Today's News

  • Redistricting maps clear legal hurdle; N.C. primary to take place as scheduled in May

    RALEIGH—A three-judge Superior Court panel recently opted not to delay North Carolina’s primary elections until July.

    The primaries were challenged due to the state’s redistricting maps for state House, Senate and congressional districts passed by the GOP-led General Assembly.

    Several lawsuits challenging the legality of the maps have been filed since their approval. Judges decided not to delay the primary election to July 10 as requested, instead opting to leave the primary election on May 8.

  • Oak Island police warn of break-ins

    Since Nov. 1, detectives with the Oak Island Police Department have investigated a string of breaking-and-entering cases. The thieves target TVs and other electronics.

    Police from Myrtle Beach, S.C., and up the North Carolina coast all report multiple breaking-and-entering incidents.

    Numerous leads are being followed-up on and new leads are reported daily, according to Oak Island police officials.

    Since November, Oak Island police say 43 break-ins, mainly to vacant homes, have been reported. From those homes, 48 TVs have been stolen.

  • State unemployment drops slightly in December

    Statewide unemployment dipped slightly in December, down one-tenth of a percent to 9.9 percent.

    But even with the modest decline, officials with the nonprofit N.C. Justice Center say unemployment was up in 2011.

    Despite the month-to-month decline, the number of unemployed people has actually grown by 9,154 since December 2010, N.C. Justice Center figures show.

    N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll said jobs continue to be N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue’s focus.

  • Business is booming at Cape Fear Regional Jetport

    OAK ISLAND—In addition to an airport with an expanded 5,505-foot runway, 13 businesses have set up shop at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport.

    Thirty people are employed at the airport’s various businesses.

    Businesses at the airport include two maintenance shops, an aircraft interior shop, an aircraft paint shop, rental car, flight schools, skydiving, a bait and tackle shop and a real estate company, Howie Franklin, airport director and former Air Force One chief steward, said.

  • What’s race got to do with it? Stop the misdirection and face the music

    I recently traveled to Elizabeth City to celebrate a belated Christmas with my boyfriend’s family. I have a huge black and blue welt below my right shoulder from improperly holding a 12-guauge shotgun in a rather pitiful attempt to shoot skeet on the farm, but all in all it was a fun time.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Larceny on Lycia Lane in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect stole item from victim’s boat.

    •Burglary and larceny on Lula Street in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect kicked in victim’s front door and stole radio/TV/stereo equipment.

  • ‘Missing’ person wanted in several counties

    Last week he was missing. This week he is wanted.

    Kenneth Hewett, 30, of Leland, has been missing since Friday, Jan. 13. Last week, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office released Hewett’s information, saying he had been reported missing.

    But it turns out Hewett is wanted for several charges in two counties.

    New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Jerry Brewer said Hewett is wanted in New Hanover County for felony larceny and obtaining property by false pretense.

  • DSS meeting rescheduled: Board member’s ‘suspension’ lifted

    BOLIVIA—The monthly DSS board meeting has been rescheduled to the day following chairman Charles Warren’s day in court.

    The January DSS meeting was originally rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24, but Warren recently sent out an announcement the meeting date has been changed to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, the day following a court hearing to determine if commissioners have the authority to remove Warren from the DSS board.

  • Caretakers scams on the rise

    Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories about the various financial scams that have been reported in Brunswick County. If you think you have been a victim of a scam, report it to your local police department, or to detective Ed Carter at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 253-2777.


    They live in your home. Take care of you. Watch over your finances. In some cases, even control your checkbook.

  • Sheriff’s detectives search for missing Shallotte man

    Update: Stephen Jeffery Stutts was found in Supply on Monday. He has returned to his residence.

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a missing Shallotte man.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Del Routh said detectives are searching for Stephen Jeffery Stutts, 25, of Shallotte, who has been missing since Friday, Jan. 13.