Local News

  • Belville making plans for town hall, but still negotiating for land

    BELVILLE — Belville officials don’t own a site for a new town hall yet, but they have the plans for one.

    Commissioner Joe Breault presented a preliminary concept design and a building layout at the board’s Dec. 21 meeting.

    Mayor Mike Allen said the concept design by Lisle Architectures offers a one-story building that would provide more than 5,500 square feet, including space for a dozen offices and a commissioners’ meeting room that could hold at least 80 people.

  • Riverwalk boardwalk, pier construction start

    BELVILLE — Construction on the riverwalk section of Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park is anticipated to begin at the start of next week.

    Commissioner Joe Breault announced to the audience at the Dec. 21 town meeting the North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued a permit allowing the contractor, TJ’s Marine Construction, to build an access road and staging area for the pier and boardwalk pilings to be installed along Brunswick River.

    The contractor will drive 240 pilings at the water’s edge and out into the river.

  • Election filing period for 2016 races concludes

    The candidates for the March 15 primary election are set as of Monday afternoon, the final day for the filing period. Election filing was open from noon Dec. 1 until noon Monday, Dec. 21.

    Brunswick County Board of Commissioners

    Jim Medlin of Oak Island filed Dec. 1 for the Brunswick County District 3 commission seat held by incumbent and fellow Republican Pat Sykes of Southport, who filed Dec. 7 to run for re-election. Democrat William C. Flythe of Southport joined the race Dec. 8.

  • Southport man wanted on felony larceny charge

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help to find a Southport man wanted on a felony larceny charge.

    Michael Dwayne Holland, 30, of River Road in Southport, is accused of stealing a $1,100 EZ-GO golf cart from someone else’s property Dec. 9, a warrant shows. He is described as a 6-foot, 180-pound white man, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Tuesday, Dec. 21.

    Anyone with information regarding Holland’s whereabouts should call Detective Charles Liles at 880-5756 or 911.

  • Leland man charged in Family Dollar robbery

     A 45-year-old Leland man accused of robbing a Family Dollar almost two weeks ago faces a felony charge in Brunswick County after his Dec. 11 arrest.

    O’Larry Lampkins Jr. turned himself into police Dec. 11 and was charged with common law robbery, Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said.

    Lampkins is accused of demanding money from a cashier at a Family Dollar store on Village Road on Dec. 10, arrest warrants show. No one was injured during the robbery.

    Lampkins is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $15,000 bail.

  • Columbus County man dies in traffic crash near Leland

     A 31-year-old Columbus County man died in a traffic crash Monday, Dec. 21, after his vehicle struck the back of a dump truck on U.S. 74 near Leland.

    Phillip Brent Bordeaux, of Riegelwood, was driving his red Ford SUV at 10:03 a.m. east “at a high rate of speed” on U.S. 74 about four miles west of Leland near the intersection of Malmo Loop Road when he struck the back of the dump truck driven by Mason Dwight Parker of Delco, N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Troy Pope said.

  • Counterfeit items seized during Shallotte store raid

     More than $60,000 in counterfeit merchandise was seized from a Shallotte store last week.

    Agents with the North Carolina Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force raided Fresh Gear, a clothing store at 5285-1 Main St., on Dec. 15 and seized almost $63,000 in counterfeit items, including Air Jordans, Timberland boots and Northface and Nike clothing, according to a news release issued by the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office last week.

    Liz Proctor, a spokeswoman with the Secretary of State’s Office, said the store was not shut down following the raid.

  • Judge dismisses hacking charges against SBHS student

     A District Court judge dismissed the charges against a South Brunswick High School student accused of hacking into the school district’s computer network.

    Judge Pauline Hankins dismissed misdemeanor accessing computers and computer trespassing charges against 17-year-old Onzel Dupree Ballard, of Galloway Road in Bolivia, on Dec. 8.

    Ballard complied with the terms of a formal deferred prosecution, Assistant District Attorney Ashley Gore said.

  • Three Leland teens face felony charges in shooting

     Three Leland teens accused of shooting at a home in Wilmington last week face felony charges in New Hanover County.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Leland police arrested 19-year-olds Jerry Lamont Andrews, Eddie Lee Harvey III and Kyreame Lewis on Dec. 15 and took them to the New Hanover County jail where they were each charged with felony conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon.

  • Lincoln Elementary’s White named regional principal of the year

     LELAND — Molly White deflected the attention she received after she earned one of the highest honors a school administrator can achieve.

    Last week, White, principal of Lincoln Elementary School, was named the North Carolina Southeast Region Principal of the Year and will compete for the state title against seven other finalists.

    Students and staff surprised White with a celebration of her accomplishment just after 2 p.m. in the school’s bus parking lot Friday, Dec. 18.