Today's News

  • Ocean Isle Beach Police report

    Ocean Isle Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last month. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Nov. 10

    Breaking and entering a vending machine at the Winds Resort on East First Street.

    Nov. 29

    Property damage; someone drove into the flowerbed at Ocean Isle Inn on West First Street, crushing four plants valued at $150.

    Dec. 2

    Larceny of $180 from a safe at Subway on Causeway Drive.

  • Shallotte Police report

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

    Nov. 25

    Larceny of a laptop computer, charger and cellular phone valued at $500 from a Main Street residence.

    Nov. 28

    William Edward Bell, 44, arrested on charges of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute heroin and misdemeanor littering.

    Breaking and entering and larceny of $565 from a Cheers Street business.

  • Commissioners approve resolution to further examine same sex marriage ruling

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County joined a small number of counties to craft a resolution opposing North Carolina court’s same sex marriage ruling.

    Commissioners voted unanimously, 5-0, on Dec. 1 to endorse the resolution that requests U.S. appellate courts further examine the issue of same sex marriage.

    In May 2012, voters in North Carolina voted to amend the North Carolina Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

  • OIB officials want to see partial plan for roundabout

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials have agreed to take the next step, but not yet commit, to creating a roundabout to replace the intersection at N.C. 179 and Causeway Drive.

    The town board has received input from business owners at the intersection and residents at each step since the roundabout was proposed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation in August.

  • Leland plans for building use after move to new town hall

    LELAND — Leland’s town staff anticipates a move into the new town hall in early 2015, so officials held a facility meeting Dec. 4 to shore up the use of the remaining government buildings.

    Town administration has discussed allowing the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce to move use the old town hall once it becomes available.

    The intent is for the chamber to operate a business incubator, allowing small businesses to rent space cheaply to get off the ground.

  • Board approves school superintendent search timetable

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education has established a timetable for choosing the county’s next school superintendent that includes public input.

    A month after the board hired the N.C. School Boards Association to conduct the search, the association’s legal counsel presented an outline of its plans Dec. 2.

  • Wilmington man convicted in Leland murder

     BOLIVIA — A Brunswick County Superior Court jury convicted a Wilmington man of first-degree murder Monday, Dec. 8, in the shooting death of a Leland man in January.

    The jury also convicted James C. Ketchum, 45, of first-degree burglary and possession of firearm by a felon in the slaying of 33-year-old Jason Anderson.

    Gale Adams sentenced Ketchum to life in the N.C. Department of Correction without parole.

    Assistant District Attorneys Lee Bollinger and Cathi Radford prosecuted the case.

  • Government rectifies flood insurance mapping errors

     Local homeowners will find relief in the amount they pay for flood insurance now that mapping errors have been corrected by the federal government in a bill pushed through the House of Representatives by Congressman Mike McIntyre.

    The House passed legislation by a vote of 410-7 that was authored and introduced by McIntyre and ensures North Carolina homes mistakenly included in coastal protection zones will receive flood insurance. These areas were originally included in coastal protection zones by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • School district shifts to more digital approach

     BOLIVIA — As education continues to shift to a more digital learning environment, Brunswick County Schools are forced to transition with statewide and national trends.

    The days of each student having a personal textbook in every subject are over, said Acacia Dixon, district director of instructional technology.  Dixon also manages the school system’s library media services and is in charge of all textbook services.

  • Newspaper drops lawsuit against charter school group

     A lawsuit alleging a local educational management company failed to comply with public records laws has been dismissed in Superior Court, but could be filed again in coming months.

    The law firm representing the StarNews in Wilmington, part of Halifax Media LLC, has filed a “voluntary dismissal” in a lawsuit centered around public records violations in New Hanover County Superior Court, according to a news release from Roger Bacon Academy spokeswoman Sawyer Batten.