Local News

  • Detectives investigate two armed robberies

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating two separate armed robberies that happened Thursday, Jan. 21.

    No one was injured during either incident.

    A 47-year-old man was walking in an area near Makatoka Road and Etta Lane in Supply when four people — two men and two women — held him at gunpoint before stealing his wallet and $350 cash, incident reports show.

    In the other case, investigators are trying to locate a couple who robbed a man and woman of prescription medication and $7 cash at a home in Leland.

  • BCC will be tobacco-free campus beginning in fall 2017

     SUPPLY — Beginning in the fall semester of 2017, Brunswick Community College will officially be a tobacco- and smoke-free campus.

    The college’s board of trustees voted unanimously on a motion to adopt the policy during their monthly meeting Thursday, Jan. 21. It will prohibit the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, dip, smokeless tobacco or spit tobacco snuff, or any other items “containing or reasonably resembling tobacco or tobacco products.”

  • Marine pronounced dead after search

     Twelve Marines, including one with ties to Brunswick County, were pronounced dead after a five-day around-the-clock search following a crash between two helicopters in a training exercise over Hawaii the morning of Jan. 15.

    Among the 12 who perished is 25-year-old Sgt. Adam Schoeller, who was a CH-53E crew chief and the husband of West Brunswick High School graduate Samantha Wickel Schoeller.

    The Coast Guard officially suspended its search, which spanned 40,000 nautical miles and shorelines, Jan. 19. No bodies were found.

  • BCC program earns perfect pass rate for eighth consecutive year

     It’s often been said there are only two things you can count on in life: death and taxes.

    Apparently, Brunswick Community College practical nursing students can add a third certainty to the list — earning a 100 percent pass rate on the end-of-year national exam.

    For an eighth consecutive year, students in the practical nursing program at BCC have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) with a 100 percent rate.

  • Leland man charged in malnourished pit bull’s death

     A Leland man accused of contributing to the death of a malnourished pit bull faces a misdemeanor cruelty to animals charge.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 26-year-old James Jarett Roof, of Ocean Highway East, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Roof is accused of “intentionally depriving (a pit bull dog) of necessary sustenance,” a warrant shows. The tan, female pit bull mix died Wednesday, Jan. 20.

  • Weekend weather advisory

    As Winter Storm Jonas closes in on the East Coast, inland Brunswick County is included in a freezing rain advisory issued for the region by the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

    Elsewhere the area can expect a 100 percent chance of rain Friday with a high near 51 and new precipitation amounts possibly between a half and three quarters of an inch.

    The extended forecast for south Brunswick County for Friday night calls for a low around 38 and 90 percent chance of precipitation.

  • Men facing drug charges accused of sex crimes involving child

    Brunswick County sheriff’s investigators charged two Southport men, who were already in the county jail on drug charges, with sex crimes, including sexual exploitation of a minor, Thursday night.

  • County closer to gaining Oak Island water and sewer system

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Oak Island during its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 19, to acquire the town’s water and wastewater system.

    County Manager Ann Hardy said the memorandum is the first of several steps that must be taken before the Oak Island water and sewer systems would merge with the county’s.

    “This is the starting point for good faith negotiations,” Hardy said.

  • Holden Beach board commits to playground, dock at Bridgeview Park

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach officials agreed to finish an ambitious Bridgeview Park plan by committing to spending almost $700,000 for a playground and boat dock along the Intracoastal Waterway.

    The park and dock ideas were conceived in 2012-13 by the town board that included Don Glander, Ray Lehr, Sandy Miller, Sheila Young and Dennis Harrington

  • Let’s go to the videotape … or just video

    During the Jan. 12 Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners meeting, members voted unanimously to stop their proposed multi-use path along West First Street.

    Town officials and staff had been working on the project for several months, even years, after a sidewalk on First Street was given top priority by a town survey.