Today's News

  • County’s SWAT team called to Holden Beach

    Brunswick County’s SWAT team was recently called to Holden Beach.

    They were there to help assist removal of a renter who had warrants out against him, Holden Beach police chief Wally Layne told town commissioners at their Jan. 8 meeting.

    “A gentleman who was renting (a house on Ocean Boulevard) has a heroin problem and was stealing on and off the beach,” Layne said. “There were four break-ins on the island—three on Ocean Boulevard and one on Brunswick Avenue. He was stealing flat-screen TVs.”

  • From cats to trash, town commissioners hash out business at recent meeting

    Things got tense at the Holden Beach commissioners’ Jan. 8 meeting when Dennis Harrington, the newest board member, asked to add two things to the agenda just after the meeting started.

    Commissioners typically call town officials days before the meeting and ask that certain items be placed on the agenda.

    One of the items was a request for the town to take tax money and pay for curbside recycling.

    Seventy-five residents have signed up for curbside recycling, which costs $50 a year and has pick-up twice a month.

  • Funeral arrangements for Kyle Jones


    Funeral Arrangements for Kyle Maurice Jones

    Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the Brunswick Community College campus by Pastor Brad Ferguson. Burial will follow in Brunswick Memorial Gardens.

    The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18  in the New Beginnings Community Church, Shallotte.

  • Free coats are available to those in need

    SHALLOTTE—Helping neighbors in need is the mission of one church outreach.

    St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church on Main Street is in its third year operating its Neighbor-to-Neighbor ministry.

    The ministry includes a coat closet, an orthopedic equipment lending closet and the Benefit Bank of North Carolina.

    “You get a lot in return,” deacon Jean Miller said. “We receive a blessing. It’s the mission of a Christian to help others. This is faith in action,”

  • Special Operations Report


    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 Jan. 7-13, special operations deputies set up checkpoints on Maco Road, N.C. 133, Thomasboro Road, N.C. 87, N.C. 130, Old Georgetown Road and on N.C. 179.

  • Sheriff's Office Volunteer Report

    During December, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office V.O.I.C.E Citizens Patrol conducted 28 community patrols countywide with 35 volunteers and logging a total of 2,886 miles.

    Volunteers spent 332.5 hours volunteering in administrative support, 130.5 hours in the detention center, 81.5 at the courthouse, 40 hours conducting transport support, 41 hours at special/community events, 62 hours on the unsolved cases team, 4.5 hours of support to Air One, 101.5 hours helping Animal Protective Services and four hours in the G.R.E.A.T. mentor program.


  • Sheriff’s Corner: Open letter to sweepstakes business

    I am providing you this letter to ensure there is no misunderstanding regarding the position of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office regarding sweepstakes operations.

    The North Carolina Supreme Court has recently ruled in the case of Hest Technologies v. Perdue, that G.S. 14-306.4 is constitutionally valid and may be enforced.

  • Town wants input on vision plan’s future


    SHALLOTTE—The town wants input on shaping its future with its vision plan.

    The plan to redevelop Shallotte’s downtown near the riverfront features a gazebo/stage area, a stormwater pond, new trees, a playground, a fountain, expanded parking and the incorporation of existing trees. The park would be between Cheers and Wall streets behind the police and fire stations on about an acre of land.

    The first concept plan was created by Allison Platt & Associates based on a 2008 vision plan for the town.

  • Town hears update on River’s Edge development

    Meetings with a local developer regarding an unfinished Shallotte subdivision have been fruitful, a town alderman says.

    In 2012, Coastal Companies developer Mark Saunders agreed to meet with the town on a regular basis to keep them informed of progress in the Rivers Edge development.

    In an attempt to avoid calling bonds, Shallotte aldermen established a subcommittee to meet with Saunders and his team to discuss infrastructure improvements in Rivers Edge.

    Alderman Walt Eccard serves is a liaison to the board.

  • Shallotte Crime

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.


    Jan. 8

    Larceny in Rourk Woods; suspect removed storm drains and water valve covers.


    Jan. 9

    Larceny of a wallet on Village Road; suspect removed victim’s wallet from a truck door pocket.