Today's News

  • Sheriff’s detectives search for suspect wanted for restaurant break-in

    CALABASH—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a suspect wanted for breaking into a popular Calabash restaurant.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said during the early morning hours of Sunday, May 8, a suspect forcefully entered the Grapevine Restaurant and Lounge at 9991 Beach Drive in Calabash.

    The suspect stole about $180 worth of beef tenderloin and a bag of miscellaneous coins from the restaurant, Stanley said.

  • Winnabow man charged with murder

    WINNABOW—A Winnabow man has been arrested for a weekend murder.

    John Patrick Heller, 22, of 6149 Sawdust Lane, Winnabow, has been charged with the murder of his father, former Oak Island attorney Tom Heller, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said.

    Stanley said sheriff’s deputies responded to the rural Winnabow home around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, after a taxicab driver called to report John Heller was refusing to pay him after receiving his services.

  • SBI investigates officer shooting

    A Sunset Harbor man was killed after he pointed a loaded handgun at sheriff’s deputies.

    The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was called to investigate the shooting death, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said.

    Stanley said sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a home at 668 Bayshore Drive in Sunset Harbor around 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13.

    The call was in reference to a man shooting a firearm inside his garage.

  • Trojans’ Bradley Bell second in 400 at state track meet

     West Brunswick High School senior Bradley Bell finished second in the 400-meter race in the NCHSAA Class 3A state track and field meet May 13 at North Carolina A&T State University.

    Bell finished the race in 49.56 seconds. Eric Winfrey won in 48.73 seconds.

    Bell, seventh in this race last year in 50.68 seconds, battled through injuries this season before qualifying for a regional in the last meet of the season.

    “I pulled my hamstring in the 100 meters, and I’ve been trying to recuperate,” he said.

  • Padgett has stunning finish at state track and field meet

    GREENSBORO—Ever since last spring, when Kayla Padgett first picked up the shot (and threw it as if it were a softball) and first threw the discus (as if it were a Frisbee disc), she has been surprising everyone with her victories.

    Friday at the NCHSAA Class 3A state track and field meet at North Carolina A&T State University, Padgett, a West Brunswick High School senior, had one more surprise: on her final throw in the shot put, she set a Class 3A record with a mark of 42 feet, 7 inches.

    “I didn’t see that one coming,” she said

  • Relay for Life this weekend at West Brunswick High School

    Cancer survivors and loved ones of those who lost their battles with the disease will be celebrated at the 2011 Relay for Life of Brunswick County, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday at West Brunswick High School.

    Opening ceremonies start at 6 p.m. with a survivor lap on the track at 6:15 p.m.

    “A survivor is anyone who has ever heard the words ‘You have cancer,’” according to the American Cancer Society’s website. “And we invite all cancer survivors in the community to attend Relay For Life.”

  • North Lenoir ends Trojans’ baseball season

     A one-out single in the top of the seventh inning by Brian Hardy scored sophomore pinch runner Sammy West and helped North Lenoir beat West Brunswick 4-3 in a first-round game of the NCHSAA Class 3A state baseball playoffs May 12.

    The Hawks (17-8) overcame stellar defensive plays by the Trojans (11-11) in advancing to the second round.

    The game featured coaches who have won state championships, and North Lenoir’s Jim Montague said senior starting pitcher John Delaney and junior reliever Caleb Kearney were both sick the day before the game.

  • RACE pet adoption fair Saturday in Shallotte

    Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) is having its third annual pet adoption fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Shallotte District Park, 5550 Main St., Shallotte. Featured are a Van Dyne K9 dog training-agility demo at 10:30 a.m., a Canine Angels demo at 11:30 a.m., a children’s education corner, lots of great vendors, hot dogs and drinks and Sunset Slush. The rain date is May 21. For more information, call (910) 754-9971.

  • Scorpions finish season 10-8

     North Brunswick sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Stalnaker is hit by the foot of a Topsail player but deflects the ball from the goal during the soccer playoff game May 11 at North. The Scorpions, with three seniors on the 16-player roster, lost 7-0 and finish the season 10-8. See more photos here.

  • Roger Bacon students help with communications

    Student ham radio operators from The Roger Bacon Academy went on the air at the annual Coastal Carolina Air Show to help provide emergency communication backup and assist first responders in their communication needs.