Today's News

  • Sellers

    Walt and Mary Ann Sellers of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a son, Samuel Vincent Sellers, born at 7:01 p.m., Jan. 3, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 22 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Doreen Pragel of Calabash and the late Vincent Pragel.

    Paternal grandparents are Gene and Emily Sellers of Supply.

  • Polomis-Mackey

    Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Peterson of Shallotte announce the engagement of their granddaughter, Jennifer K. Polomis, daughter of the late Michelle J. Polomis, to Kristopher Scott-William Mackey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mackey of Concord, Ohio. The bride-elect is employed as a registered nurse at Cleveland Clinic is Cleveland, Ohio. Her fiance is vice-president of Monode Marking Products of Cleveland. A June wedding is planned.


    Shallotte Police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the last two weeks:

    •Police charged Manual Estaban Risco-Mandaz, 37, of 4590 79th St. NE, Miami, Fla., with felony financial card fraud, misdemeanor financial card fraud, felony possession of stolen property and misdemeanor possession of stolen property. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed on a $20,000 secured bond.

  • Leland teen arrested after driving stolen ATV on highway

    A Leland teenager was arrested over the weekend and charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle after allegedly driving a stolen ATV on U.S. 17 in Leland.

    Deandre Vichon Graham VI, 17, of 300 Sunnybrook Way, Leland, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and fleeing to elude arrest Jan. 24.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Mike Murray, Graham, allegedly driving a stolen four-wheeler, pulled out onto U.S. 17 from Green Hill Road in front of a sheriff’s deputy in an unmarked patrol car.

  • Citizen investigators

    BOLIVIA—Two weeks ago, they were patrol officers. Last week, they were investigators.

    In the coming weeks, they’ll prepare their cases for court—running the gamut of law enforcement from taking the original reports to trying their cases before a judge.

    For the students in the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy, each week brings a new challenge, and last week was no exception. Students, divided into five groups each investigating seemingly unrelated incidents, took reports, processed crime scenes and collected evidence.

  • Sheriff’s office, Leland Police and SBI to receive federal forfeited funds

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is one of three agencies set to receive $84,000 in federally forfeited funds.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the sheriff’s office, the Leland Police Department and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation will each receive one-third of a $325,000 share pursuant to the federal equitable sharing program.

  • New theater troupe to take ‘Sylvia’ on the road

    Longtime community theater director Ron Lee isn’t content to just accept kudos for his past accomplishments.

    So after directing several successful productions for Brunswick Little Theatre, Lee jumped at the opportunity to take his most popular show “on the road” by starting the Cape Fear Repertory Theater, a professional company bringing professional-level productions to small towns in the Carolinas.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 14, 15, 16 and 20 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Jan. 14

    Judge Thomas V. Aldridge presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Michelle Warth:

    Francisco Aguilar, no operator’s license, Brunswick County Jail 15 days, suspended sentence six months, unsupervised probation six months, costs, $35 interpreter fee.

  • Contributions warm Comfort Socks' toes

    It was just a few months ago that Theresa Tese launched her socks charity to help warm the feet and hearts of the homeless.

    Since then, people in the community have donated hundreds of pairs of socks to the nonprofit, Comfort Socks.

    In December, Tese delivered nearly 400 pairs to Brunswick Family Assistance in Shallotte and Good Shepherd Center and First Fruit Ministries in Wilmington.

  • Housing help available in economic downturn

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County had between 1,000-2,999 foreclosure starts between January 2007 and January 2008, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.