Local News

  • Two Belville churches vandalized

    Two churches less than half-mile apart in Belville were vandalized over the weekend.

    Someone used an unknown object to damage both front glass doors and two windows at Blackwell Chapel AME Zion Church at 10051 Blackwell Road SE in Belville sometime between 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Providence Missionary Church at 10499 Chappell Loop Road SE also sustained damage at the front of the building.

  • School board, teacher of the year talk school safety

    BOLIVIA — School safety dominated the discussion at March 6’s regular county school board meeting.

    During her Teachers’ Voice presentation, Brunswick County Teacher of the Year and Leland Middle School art teacher Carolynn Phillips shared her thoughts and those of Teacher Advisory Council members.

    Phillips said an anonymous elementary school teacher and some of her colleagues said their main concern was students coming to them with issues that “go beyond that of the typical disruptive student.”

  • Shallotte man charged in Onslow County break-ins

    A Shallotte man faces breaking and entering charges in Onslow County.

    Onslow County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 37-year-old William Ross Stout Jr. of Redwood Street on March 5 by and charged him with nine counts of vehicle breaking and entering, seven counts of larceny after breaking or entering and two counts of felony conspiracy.

  • NBHS student faces rape charge

    Leland police charged a North Brunswick High School student with second-degree rape.

    Lt. Jeremy Humphries said officers arrested James Matthew Cain Jr. on March 6.

    Humphries provided no more information about the case.

    Cain was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $100,000 bail.

  • Ash woman among three arrested in Horry County, S.C., on drug charges

    An Ash woman was among three arrested last week on drug charges in Horry County, S.C.

    Koceanna Freeman, 27, was arrested March 8 and charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking crack cocaine, trafficking cocaine, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

  • Conference reminds girls they’re extraordinary

    BOLIVIA— Brunswick Community College hosted 65 sixth-grade girls from Brunswick County Schools on Friday during the sixth annual i.a.e. (I Am Extraordinary) Conference for Brunswick County Middle School Girls.

    Women In Philanthropy & Leadership of Brunswick County presents the event in cooperation with BCC and Communities In Schools of Brunswick County.

    BCC Foundation resource development director Elina DiCostanzo said the event is “all about the girls.”

  • Belville raises funds for smartboards in every traditional classroom

    BELVILLE — When Emily Donovan first came on as president of the Belville Elementary School Parent Advisory Council at the end of the 2015-16 school year, parents, teachers and students responded to a PAC survey to say they needed more smartboards in the school.

    Donovan said teachers said in the survey they didn’t have enough textbooks, Chromebooks and smartboards, essential learning aids for their classrooms.

  • Wilmington man accused of running trooper off Brunswick County road

    A Wilmington man is accused of trying to run a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper off the road Sunday in Brunswick County.

    No one was injured.

    Corey Taylor Robinson, 28, was arrested March 4 and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, reckless driving, driving left of center and speeding.

  • Shallotte man accused of making, using counterfeit cash

    A Shallotte man is accused of making and using counterfeit money.

    Cody Addicus Hewett, 38, of Sasspan Drive was arrested Feb. 21 and charged with two counts each of possession of counterfeit currency and obtaining property by false pretense.

    Warrants show Hewett made counterfeit copies of a $100 bill with the same serial number and used the money to get food and money from Lowes Foods on Beach Drive SW in Little River, S.C., between Jan. 1 and Feb. 21.

    Hewett was released Feb. 21 from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $50,000 bail.

  • Two face cocaine-related charges in separate cases

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people last month on cocaine-related charged in separate cases.

    Pamala Dawn Johnson, 41, of Seawind Court in Supply was arrested Feb. 26 and charged with three counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, three counts of selling or delivering cocaine and three misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Johnson sold 1.2 grams of cocaine in a plastic baggy to an unnamed person Dec. 7 and sold one gram each to unnamed people Dec. 8.