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Today's News

  • New Hanover sheriff: Deputies acted appropriately in Hewett’s death

    Deputies acted appropriately in an altercation before the July 12 death of former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett in the New Hanover County Jail, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said in a Tuesday, July 21, news release.

    McMahon said an internal affairs investigation revealed  sheriff’s office personnel “acted appropriately and professionally at all times” during the events leading up to Hewett’s July 12 death.

  • Sunset Beach developer Gore dies at 82

     The man who played an integral role in the development and incorporation of Sunset Beach has died.

    Ed Gore, 82, died in his sleep Wednesday morning, July 16.

  • Virus hurting pork production in Brunswick County, North Carolina

     Expect to pay more for pork now that a virus, which has created an epidemic in hog farms across the globe, has made its way to southeast North Carolina — including at least one Brunswick County farm.

    The deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) came into the United States last spring, said Funston Farms general farm manager Mark Green, who works in Winnabow.

  • Ex-BSL chief convicted of failure to discharge duties

    The former police chief of Boiling Spring Lakes was convicted of failure to discharge duties in Brunswick County District Court on Friday, July 18.

    Emmett Ballree, who began his career as chief in Boiling Spring Lakes in 2008 before his 2012 termination, pleaded guilty to willful failure to discharge his duties as a police officer, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

  • BCC recognizes McRainey for contributions

     Brunswick Community College has experienced steady growth since 1998, and Dianne McRainey has been there to see it all.

    After 16 years as a member of the board of trustees, McRainey’s tenure has come to an end.

    “This experience has been wonderful,” McRainey said. “The people that have been on this board truly have their heart into the college and care about this community and what the college needs to provide for the community.

  • Hearing on homeowners insurance hike postponed

     Brunswick County homeowners will have to wait two more months to find out whether the state’s insurance commissioner decides to raise rates.

    N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced July 15 that the homeowners insurance rate hearing originally scheduled for Aug. 6 has been rescheduled for Oct. 20.

    The hearing is to begin at 9 a.m. in the Jim Long Hearing Room on the third floor of the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St. in Raleigh, according to a N.C. Department of Insurance news release.

  • Woman appeals school’s decision to keep controversial book

     A local committee ruled to keep a controversial book in its school’s curriculum, so an Ash resident has taken her appeal to the district superintendent.

    Frankie Wood, 72, has appealed Cedar Grove Middle School’s decision to keep “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” on school shelves.

    If Superintendent Edward Pruden upholds the school’s decision to keep the book in the curriculum, Wood can appeal his decision to the school board, which makes the final decision.

  • Governor to sign bill that reviews Common Core standards

     Only a year after Common Core’s implementation in Brunswick County K-12 schools, state legislators have passed a  bill that will review North Carolina’s education standards. The bill has passed through the House of Representatives and is expected to be signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.

    The House passed the legislation 71-34 and the Senate approved the bill last week.

  • Man convicted of sex offenses with a child

     A Brunswick County man pleaded guilty in Superior Court on Monday, July 21, to one count of indecent liberties with a child.

    Judge Gail Adams sentenced Batson to between 13 and 25 months in prison suspended to two years probation. Assistant District Attorney Cathi Radford said the first year would be supervised probation and the final year could be switched to unsupervised if Batson complies with sex offender evaluation treatments.

  • Leland man accused of sexually assaulting girl

     A Leland man is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Denzel Jamal Hill, 22, of Dogwood Road, was arrested and charged Saturday, July 19, with indecent liberties with a child, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and two counts of statutory rape, according to the sheriff’s office website.

    Warrants show the crimes took place July 16.

    Hill is accused of injuring the same girl in November with a cigarette lighter, according to the warrants.