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  • 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.

  • WBHS alumna returns as principal

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer


    SHALLOTTE — In 1987, Rhonda Benton, then Rhonda Evans, graduated from West Brunswick High School.

    On the start of the first day of classes Aug. 28, she will officially return to her alma mater as its principal.

    Benton said she learned of the opportunity to take the position in June, when Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Les Tubb approached her it.

    She met her husband Joey when they were in high school together and her daughter is a 2016 graduate.

  • Man faces murder charge in crash that killed race car driver

    A Brunswick County Grand Jury indicted a Shallotte man on a murder charge in a traffic collision that killed a local race car driver at Hickmans Crossroads last month.

    Twenty-five-year-old Cody Austin Kohler, 25, of Pigott Road SW, is accused of killing 36-year-old Terry Ivan Evans Jr. of Supply.

    Evans succumbed Aug. 2 to injuries he suffered in the two-vehicle crash at Hickman and Calabash roads.

  • Clear the Shelters unites homeless pets with new owners

    SUPPLY — On a sweltering Saturday morning, a crowd gathered outside the Brunswick County Animal Shelter on Green Swamp Road waiting to adopt new pets.

    It was the nationwide Clear the Shelters event, held locally by Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services, when adoption fees were waived for the day Aug. 19 for its array of homeless dogs and cats.

    So many people showed up before the 10 a.m. event began, the shelter had to have a lottery to determine who the new owners for all available pets would be.