Local News

  • Bolivia man sentenced for sexually assaulting teen

    A judge sentenced a Bolivia man to nearly five years in prison for sexually assaulting a teen during a graduation party in 2015.

    As part of a plea agreement, 23-year-old Michael David Rivenbark pleaded guilty Tuesday morning, Sept. 27, to solicitation to commit statutory rape, said Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage, who prosecuted the case.

    Warrants showed Rivenbark engaged in intercourse with a 14-year-old girl June 28, 2015.

  • Man to serve at least seven years for crash that killed two people in Ash

    A Southport man will spend at least seven years in prison for a May 2015 crash in Ash that killed two people and injured three others.

    Forty-six-year-old Charles Harvey Lee, of River Road, was sentenced to serve between 110 months and 144 months (12 years), with credit for time served since his May 27, 2015, arrest, in the North Carolina Department of Correction after the plea hearing, District Attorney Jon David said in a news release issued Tuesday, Sept. 27.

  • County commissioners cancel Nov. 21 meeting

    The Nov. 21 regular meeting of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has been canceled because of a lack of time-sensitive matters for consideration and the proximity of the Thanksgiving holiday.

    The corresponding agenda meeting, scheduled for Nov. 15, has likewise been canceled.

  • ABCPOA Meet the Candidates Night

    The Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association is sponsoring a Meet the Candidates Night on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The public is invited to this question-and-answer forum featuring candidates for the following contested positions: U.S. Representative, state General Assembly, Brunswick County commissioners and school board.

  • N.C. Ferry System begins transition to off-season schedules

    The annual transition to off-season schedules will begin for the North Carolina Ferry System. Over the next six weeks, several gradual changes will occur on four of the ferry system’s seven routes, including Southport-Fort Fisher.

    The Southport route will switch to an off-season schedule Oct. 1, dropping from 16 weekday round trips to 14. Weekend schedules will not be affected.

    For a printable 2016 ferry schedule, go to ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf.

  • Dredging on Sunset Beach community meeting agenda Oct. 8

    Sunset Beach residents will be able to ask questions and make comments at an Oct. 8 community meeting about the town’s shoreline dredging and pre-dredging analysis.

    The informal meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Jones-Byrd Clubhouse at 75 Clubhouse Road in Sea Trail Plantation.

  • Chamber endorses Nov. 8 $152M school bond referendum

    Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce board members voted unanimously to endorse the Brunswick County Schools $152 million bond referendum that will appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. The school bond is meant to provide funding for much-needed construction and renovations to the aging system.

  • Traffic alert Oct. 8-9 for 2016 Bike MS: Breakaway at the Beach in Sunset Beach

    The Bike MS: Breakaway at the Beach ride, hosted by the National MS Society, is taking place Oct. 8-9. Cyclists will be on the road from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday in and around Sunset Beach, Calabash and Carolina Shores as riders depart Sea Trail on N.C. 179, Shoreline Drive, Beach Drive and Thomasboro Road crossing U.S. 17.
    Motorists are asked to use caution as bicycles will be on various roads in Brunswick and Columbus counties until their afternoon returns to Sea Trail, along with support vehicles.

  • Man to serve more than 21 years for sex crime convictions

    A Wilmington man will spend at least 21 years in prison for statutory sex offense, sex offense in a parental role and indecent liberties with a child, according to a news release from District Attorney Jon David.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced 36-year-old Kenneth Lateef McKnight to serve 254 months to 365 months in the N.C. Department of Correction upon convicting him of the crimes Monday, Sept. 26, after a bench trial that lasted more than a week.

  • LCAC brings authors together for creative writing fair Saturday

    The Leland Cultural Arts Center hosts its first Creative Writing Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

    “We hope people will come and enjoy it. This is our first time hosting it and we hope to have people who are interested in writing and interested in the authors and their work attend,” Cultural Arts Manager Julianne Scott said.

    “It’s different from the things we’ve done here before. I think it will be pretty interesting.”