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Today's News

  • School district celebrates employees of the year

    BOILING SPRING LAKES — The Brunswick County Board of Education took its meeting on the road Oct. 3 to celebrate the district’s employees of the year.

  • ATF investigates police equipment theft from officer’s Winnabow residence

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating the theft of Wilmington Police Department equipment, including a gun, ammunition, a Taser and bullet-resistant vest, from an officer’s vehicle in Winnabow last month.

  • Bladen County commissioner charged with DWI in Brunswick County

    A Bladen County commissioner is accused of driving while impaired in Brunswick County.

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant stopped 32-year-old Ashley Trivette of White Lake on U.S. 17 near Supply on Friday and “observed bloodshot red glassy eyes, strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about her breath,” according Trivette’s release order.

    The order shows Trivette had a blood alcohol concentration of .10. A person is considered legally impaired in North Carolina with a blood alcohol concentration of .08.

  • Man arrested on robbery, kidnapping charges from August

    A Leland man was arrested last week on charges stemming an armed robbery.

    Navassa police arrested Ezra Tomar Sparkman, 24, of Magnolia Drive NE on Oct. 3 and charged him with aiding and abetting armed robbery and second-degree kidnapping.

    Warrants show Sparkman aided and abetted two others in stealing $90 from a woman during an Aug. 27 armed robbery.

    Sparkman remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $500,000 bail.

  • Southport police investigate cooler thefts

    The Southport Police Department is asking for help to find two coolers stolen after the King Mackerel Tournament last weekend.

    People in a golf cart pulled up to the Southport Marina and stole a blue Michelob Ultra cooler and a red Budweiser cooler Oct. 7 and 8, respectively, according to a police department Facebook post. The coolers are valued at $1,000 each.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 457-7911.

  • Weighty issue prompts lifestyle change

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    When John Schliewenz did what many of us have done — retire and move to Brunswick County — little did he know he would do something that would prove to be inspirational to many others.

  • Detectives seek woman who stole from church collection jar

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a woman who stole money from a collection jar last week.

    The woman, described as black with a heavy build and short black hair, took the money from a jar at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Charles Liles at 880-5756.

  • You decide: Should North Carolina make a bid for Amazon’s second headquarters?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    When I joined the faculty of North Carolina State University four decades ago, buying books — an occupational necessity for academics — was tedious and time-consuming. I’d first contact the NCSU bookstore, which then ordered the book from the publisher. When it arrived, usually weeks later, I would then spend at least 45 minutes walking to and from the bookstore to retrieve the book.

  • Police investigate stabbing at Leland Food Lion

    Police are investigating an incident last week at Leland’s Food Lion where a woman was stabbed with an oyster knife.

    A Leland police report shows the 44-year-old victim, whose name was redacted, was stabbed Oct. 2 at the store at 103 Village Road. Her condition was not available.

    E911 dispatch records show someone called at 9:19 p.m. to report their daughter had been attacked and stabbed.

    No other information, including a description of the woman’s attacker, was available.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week, the North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate were in special session Oct. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 5.

    We welcomed a new member, Bob Muller of Pender County, passed a major elections bill, passed new districts for our judges and District Attorneys, and we overrode the governor’s vetoes on two important bills, including the GenX funding.