Local News

  • Brunswick County Schools recommended for accreditation by AdvancED

    Brunswick County Schools have been recommended for accreditation by AdvancED.

    An AdvancED external review team visited the school district last week and apparently liked what it saw, according to a news release issued by school district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki.

    Brunswick County Schools earned AdvancED accreditation after the team reviewed written documentation and artifacts, including interviewing 196 stakeholders, touring eight of the district’s 19 schools and observing 55 classrooms.

  • Navassa Community Center ribbon-cutting April 20

    The town of Navassa will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 20 at the Navassa Community Center at 338 Main St. at 6 p.m.

  • Bolivia man faces peeping charge

    A Bolivia man is accused of using a webcam to peep into a bedroom at his residence.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 40-year-old Wendell Oliver Holmes on a charge of possessing a photographic image from peeping Friday, April 7.

    A warrant shows Holmes used a computer-operated camera to peep secretly into the bedroom of his home on Colonial Landing Road on Thursday, April 6.

    Holmes was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1,500 bail April 7.

  • Ash man accused of strangling boy

    An Ash man is accused of strangling an 8-year-old boy.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 31-year-old Marco Antonio Valencia, of Mill Branch Road NW, and charged him with assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a child younger than 12 on Saturday, April 8.

    Warrants show Valencia grabbed the boy by his throat and lifted him off the ground, choking him and causing him to have trouble breathing and blurred vision, April 8.

    Valencia remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $15,000 bail.

  • Bolivia man accused of sexually assaulting child

    A Bolivia man is accused of sexually assaulting a child since 2014.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 27-year-old Michael Lee Denton Jr., of Summerlea Circle, on charges of first-degree rape, statutory rape of a child older than 6 and four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, all felonies, Thursday, April 6.

    All crimes involved the same 15-year-old, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Two men sought in firearm theft caught in S.C.

    Myrtle Beach, S.C., police captured two men wanted in a Brunswick County firearm theft.

    Thirty-five-year-old Jeffrey Wayne Barnes of Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach was wanted on a possession of a stolen firearm charge, while 28-year-old James Edward Kohler of Hampton Oaks Drive in Fayetteville was wanted on a larceny of a firearm charge, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

    Both men were arrested April 3, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C., where they are being held as fugitives.

  • Leland man arrested in September shooting

    Leland police arrested a man Wednesday, April 5, who they say shot into a residence last September.

    No one was injured in the shooting.

    Joshua Delynn Dial, 24, of Green Loop Road in Leland, is charged with discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.

    Police were called to a home on Manchester Lane about the Sept. 2 shooting, Lt. Jeremy Humphries said in a news release issued Thursday, April 6.

    During the course of the investigation, he said, detectives were able to obtain enough information for a warrant.

  • Spring free dump week April 10-15

    Brunswick County will host its spring free dump week April 10-15 at the Brunswick County Landfill.

    Brunswick County residents and property owners may dispose of all materials, except for regular household trash or new construction debris, free of charge. Proof of Brunswick County residency or property ownership is required and will be checked at the landfill entrance.

    The landfill’s hours of operation are Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • UPDATE: Shallotte bridge work postponed

    Scheduled closure of the Bridgers Road bridge over Mulberry Branch in Shallotte has been postponed because of utility conflicts, the North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Friday, April 7.

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation previously planned to close the bridge beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, April 10, through 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, for a bridge replacement.

  • Five men charged in county drug investigations

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested five men as part of an ongoing series of drug investigations prompted by community complaints.

    Rodney Wayne Suggs Jr., 48, of Jolly Roger Drive SW in Supply, was arrested March 28 and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, three counts of trafficking heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.