Local News

  • Area business data available through new website

    The Building Brunswick Business website, which was created to provide business and industry with accessible county demographics, is up and running.

    BuildingBrunswickBusiness.com was officially unveiled Aug. 17 at the Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. Community Room in Supply by the Business Development Committee, the nonprofit arm of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Wittkofsky donates custom motorcycle to D.A.R.E. International at annual conference

    Skip Wittkofsky, owner of Skip’s Truck Tire Service who also runs the nonprofit Dare to Care for Children, attended the 30th anniversary D.A.R.E. International Training Conference 2017 July 11-13 in Grapevine, Texas.

    The D.A.R.E. conference is a gathering of hundreds of D.A.R.E. officers, instructors, school resource officers, D.A.R.E. educators, classroom educators, school safety personnel, staff, administrators and public officials to recognize programs and people leading efforts to create and maintain safe and healthy schools.

  • Tethering issue dominates county commissioners meeting

    BOLIVIA — County commissioners saw more than 130 people fill the seats and line the walls of the board meeting room Monday night, Aug. 21, to support their positions on tethering animals.

    Proponents of a movement by Advocates for Animal Rights, who seek to change county ordinances to eliminate tethering, were met by a large contingent of hunters and members of the Brunswick County Sporting Dogs Association, with each group providing a speaker to share their point of view.

  • Supply man accused of exploiting disabled woman

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Supply man accused of exploiting a disabled older woman last year.

    Jermaine Thomas, 31, of Meadowlark Lane, is charged with exploitation of a disabled or elder adult, a felony.

    Warrants show Thomas defrauded a woman out of funds and property worth a total of $7,293.68 between Feb. 4, 2016, and June 9, 2016.

    Thomas, who was arrested Aug. 16, remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $10,000 bail.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks info on stolen trailer

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a stolen trailer.

    The trailer was taken from a residence in the Leland area between Aug. 10 and Aug. 14. A Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post does not specify the neighborhood.

    The trailer is described as a 16-foot-long Down 2 Earth brand trailer with a winch and a battery box on the front.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mitchell McCaffity at 363-6555.

  • Trial for accused rapist moved to New Hanover County

    The trial for a former Carolina Beach Police Department reserve officer facing charges in Brunswick County has been moved to New Hanover County, Brunswick County Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage Darroch said.

    Joseph Adam Silva, 31, of Raleigh Avenue in Carolina Beach was charged April 8, 2016, with two counts of second-degree rape, sexual servitude and impersonating a law enforcement officer in incidents that happened sometime between Jan. 1 and 20, 2016.

  • Supply man accused of hitting women while stealing car

    A Supply man is accused of hitting two women with the car he stole with a couple inside.

    Travis Priest, 28, of Pinfish Street was arrested Saturday, Aug. 19, and charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking or entering a motor vehicle, larceny from the person, two counts each of first-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, three misdemeanor counts of simple assault and two misdemeanor counts of communicating threats.

  • Study rates county in Top 10 for visitor spending

    Brunswick County made the Top 10 list for North Carolina counties with the most visitor spending, based on 2016 numbers.

    The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina announced spending hit $22.9 billion statewide based on an annual study of visitor spending commissioned by Visit North Carolina and conducted by the U.S. Travel Association.

    The USTA study looked at sales and tax revenue data, employment figures and other industry and economic data to determine the overall impact of visitor spending in North Carolina.

  • Community breaks ground for Matthew 25 Center

    TABOR CITY— Community members converged at 3899 Swamp Fox Highway W. on Sunday to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the Matthew 25 Center at Tabor City Inc.

    The facility will provide a temporary housing environment for families visiting loved ones at detention centers in Brunswick, Robeson, Bladen and Columbus counties and Horry County, S.C.

    The center was inspired by Matthew 25:40: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

  • Bolivia man faces drug charges

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Bolivia man on multiple drug charges Aug. 16.

    James Anthony Holden, 21, of Zack Street is charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine (15 grams), possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.