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Today's News

  • Leland man accused of sexually assaulting girl faces more than 50 additional charges

    A Leland man accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl faces more than 50 additional charges.

    Denzel Jamal Hill, 22, of Dogwood Road, was arrested Saturday, July 19, and charged with indecent liberties with a child, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and two counts of statutory rape, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Warrants show the crimes took place July 16.

  • Inmate dies of apparent suicide in county jail

    An Ash man incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on a first-degree murder charge died Wednesday, July 23, from an apparent suicide, spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Thomas Jason Holland, 28, of Babson Road NW, was found unresponsive in his cell at 1:14 a.m., according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    “He is the victim of an apparent suicide,” the release read.

  • Four accused of smuggling drugs into jail

     Four people face charges after investigators said they tried to smuggle drugs into the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    Arrest warrants show Kristen Lewis of Ocean Isle Beach, Melissa Meyer of Leland, Larry Cheyenne Pigott of Shallotte and Nicole Marie Wilsey of Southport conspired to smuggle Suboxone, a schedule III controlled substance, into the jail.

  • New Hanover sheriff: Deputies acted appropriately in Hewett’s death

    Deputies acted appropriately in an altercation before the July 12 death of former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett in the New Hanover County Jail, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said in a Tuesday, July 21, news release.

    McMahon said an internal affairs investigation revealed  sheriff’s office personnel “acted appropriately and professionally at all times” during the events leading up to Hewett’s July 12 death.

  • Fisherman’s find on Holden Beach linked to Civil War-era ship

    The Museum of Coastal Carolina has a new artifact to display for visitors thanks to a local man’s curiosity.

    Gary Mullen discovered two iron chain links that date back to the early 19th century.

    Mullen’s Indiana Jones moment didn’t come from treasure hunting or metal detecting; he was just walking along Holden Beach in February when something caught his eye.

  • Virus hurting pork production in Brunswick County, North Carolina

     Expect to pay more for pork now that a virus, which has created an epidemic in hog farms across the globe, has made its way to southeast North Carolina — including at least one Brunswick County farm.

    The deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) came into the United States last spring, said Funston Farms general farm manager Mark Green, who works in Winnabow.

  • Leland ends town hall construction contract with builder

    LELAND — Leland officials have decided if their new town hall will ever be finished, another contractor will do it.

    The Leland town board held a special meeting Thursday, July 17, where they voted unanimously to settle their dispute with contractor Paragon Building Corp. and mutually agree to end their association.

    Town staff have waited more than six months to move into the 44,000-square-foot, winged building which will house the town staff and council chamber on one side and the Leland Police Department on the other.

  • Sunset Beach developer Gore dies at 82

     The man who played an integral role in the development and incorporation of Sunset Beach has died.

    Ed Gore, 82, died in his sleep Wednesday morning, July 16.

  • Ex-BSL chief convicted of failure to discharge duties

    The former police chief of Boiling Spring Lakes was convicted of failure to discharge duties in Brunswick County District Court on Friday, July 18.

    Emmett Ballree, who began his career as chief in Boiling Spring Lakes in 2008 before his 2012 termination, pleaded guilty to willful failure to discharge his duties as a police officer, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

  • BCC recognizes McRainey for contributions

     Brunswick Community College has experienced steady growth since 1998, and Dianne McRainey has been there to see it all.

    After 16 years as a member of the board of trustees, McRainey’s tenure has come to an end.

    “This experience has been wonderful,” McRainey said. “The people that have been on this board truly have their heart into the college and care about this community and what the college needs to provide for the community.