Today's News

  • Brunswick County inmate dies after apparent suicide attempt

    A female inmate died Monday, Aug. 31, after being found unresponsive at the Brunswick County Detention Facility the day before.

    Heather Johnson, 35, died at 12:09 a.m. at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, according to a news release issued by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Brunswick County Detention Facility officers discovered Johnson unresponsive in her cell as a result of an apparent suicide attempt at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • BCAR names Cumbie new CEO

    The Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR) Board of Directors has named Cynthia Cumbie as its new CEO.

    Cumbie previously served as multiple listing service (MLS) director and has acted as interim CEO since Steve Candler’s departure in May. Candler resigned to take a similar position in Bozeman, Mont., after serving as BCAR CEO since 2005.

  • Sheriff’s office offers $500 reward in break-in spree

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help to find the people who are breaking into and stealing from homes in the Winnabow and Leland areas.

    The sheriff’s office is offering a $500 award for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the crimes, which have occurred in the past week, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Two injured in Sunday morning shooting in Bolivia

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating an early Sunday morning shooting that left two men injured.

    Terrance Laquinn Jones, 40, and Fredrick Williams Jr., 34, were shot about 12:50 a.m. Sunday during a card game at a residence at 2850 Brown Road in Bolivia, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Both victims were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington where they were treated for their injuries and released, Flax said.

  • Schools superintendent: District won’t lay off staff

     While legislators work to create a budget for the current 2015-16 fiscal year, Brunswick County Schools anticipate more budget cuts for public education.

    Superintendent Les Tubb said he expects fewer resources when the budget is passed than the district has had in years past.

    Regardless of the outcome, Tubb said, Brunswick County Schools will not terminate any of its employees.

  • Calabash man, passenger die in single-vehicle crash

    A 59-year-old Calabash man and his passenger died in a single-vehicle crash Thursday, Aug. 27.

    Robert L. Gross, of Pineclair Drive, was driving a gold, four-door Ford Taurus at 10:20 p.m. on Thomasboro Road on his way home when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a concrete culvert in a drainage ditch, deputy coroner Dave Crocker said.

    Gross and his front-seat passenger, 44-year-old Timothy Jones of Stanley, N.C., the owner of the vehicle, were pronounced dead at the scene, Crocker said.

  • 'Becoming Lady' author pens canine hit

    It’s her first book, and it’s already a bestseller.

    Local author Jeanne Maxon is quickly learning nothing succeeds like a good dog story.

    Since publishing “Becoming Lady — A Rescued Golden’s Journey from Lonely to Loved,” last June, the Ocean Ridge Plantation resident has already sold out of her first batch of 265 copies and has ordered more.

  • Mother of slain baby pleads guilty, agrees to testify against alleged killer

    The Leland mother of a 15-month-old boy who died in January pleaded guilty to a felony charge and agreed to testify against the man accused of killing her son.

    Angel Marie Ray pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact felony of child abuse in Brunswick County Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon, Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger said.

  • New students, veteran teachers learn together on first day of school

     SHALLOTTE — Bonnie Stanley-Verzella left her house Monday, Aug. 24, just a few miles away from the school she has called home almost her entire life to go to work.

    Stanley-Verzella, or Mrs. Stanley-V as she is affectionately called by her kindergarteners, attended Union Elementary School as a student. She returned to the Shallotte campus as a teacher where she has taught for the last 23 years.

  • Former Leland police officer pleads guilty to attempted murder

     BOLIVIA — A former Leland police lieutenant accused of leading officers on a high-speed chase last September will spend at least two decades in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of attempted murder in Brunswick County Superior Court last week.