Local News

  • Two workers injured in gas station fire

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said two petroleum company maintenance workers suffered potentially life-threatening injuries after a flash fire at a gas station in Leland on Monday afternoon.

    Garner said the workers, a man and a woman, were injured while doing some work on pumps at the Circle K at 7806 Ocean Highway E. a few minutes after 5 p.m. Monday, May 9.

    EMS personnel took them to an area hospital for treatment, but their identities and conditions were not available, Garner said.

  • Leland officials review $9.5M budget

    LELAND — The Leland town board’s latest workshop May 4 led to serious discussion of a tax rate increase to balance the budget, provide additional employees and pay for capital improvement priorities.

    At a budget workshop in March, Town Manager David Hollis presented board members with an anticipated budget of about $9.5 million for 2016-17, up from $8.4 million in 2015-16. But the predicted revenues for the next fiscal year are estimated at $8.8 million.

    The budget increase comes with the intent to add police and public works staff.

  • Supply man charged in thefts, break-ins

    A Supply man is charged in a series of thefts and break-ins that began last December.

    James Earl Clemmons III, 19, of Littlefield Road, was arrested May 2 and charged with breaking and entering, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny after breaking and entering and four counts of larceny of a firearm.

    According to warrants, Clemmons stole a .44-caliber pistol Dec. 12, 2015, and stole a 12-gauge Remington shotgun from a 2006 Nissan Titan owned by his father and a .20-gauge Remington shotgun Jan. 4.

  • Officials celebrate first phase of Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park

    BELVILLE — An estimated crowd of more than 500 visitors to the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park attended the official opening of the park trail and fishing pier Saturday, May 7.

    “This is a special ceremony we’ve been waiting over two years for,” Belville Mayor Mike Allen said. “What we hoped for was a great turnout to see the park, because it’s yours.”

  • Election 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.

  • Planning board OKs farmers markets/farm stands changes

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Planning Board unanimously approved recommending text amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance designed to expand opportunities for farmers markets and farm stands.

    With the planning board’s approval, the farmers’ market/farm stand amendments will receive a public hearing at the county commissioners’ June 6 meting.

  • Sheriff’s office offers reward in break-in, theft

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who broke into and stole items from Brunswick Housing Opportunities Inc. in Supply.

    Reports show someone broke into a storage building at 697 Ocean Highway W. sometime between 2 p.m. April 27 and Tuesday, May 2. Among the items taken were computer monitors, an air compressor, a weed trimmer, a pressure washer and assorted tools, together worth more than $1,000.

  • Oak Island utilities merger with county system stalls in legislature

    Brunswick County’s plan to acquire Oak Island’s water and sewer system hit a snag at the state level that will stop the merger from moving forward.

    Brunswick County and Oak Island released a joint statement Friday, May 6, announcing the plan stalled because a change in North Carolina legislation needed for the county to collect funds from water and sewer customers will not happen in the near future.

  • Grand jury indicts Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting children

    Staff Report


    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted a 64-year-old Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting two children.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested Waylon Ronald Simmons of Liberty Street Feb. 9 and charged him with second-degree sexual offense, four counts each of first-degree sexual offense against a child and statutory rape of a child at least six years younger than him, and eight counts of indecent liberties with a child, warrants show.

  • Judge acquits ex-cop of voluntary manslaughter

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — A judge acquitted 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 in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

    Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown announced the verdict about 10 a.m. Friday after a bench trial that took 14 days, beginning April 19. Brown, rather than a jury, determined Vassey’s innocence.