Today's News

  • Varnamtown to celebrate incorporation

    VARNAMTOWN—Twenty years ago, this Brunswick County fishing village elected to become a town.

    On Sept. 20, 1988, 177 of Varnamtown’s 181 registered voters turned out to vote, with 102 voting “yay” over the 75 who said “nay.”

    According to a front-page story that ran in The Brunswick Beacon, incorporation committee member Marion Davis was certain of “at least several” instances in the tight-knit community in which brothers were on opposite sides of the issue.

  • A Taste of Brunswick County one of Gala's highlights

    Worldly cuisine prepared by local chefs will be available for sampling during A Taste of Brunswick County at this year’s Seventh Annual Benefit Gala for Children. The gala will be from 6-10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

    Eighteen local restaurants and caterers will make their specialty dishes and have plenty to share at the gala, which benefits Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS).

  • Teen arrested for robbing sno-cone lady at gunpoint

    A Longwood teenager is in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center, charged with armed robbery.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detective Chris Barbour said Demetrias Watson, 16, robbed a woman selling sno-cones at gunpoint Sunday afternoon in the Longwood community near Ash.

    Watson was recently released from the detention center after being charged with assault with a deadly weapon in August.

    At press time Tuesday, Watson remained at the detention center on a $100,000 secured bond.

    Other incidents investigated by sheriff’s deputies include:


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

    •Mitchell Cliff Fowler, 41, of 1230 Skeeter Hawk Drive, Leland; charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach police officers charged Noreene Burnett Shell, 54, of 4504 Old Sevierville Pike, Knoxville, Tenn., with driving while impaired on Ocean Boulevard West on Sept. 14.

  • Drug suspect sentenced to five to seven years

    One of two suspects arrested in what Shallotte police called the town’s biggest drug bust has been sentenced to five to seven years in prison.

    On Sept. 9, Jonathan Nowokunski of Oak Island pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to traffic in amphetamine and felony conspiracy to traffic in opium or opium derivative.

    Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced Nowokunski to an active term of five years and 10 months to seven years in the N.C. Department of Corrections and a $50,000 fine.

  • K-9 enforcement roundup

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has launched its K-9 enforcement team.

    The team, comprised of five K-9 officers and their dogs, is similar to the sheriff’s office community policing program, which targets areas with high crime and drug activity, but the K-9 enforcement team is its own patrol division.

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.


    Shallotte police investigated a rash of breaking and entering and larceny from vehicles last week. The investigation is ongoing.

    All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Nine reports of breaking and entering and larceny of money on Owendon Drive; suspect broke into victims’ vehicles and stole $5 in cash from each vehicle.

    •Two reports of breaking and entering and larceny of money on Brierwood Road; suspect broke into victims’ vehicles and stole $5 in cash from each vehicle.

  • West Brunswick helps make students 'aware' of graduation with week of activities

    SHALLOTTE—Even though the school year has just begun, students in Brunswick County Schools are looking toward graduation.

    Gov. Mike Easley proclaimed September 7-13 Graduation Awareness Week, and Brunswick County joined school districts throughout the state in helping students become aware of what it takes to graduate high school.

  • 21st Century Classroom program improves learning

    The Brunswick County School District began the 21st Century Classroom Initiative in 2007 to provide support to teachers in an effort to improve classroom learning through engagement with technology tools and resources.

    With the generous funding provided to the school district by county commissioners and the vision of the Brunswick County Board of Education, we now have more than 100 classrooms where teachers are equipped with a laptop computer, projector, document camera and InterWrite interactive pad.