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Today's News

  • Women steal veteran's life savings

    UPDATE: Three suspects are in custody in the New Hanover County Jail.

    Detective Ed Carter said Maria Sloan, Velda Barnhill and Monica Frazier have turned themselves in to authorities in New Hanover County.

     Two suspects—Lisa McClain and Pamela Springer—remain at large.     

  • Brunswick County unemployment tops 10 percent in May

    After a brief dip less than 10 percent in April, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for May once again tops 10 percent.

    According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 10.3 percent in May.

    May’s unemployment rate is higher than April’s 9.7-percent unemployment rate—Brunswick County’s first sub 10-percent rate in three years.

    The last time Brunswick County dipped below 10 percent unemployment was in April 2009.

  • Beaches consortium discusses the challenges of keeping sand on the beach

    “It is almost to the point where people on the coast are ready to choke. We send more money to Washington and the insurance companies than we ever get back,” said Harry Simmons, Caswell Beach mayor and chairman of the Brunswick Beaches Consortium at the June 14 meeting of the Brunswick Beaches Consortium in Sunset Beach.

    During the meeting, members discussed the progress of Brunswick County shore protection projects and reviewed the status of the sand management plan for the Wilmington harbor.

  • Police recover stolen car but not thief

    SHALLOTTE—Police have recovered a stolen vehicle but still need help finding the thief.

    At about 10:15 p.m. Thursday, June 14, a 1997 charcoal gray extended cab Ford Ranger truck with North Carolina tags was stolen from the Scotchman at 359 Whiteville Road.

    According to Shallotte police, the victim dropped his key when exiting his truck. The suspect reportedly picked the keys up and was last seen driving through the Scotchman parking lot.

  • Sunset Beach Crime Report

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

    •Injury to personal property on Sea Bourne Way.

    •Breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny from a motor vehicle on Millslough Drive.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on East Main Street.

    •Norman Robert Cregan, 57, of 397 East Second St., Supply, was charged with DWI, no operator’s license and open container.

  • Summer of the silver toes

    It’s summertime and “Jaws” stories abound.

    Before I moved to the coast more than 10 years ago, I didn’t have the same respect for the ocean as I do now. I didn’t know the intricacies of the waters and its inhabitants. It is important to take precautions with the ocean just like you do any other place.

    While I am certainly no expert now, I have learned a thing or two. One of my personal summer rules is no metallic nail polish on my toes. Well, OK, my toes are silver right now but that will change before I take a swim in the ocean.

  • Family support: Hospice isn't just for patients

    SOUTHPORT—There is a woman in Southport who is sick.

    She isn’t sick with an ailment doctors can fix—she has a broken heart.

    Majel Reinheimer lost her husband, Walter, a year ago on June 11. He was the love of her life.

    “We were completely absorbed with each other and that was enough,” Majel said sweeping a long strand of hair from her shoulder.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    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.

    The Shallotte police department office is closed to the public while the building undergoes renovations. Anyone wishing to speak to an officer or obtain a copy of a police report must go to the Southend Task Force building at 130 Cheers St. The number to reach the police department is 754-6008.

  • OIB Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests during the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Concord Street; suspects entered a storage shed and stole beer and towels.

    •Stuart Reed Burkett, 17, of 4298 Headley’s Mill Road, Pataska, Ohio, was charged with underage drinking.

  • Holden Beach Crime Report

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

    •Larceny from buildings on Sailfish Drive; suspect removed a green wooden bench, a hammock and a drop cord.

    •Larceny of a man’s bicycle from High Point Street; suspect stole a bike from a residence.