Local News

  • Brunswick County reports untreated wastewater spill

    Brunswick County Public Utilities had a discharge of untreated wastewater from a 2-inch low pressure blow-off at 3798 Worthington Place in St. James on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

    The amount of the spill was about 10,000 gallons. The discharge was caused by a concrete truck driving in the utility right-of-way onto a 2-inch blow-off.

  • Shallotte police seek Wal-Mart thief

    Shallotte police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a man they say stole three items from Wal-Mart on Sunday, Dec. 18.

    The man, described as black with a large build and last seen wearing a yellow shirt and yellow jacket, came into the store several times that day and left through one of the main entrances, Detective Sgt. John Holman said.

    The store said the man stole a George Foreman Grill, a CrockPot and a comforter set worth an a little more than $100, Holman said.

  • Leland man pleads no contest in malnourished pit bull’s death

    A Leland man accused of contributing to the death of a malnourished pit bull pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge he faced.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 26-year-old James Jarett Roof, of Ocean Highway East, on a misdemeanor cruelty to animals charge Jan. 20.

    Roof was accused of “intentionally depriving (a pit bull dog) of necessary sustenance,” a warrant shows.

  • Three arrested on robbery charges

    Three Brunswick County men are accused of robbing two people last week.

    No one was injured.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Matthew Ryan Eubanks, 17, of Creekwood Court in Supply on Dec. 10; Samuel Chad Hodges, 22, of Pigott Road in Shallotte on Dec. 13; and Kevin Durand Eubanks Jr., 20, of Creekwood Court in Supply on Dec. 14.

    Hodges was charged with a felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and the Eubankses, who are brothers, were each charged with a felony count of aiding and abetting an armed robbery.

  • Oak Island teen, Bolivia woman located safely

    Two people recently reported missing in separate cases have both been safely located.

    Trevor Joe Freeman, 15, of Oak Island was reported missing Nov. 23. Oak Island Police Capt. Tony Burke said Freeman was located safely soon after he was reported missing.

    A Bolivia woman who was last seen Dec. 8 at her Clemmons Road home was safely located in Conway, S.C., on Dec. 14, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Kimberly Kelly Seawell, 35, was originally reported missing Dec. 13.


  • BSL man faces second impersonation charge

    A Boiling Spring Lakes man faces a second charge after being accused of impersonating law enforcement in October.

    Anthony Mark Collins, 28, of East Boiling Spring Road is now charged with two misdemeanor counts of impersonating law enforcement, Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said.

  • Market aims to make world better

    SUPPLY — This Christmas, 11-year-old Mason Marshall of Supply is thinking about thousands of dollars worth of Christmas gifts — not for himself, but for more than 50 families in the community who will receive Christmas gifts from him via his gourmet popcorn business, Mason’s Market.

    The business was officially established in July 2015 after Mason’s mother Melissa gave him $50 and told him to “do something great” with it.

  • Chmielenski receives Leland’s COTY award

    LELAND — Mayor Brenda Bozeman had to plan for two months to make sure her Citizen of the Year was in the audience and unaware he was the 2016 recipient.

    “This is unexpected. I don’t believe it,” Walter Chmielenski, chairman of the parks and recreation board said after Bozeman announced the award at Leland’s Dec. 15 town meeting.

    “Do you know how hard it is getting good people here without spilling the beans?” Bozeman said.

  • Commissioners approve Belville town hall financing

    BELVILLE — The North Carolina Local Government Commission (LGC) approved the Belville’s financing agreement to build a new town hall.

    The LGC, which is part of the state treasurer’s department, approved the financing plan Dec. 9, commissioner Joe Breault said during Dec. 19 town meeting. The move opens the door for the town to move proceed with stormwater permitting, planning certification and construction contracts.

  • RoboCon demonstrates STEM efforts in schools

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools put their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) efforts on display Dec. 17 by hosting RoboCon 2016 at Brunswick Community College.

    The event showed off the new robotics programs that began in the 2016-17 school year at the elementary, middle and high schools.

    Claire McLaughlin, Brunswick County STEM Council chairwoman, helped organize the robotics programs to show students the opportunities STEM courses provide.