many families in Brunswick County since the Brunswick Baptist Association signed on as a host site for the nonprofit agency two years ago.

  • Five Brunswick County residents receive NAACP awards

    The Brunswick County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) honored five recipients Saturday night for many years of service in Brunswick County.

    Carl Parker, first vice president, said there was no elaborate explanation for why recipients were honored.

    “Because they have done something beyond the call of duty,” he said. “They didn’t sit on the porch, plain and simple.”

  • Brunswick Search and Rescue meets kids at Holden Beach

    Members of the Brunswick Search and Rescue Team (BSAR) brought its equine teams and canine representatives to meet the children of the Holden Beach area on June 17. The event was hosted by Sabbath Home Church as a Fun Day for the beginning of Bible school, which was to begin the following day.

  • BFA approved for summer food program; six sites to provide meals

    The state has approved Brunswick Family Assistance to participate in the Summer Food Service Program to provide free nutritious meals during the summer to kids ages 18 and younger beginning June 23.

    According to BFA Executive Director Joe Cannon, BFA applied to the state to participate in the program and also recruited organizations including several churches to serve as local meal sites.

    “We’ve got about 5,000 kids in the school system in Brunswick County who get free and reduced lunch and breakfast,” Cannon said.

  • Ten detention officers earn certification

    BOLIVIA—Ten of the students who graduated last Friday weren’t from area high schools, but the recent graduates still had reason to celebrate.

    Brunswick County Detention officers graduated from the Detention Officer Certification Course—the first ever in house at the sheriff’s office—with flying colors.

  • Drug agents shut down marijuana distributor

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit ended a yearlong investigation with one arrest, shutting down a major marijuana distribution point in Leland.

    Drug agents arrested Christopher Lee Hubbard, 22, of 8935 King Road, Leland, and charged Hubbard with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, manufacture marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    After searching the King Road home last week, agents seized 1 pounds of marijuana, four marijuana plants, several guns and more than $30,000 in cash.

  • Shallotte crime report

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

    •Police arrested Billy Ray Thomas, 50, of Edge Water Drive, Shallotte, on charge of failure to appear. He was placed in the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $500 secured bond.

    •Counterfeit money at the Scotchman’s on Main Street; suspect gave the clerk a counterfeit $100 bill.

    •Larceny of cash at Wal-Mart; victim left money, which was then allegedly taken by an employee.

  • Calabash man sentenced to 25 years for armed robbery

    NEW BERN—A Calabash man has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for the armed robbery of several Advance Auto Parts stores in coastal North Carolina and South Carolina.

    U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced 51-year-old Thomas Lauren Pfoff to 300 months, or 25 years, in prison for his role in the robberies.

    According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Pfoff was convicted of robbing Advanced Auto Parts stores in Shallotte, Wilmington, Conway, S.C., Garden City, S.C., Georgetown, S.C., and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • 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:

    •Fraud on River Road in Calabash; suspect gave counterfeit money to a restaurant.

    •Property damage on Dogwood Road in Leland; suspect damaged the underpinning of victim’s home.

    •Larceny on Martingale Court NE in Leland; suspect stole pump from victim’s yard.