Today's News

  • Get a blessing, give a blessing with free meals on Christmas


    On Christmas Day, Faith Building Mission will set up three feeding sites in Brunswick County where free Christmas meals may be picked up and delivered.

    “Christmas is a great time for many of us, but also a sad time for many of us. We want to share the love of Jesus,” said Dean Siler, Faith Building Mission project coordinator. “Everybody knows somebody.”

    A free meal of ham or turkey, beans, dressing, potatoes and dessert is available.

  • Beach towns talk about finding, retaining sand

    also plans for an Eagle’s Island project designed expand the area’s capacity for the spring or summer months.

    One of the group’s top concerns is monitoring legislation that affects coastal communities.

    “I had a meeting on Tuesday with some folks in Raleigh and we talked about the upcoming General Legislature…Expect to see an amazing amount of change in finding our way forward,” Simmons said. “I am encouraged and engaged.”

  • Former Shallotte Police detective pleads guilty; girlfriend’s charges dropped

    A former Shallotte police officer has pleaded guilty to making false statements on an insurance report.

    Eric Proctor King pleaded guilty on Friday, Dec. 14, in Brunswick County Superior Court to one count of making false statements on an application for insurance during an incident that occurred Jan. 27, 2011.

    J. Ryan Smithwick represented King.

  • West’s boys defeat Whiteville

      WHITEVILLE—West Brunswick beat Whiteville 53-52 in a conference-opening boys’ basketball game Dec. 20.

    A driving layup by West junior guard O.J. Hill gave the Trojans a 50-48 lead and his layup with 50 seconds left gave West a 52-50 lead.

    “O.J. came off the bench and played unbelievable,” West coach Eric Davis said.

  • Sheriff deputies added at local elementary schools

    Additional security is being added at Brunswick County elementary schools just days after a gunman opened fire in a deadly rampage at a Connecticut elementary school last Friday.

    Until further notice the county’s elementary schools will have a sheriff’s office deputy on site, school officials said. Area middle and high schools already have school resource officers (SRO) assigned to them.

  • WINGS backpack program feeds kids on the weekends

    WINGS Ministry’s Backpack Full of Blessings program strives to do on the weekends what school breakfast and lunch programs do all week—keep kids from going hungry.

    Blessings organizer Missy Settlemyre said they are trying to make Brunswick County residents aware of the need here. She would like to see every school served by the program.

  • Midway Road business owners worry bridge detour is a dead end

    Business owners on Midway Road fear a North Carolina Department of Transportation bridge replacement plan will cut them off from customers.

    NCDOT approved a contract in March for S.T. Wooten Construction to replace nine bridges—seven in Brunswick County, including the bridge over River Swamp and Hog Branch on Midway Road about 4 miles south of Old Ocean Highway.

    Heather Burkert and her husband, Henry, own Greenlands Farmstore about 1.5 miles south of Old Ocean Highway on Midway Road.

  • Leland Police report

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


    Dec. 11

    Driving while impaired; suspect was driving while impaired on Lanvale Road.

    Simple assault; subject hit victim in the face and stomach on Village Road.


    Dec. 12

    Vandalism; subject damaged tires on a vehicle parked on Townsend Lane, causing $50 in damage.

  • Leland makes gift-giving part of police work

    LELAND—Leland police provided Grannies Raising Grandkids with a day to shop with a cop Sunday.

    And the department’s Christmas cheer continues when they play Santa Cop Dec. 23-24.

    “We had four grandmas with 10 grandkids between them,” Leland community resource and crime prevention officer Ernie Mejia said.

    Police chief Mike James spearheaded the department’s participation with Grannies Raising Grandkids.

  • Holden Beach police report

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


    Dec. 5

    Breaking and entering, non-forcible entry, and larceny; suspect entered a house on Ocean Boulevard West and took a flat-screen TV valued at $500.


    Dec. 6