Local News

  • Closing arguments scheduled Thursday in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer


    BOLIVIA — Closing arguments are expected to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 5, in the trial of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal on Jan. 5, 2014. He was the last of three officers to arrive on scene that day.

  • New ECU School of Dental Medicine opens in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA — Thanks to East Carolina University and the efforts of many, Brunswick County now has its own dental school.

    A host of state, local and ECU officials turned out for the opening of the new ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center last Friday, April 29, at its new address at 100 Brunswick Medical Center Pkwy. across from Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia.

  • Board sends county commissioner primary protest to state

    BOLIVIA — The state elections board will consider Alan Lewis’ protest of the March 15 primary election results in the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 4 Republican primary.

    The three-member Brunswick County Board of Elections voted unanimously to send the protest to the state level after a more than two-hour hearing that began at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the board’s office.

  • Avalon lots see new life from utilities bond agreement

    BOLIVIA — A development that was stalled by the economic recession will receive infrastructure needed to start building houses after the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners found a contractor for the work.

    Avalon of the Carolinas off N.C. 211 near Clemmons Road SE was planned as a subdivision ringing a 2.5-acre pond before the housing bubble burst in 2007.

    But once the economy stalled, Avalon of the Carolinas developers filed for bankruptcy and gave up a $5.3 million surety bond to Brunswick County to cover the infrastructure.

  • Holden Beach noise ordinance seeks to prohibit ‘unreasonable loud noises’

    Holden Beach officials continue shaping a town noise ordinance to keep it simple to enforce and ensure it can stand up in court.

    The four newest Holden Beach town commissioners — John Fletcher, Kim Isenhour, Peter Freer and Ashley Royal — introduced ordinance changes immediately after taking their seats on the board Dec. 8, along with Ken Kyser, the only re-elected commissioner, and approved the majority of the changes at a special called meeting Dec. 16.

  • Vassey takes stand in his manslaughter trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — Former Southport police sergeant Bryon Vassey said he had no choice but to shoot and kill Keith Vidal in his Boiling Spring Lakes home Jan. 5, 2014.

    Vassey testified in his own defense Tuesday, May 3, the 11th day of his trial on a voluntary manslaughter charge in the death of the schizophrenic teen.

  • Residents push for ownership proof in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Several residents continue to push for a proof of property ownership requirement even as the town attorney reiterated liability reasons for not doing so.

    At a lengthy town council meeting Monday night, Town Attorney Grady Richardson outlined his personal experience handling ownership disputes he said are best handled in Brunswick County court.

    Town council also voted 3-2 to accept the town planning board’s April 21 recommendation not to require proof of property ownership in order to obtain a town building permit.

  • Carolina Shores focuses on budget, salaries

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners are poised for a public hearing and first reading of the town’s proposed $1.8 million budget for fiscal 2016-17 at their upcoming monthly meeting at 2 p.m. this Thursday, May 5.

    “We really are in the last stretch of the budget,” Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said at the board’s monthly workshop Monday. New goals, he said, were set at the board’s budget retreat in January.

  • Judge sentences habitual felon to more than six years in prison

    A Bolivia man has been sentenced to serve at least six-and-a-half years in state prison after pleading guilty to habitual misdemeanor assault, habitual felon, and assault on a female in Brunswick County Superior Court, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

    Judge Tripp Watson of New Hanover County sentenced 36-year-old Travis Bryan Stanley on Tuesday, May 3, to serve at least 80 months and up to 109 months (just more than nine years) for the crimes.

  • County parks survey on tobacco use under way

    Brunswick County and Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is conducting an online survey, surveymonkey.com/r/TobaccoUseinBCParks, to gauge the public’s opinion on the use of tobacco products in parks.

    All responses are anonymous. The survey results are intended to help park officials decide what, if any, regulations need to be put in place.

    The deadline for completing the survey is Sunday, May 15.