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Today's News

  • Cop’s trial in teen’s fatal shooting continued until April 18

    The trial of a former Southport police officer charged in the fatal shooting of a schizophrenic teen in his Boiling Spring Lakes home more than two years ago has been continued until April 18.

    Bryon Vassey was scheduled to be tried beginning Monday, Feb. 15, on a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Keith Vidal, who died of a single gunshot wound to his chest Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Pedestrian killed on U.S. 17 near Shallotte

    A Little River, S.C., woman was hit and killed by a car last Friday night while trying to cross U.S. 17.

    Brunswick County Coroner Greg White said Virginia Hinson, 59, of Little River and previously of Bolivia died at the scene after being struck while trying to walk across the southbound lanes around 7 p.m. in the Feb. 5 incident.

    The incident occurred just north of the Four Mile Road/ U.S. 17 intersection south of Shallotte, White said.

  • Wet, windy weather drenches weekend

    By Laura Lewis and Brian Slattery

    Cold and rain descended in torrents this past weekend, causing some local flooding and soaking some Super Bowl plans.

    As 40-degree temperatures accompanied by rain enveloped the area, many stayed indoors and hunkered down.

    Flooding was reported in certain parts of Brunswick County, spurring Brunswick County Schools and Brunswick County Government to delay their Monday, Feb. 8, opening times by two hours.

    Several people reported flooding in their yards.

  • Brunswick County fugitive arrested in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    An Horry County, S.C., man was detained last week in Myrtle Beach on a fugitive warrant out of Brunswick County.

    Robert Lucas, 38, was arrested following a traffic stop Friday night, Feb. 5, in the vicinity of 67th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.

    Lucas’ tags came back suspended, and police found he was wanted in Brunswick County on a charge of obtaining property by false pretense.

    Lucas was booked at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C., on Feb. 6 and will be extradited back to Brunswick County.

  • Internet assessment under way in county

    Brunswick County formed a task team of community representatives to assess the availability and demand for Internet service throughout the county in view of the growing importance of Internet service for business and for residential use

    A key element of the assessment effort is a community survey being conducted through March 18, according to a county news release.

  • Leland man charged with killing child in updated indictment

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury handed down an updated indictment Feb. 1 for a Leland man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 15-month-old son last year.

    Albert David Morgan, 36, and the baby’s mother, 34-year-old Angel Marie Ray, were arrested Jan. 15, 2015, the day Brayden Christopher Ray was injured, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release. Brayden died Jan. 17, 2015.

  • South Brunswick Islands Center new precinct and partner in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Voters in the Shingletree 2 precinct 19 will be voting at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center in the March 15 primary.

    Carolina Shores town commissioners have also approved a “memorandum of understanding” to partner with Brunswick Community College on future visioning for the South Brunswick Islands Center.

  • Split board approves jetter buy in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — A split town board has narrowly approved acquiring a sewer jetter to clean driveway culverts.

    The board voted 3-2 at its monthly meeting last Thursday, Feb. 4, to pursue purchase of a high-pressure drain-cleaning machine to help offset flooding issues in the town.

    Town commissioner John Manning favored holding off on a purchase until the board can review prices as well as a machine in action.

    Fellow commissioner Greg Davis said the town needs to start working on culverts now.

  • Sewer assessment set up for Palm Cove subdivision

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved extending sewer lines to the Palm Cove development on Sunset Beach and creating a special sewer assessment for the property owners to pay for it.

    Palm Cove includes nine parcels at the east end of Sunset Beach where Jinks Creek meets Tubbs Inlet.

    Commissioners, who adopted a preliminary assessment resolution for the Palm Cove subdivision at the Jan. 12 agenda meeting, set a public hearing for the Monday, Feb. 1, regular meeting.

  • Leland woman, 5-year-old child recover from dog attack

    A Leland woman and her 5-year-old child are recovering from injuries they suffered in a dog attack Feb. 1.

    The dog, a Lab mix, is in 10-day quarantine at Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Services.

    A neighbor was helping the woman change a flat tire on her vehicle at her Provincial Drive residence when the attack happened at 8:50 a.m., Lt. Jeremy Humphries said in a news release issued Friday, Feb. 5.