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  • Former sheriff to plea to state charges

     First published at 9:08 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett, who was sentenced to 16 months in prison for a federal obstruction of justice charge Monday, will enter a plea on his four pending state charges Oct. 13.

    A Brunswick County grand jury indicted Hewett on March 31 on three counts of embezzlement by a public official and one count of obstruction of justice. He is expected to enter a plea on all four charges.

  • Keep those shows coming

    Last weekend's Brunswick County Idol at the Odell Williamson Auditorium was a treat, with some of the county's most talented singers belting it out for fun and the chance at a cash prize.

    The Teen Idol winner was 16-year-old Terriq White, who sang an emotional, beautiful version of Luther Vandross' "Here and Now," in his second attempt at the title.

    The adult competition winner was Michael Clemmons, who, believe it or not, had only practiced his version of "I am Changing" from "Dreamgirls" the day before.

  • Brunswick County grand jury returns indictments

    A Brunswick County grand jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Oct. 6:

    Patsy Mae Davis, 52, of 5450 Delco Prosper Road , Delco; felony maintain vehicle/dwelling/place controlled substance, felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell schedule IV controlled substance, felony sell/deliver schedule IV controlled substance.

  • Pumpkins prevail at Indigo Farms

    Saturday, you can celebrate the season and pick a passel of pumpkins at Indigo Farms—as many as you wish to buy to get your home in colorful shape for fall.

    The renowned farms' annual Pumpkin Day, always scheduled the third weekend in October, will unfold with hay and horse rides, farm games and activities such as stilt races, a hay maze, NASPIG races, food and music. There also will be plenty of activities celebrating the festival's renowned orange vine-fruit, including pumpkin painting and pick-your-own-pumpkins.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Oct. 6 and 7 in Bolivia.

    Monday, Oct. 6

    Judge William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerks Michelle Warth and Lisa Quick:

    Robin Leigh Atkinson, operate vehicle no insurance, fictitious/canceled/revoked registration card/tag, fail to surrender title/registration card/tag, failure to reduce speed, all voluntarily dismissed.

  • Hewett to go to prison

    Includes video

    RALEIGH—Whatever he does, Ronald Hewett makes history.

    When the clock struck midnight on his 20th birthday, he was sworn in as a Holden Beach police officer.

    In 1994, at the age of 31, Hewett was sworn in as the youngest sheriff in North Carolina.

    Then in 2008, Hewett became the second Brunswick County sheriff to plead guilty or to be convicted of a federal charge.

  • Former sheriff to plea to state charges

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett, who was sentenced to 16 months in prison for a federal obstruction of justice charge Monday, will enter a plea on his four pending state charges Oct. 13.

    A Brunswick County grand jury indicted Hewett on March 31 on three counts of embezzlement by a public official and one count of obstruction of justice. He is expected to enter a plea on all four charges.

    Had be been convicted of the four state charges, Hewett faced up to 17 years in prison.

  • Supporters, opponents split over former county sheriff's legacy

    While some prominent county figures have rallied behind Ronald Hewett, some Hewett opponents were quick to share their discontent with the former sheriff Monday in Raleigh. 

    Prior to Hewett’s sentencing, several community members, friends and some county officials wrote letters to U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt in support of Hewett, urging leniency in his sentencing. More supporters attended Hewett’s sentencing Monday, including county commissioner Phil Norris, Shallotte Alderman Alan Lewis and more than a dozen other supporters, family and friends.

  • Hewett to go to prison

    RALEIGH—Whatever he does, Ronald Hewett makes history.

    When the clock struck midnight on his 20th birthday, he was sworn in as a Holden Beach police officer.

    In 1994, at the age of 31, Hewett was sworn in as the youngest sheriff in North Carolina.

    Then in 2008, Hewett became the second Brunswick County sheriff to plead guilty or to be convicted of a federal charge.

    On Monday, Hewett was the third North Carolina sheriff sentenced to federal prison this year.

  • Ronald Hewett Criminal Case Judgment

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