Today's News

  • Drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

    •April Laquan Daniels, 28, of 6308 Apt. 2 Kerry Lane, Ocean Isle Beach; charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Melanie Jeanine Hayes, 24, of 3006 Harvest Road, Castle Hayne; charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Larceny at Tomco of Shallotte; a $2,500 brake machine was reported taken from vehicle.

    •Larceny on Nicklaus Court; a $400 Honda Quatro Cut self-propelled lawn mower was reportedly removed from the back of victim’s truck overnight.

    •Communicating threats at Kangaroo; suspect made threats and swung pipe at the victim.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach police investigated vandalism May 7.

    According to an incident report, the victim reported the right side of a truck bed being damaged on Lions Paw Street. The damage is valued at $500.

  • House breaking and entering reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A breaking and entering to a house with larceny was reported May 6 in Sunset Beach.

    A subject turned on the hot water heater and used the telephone for about a month in the incident reported on Magnolia Drive, deputy chief Steve Smith said.

  • One dead after shots fired at car

    A 28-year-old Calabash man was found dead just before 10 p.m. May 8—a victim of an apparent drive-by shooting.

    When sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene on Pineclair Drive near Calabash, James Allen Murdock, of Acres Lane, was unresponsive in a vehicle.

    Murdock was sitting in a vehicle near a residence on Pineclair Drive when a suspect or suspects driving a dark colored SUV shot at him, Lt. Sam Davis said.

    Davis declined to say how many shots were fired or where Murdock was shot, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.

  • Brunswick Community college honors graduates

    The following students have earned degrees and cerficicates from Brunswick Community College. Commencement exercises were celebrated Friday night.

    Adult High School Diploma

    Krystal D. Arnold

    Robert A. Austin

    John H. Bland

    Sherri M. Brooks

    Kerry L. Burney

    David M. Cantrell

    Natasha Chamberlain

    Jared M. Cox

    Brittany L. Edge

    Ashton B. Edwards

    Brandon L. Ford

    Crystal S. Hamilton

    Tara M. Hardee

    Palmer V. Johnson

    Teresa L. King

    Rachel J. Leonard

    Perry B. Mansfield

  • Brunswick County students first to receive Polaris awards

    Student mentors, leaders, and those who display extraordinary character are the first-ever recipients of the Polaris Awards.

    The Brunswick County Schools Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and Commitment to Character Team (CTC) honored 15 students with the Polaris Awards, which were designed to recognize extraordinary character and achievements both in and outside the classroom.

    Sharon Amrol-Davis, district PAC president and CTC team chairperson, said these awards were a vision she wanted to make a reality.

  • BCC to increase student activity fees

    Brunswick Community College and community colleges across the state will increase student activity fees for the first time in 20 years.

    For a student taking seven or more credit hours, the fee will increase from $19 to $32.50 a semester—an increase of $13 per semester.

    Stephen Greiner, BCC president, said the decision to raise student activity fees was made by the Community College System. Individual schools cannot decide to make those changes.

  • Holden Beach commissioners approve budget amendments

    HOLDEN BEACH—Town commissioners on Tuesday approved three budget amendments including two amendments for the town hall and Jordan Boulevard projects.

    Board members approved realigning $30,000 from the town hall contingency fund to meet stormwater requirements for the town hall project.

    The stormwater requirements are a “must-do” for the completion of the town hall project, town manager David Hewett said.

    The $30,000 needed to satisfy the stormwater requirements “should do it,” Hewett said.

  • Town to take over Ocean Isle Beach fire department

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department will become a municipal department by July 1.

    Town commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday at their monthly meeting to make the department a municipal fire department. It will take over all assets and debts of the association.

    The board also voted to enter into a loan agreement with BB&T for $337,075 with an interest rate of 2.87 percent to finance the association’s outstanding debt.

    Commissioner Dean Walters said he was excited to see the town take this step.