Today's News

  • NWS unveils new tornado, tsunami warning system

    Don’t ignore your cell phone if it starts vibrating strangely. It could be an emergency message from the National Weather Service.

    The National Weather Service is part of the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), which allows the agency to interface to the Wireless Emergency Alters (WEA) service being rolled out by wireless carriers across the country this year.

    CMAS is a partnership between Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and wireless carriers to enhance public safety.

  • Holden Beach budget passes with some objections

    Holden Beach commissioners approved an $8.3 million budget by a 3-2 vote at their regular meeting in town hall Tuesday night.

    The budget includes a $2.45 million operating fund, $3.4 million water and sewer fund and $2.4 million BPART fund.

    Commissioners Sandy Miller, Don Glander and Ray Lehr voted for the budget, which does not include a tax increase, while commissioners Dennis Harrington and Sheila Young voted against the budget.

  • Woman arrested for faking her abduction

    A Leland woman has been arrested for fabricating her own abduction.

    According to Leland Police, Ashley Hutchins, 27, of 127 Basin St., Leland, has been charged with extortion and cyber stalking. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where she was placed under a $250,000 secured bond.

    Police say the abduction was reported Saturday, June 2, saying Hutchins was being held for an undisclosed ransom.

    Hutchins was found the following day in Winnabow.

  • Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Fraud on Nottaway Drive in Calabash on June 8.

    •Burglary and vandalism on Carol Street in Southport on June 8.

    •Larceny on Chadwick Landing Road in Supply on June 9.

    •Motor vehicle theft on North Mulberry Road in Shallotte on June 9.

    •Death investigation on Parkview Place in Shallotte on June 9; a 48-year-old man was found dead. No foul play is suspected and a toxicology report is pending.

  • Commissioners deny manager’s plea for $11,000 personnel policy revision

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have denied county manager Marty Lawing’s request to hire a consultant to review the county’s 16-year-old personnel policy manual. 

    Lawing wanted to hire an outside consultant to review and draft an updated personnel policy for $11,000, because he said no county department head had adequate time to devote to the project.

    Lawing said the county previously formed a committee to review the document and to draft a new policy, but the committee was unable to come up with a workable document.

  • Town Creek Park improvements, Leland senior center pushed back to 2013-2014 budget

    BOLIVIA—Two capital projects won’t make it into the county’s 2012-2013 fiscal year budget after all.

    Commissioners reconsidered two capital projects—Town Creek Park improvements and a new senior center in Leland—at a budget workshop Thursday, June 7. But neither will be in the proposed $196.2 million budget when commissioners vote on it at their next meeting June 18.

    Instead, the projects will appear on the 2013-2014 fiscal year’s budget.

  • Click it or Ticket yields 10,288 violations

    A recent Click It or Ticket campaign resulted in 10,288 statewide citations for seat belt and child safety seat violations.

    The campaign, which ran from May 21 through June 3, was conducted in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

    In Brunswick County, officers wrote 1,485 citations during the campaign.

    Officers conducted 76 checkpoints, which resulted in 84 total driving while impaired (DWI) arrests. Of the 84 DWI arrests, 12 drivers were younger than 21 years old, while 72 drivers were older than 21.

  • Sunset Harbor man arrested for assault

    A Sunset Harbor man has been arrested for assaulting a man with a flashlight.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh, Christopher Lane Wood Hodge of 636 Harbor Road, Bolivia, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

    Routh said around 12:26 a.m. Saturday, June 2, sheriff’s deputies and K-9 units were dispatched to Ironwood Road in Sunset Harbor.

  • CIS awards 23 scholarhips to area students

    Communities in Schools (CIS) has awarded 23 $1,000 scholarships to Brunswick County students this year, and five are the first in their family to attend college. This brings the total amount of scholarships awarded by CIS to more than $100,000.
    Early College High School graduate Shanice Newkirk received a $1,000 scholarship donated by Dinah Gore.

  • Business briefs

    Top producers honored with dinner
    Century 21 Sunset Realty recognizes its staff for their achievements for the past year and its top producing agents at a company dinner.
    Office awards are presented to Vicki Griffith, Debbie Kinlaw, Hugh Munday, Gaye Kerr, Duane Lewis, Ruby Mew, Alice Noonan, Brad Vanderburg, John Clegg, Arnold Sanchez and Dave Nelson.
    Top Producer was Hugh Munday and Gaye Kerr and Dave Nelson both received an Award of Excellence.

    Dosher’s Stanley named ACHE Fellow