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Today's News

  • Oak Island utilities merger with county system stalls in legislature

    Brunswick County’s plan to acquire Oak Island’s water and sewer system hit a snag at the state level that will stop the merger from moving forward.

    Brunswick County and Oak Island released a joint statement Friday, May 6, announcing the plan stalled because a change in North Carolina legislation needed for the county to collect funds from water and sewer customers will not happen in the near future.

  • North Brunswick to join MEC in 2017

    By Juli Kidd

    NCHSAA

    The North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s annual spring board of directors meeting accepted and approved statewide alignment of conference teams. North Brunswick will join the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference in the 2017-18 season and will compete as a Class 3A team.

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  • Grand jury indicts Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting children

    Staff Report

     

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted a 64-year-old Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting two children.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested Waylon Ronald Simmons of Liberty Street Feb. 9 and charged him with second-degree sexual offense, four counts each of first-degree sexual offense against a child and statutory rape of a child at least six years younger than him, and eight counts of indecent liberties with a child, warrants show.

  • Judge acquits ex-cop of voluntary manslaughter

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — A judge acquitted a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

    Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown announced the verdict about 10 a.m. Friday after a bench trial that took 14 days, beginning April 19. Brown, rather than a jury, determined Vassey’s innocence.

  • County track teams compete in conference championships

    LELAND — North Brunswick’s boys finished first and North’s girls finished second in the East Central Conference track and field championships.

    North’s boys scored 197 points in the six-team meet May 5 at North. Croatan was second (121.25).

    For North, Jayhlen Washington won the 110-meter hurdles race (14.0 seconds), the long jump (23 feet, 4.5 inches) and the triple jump (46-0). Larry Hobbs was third in the long jump (19-9).

    Cameron Barnhill won the 100-meter run (10.9) and the 200 (23.1).

  • Judge begins deliberating on Vassey trial verdict

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — A judge has begun deliberating on a verdict in the case of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home on Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Grand jury indicts Supply couple accused of sexually assaulting children

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted a Supply couple accused of sexually assaulting children.

    Michael Charles Jacobs, 34, of Seashore Road was arrested Dec. 15, 2015, on 40 counts of indecent liberties with a child and 10 counts each of first-degree sexual offense and second-degree sexual offense.

  • Trojans beat New Hanover 3-1

    West Brunswick beat New Hanover 3-1 May 4 in a Mideastern 3A/4A Conference baseball game.

    Winning pitcher Johnathan Carlyle (8-0) gave up six hits in seven innings. He struck out three, walked one and hit one batter.

    West scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth in taking a 3-1 lead. With one out, Ashburn reached on an error. He stole second and scored on a two-out double by Tyler McDuffie. Carlyle singled home McDuffie.

  • Closing arguments scheduled Thursday in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

     

    BOLIVIA — Closing arguments are expected to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 5, in the trial of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal on Jan. 5, 2014. He was the last of three officers to arrive on scene that day.

  • New ECU School of Dental Medicine opens in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA — Thanks to East Carolina University and the efforts of many, Brunswick County now has its own dental school.

    A host of state, local and ECU officials turned out for the opening of the new ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center last Friday, April 29, at its new address at 100 Brunswick Medical Center Pkwy. across from Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia.