Local News

  • NCACC recognizes county commissioners

    The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners recognized Brunswick County commissioners Marty Cooke, Pat Sykes and Frank Williams for dedication to professional development.

    Cooke was recognized for meeting the requirements for the Mentor level in the Local Elected Leaders Academy. Sykes and Williams were recognized for meeting the requirements for the Master level in the Local Elected Leaders Academy.

  • BSL police arrest Burlington woman after Leland hit-and-run

    Boiling Spring Lakes police arrested a Burlington woman who they say led them on a chase after a hit and run in Leland on Thursday, Aug. 25.

    Jennifer Lee Smith had two passengers, including a child, in her vehicle when the crash happened on U.S. 74 and she fled down N.C. 133, according to a Boiling Spring Lakes police news release. A Boiling Spring Lakes police officer tried to stop her, but she eluded him until she lost control of her car and slamming into his vehicle.

    No one was injured, the release said.

  • No criminal charges in Leland fatal shooting

    The District Attorney’s Office will not press charges in a fatal shooting that happened in Leland earlier this year.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the 500 block of Creekview Lane on Jan. 5, when they and EMS personnel found 32-year-old Daniel Todd Adams dead of an apparent gunshot wound, according to the DA’s Office news release issued Aug. 25. An autopsy confirmed the cause of death.

  • Three injured in separate county traffic collisions

    Three people, including an 11-year-old girl, were injured in three separate traffic collisions within a 24-hour period last week.

    Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said 42-year-old Christina Gordon Beatty of Leland struck the girl with her vehicle at 3:25 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, in the 400 block of Culverton Road in Mallory Creek Plantation.

  • Motorcyclist crashes following Thursday, Aug. 25 chase

    A crash involving a motorcycle sent one man to an area hospital Thursday, Aug. 25 following a chase with law enforcement.

  • Crash on Makatoka Road leaves one injured

    A collision involving a pickup truck and a log truck sent one man to an area hospital Friday, Aug. 26.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper T. Chavis said it happened at 6 a.m. when 67-year-old William Jordan of Chadbourn was turning his log truck off a dirt road onto Makatoka Road, unaware that 29-year-old Michael Simmons of Ash was already driving his black 2011 GMC Canyon on Makatoka Road heading towards the log truck.

  • Coast Guard suspends search for diver missing off Oak Island

    The Coast Guard suspended its search for a diver who went missing off Oak Island last week.

    A 48-year-old diver with Pleasure Craft Atlantis reported mechanical failure with his diving equipment at 10:50 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, and did not resurface, according to a Coast Guard news release.

    Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup said the Coast Guard did not have the diver’s name.

  • VP candidate Pence campaigns in Leland

    LELAND — Brunswick County became a piece of the battleground for the presidential election Wednesday afternoon with a visit from Republican vice presidential nominee, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, stopping by Manufacturing Methods in Leland.

  • Belville appeals lawsuit arbitration ruling

    BELVILLE — Belville’s lawsuit with developer Urban Smart Growth will go to the Court of Appeals before it reaches Superior Court.

    Town Attorney Jim Eldridge reported at the Aug. 22 town meeting a motion to enter arbitration was recently denied, but the town will appeal the decision before the lawsuit moves forward.

    “If we win the appeal, we will arbitrate. If we lose, we will litigate,” Eldridge said.

  • Georgia man charged in three separate Aug. 19 assaults


    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Palmetto, Ga., man accused of grabbing a woman’s breast, soliciting prostitution from another woman, and grabbing a third woman’s arms twice in an attempt to kidnap her all in the same day.

    Maynard Walker, 49, of Wild Cherry Court, was arrested Aug. 19 and charged with assault on a female, felony second-degree kidnapping, soliciting prostitution and sexual battery, warrants show.