Today's News

  • Attacked inamte's mother wants jail policy changed

    BOLIVIA—A mother whose son was attacked by another inmate in jail says she should have been notified when it happened.

    Diane Cheers’ son, Ronald Dale Cheers, was at the Brunswick County Detention Center in January when an inmate attacked him, she said.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte Police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week.

    All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Officers arrested Lamarr Andre McDow, 23, of Tryon Road, Shallotte, on charges of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

  • Leland crime report

    Leland Police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Pursuant to an investigation stop on Westover Drive, Timothy Donald Griffin, 19, of 106 Westover Drive, was cited and released for possession of stolen goods, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • County has first murder of the year

    LELAND—Three shots rang through the early-morning calm last Friday at a Leland home, one of them striking a 26-year-old man.

    Jerome Roberto Echlos died from a single gunshot wound to the chest at his Brandon Drive home around 3 a.m.

    Norris Tywynne Johnson, 26, also of 6786 Brandon Drive, has been charged with his murder, Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett said.

    According to Hewett, Johnson and his girlfriend drove to the Brandon Street home from her home in Clinton, where the two had been living. They arrived in Leland around 3 a.m.

  • BCC announces continuing education classes

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment, and academic achievement geared towards adults seeking intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction, according to the school.

    Many courses are free to seniors (65 and older).

    For a full schedule of classes, including online courses, go to: www.brunswickcc.edu.

    Call 755-7380 to register.

  • Commissioner hear public comments on future Shallotte Point expansion

    HOLDEN BEACH—Town commissioners on Tuesday had a public hearing seeking input for an ordinance to establish an annexation agreement between Holden Beach and the towns of Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach.

    After outlining the current town limits to the public, Mayor Alan Holden said the agreement was for the town of Shallotte to incorporate any of the areas toward the Intracoastal Waterway, Holden Beach and Ocean Isle Beach along the Shallotte River.

    “Shallotte is moving its boundaries closer to us, Holden Beach, and closer to Ocean Isle,” Holden said.

  • Town recognizes Dycus at meeting

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department is exploring the possibility of becoming a municipal fire department.

    At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the town board of commissioners voted to hire a consultant to come in, inspect the fire department, personnel and equipment, and further explain to the department and the city the process of becoming a municipal fire department.

  • Lottery hits in Brunswick County

    More than $450,000 has been won in lottery tickets sold in Brunswick County.

    Bobbie Brooke Williamson of Ocean Isle Beach won $200,000 in the Feb. 6 Powerball drawing, according to a press release from the North Carolina Educational Lottery.

    Williamson purchased the ticket on Feb. 6 at the Minuteman Food Mart in Ocean Isle Beach, said the store’s manager, Janice Robinson.

    Williamson could not be reached for comment.

  • Fire victims' autopsy results in; high blood alcohol levels noted

    Autopsy reports for the seven college students killed in the Ocean Isle Beach are complete.

    The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill completed the final autopsy late last month. Justin Michael Anderson, 19, died of “carbon monoxide poisoning secondary to smoke inhalation,” his autopsy report states.

    Dr. Steven D. Dubner and Dr. John D. Butts, chief medical examiner, noted Anderson had an ethanol concentration of 290 mg/dl, or a blood alcohol concentration of .29.

  • Shallotte planning board grapples with land use plan discrepancies

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended approval of several rezonings that aren’t technically compatible with the recently approved land use plan.

    Board members say that plan is in need of some changes.

    At Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, the board approved rezoning two acres at 1290 Whiteville Road from light industrial to highway business.