Today's News

  • Superior Court

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Jack W. Jenkins with prosecutors Chris Thomas, Erin Holden, Meredith Everhart and Brooke Smith adjudicated the following cases during Superior Court sessions on Feb. 15, 17:

    Crystal Hope Pallas, 26, of 3028 Randleman Road, Greensboro; PG possession of heroin; possession drug paraphernalia, voluntarily dismissed per plea.

  • Officials, law enforcement had good response to school incident

    It was likely a confusing and scary situation for some Shallotte Middle School parents last week when the school was placed on lockdown Feb. 18 just before the school day began.

    As buses and vehicles arrived at the school, students were turned away and sent to West Brunswick High School, where they were directed to wait in the school’s gym.

    On the morning of Feb. 18, a parent reported a student had received a threatening text message. School officials believed it was serious enough to warrant the lockdown.

  • Visit to Sunset Beach planetarium a heavenly experience


    “Zula Patrol: Under the Weather,” is the featured Sky Theater program for stargazers of all ages during March through May at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Join the team from the planet Zula as they use the pet Gorga to collect and learn about weather here on Earth and across the solar system.

    Catch this show at 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at the planetarium at 7625 High Market St. in The Village at Sunset Beach.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Tweet, tweet. Who’s there? Your local newspaper and your political candidates

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, or, to be more specific, a rock without Internet access, it’s no secret that social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have changed how people communicate, receive news and how political candidates campaign.

    During the 2008 election cycle, Democrats on the national scene pummeled their GOP counterparts when it came to Twitter followers, Facebook fans and, well, anything else related to technology or social networking.

  • The Future of America's fishing industry

    Brant McMullan achieved some life goals when he attended and spoke Feb. 24 at the United We Fish rally at the U.S. Capitol to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act. But another goal—passage of a bill to amend the act—is still in doubt.

    “I thought it went really good,” McMullan said about the rally. “If I were to guess, 40 percent were from the New York-Massachusetts area, 40 percent from the Carolinas and the remainder from Florida, up and down the East Coast. A couple of people came from Alaska.”

  • Trojan golf team starts Waccamaw Conference play this week

    The WBHS men’s golf team began tournament play this week in the new 2A/3A Waccamaw Conference.

    Last year, the Trojans won the 3A division of the Mideastern Conference and advanced to the regionals, finishing eighth. For the overall combined 3A/4A individual golfers, Harrison Taylor, Greg Hensley, Cole Grammen and Jack Donoghue were in the top 25 for scoring average. This year looks to be even better with the loss of only one senior.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 17, 18 and 22 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Feb. 17

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Lisa Quick:

    Wesley Keith Adkins, PG possession marijuana up to one-half ounce, BCDC 24 hours active.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Jack Jenkins with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Feb. 15:

    Shawn Christopher Conley, 17, of 1122 N. Twin Lakes, Sunset Beach; felony breaking and/or entering, felony larceny after breaking/entering.

  • That's not what we would call 'justice'

    It’s hard to call the sentence handed to North Carolina Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. “justice.”

    Last week, Soles, who has admitted to shooting Thomas Kyle Blackburn at Soles’ Tabor City home last August, entered a guilty plea to a charge on one count of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

    After failing to call the police at any time during which he felt threatened at his home, and then shooting a fleeing man in the back of the leg, Soles will get no jail time.

    He won’t be on probation.