Local News

  • Winnabow man indicted on multiple assault charges

    A Brunswick County grand jury has indicted a Winnabow man, who is accused of discharging a weapon near school property, on multiple assault charges, including assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

    David Michael Costin, 54, also was indicted June 15 on charges of assault on a female and two counts of assault in the presence of a minor, court records show.

  • Leland woman faces more than 50 identity theft charges

    A Leland woman faces more than 100 criminal charges, including 53 counts of identity theft.

    Leland police arrested 32-year-old Elizabeth Jane Cruz on Friday, July 10, according to a news release. Cruz also is charged with financial card fraud, 47 counts of misdemeanor access to a computer, three counts of misdemeanor larceny, three counts of check forgery and two counts of uttering a forged check, according to a police department news release issued Monday, July 13.

    Detectives began investigating the case in May, according to the release.

  • Brunswick County boasts seventh lottery winner in 2015

    Brunswick County’s lucky lottery streak continues with a Leland man winning $10,000 this week.

    Kevin Beauchamp won the money in the $2,500 a Week for Life! instant game, North Carolina Education Lottery officials said Friday.

  • School board OKs potential day treatment program site

     BOLIVIA — After more than an hour of discussion, Brunswick County Board of Education members voted to move a step closer in establishing a day treatment program in Brunswick County Schools.

    At the board’s regular meeting in early June, members listened as a handful of parents expressed their concerns about putting the program at Bolivia Elementary School.

  • County unemployment sees sharp increase in May

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate has bounced back up to 6.9 percent in May after dropping to 6.2 percent in April from 6.8 percent in March.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The numbers are still down from a year ago, when the May 2014 unemployment rate hit 7.3 percent, rising from a 6.9 percent unemployment rate in April 2014.

  • County commissioners, department heads to serve as EDC board

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners and staff will serve as the board of the county’s Economic Development Commission and Economic Development Corporation while a new economic development department is organized.

    The county board of commissioners voted to dissolve the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission on June 30 after members of the EDC’s board of directors resigned their positions.

    The EDC will be reformed as a county department. County Manager Ann Hardy will serve as its interim director.

  • Elections filing period draws new candidates, incumbents

    Brunswick County’s election filing period for all 19 municipalities in Brunswick County continues through noon Friday, July 17. It opened at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 6.

    Brunswick County’s municipal elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

    In November’s municipal election, council, commission or alderman seats as well as mayoral seats are up for election in each of Brunswick County’s incorporated towns.

  • Another winning lottery ticket sold in Brunswick County

    Lottery luck has struck again.

    Four tickets sold in North Carolina — including one in Brunswick County — won big prizes in drawings held over the extended Fourth of July holiday weekend.

  • Calabash town clerk resigns to accept new job and move

    Calabash Town Clerk Kelley Southward has resigned after accepting a new position in the Charlotte area.

    Southward’s resignation was announced following a closed session of a special called town board of commissioners meeting last Tuesday, June 30.

    Southward has been with the town for nine-and-a-half years, starting in December 2005 when she was hired by the town as an office assistant.

    She was promoted to deputy clerk in the summer of 2006, to interim clerk in February 2008 then to town clerk in July 2008.

  • Group approaches goal for new Veterans Memorial in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — A group working to build a new Veterans Memorial is closer to its goal.

    Since a groundbreaking ceremony Memorial Day, May 25, in Sunset Beach Town Park, the Committee to Honor America’s Veterans has been making progress on the project, veteran and committee first vice chairman John Corbett announced at the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting June 29.

    While the memorial will be located in Sunset Beach, committee members have stressed from the get-go it is for all citizens and veterans of Brunswick County.