Today's News

  • Former sheriff taken into custody

     Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett has been taken into custody as a federal detainee, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Hewett was taken into custody by Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies around 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, Flax said.

    Federal charges are pending, she said. It is unclear what kind of charges Hewett faces at this time.

    Flax deferred all other questions to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

  • Authorities search for missing Navassa teen

    The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for a missing 15-year-old boy from Navassa late Tuesday afternoon, July 9.

    Antonio Demetrius Hansley is black, 5-foot-7 and weighing 130 pounds. His top front teeth are missing, his hair is short and black and he has brown eyes.

    Authorities believe Hansley is suffering from some type of cognitive impairment, the alert said. He was last seen wearing a red and gray short sleeved T-shirt with dark shorts at 103 Village Road in Leland. He could be traveling to Wilmington and in danger.

  • Judge declines to reduce bail for man accused of sex crimes with child

    By Sam Hickman

    Staff Writer


    BOLIVIA — A judge denied a motion to reduce the bond of a man accused of sex crimes more than 20 years ago in Brunswick County.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis heard the motion from the lawyer of Joseph Robert Hall, who was arrested in April and indicted July 3 for multiple sex crimes involving a child that took place in the early 1990s.

  • OIB businessman creates CAMA approved product for beach house erosion repair

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A local business owner created a way to stabilize sand erosion under beachfront homes while meeting the environmental standards set by the state.

    Daniel Simmons, owner of Ocean Isle Beach Ready Mix, was called to stabilize the foundation of a house at 444 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach, along the strip of beach where a new layer of sand was laid down in the spring to hold off beach erosion.

    The ocean waves had already taken a toll on the house before the beach renourishment could provide some protection.

  • 'Tammy' fetches a crowd during first-week Shallotte premiere

    As the new movie “Tammy” debuted last week on the big screen, locals turned out to see the Melissa McCarthy comedy, portions of which were filmed in Shallotte and elsewhere in Brunswick County.

    Among movie-goers was local Chef Sal Rubio, who provided use of his Shallotte restaurant, The Grille, to be converted for filming last year into “Topperjack’s,” the fictitious fast-food place that gets held up by McCarthy’s starring character after she is fired.

  • Navassa homecoming sees a youth movement

    NAVASSA — Navassa hosted its 33rd annual homecoming last weekend with only a rain delay rescheduling one event.

    The town had a good turnout of old and new community members, but Mayor Eulis Willis pointed out the town’s future homecoming events is secure because of the large number of children lining the parade route and family fun activities.

    “Communities grow and change and ours is predominantly children,” Willis said.

  • School superintendent’s evaluation continued again

     BOLIVIA — Twelve hours and two weeks later, the Brunswick County Board of Education still hasn’t completed Superintendent Edward Pruden’s evaluation.

    What began June 24 with a seven-hour meeting to assess Pruden’s performance has continued into the second week of July as board members convened for another five hours Tuesday, July 8, at the Brunswick County Schools Administrative Office building in Bolivia.

  • Memorial service for World War II Navy veteran set for July 13

    He was a familiar sight at local veterans’ events, proudly attired in his U.S. Navy uniform that still fit decades after his military service.

    Omaha Beach D-Day survivor Tom Koester was part of the Greatest Generation and the legion of World War II veterans whose numbers are dwindling daily by the hundreds, according to the National World War II Museum.

    This past June 16, Koester died at 89 surrounded by his family following an illness.

  • Lawyer: Not Vidal’s mother who threatened officer

     The lawyer for a Southport police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the January shooting death of a Boiling Spring Lakes teenager says the victim’s mother did not threaten the officer’s wife after all.

    James Payne, Bryon Vassey’s lawyer, filed a motion April 25 for production of records in Brunswick County Superior Court seeking courthouse video footage showing Mary Wilsey allegedly threatening Victoria Vassey after a standard superior court case management hearing April 8 in Bolivia.

  • Bolivia man charged in shooting

    A dispute between neighbors over a cell phone led to a shooting at Supply residence Sunday, July 6, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Alexander Lamont Grissett, 17, of Ocean Highway East in Bolivia, is charged with assault with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and first-degree burglary, according to an arrest warrant.