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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach police investigate thefts, break-ins

    SUNSET BEACH—Police are investigating several break-ins and thefts reported in the past week.

    On June 8, a Sony Cybershot camera, Magellan global positioning system and $15 in currency were reported stolen in a car break-in on Marlin Street.

    On June 6, a 32-inch Vizio flat screen TV was reported stolen following a house break-in on East Main Street.

  • No Port Southport sets environmental forum for June 25

    SOUTHPORT—No Port Southport, a citizens’ group formed to fight the N.C. Ports Authority’s plans to build an international terminal in the Southport area, has scheduled a meeting to address the public’s concerns about the terminal’s possible environmental impacts.

  • West senior's project helps boy born without eyes

    In Susan Carr’s exceptional children’s classroom at Supply Elementary School, there weren’t many activities or toys to help stimulate 10-year-old Matthew Stubbs.

    Matthew was born with anophthalmia, a congenital condition causing him to be born without eyeballs. A multi-handicapped student, Carr works with Matthew on sensory depravation issues, but lacked adequate materials to do so.

    “We just didn’t have anything that he could use,” Carr said.

  • Drug agents, K-9 and ACE deputies team up for checkpoint

    Three divisions of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recently teamed up for a driver’s license checkpoint that yielded several drug arrests.

    Last Friday, June 5, deputies with the sheriff’s office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) team, K-9 Enforcement Team and the Drug Enforcement Unit had a driver’s license checkpoint on U.S. 17.

    The following suspects were charged following the checkpoint:

    •Chetan Reddy, 28, of Chapel Hill; charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Vernon Ward’s contributions to community were many

    Those who knew Vernon Ward well say he was a kind man, who was willing to help without asking for anything in return.

    Ward made his mark on Brunswick County after moving to Shallotte in 1980. He got settled in the community by teaching at Brunswick Technical Institute (now Brunswick Community College).

    While Ward may have made his first impressions at BCT, he spent the next almost 30 years dedicating his life to selfless service of others.

  • Summer program to provide kids' meals at 16 sites

    Sixteen churches, schools and nonprofits across the county will host a federal summer feeding program for children as well as kid-friendly activities for the participants.

    The food is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) is organizing the project. It’s the second year the nonprofit has participated in the program, and director Joe Cannon said he’s expecting an even busier year.

  • Get involved in your community; do your homework

    After years of working in a popular low-key retirement destination, I still never cease to be impressed by how involved the citizens of some of our local communities are in the local political issues that affect them.

    These politically active residents have made me realize being retired isn’t just about sitting on your porch and letting life pass you by. It’s just the start of a new chapter in your life—when you have time to really speak out about issues that affect you.

  • Grand jury indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on June 1:

    Amy Nichole Bell, 30, of 5002 Glen Cove Drive, Southport; felony obtain property false pretense, felony obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery, felony breaking and/or entering, felony larceny.

    Steven James Bell, 30, of 2301 E. Yacht Drive, Oak Island; felony breaking and/or entering, felony larceny.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on May 27, 28, 29 and June 1 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, May 27

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Lisa Quick:

    Geri Lynn Ashcraft, shoplifting concealment goods, Brunswick County Jail 10 days active with credit for time served.

    Phillip John Autwell, possession marijuana up to one-half ounce, voluntarily dismissed.

    Tina Ransom Avant, exceeding posted speed, prayer for judgment continued.

  • Evans, Hill West's Athletes of Year

    Three-sport athletes Mariah Evans and Ryan Hill have been selected as West Brunswick’s athletes of the year. The honors were announced last week during the Senior Awards ceremony at the school.

    Evans was a backup in basketball, averaging 1.3 points, but she contributed to several victories. She blocked eight shots, tying for third most on the team, and she had 19 steals.

    “Mariah started several times for us this year,” basketball coach James Walker said. “She is a terrific young lady. She is blessed with athleticism and quickness and speed.