Today's News

  • Man steals tractor, causes accident; charged with DWI

    A Holden Beach man allegedly stole a farm tractor from a Shell Point Road home before taking off on it and causing an accident.

    Jason Cale Fulford, of 194 Ocean Boulevard, is accused of stealing a man’s 1973 farm tractor from his home around 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14.

    N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper Matt Strangman said Fulford was traveling south on Shell Point Road when he collided head-on with an on-coming vehicle. The other driver saw Fulford swerving as he drove and attempted to move out of Fulford’s way, but was unable to do so.

  • Two arrested after three-month investigation

    After a three-month investigation, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested two suspects after executing a search warrant at the suspects’ Bolivia home.

    Kendrick Lavar Bellamy, 30, and 31-year-old Robyn Kascina Davis, both of 50 Dan Reaves Road, Bolivia, were arrested and each placed on a $500,000 secured bond at the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    According to Sgt. Steve Lanier, the investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are expected.

  • S.C. man convicted of wire fraud in Calabash

    RALEIGH—A South Carolina man has been convicted in federal court for defrauding hundreds of customers in a furniture store scam.

    Henry Rayford Privette Jr., 49, of Johns Island, S.C., was convicted on Aug. 13 for 10 counts of wire fraud by a federal grand jury.

    Privette was first indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 28, 2007.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Privette operated Carolina Furniture, an Internet-based furniture store in Calabash, from 2000 to late 2003.

  • K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recently launched its newest law enforcement initiative, the K-9 enforcement team.

    The team, comprised of five K-9 officers and their dogs, is similar to the sheriff’s office community policing program, which targets areas with high crime and drug activity, but the K-9 enforcement team is its own patrol division.

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

  • WBHS student newspaper wins four state awards

    The West Wind, West Brunswick High School’s student-produced newspaper won four awards from the annual North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, a statewide contest awarding excellence in school and sports news reporting, advertising and production of student produced publications.

    The newspaper was awarded with the “Newspaper of Honor” award, which was previously called an “achievement” award.

    Chandler Inions, who will serve as this year’s editor, won third place in sports journalism for his sports column “Tobacco Road.”

  • County adds second DARE officer

    Two new faces will be roaming the halls of Brunswick County middle schools this year—DARE officers Adam Stanley and Bradley Huggins.

    County commissioners on Monday approved the addition of a seventh-grade DARE program at Brunswick County middle schools at the request of the board of education.

    Fifth-graders in Brunswick County have been through the DARE program since 1992, but this the first time seventh-graders will go through the program.

  • Schools reorganize bus routes to become more fuel efficient

    The cost of gas may greatly affect a family with one or two vehicles, but Brunswick County Schools has 161 buses that use about 1,700 gallons of fuel every day.

    To help offset the cost, the district has reworked a few bus routes and stops, hoping to use the district’s fuel as effectively and as efficiently as possible.

    Steve Miley, executive director of operations, said there were 6,400 rides last year and about 4,000 stops. About 10 percent of the routes were affected in this year’s cleanup.

  • School to host fundraiser based on popular game show

    Local community leaders will try and prove they are smarter than students at The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School when they participate in “Are You Smarter Than a Village Schooler?” a fundraiser based on the popular TV show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”

    Twelve local figures will compete against fifth- and sixth-graders from The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School during the event at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Beachgoers, team try to save whale that came ashore on Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH—A huddle of humans placed wet towels and poured water on a pygmy whale that stranded itself on Holden Beach Saturday morning.

    Seeing the stranded whale was a rare experience for the two dozen people clustered around the sea mammal.

    Despite efforts to save the whale by beachcombers and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Marine Mammal Response Team, the male whale died enroute to a veterinarian.

  • Shallotte planning board recommends request approvals

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended board of aldermen approval of several projects.

    At last week’s regular meeting, the board recommended approval of the following:

    •Preliminary plat for Wisteria Place, a 41.16-acre project off Village Point Road. The project is planned to include 89 single-family homes, and the average size of the building site would be about 8,200 square feet.