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Today's News

  • Testimony begins in trial of man accused of killing Shallotte 3-year-old

     BOLIVIA — After more than a week of jury selection, testimony began Tuesday, March 31, in the first-degree murder trial of a 29-year-old man accused of killing a 3-year-old Shallotte boy more than three years ago.

    A 14-person jury was seated after a selection process that began March 23 in Brunswick County Superior Court for the trial of Montey Andrea Murray of Wilmington, who faces first-degree murder and felony child abuse charges in the March 2012 death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

  • Leland police issue scam alert

    Police are warning residents about a scam after a Leland business received a suspicious call Tuesday.

    Someone claiming to represent Duke Energy called the business, which was not identified, and said the company had not received payment for services in the past three months, according to a Leland Police Department news release.

  • Calabash restaurateurs celebrate U.S. citizenship

    CALABASH — Altin and Leda Elezi don’t take America for granted.

    The owners of Sunny Side Up Diner at 10068 Beach Drive in Calabash don’t want anyone else to, either.

    As of this past Feb. 24, the Albania natives are both proud citizens of the United States.

    That’s the date restaurant chef/owner Altin Elezi received his U.S. citizenship certificate at a naturalization ceremony at the Charleston, S.C., field office for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

  • Senate bill proposes taking sales tax out of local hands

    In 2013, Brunswick County and its towns were divided on the method for distributing sales tax.

    In 2015, they may need to work together to keep the state from making changes.

  • Parent rep, former teacher criticize superintendent process

    BOLIVIA — Shortly after new Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Les Tubb was sworn in Tuesday night, two people expressed concern about the way the school board went about selecting him.

    Parent Advisory Council president Erin Cimino, reading from a prepared statement at the March 31 school board meeting, said she has no issue with Tubb having the job as superintendent, his capability or working with him in the future but is disappointed with the board’s selection process.

  • Questions surround Sunset Beach council 'rep' on terminal groin

    Sunset Beach residents questioning a terminal groin for Ocean Isle Beach have also begun to ask why Sunset Beach Town Councilman Wilson Sherrill is listed as a project review team representative for his town in the groin environmental impact statement.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers document lists and identifies Sherrill as a Sunset Beach town councilman, though he was never appointed by Sunset Beach to serve on the PRT committee.

  • Smoke from controlled burn at swamp seen on N.C. 211

    No, that isn’t an out-of-control fire and smoke plume passersby saw erupting from the west side of Brunswick County on Tuesday.

    The North Carolina Forest Service has just been conducting a controlled burn in the Green Swamp along N.C. 211 to clear the forest of underbrush.

    Controlled or prescribed fires are conducted by a team of fire experts under specified weather conditions to help restore health to fire-adapted environments.

  • Volunteers rally to install smoke alarms

    More than 150 volunteers fanned out across Brunswick County last Saturday with one mission: to install more than 800 smoke alarms free of charge in the name of safety and saving lives.

    The inspiration for the county’s first smoke alarm rally March 28 were five recent fire deaths, county fire marshal Scott Garner said.

  • Belville commissioner matches funds raised at Founder’s Day

    BELVILLE¬ — Belville Commissioner Joe Breault has a challenge for visitors to the town’s Founder’s Day, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 2 at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park.

    Last May, the town organized its first Founder’s Day event in seven years. It brought in an old West chuck wagon to prepare full meals, provided by The Easy Does It Ranch of Wilmington.

  • School officials, detectives address system network hack

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools officials and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an unknown hacker who has disrupted the school district’s Internet connectivity.

    In a news release issued March 25, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said members of the school district’s technology department are working to identify and mitigate distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) issues impacting the system’s network since schools began the spring semester in January.