Local News

  • Garden of ideas to grow at Lincoln Elementary

    LELAND — Sudents and faculty came together Wednesday, July 6, to break ground on a new garden at Lincoln Elementary School.

    The Garden at Lincoln Elementary, located in the school’s courtyard, will serve not only as a place to grow fresh fruits and vegetables, but also to help expand the minds of the students who will tend to it.

  • Grand jury indicts five men on sex crime charges

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted five men on sex crime charges in separate cases June 27.

  • Leland man charged in June robbery

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Leland man Monday, July 11, involved in an armed robbery last month.

    Darrin Darnell Lee, 27, of Smith Trail, is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, in addition to two counts of failure to appear on a misdemeanor.

    Warrants show Lee threatened a man with a handgun to steal his debit card, driver’s license and $800 on June 16.

  • Ash man accused of killing ex-girlfriend to see judge Aug. 11

    BOLIVIA — An Ash man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend did not appear in front of a Brunswick County judge Monday, July 11, as originally scheduled

     Instead, Chris Kalb, 24, of Ash-Little River Road, will face a judge Thursday, Aug. 11, for an extradition hearing and a hearing on an unrelated assault on a female charge.

  • Arrest made in beach cooler thefts

    An Ocean Isle Beach man is charged in a string of Yeti Cooler thefts committed during the Fourth of July weekend.

    Ocean Isle Beach police detectives arrested 24-year-old William Matthew Bowers, of 1601 Gate 3 SW, after an officer recognized him driving a white Camaro at 2:50 p.m. on N.C. 179 near Odell Williamson Municipal Airport on Wednesday, July 6, Capt. Ricky King said. Police have not released whether coolers were found in the Camaro at the time of Bowers’ arrest.

  • School board extends superintendent Tubb’s contract to June 2020

    BOLIVIA— The Brunswick County Board of Education extended Brunswick County Schools superintendent Les Tubb’s contract through June 30, 2020.

    The decision came after the board announced at its Tuesday, July 12, meeting Tubb received an “above average” rating during his evaluation earlier in the day.

    Tubb’s contract originally ran from April 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018 at a salary of $144,000 a year.

  • Burglar steals artifacts, money from Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

    WINNABOW — Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site was closed to the public Sunday, July 10, following a break-in and theft of artifacts and money earlier that morning.

    The site along the Cape Fear River includes the colonial ruins of Brunswick Town and Confederate Civil War Fort Anderson.

    Site manager Jim McKee said he received a call at 2:18 a.m. Sunday that museum security had been breached and artifacts had been taken.

  • Woman charged in shooting after argument at school pleads guilty

    A Delco woman involved in an argument at a Leland school that led to gunfire off campus last month pleaded guilty to three of the five charges she faced as a result.

    The disagreement between parents in the car-rider line at Lincoln Elementary School led to the arrest of 32-year-old Tonya Renee Lunesford and 41-year-old Dennis Ray Grainger of Delco on June 3.

    Lunesford and Grainger were each charged with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse, going armed to the terror of people and possession of a gun on educational property.

  • County issues water system pressure advisory

    Water consumers of Brunswick County Public Utilities, from the N.C. 211 and U.S. 17 (at Supply) intersection west to the U.S. 17 and Old Shallotte Road (west of Shallotte) intersection, experienced periods of low pressure in the distribution system Friday, July 8, because of a July 4 power outage that affected water pumps serving the area. This included areas served by water lines on streets which connect to this section of U.S. 17 between Supply and Shallotte, but did not include town of Shallotte water customers.

  • Adopt an Angel’s Saving Pets Challenge under way

    Adopt an Angel, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization based in New Hanover County, will take part in the Saving Pets Challenge for July. The challenge began July 6 and ends Aug. 5.

    An anonymous donor who adopted their dog from Adopt an Angel several years ago offered a $10,000 donation if the organization can raise $10,000. It costs Adopt an Angel on average $142 to save each rescued animal. Special needs animals cost more in veterinary care, as do animals that stick around longer than usual, getting overlooked.

    To donate, go to crowdrise.com/adoptanangel-sp2016.