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Today's News

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of the Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Heather Jesina adjudicated the following cases July 7 during a grand jury session:

    Melissa Melody Banks, financial card fraud, financial card theft.

    Heather Nicole Barnes, two counts of breaking and/or entering, two counts of larceny after breaking/entering.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on July 9, 10 and 14 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Wednesday, July 9

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor W. Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

  • Getting the blues

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

     

     

    It’s Blueberry Month. No, I don’t make this stuff up. There actually was a proclamation from the United States Department of Agriculture back in 1999 that made July National Blueberry Month.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

     

    By the time the rising sun had gilded the tops of the towering hills, the mountains and vales rang with the harmonious shouts of the pious and cheerful tenants of the groves and meads.— William Bartram, Travels

     

  • Families celebrate summer with simple backyard dining

     Remember when picnics used to be the norm? Well, maybe if you’re too young to remember, many picnics used to be communal. Barn raisings and other types of rural work were frequently followed by dances and outdoor meals. Many small towns in the Midwest had a small public park, usually in the center of town, where they frequently hosted dances, bands, socials and picnics.

  • Gause celebrates first birthday

     Tayvion Gause is celebrating his first birthday Wednesday, July 23. Love from Mommy, MiMi, Papa, Aunt Selena, Aunt Nekevia and Uncle Malik.

  • Learning from family activities

     Katie McKee

    Brunswick County 4-H Agent

    By the middle of the summer, we all start to run out of fresh ideas for activities to help kids get that one hour a day of enrichment to prevent summer slide. The good news is your kids can learn from the things you are already doing. You can turn any activity into a learning moment if you take the time to process what happened. 4-H programs use an experiential learning process to turn hands-on activities into minds-on lessons and families can apply a similar model to their normal activities, as well.

  • 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.

  • Police find Shallotte meth lab, make arrest

    SHALLOTTE — A Shallotte man is accused of manufacturing meth in a shed beside his residence.

    Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause said Dylan Ray Moore, 32, was arrested Wednesday, July 16, about 1 p.m. after authorities searched a shed beside his 4700 Shallotte Ave. home and found chemicals consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

    Gause and Capt. Scott Branning said information from the community prompted the investigation and led to Moore’s arrest, with assistance from the Special Services Unit of the State Bureau of Investigation.

  • West Brunswick Ponytails second in Dixie state tourney

     CARTHAGE — West Brunswick finished second in the Dixie Ponytails Traditional state softball tournament July 16 at Hillcrest Park. In the eight-team tourney for girls ages 11 to 12, West Brunswick finished 3-2.

    Brunswick opened the tourney July 12 by beating Fuquay-Varina 14-4. The next day, Brunswick beat Hoke 4-0.

    Brunswick lost 5-4 to Lumberton on July 14. In a loser-out game July 15 against Dunn, Brunswick won 2-0. The victory qualified Brunswick for the title game against unbeaten Lumberton, which Lumberton won 1-0.