Today's News

  • Commissioner rips school board members, staff after bond referendum presentation

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners showed support for the school board’s request to include a $152 million bond referendum on next year’s election ballot, but not without harsh criticism from one commissioner. 

    Commissioner Marty Cooke repeatedly voiced his displeasure with Brunswick County Schools staff and its board of education during a joint meeting between the two boards inside the David R. Sandifer Administration Building on Monday, Nov. 23.

  • Black caucus gives free Thanksgiving dinners to families in need

     SOUTHPORT — Heavy rains didn’t prevent almost 100 people from showing up to receive free Thanksgiving dinners last week.

    Thanks to members of the Bolivia-Brunswick County Chapter of the North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus, people from across the county traveled to Wal-Mart in Southport on Thursday, Nov. 19, to receive a free turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce as part of the organization’s holiday outreach mission.

  • Bolivia men accused of stealing 1,000+ Venus flytraps from Orton Plantation

    Two Bolivia men were arrested Saturday, Nov. 21, after Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators said they stole more than a thousand Venus flytraps from Orton Plantation.

    Scottie Gerome Stevenson, 44, and David Joel Lewis, 23, each are charged with taking a Venus flytrap, second-degree trespass and 149 counts of taking certain wild plants, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Saturday night.

  • Rouzer provides legislative update, answers questions at breakfast event

     CALABASH — When U.S. Rep. David Rouzer announced the Brunswick County seat of Bolivia would serve as his flagship office at a news conference in January, he said he only made one promise: constituent service will be a top priority.

    During a “Coffee with your Congressman” event at Dockside Seafood House Restaurant in Calabash on Friday, Nov. 20, Rouzer reassured his constituents the promise remains his top priority.

  • Man pleads guilty to sex crimes at church camp

     An Albemarle man received a 58-day active jail sentence after pleading guilty to four counts of indecent liberties with a child in Brunswick County Superior Court last week.

    Judge Jackie Hooks also sentenced 70-year-old Clyde Wesley Way to three years of probation after Way entered his guilty pleas Thursday, Nov. 19.

    Way will serve 29 days in jail, return home for 30 days and then serve the final 29 days of the sentence, Hooks said. Assistant District Attorneys Cathi Radford and Lee Bollinger prosecuted the case.

  • Memorial service pays tribute to victims of violent crimes

     LELAND — The Fifth and 13th Prosecutorial District district attorneys and their staff members hosted the 20th Annual Candlelight Memorial Service to remember victims of violent crimes and remind their survivors they’re not alone in their grief.

    Jon David and his twin brother, Ben, district attorneys of the 13th and 5th Prosecutorial Districts, respectively, each spoke during the event Friday night, Nov. 20, at Leland Cultural Arts Center.

  • Police seeking public’s help locating break-in suspects

     Oak Island police are asking for the public’s help to find four men responsible for a rash of thefts from vehicles on Beach Drive over the last several weeks.

    The men have stolen electronic devices and fishing equipment, Lt. Tony Burke said.

  • Man accused of fraudulently obtaining builder’s permit in Sunset Beach

     A South Carolina building contractor faces a misdemeanor fraud charge in Brunswick County after investigators said he obtained a building permit from the town of Sunset Beach under a false pretense.

    Authorities arrested 63-year-old James Thomas Todd on Nov. 12 and charged him with attempting to obtain property by false pretense, according to a N.C. Department of Insurance news release issued Monday, Nov. 23.

  • Convicted sex offender from Ohio arrested on elementary school campus

     A convicted sex offender from Akron, Ohio was arrested at Bolivia Elementary School last week.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 34-year-old Joseph Ryan Crone on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and charged him with sex offender on child premise, jail records show. He is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $25,000 bail.

  • Leland woman sentenced in break-ins, shooting

     A judge sentenced a Leland woman accused in several break-ins and a shooting to between four and six years in state prison last week.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Kimberly Marie Mayhew, of Quail Hollow Road in Leland, was charged in a November 2014 shooting on the 4900 block on Lord Tennyson Road in Wilmington and in multiple break-ins spanning Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.