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Today's News

  • School district celebrates employees of the year

    BOILING SPRING LAKES — The Brunswick County Board of Education took its meeting on the road Oct. 3 to celebrate the district’s employees of the year.

  • Bladen County commissioner charged with DWI in Brunswick County

    A Bladen County commissioner is accused of driving while impaired in Brunswick County.

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant stopped 32-year-old Ashley Trivette of White Lake on U.S. 17 near Supply on Friday and “observed bloodshot red glassy eyes, strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about her breath,” according Trivette’s release order.

    The order shows Trivette had a blood alcohol concentration of .10. A person is considered legally impaired in North Carolina with a blood alcohol concentration of .08.

  • Man arrested on robbery, kidnapping charges from August

    A Leland man was arrested last week on charges stemming an armed robbery.

    Navassa police arrested Ezra Tomar Sparkman, 24, of Magnolia Drive NE on Oct. 3 and charged him with aiding and abetting armed robbery and second-degree kidnapping.

    Warrants show Sparkman aided and abetted two others in stealing $90 from a woman during an Aug. 27 armed robbery.

    Sparkman remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $500,000 bail.

  • Southport police investigate cooler thefts

    The Southport Police Department is asking for help to find two coolers stolen after the King Mackerel Tournament last weekend.

    People in a golf cart pulled up to the Southport Marina and stole a blue Michelob Ultra cooler and a red Budweiser cooler Oct. 7 and 8, respectively, according to a police department Facebook post. The coolers are valued at $1,000 each.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 457-7911.

  • Weighty issue prompts lifestyle change

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    When John Schliewenz did what many of us have done — retire and move to Brunswick County — little did he know he would do something that would prove to be inspirational to many others.

  • You decide: Should North Carolina make a bid for Amazon’s second headquarters?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    When I joined the faculty of North Carolina State University four decades ago, buying books — an occupational necessity for academics — was tedious and time-consuming. I’d first contact the NCSU bookstore, which then ordered the book from the publisher. When it arrived, usually weeks later, I would then spend at least 45 minutes walking to and from the bookstore to retrieve the book.

  • Police investigate stabbing at Leland Food Lion

    Police are investigating an incident last week at Leland’s Food Lion where a woman was stabbed with an oyster knife.

    A Leland police report shows the 44-year-old victim, whose name was redacted, was stabbed Oct. 2 at the store at 103 Village Road. Her condition was not available.

    E911 dispatch records show someone called at 9:19 p.m. to report their daughter had been attacked and stabbed.

    No other information, including a description of the woman’s attacker, was available.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week, the North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate were in special session Oct. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 5.

    We welcomed a new member, Bob Muller of Pender County, passed a major elections bill, passed new districts for our judges and District Attorneys, and we overrode the governor’s vetoes on two important bills, including the GenX funding.

  • Recovering from illness as flu season kicks off

    Hello again! I took last week off from column writing for two reasons:

    One, we had eight letters to the editor plus guest columns that left no space for my column.

    Two., I was still recovering from a mystery illness that robbed me of the previous weekend. My parents thought I sounded so sick, they alerted my kid brother to come down from Wilmington and take me to the nearest emergency room, believing I was too weak to put up a fight. Fortunately, it didn’t come to that.

  • Man sentenced to more than seven years for burglary

    A Clarkton man will spend at least seven years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary in Brunswick County.

    Superior Court Judge Ebern “Tripp” Watson sentenced 39-year-old Jeffery Leon Collins to between 89 and 119 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction with credit for time served.