Today's News

  • Shallotte left in the dark Sunday afternoon

    SHALLOTTE—Nearly 8,000 Brunswick County residents were without power on Sunday afternoon.

    According to Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperation, lightning is to blame for the power outage.

    “A lightning strike around 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, damaged a piece of equipment at the Hudson Ridge transmission switching station,” BEMC spokeswoman Linda Thomas said.

  • More traffic reported around Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A tourism survey of Ocean Isle Beach reports traffic on and around the island has increased this year.

    Justin Whiteside, planning director, reported to town commissioners and the mayor at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14. He said the survey shows there were 1,600 cars on N.C. 179 headed toward Sunset Beach. The same stretch of road had 11,000 vehicles last year according to the N.C. Department of Transportation annual average traffic study.

    “The causeway to Second Street increased 1,400 from 2010,” Whiteside said.

  • Horseshoe pitching leads one man to a World title

    Supply—Charles Presley threw 311 ringers with a score of 650 to claim the title of National Horseshoe Pitchers Association World Tour Elders Division Class H-2 champion.

    His nearest opponent threw 223 ringers with an overall score of 562. Presley secured his title with an overwhelming distance between himself and second place. He represented North Carolina in the tournament as well as his hometown of Supply.

  • 2,000 bindles of heroin, $18,500 and an Acura MDX have been confiscated

    A bus ride with a lunch bag full of heroin has taken a wrong turn for a career criminal.

    Now an Acura MDX, $18,500 and 2,000 hits of heroin are in the possession of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Christopher Joseph Mosby, 43, who lived in New Jersey and Leland, left New Jersey last week on a Greyhound bus. Departing from Newark, N.J., with stops in Richmond, Va., and Raleigh, Mosby was on his way back to Brunswick County.

  • Realtor's murder trial under way

    Jury selection in the murder trial of Craig Juan Bryant, 50, who is accused of murdering Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, began on Monday, Aug. 20, in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Bryant has pleaded not guilty to charges for first-degree murder, conspiracy and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    Bradshaw’s autopsy revealed he died from a single gunshot wound to his head from a high velocity firearm on April 26, 2008.

  • Flea market plea made before county commissioners

    Signs of tough economic times still confront county commissioners.

    At Monday’s meeting, commissioners heard a plea during public comment from a county resident struggling to make ends meet.

    “In 2008 we got hit pretty hard,” Madge Matteo told commissioners. “We began selling at the Leland Flea Market, and a part of our income became flea marketing.”

  • 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.

    •Harassing telephone calls at Walmart; suspect repeatedly called the victim at the store.

    •Samantha J Zidd, 16, of 2656 Weymouth Road, Hinckley, Ohio, was charged with shoplifting at Belk.

    •Blane Shelby Turiczek, 16, of 1478 Snowberry Lane, Medina, Ohio, was charged with shoplifting at Belk.

  • Former DA turns himself in, out on bond

    Former District Attorney Rex Gore and former assistant district attorney Elaine Kelley turned themselves in Tuesday after being indicted by a grand jury Monday.

    Mike Ramos, one of Gore’s attorneys, issued a press release Tuesday afternoon stating Gore was out on bond and had no further comments at this time.

  • Police Chief's son arrested for DUI and heroin

    SUNSET BEACH—The son of Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause has been arrested and charged with driving while impaired and possession of heroin.

    Rodney Dean Gause Jr., 29, of 4357 Owendon Drive, Shallotte, was stopped by Sunset Beach police around 2 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20.

    “He is my son and I do love him,” Chief Gause said Tuesday. “I am disappointed. I just hope and pray he learns a lesson.”

  • West loses home soccer opener to Jacksonville

     Playing in the rain against one of the best Class 3A soccer teams in the state, West Brunswick lost 8-1 Monday night.

    West scored the first goal of the game with about 18 minutes left in the first half. West was awarded a free kick near the box. Senior forward Scottie Melvin kicked a low shot that a Jacksonville player blocked. The ball deflected to the left side of the wall of defenders and Melvin hustled to corral the ball. He dribbled a few steps toward the right side of the goal and then kicked the ball into the upper left corner of the net.