Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Property damage on Benton Road SE in Bolivia; suspect broke window in victim’s track hoe.

    •Simple assault on Sunset Dock SW in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect hit victim in the face, causing multiple bruises.

    •Property damage in Old Town; suspect set victim’s wheelbarrow on fire.

  • Two men arrested for robbing cab driver

    Two men have been arrested after they called a cab driver to pick them up and then allegedly robbed him.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Gene Caison, a Wilmington-based cab driver received a call to pick up two men on River Road in Winnabow Sunday evening.

    When the cab driver arrived, he reported they demanded his money, “or they were going to kill him,” the incident report states.

  • Gause attracts scouts

    The scene about 12 feet behind home plate was as noteworthy as the scene 60 feet, 6 inches in front it.
    Seniors Jay Gause of West Brunswick and D.J. Thomas of Durham Riverside—N.C. State University recruits and possibly roommates this fall—were pitching in the last game of the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational, which began around 7 p.m. April 7 at West Brunswick High School.

  • West wins three tennis duals

    The West Brunswick boys’ tennis team got three 9-0 victories in duals last week.
    On April 12 at West, the Trojans beat North Brunswick 9-0. Eleven West players got victories.
    The victories gave West a 6-2 record in the conference.
    Against North Brunswick, Alex Humbert defeated F. Hernandez 6-1, 6-4. Brighton Mintz defeated G. Self 4-6, 6-2, 10-4. Jason Watts defeated L. Torres 6-0, 6-1. Jason Huff defeated N. Lanaghan 6-0, 6-2. John Harmon defeated M. Flores 6-1, 6-2. Shawn Cunningham defeated Z. Maditz 6-0, 6-0.

  • South tennis team stays perfect

    The South Brunswick boys’ tennis team continued its unbeaten conference season with victories over West Bladen and South Columbus.
    The Cougars, 10-0 in the conference and 11-3 overall, play a conference dual April 21 against North Brunswick at Brunswick Forest.

    South Brunswick 8
    South Columbus 1
    South won five of six singles matches in the victory April 14. Thomas Lloyd, Gabe Azzato, Steven Berg and Tyler Goldstein each won two matches.

  • What legislator or candidate has what it takes to bring justice for Amy Frink?

    Every few months I receive the same letter in the mail. It always begins the same way: “In complying with North Carolina G.S. 15A-1371(3), the state Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission is notifying you that it has approved the above-referenced case for parole...”

    The above-referenced case is usually someone who was convicted of murder; sometimes it’s a sexual offense. Sometimes they’re sentenced to 30 years; sometimes they’re sentenced to life in prison.

  • Board to eliminate suspicionless drug testing

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education amended a policy regarding drug and alcohol testing of employees, eliminating suspicionless drug testing of all employees.

    While all potential employees will be still be subject to preemployment screening, only those employees in safety sensitive positions will be subject to random drug screenings.

  • Carolina Shores commissioners deny employee’s grievance appeal

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners went into closed session last week to discuss an “employee grievance appeal.”

    When they reconvened in open session following the April 7 meeting, the board voted 4-1 to “deny the grievance,” deputy town clerk Lisa Anglin said.

    Commissioner Tom Puls cast the only “nay” vote.

  • Fugitive hides 'in plain sight'

     WILMINGTON—Nearly 27 years ago, Charles Lee Sparks drove away from car-wash duties at a Florida prison and never looked back.

    He adopted a new identity of a deceased Virginia man named Bill Garrett.

    And he eventually settled in Brunswick County, where he made friends, launched a business and earned the trust of property owners who gave him the keys to their vacation houses in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Honor Flight

     WASHINGTON, D.C.—They first made history more than 60 years ago.

    Tuesday, 102 veterans hit another milestone when they were taken on the Inaugural Honor Flight of Southeastern North Carolina to see the World War II Memorial at the National Mall in Washington.