Today's News

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle 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.

    •Bradley Wayne Gibson of Lakewood Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with careless and reckless driving at the Ocean Isle Beach Park on Old Georgetown Road

    •Joshua Lewis of Thrush Court, Calabash, was charged with DWI after traveling left of center.

  • Lady Trojans beat East Bladen 14-3

     ELIZABETHTOWN—Alyssa Chappell hit a line-drive home run and a run-scoring triple as West Brunswick beat East Bladen 14-3 in five innings in a conference softball game March 20.

    Nicole Phillips hit a three-run triple, Sam Smith was 3-for-3, Dez Avallone was 3-for-3 with one RBI and Hannah Stocks was 2-for-2 with a run-scoring double as the Trojans improved to 3-1 in the conference.

  • Roofers go out on a limb to save baby owl

  • Odd duck: Wandering fowl can't stay away from county complex

    BOLIVIA—Taylor is an unusual duck—an odd duck, as Bob Campbell, budget director with the Brunswick County Health Department, refers to him.
    The black-and-white duck has been hanging out near the department for about a year, Campbell says.
    He’s not a bad duck—he doesn’t really cause any problems, except for his duck waste.
    “He makes messes on the sidewalk and doorway,” Campbell said. “Nobody wants to walk in that stuff. Other than that, he doesn’t bother anybody. I’ve seen him actually greet a few people as they come in.”

  • N.C. Business Court judge denies Bank of America’s motion against Coastal Companies

    RALEIGH—A North Carolina Business Court Judge has denied Bank of America’s motion for a receiver in its ongoing lawsuit against local developer Mark Saunders and his company, The Coastal Companies.

    In an order filed March 9, Chief Special Superior Court Judge John Jolly ordered the parties establish a mechanism by which Saunders provide Bank of America “additional ongoing current and accurate information with regard to the financial operations and conditions of defendants.”

  • Election 2012: McCrory seeks second bid for governor

    SHALLOTTE—Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory learned some valuable lessons on the 2008 campaign trail he plans to use to his advantage running for governor again.

    McCrory won the 2008 Republican nomination for N.C. Governor, but went on to lose to N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat, in the General Election.

    McCrory is one of 12 candidates who would like to occupy the governor’s mansion next year.

  • County seeks dismissal in commissioner’s lawsuit

    Though a court decision allowed Brunswick County commissioners to proceed with a hearing to remove county commissioner Charles Warren from the county’s DSS board, the matter is still pending in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall has filed a motion to dismiss the case, as well as asking for $217 in costs associated with a temporary restraining order Warren received to halt the original hearing.

  • Homeless man arrested for failure to appear

    Sunset Beach police arrested a homeless man last week on failure-to-appear warrants.
    Jason Edward Furr, 38, was charged by the department on March 15.

  • Belville commissioner charged with threatening, cyber-stalking mayor

    Belville town commissioner Joseph August Breault has been charged with communicating threats and cyber-stalking 

    Breault, 68, of 10076 North Old Towne Wynd, Leland, was charged on Monday, March 19, and released on a $1,000 unsecured bond.

    According to the arrest warrants, Breault is accused of threatening Belville Mayor William Batson on several occasions between Feb. 10 and Feb. 20, and again on March 13.

    The arrest report states Breault threatened Batson by telling him “he would kick his ass if he didn’t watch his mouth.”

  • Lighting, UDO get a going-over in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Lighting standards and landscaping are issues as the town nears completion of its Unified Development Ordinance update.
    The town planning board and now town council are reviewing the update led by consultant Landin Holland with Holland Consulting Planners in Wilmington.
    Update of the UDO, which consolidates land-use ordinances, launched a year ago with a town-appointed committee.