Local News

  • Leland man found not guilty of second-degree rape

     A Brunswick County jury found a Leland man not guilty of second-degree rape in Superior Court last week.

    The jury returned the verdict after less than an hour of deliberation in the case of 48-year-old Jimmy Christopher Cox, who was accused of raping a woman with whom he lived last summer. He was initially charged with second-degree rape, attempted second-degree rape and sexual battery in July 2014, jail records show.

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant celebrates 40-year anniversary

     SOUTHPORT — Brunswick Nuclear Plant retirees gathered inside the company’s media center for a little more than an hour Friday night and reminisced about their experiences during a 40-year anniversary celebration.

    The two-unit, 1,870-megawatt plant located about two miles north of Southport, houses two boiling water nuclear reactors and more than 1,000 full-time employees.

  • Wish comes true for 8-year-old Shallotte boy

     SHALLOTTE — Eight-year-old Grayson Todd couldn’t contain his excitement when he found out his wish had come true.

    Grayson, a Shallotte resident and Supply Elementary School student, was born with a gastrointestinal disorder and requires constant medical attention.

    Through doctors’ visits, his family learned about Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to “enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”

  • County to begin accepting LIEAP applications Dec. 1

    Brunswick County will begin accepting applications Dec. 1 for LIEAP, the annual energy assistance program, from adults who are older than 60 or disabled.
    The LIEAP, or Low Income Energy Assistance Program, provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible families offset winter heating expenses. The household’s total countable income for the base period must be equal to or less than 130 percent of the current poverty level, and the household’s total resources must be $2,250 or less.

  • Navigators available for health insurance marketplace, open enrollment help

    Certified navigators are available through the Brunswick County Department of Social Services and Legal Aid to help residents navigate open enrollment and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
    Consumers who need to obtain a tax credit or who need in-person assistance with health insurance can make an appointment with a specially trained navigator. Navigators will be available every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Social Services Annex Building. County offices are closed Thursday, Nov. 26, for Thanksgiving and Thursday, Dec. 24, for Christmas.

  • Federal judge sentences man to probation for shining laser at aircraft

    A Concord man who pleaded guilty to pointing a laser at a helicopter in flight over the Cape Fear Regional Jetport was sentenced to probation in federal court Wednesday, Nov. 4.

    Christopher Lee Funk, 35, pleaded guilty in May 2015 to knowingly aiming the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft in flight.

    Senior U.S. District Judge James C. Fox sentenced Funk to five years probation and 200 hours of community service during a hearing in Wilmington, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker. 

  • Leland man arrested on felony charges

    A Leland man accused of stealing golf cart batteries and selling them under false pretense to a recycling company has been arrested.

    Thirty-two-year-old John Joseph Sawchuck Jr., of Lee Drive, was arrested Thursday, Nov. 5, and charged with six counts of obtaining property under false pretense and two counts of felony larceny, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Thursday, Nov. 5.

  • Sunset Beach councilman resigns on Election Day

    In a surprise departure, Sunset Beach Town Councilman Terry Johnson announced on Election Day he is resigning effective Wednesday, Nov. 4.

    Posting on his Facebook page, Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts wrote Tuesday night the town had just received word Johnson had resigned “as he moves out of Sunset Beach to be closer to the church he serves as pastor.”

  • Challengers win many seats

    Preliminary election results show Leland’s mayor kept her seat while Carolina Shores’ mayor lost his, only one incumbent returned to the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners and two challengers defeated two incumbent Sunset Beach town councilmen in the Tuesday, Nov. 3, general election.
    In addition, the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO sanitary district effort to build a reverse osmosis water treatment plant will face more obstacles as two candidates who campaigned in opposition of the plant were voted to the district’s board of commissioners.

  • Board of education seeks $175M bond on 2016 ballot

     BOLIVIA — For the last several months, Brunswick County Board of Education members have discussed the possibility of requesting a bond referendum be added to the Nov. 8, 2016, general election ballot.

    They voted 3-2 to approve the $175 million bond referendum request Tuesday, Nov. 3, during operations and finance committee meetings in the district’s administrative offices in Bolivia.

    Board vice chairwoman Shirley Babson, John Thompson and Bud Thorsen approved the request while chairwoman Catherine Cooke and Charlie Miller cast dissenting votes.