Local News

  • Cedar Grove finishes awareness week with football game

     CEDAR GROVE — Although a flag football game inside Cedar Grove Middle School’s gymnasium drew the loudest cheers, it was a message from a semi-professional football player that the students will remember years from now.

    Mariquise Dixon, a retired semi-pro football player and former member of the Wilmington Tigers, warned students about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse before he and two other current players led a flag football game between the Tigers and Bulldog students Thursday, Oct. 30.

  • Sunset Beach police search for robbery suspect

    Police are asking for the public’s help locating a man accused of injuring a 90-year-old woman and stealing her purse during an Oct. 28 robbery in Sunset Beach.

    Sunset Beach Police are seeking information regarding a strong-arm robbery that occurred Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 28, in the parking lot of Walgreens in Sunset Beach. Deputy Police Chief Joe Smith said the woman was walking from her vehicle in the Walgreens parking lot to the store at 1:20 p.m. when a man approached, struggled with her, stole her purse and ran down Seaside Road.

  • Belville supports BCC for workforce development student

    BELVILLE — Belville officials will fund a student in Brunswick Community College’s workforce development program and may fund more in next year’s budget.

    BCC President Dr. Susanne Adams and Velva Jenkins, BCC’s vice president of continuing education, economic and workforce development, made a presentation to the Belville town board Monday night, Oct. 27.

    Adams told the board members and Mayor Mike Allen the college, which is celebrating its 35 the year, serves 1,600 curriculum students and more than 2,000 workforce development students.

  • OIB puts $1.25 million behind Causeway Drive eminent domain action

    Ocean Isle Beach officials began the legal process, and opened their checkbook, to claim land for a public park.

    Attorneys for the town filed an eminent domain action Oct. 21 under Chapter 40A of the North Carolina General Statutes to acquire a vacant lot at Causeway Drive and Second Street for public use.

    The town board of commissioners passed a resolution to take the legal action at the Oct. 14 town meeting.

    OIB commissioners authorized the condemnation of the land as part of the eminent domain process.

  • Leland ordinance delays naming municipal park for first mayor

    LELAND — Renaming the Municipal Park across from Leland’s new town hall after former Mayor Russell Baldwin could be a long-term project.

    Mayor Brenda Bozeman first proposed in August commemorating Baldwin, who died Sept. 18 after a long illness, for his part in creating the town of Leland and serving as its first mayor.

    The discussion picked up again during the Sept. 18 town meeting after Bozeman announced Baldwin had died earlier in the day.

  • Brunswick County goes to the polls Tuesday


    The Nov. 4 general election will feature races to determine Brunswick County’s representatives on the county and school boards and at the state and national level.

    It also includes Brunswick County residents seeking to serve statewide.

    Brunswick County

    Incumbent county commissioner Marty Cooke faces a challenge from John Holleman for the District 2 seat.

    Charlie Miller, the incumbent board of education member for District 3, faces opponent William C. Flythe.

  • Wilmington woman indicted on felony child sex abuse charges

     A Wilmington woman has been indicted on felony child abuse charges by a Brunswick County grand jury while other charges were dropped in district court.

    Assistant District Attorney Cathi Radford said a grand jury indicted 36-year-old Angela Renee Wallace in a case stemming from alleged sex crimes on the same victim who was 8 when crimes started in 2006 and lasted until 2014.

    Because Wallace was indicted by a grand jury, five counts of felony child abuse-sexual act were voluntarily dismissed, court records show.

  • Schools risk losing charters with compliance failure

     A local charter school management company is in legal limbo until the State Board of Education determines its fate next week.

    Charter Day School Inc. (CDS) could face legal sanctions after failing to meet requests from the state Department of Public Instruction, State Board of Education lawyer Katie Cornetto said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 28.

    Cornetto said the State Board of Education would determine what actions it might take at its regularly scheduled meetings next Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 5-6.

  • Oak Island man faces federal charge of aiming laser at aircraft

     A federal grand jury in Raleigh has indicted an Oak Island man on a charge of  knowingly aiming the beam of a laser pointer at a helicopter in flight.

    Christopher L. Funk, 34, of Long Beach Road, faces up to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 if convicted, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric D. Goulian will prosecute the case, which involves the FBI.

  • Agents arrest accused drug dealers at Shallotte hotel

     A lengthy drug investigation resulted in the arrest of two accused drug dealers last week in Shallotte.

    After the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit received a community tip, authorities arrested 26-year-old James O’Brian Gause and 21-year-old Alex Al-Terick Hamilton at the Econo Lounge Inn & Suites on East Coast Lane in Shallotte on Oct. 21.