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Today's News

  • Navassa teen reported missing found safe

    The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has canceled a Silver Alert for a Navassa teen reported missing endangered.

    Micheal Arthur Hook, 16, was last seen on Ivester Court carrying a blue sleeping bag and was believed to be suffering from a cognitive impairment and was found safe.

    The center, which issued the alert Tuesday afternoon, canceled it late Tuesday night.

  • Appeals court upholds convictions in separate cases

    The North Carolina Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions of two people who were charged with murder in separate Brunswick County cases, according to a news release issued by the District Attorney’s Office.

    Richard Hugh Grissett, 54, was sentenced to life in prison for the slaying of 86-year-old Linnie Mae Ward of Longwood.

    A jury took less than an hour to find Grissett guilty of first-degree murder April 10, 2014.

    He also was convicted of first-degree burglary, common law robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon in the slaying.

  • NCDOT to host meeting May 21 on proposed OIB roundabout

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will host a public meeting to address improvements to the existing N.C. 904/N.C. 179/Ocean Isle Beach Road intersection in Ocean Isle Beach, where a roundabout is proposed, on Thursday, May 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.

    This public meeting will be in an open house format without a formal presentation at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall, at 3 W. Third St.

  • Three charged with killing Leland mother of two

    Three people are accused of fatally shooting a 26-year-old Leland woman who was reported missing more than two weeks ago.

    Detectives arrested 31-year-old Michael Jesse Williams of Whiteville and 18-year-old Kayla Turner of Leland and charged each with murder, first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the death of Alicia Marie Deans, a mother of two who was reported missing April 28, Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher wrote in a Friday, May 15, news release.

  • Revenue neutral tax hike on Holden Beach likely

    HOLDEN BEACH — Town Manager David Hewett intimated Holden Beach taxes will go up half a percent in the budget he will propose to commissioners June 1.

    At the end of their regular meeting Tuesday, May 12, in town hall, resident Lou Cutajar asked if town taxes are going to increase by half a percent.

    “Tax values (of property) on the island are down 3 percent,” Hewett said. “To get the same revenue, you’ve got to charge 13.2. It was 12.7.”

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    May 17

    Omar Gutierrez was arrested on a charge of resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer.

    Mark Antonio Gutierrez was arrested on a charge of resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer.

    Vandalism; graffiti on the entrance signs and other signs at Grayson Park.

    Two-vehicle crash on U.S. 17 North resulting in property damage.

  • Riverfront Arts Festival returns to Belville’s Riverwalk park May 30

    The Second Annual Riverfront Arts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville.

    Presented by the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, the goal of the Riverfront Arts Festival is to celebrate the arts, music and history of the area.

    “The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce is pleased to celebrate the local history, arts and culture of our region in one event for the community to enjoy,” says Executive Director Dana Fisher.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    May 18

    Call for service; someone failed to follow contract by not paying rent due.

    May 20

    Larceny of a purse containing items valued at $62 from a shopping cart at Wal-Mart.

    May 21

    Tell Tenant Curry, 25, was arrested on an order for arrest.

    Fraud; someone tried to take out a loan in the victim’s name.

  • You Decide: Are there timeless rules for investing?

    Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    There’s rarely a meeting at which I’m speaking where someone doesn’t ask me about investing. Often it’s about the stock market, but sometimes there’s a question about gold, foreign currencies or even options.

    Economics is a discipline that changes as new theories and research alter the way we look at economic issues. But not so with investing — at least that’s my opinion. Many argue the principles most people should use to guide their investments are timeless.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The word on everyone’s mind in the North Carolina House last week was budget. Budget meetings occupied every waking moment. May 19 saw an all day House Appropriations meeting and May 21’s House session lasted all night and into Friday morning, May 22.