Local News

  • Student collects soda tabs to raise money for injured friend

     SHALLOTTE — After Selena Utter was injured in a single-vehicle crash Sept. 14, the West Brunswick High School junior said she found out who her real friends were.

    Among those friends is Megan Henson, a senior at West Brunswick, who started a collection of aluminum soda can tabs to raise enough funds to buy a wheelchair for Utter.

    All West Brunswick seniors are required to complete a Senior Project before becoming eligible for graduation.

  • Board terminates superintendent’s contract

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education voted to terminate the contract of Superintendent Edward Pruden during a special called meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12.

    Following a closed session that lasted almost four hours, the board returned to open session. Catherine Cooke made a motion to terminate Pruden’s contract effective Nov. 30, which was supported by Charlie Miller and Shirley Babson.

  • Parents react to superintendent’s firing

     BELVILLE — Following the school board’s decision Nov. 12 to fire Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden, concerned community members and parents say they are left with more questions than answers, criticizing the board for a lack of transparency.

  • Investigators seek two men on various charges

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find two men wanted on various charges.

    Henry Wade Rutledge, 46, of Rock Street in Archdale is wanted on two counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of felony after breaking and entering and obtaining property by means of false pretense stemming from incidents in Holden Beach in October, according to a news release. He is also wanted by Shallotte police on a felony larceny charge in an incident that also occurred in October.

  • Agents arrest seven in separate drug cases

     Agents arrested three Shallotte residents accused of trafficking heroin through Brunswick County.

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 30-year-old Lamar McDow, 27-year-old Eddie Hill and 24-year-old Masheka Rena Cobb during a traffic stop on N.C. 130 near Ash.

  • Shallotte man accused of stealing three cars in one day

     A Shallotte man accused of stealing three cars faces various charges, including three counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Police nab man accused of picking up pot package

     A Leland man was arrested Nov. 13 after Leland police said he tried to pick up a package that contained four pounds of marijuana from a local post office.

    Thirty-four-year-old James Lewis Lowe faces a possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana after detectives intercepted a package intended for him at 660 Lewis Road.

  • Former church leader pleads guilty to sex crime

     A Gastonia man accused of committing sex crimes in Brunswick County 20 years ago pleaded guilty to a statutory sex offense in Superior Court on Monday, Nov. 17.

    Judge Gale Adams sentenced 64-year-old Joseph Robert Hall to 12 to 15 years in the North Carolina Department of Correction that morning after Hall pleaded guilty to an offense in which he “engaged in sexual conduct with a minor when he was more than six years older than the victim at the time,” Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas said.

  • Southport man avoids human trafficking conviction

     A Southport man pleaded no contest to common-law robbery in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, Nov. 17.

    Kyle Bradley Wolfe, who was initially charged as a co-conspirator in a Boiling Spring Lakes prostitution ring in May, pleaded no contest to common law robbery stemming from an incident in April 2013 at a home in Southport, Assistant District Attorney Daniel Thurston said.

  • County receives plan for Smithville park renovation

    BOLIVIA — A proposed $9.4 million three-phase renovation of Smithville Township District Park left one Brunswick County commissioner with sticker shock at the board’s Nov. 17 meeting.

    Derek Williams, North Carolina division manager for Alfred Benesch & Co./Site Solutions, was hired to perform a site analysis and create the proposed recreation improvements at the Southport park.

    “It is $9 million for all the improvements,” Williams said.