Local News

  • Grand jury indicts three in sex crimes against children

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted three people Jan. 19 accused of committing sex crimes against children, including a Leland man who is charged with 40 counts of first-degree sex offense against a child.

    Navassa police arrested 54-year-old Owen William Ludlow Jr., of Cedar Hill Road, on Sept. 1, 2015, and charged him with statutory rape of a 13-year-old child and indecent liberties with a child younger than 13 in incidents that happened between Aug. 1, 2013, and Aug. 1, 2014, warrants show.

  • OIB woman accused of posing as cancer patient for money

    An Ocean Isle Beach woman is accused of posing as a cancer patient to secure nearly $4,000 in donations last year.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s detectives arrested 46-year-oldf Lisa Carol Yates, of Seagull Way, on Friday night, Jan. 29, on charges of solicitation to obtain property by false pretense and obtaining property by false pretense Nov. 15, 2015, according to a news release.

  • No one injured in minor accident involving school bus

    No one was injured when a Brunswick County Schools bus sideswiped a garbage truck Thursday morning, Jan. 28, in a neighborhood between Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach.

    Fifteen students from West Brunswick and Shallotte Middle schools were aboard Bus 234 when it scraped the side of the truck while passing it in Lake Tree Shores, school district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    “There are no injuries or broken glass,” she said.

  • OIB man sought in theft arrested in Little River, S.C.


  • Belville officials vote for town hall land contract, residents vote for town hall design

    BELVILLE — Belville town commissioners voted during their Monday, Jan. 26, town meeting to agree to a final contract to purchase land for a town hall.

    For several months, Mayor Mike Allen updated residents after the board met in closed session to discuss the land purchase that the negotiations for the land were close to a final contract.

    After the board returned from Monday night’s closed session, Town Attorney Jim Eldridge said the contract is done.

  • UNCW anthropologist plans summer dig at Brunswick Park at Belville

    BELVILLE — University of North Carolina at Wilmington researchers from will return to Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park this summer to continue looking into Brunswick County’s history.

    Dr. Eleanora Reber of the UNCW Department of Anthropology, along with Dr. Scott Nooner and Dr. Eman Ghoneim of the UNCW Department of Geography and Geology, brought a ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to Brunswick Park at Belville in May 2015 to look for the remnants of structures that once stood there.

  • Leland approves on-street, cluster parking spaces

    LELAND — Two years of subdivision parking review and three rounds of public hearings led to a decision by Leland Town Council to require an additional parking space for each lot in new developments.

    The council held public hearings last fall, but held off voting until new members were seated after the November municipal election. Leland residents voted in two new members, Michael Callahan and Bob Campbell, who joined council members Bob Corriston, Pat Batleman and Mayor Brenda Bozeman on the town council.

  • County commissioners: More study needed to fix Carolina Shores flooding

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners see more study of the Caw Caw drainage district as the only viable action to address the October 2015 storm flooding impact on Carolina Shores.

    The board met in a special session Tuesday, Jan. 26, to hear from Eric Williams, a consultant with HDR Engineering of the Carolinas, who presented a summary of options that might improve general drainage issues in the Caw Caw drainage district.

  • BCC opens business and industry incubator at the Leland campus

    LELAND — Brunswick Community College officials opened the doors on the county business and industry incubator at the Leland BCC campus Tuesday, Jan. 26.

    Velva Jenkins, BCC Vice President of continuing education, economic and workforce development, said is the new theme for the incubator is “All business dreams are ready to be reviewed!” as it begins accepting applications from potential entrepreneurs.

  • Carolina Shores retreat Jan. 28, community, volunteer programs under way

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will have an annual board retreat at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in town hall council chambers at 200 Persimmon Road. The session is open to the public.

    Volunteer, community programs

    The town is also launching a volunteer kickoff and second speaker’s series called “Community Building Blocks: Engaging Residents to Enhance Communications and Problem Solving.”