Local News

  • Southport man killed in weekend wreck, driver charged with his death

    SOUTHPORT—A Southport man was killed late Saturday when he was struck by an on-coming vehicle on N.C. 133.

    Just before 10 p.m., Arthur Bentley Hart, 42, of Southport was driving south on N.C. 133 just north of Southport when Omar Perez, driving in the opposite direction, veered into Hart’s lane and struck him.

    According to C.C. Albritton of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Perez was driving about 55 mph when he traveled left of center and collided with Hart.

  • Planning board approves UDO amendments

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board on Monday approved text amendments to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance.

    Board members approved forwarded the following amendments to county commissioners for their final approval:

    •To amend the summary of notice and public hearing requirements for appeal of administrative decisions and nonconforming use certificates.

    •To require the recordation of a special exception permit prior to review of final plats.

  • North Carolina garners national attention as a key battleground state

    WILMINGTON—With Sen. John McCain’s recent rally in Wilmington, and an Obama/Biden visit all but imminent, North Carolina is garnering national attention as a key battleground state in this year’s presidential election.

    Brunswick County GOP Chairman Frank Iler, who attended McCain’s Wilmington rally Monday afternoon, said the senator’s visit excited members of the Republican Party and brought attention to North Carolina on the national stage.

  • County tax administrator resigns

    Tom Bagby has resigned as Brunswick County Tax Administrator.

    According to county attorney Huey Marshall, Bagby resigned as tax administrator Friday, Oct. 10.

    Bagby, who made an annual salary of $81,390, had served as the county’s tax administrator since April 10, 2006.

    When reached at home Tuesday, Bagby said he was surprised when commissioners asked him to resign as tax administrator.

    “I resigned at the request of the board,” Bagby said. “I was notified Tuesday (Oct. 7) by the board.”

  • Bush declares disaster for Hanna in Brunswick

    President George W. Bush has declared a federal disaster for the three counties that suffered the most damage from Tropical Storm Hanna—Brunswick, Beaufort and Person counties.

    N.C. Governor Mike Easley requested the disaster declaration on Sept. 30, and Bush declared the disaster Oct. 8, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson said.

    Thompson said the presidential declaration is for public assistance, not individual assistance; meaning individual homeowners cannot apply for assistance.

  • Attorney: Substance abuse treatment needed

    Ronald Hewett is on the road to recovery, and his attorney wants him to stay on that path while serving his 16-month prison sentence.

    After being sentenced in federal court Monday afternoon, Hewett’s attorney Douglas Parsons asked that U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt recommend Hewett serve his time in a federal facility in Butner, and specifically, that Hewett participate in an intense substance abuse program, “so that he may continue on the course he’s on.”

  • Former sheriff pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett has pleaded guilty to three state embezzlement charges.

    On Monday morning, in Brunswick Superior Court, Hewett pleaded guilty to the three charges, but entered a no-contest plea to an obstruction of justice charge.

    He was sentenced to 15 to 18 months, which were suspended in lieu of 36 months of supervised probation. Hewett will be under supervised probation until he reports to federal prison for the 16 months he was sentenced to federally last week.

  • Former sheriff pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

    BOLIVIA—For a man of so many words, Ronald Hewett had few Monday morning, when he pleaded guilty to three state charges of embezzlement by a public official.

    Hewett entered a no-contest plea to a fourth state charge—obstruction of justice.

    As part of a plea agreement, Hewett’s charges were consolidated. He was sentenced to 15 to 18 months, which were suspended in lieu of 36 months of supervised probation.

  • Clemmons, White take home trophies in Brunswick County Idol, Teen Idol

    Working two jobs, going to school and leading his church choir didn't leave Michael Clemmons of Bolivia much time for rehearsing his number for Saturday night's Brunswick County Idol competition.

    Apparently, his one day of rehearsal paid off, however, because he wowed the judges and audience with his rendition of "I Am Changing" from "Dreamgirls." He took home $500, a trophy and the title of Brunswick County Idol 2008 at the event finals at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Navassa plant to shut doors; governor announces 'rapid response'

    Gov. Mike Easley has announced a rapid response team from the N.C. Department of Commerce is being deployed to Brunswick Corporation’s U.S. Marine boat-building plant in Navassa.

    The announcement came soon after U.S. Marine announced it would shut down the plant, which employs about 270 workers, along with three others in other parts of the country.