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Today's News

  • Hurricane Arthur brushes past Brunswick County

    Hurricane Arthur passed by Thursday, July 3, leaving all of Brunswick County with varying levels of rain throughout the day but no significant damage.

    The hurricane reached Category 1 status with 90 mph winds as it traveled northeast along the Brunswick County coast Thursday.

    But the eye of the storm remained about 45 miles offshore, which put the outer rain bands spinning through the county for much of the day.

  • Judge declines to reduce bail for man accused of sex crimes with child

     BOLIVIA — A judge denied a motion to reduce the bond of a man accused of sex crimes more than 20 years ago in Brunswick County.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis heard the motion from the lawyer of Joseph Robert Hall, who was arrested in April and indicted July 3 for multiple sex crimes involving a child that took place in the early 1990s.

    Hall, who is represented by Gastonia-based lawyer Arcangela Mazzariello, faces 11 counts of statutory sex offenses, four counts of indecent liberties with a child and a count of forcible sex offense.

  • Judge declines to reduce bail for man accused of sex crimes with child

    By Sam Hickman

    Staff Writer

     

    BOLIVIA — A judge denied a motion to reduce the bond of a man accused of sex crimes more than 20 years ago in Brunswick County.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis heard the motion from the lawyer of Joseph Robert Hall, who was arrested in April and indicted July 3 for multiple sex crimes involving a child that took place in the early 1990s.

  • Authorities search for missing Navassa teen

    The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for a missing 15-year-old boy from Navassa late Tuesday afternoon, July 9.

    Antonio Demetrius Hansley is black, 5-foot-7 and weighing 130 pounds. His top front teeth are missing, his hair is short and black and he has brown eyes.

    Authorities believe Hansley is suffering from some type of cognitive impairment, the alert said. He was last seen wearing a red and gray short sleeved T-shirt with dark shorts at 103 Village Road in Leland. He could be traveling to Wilmington and in danger.

  • Former sheriff faces federal firearms charge

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett had an initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington on Thursday, July 10, to face a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.
    According to an affidavit in a criminal complaint, multiple firearms were found at Hewett’s Supply residence Wednesday, July 9. The number and type of firearms seized from the residence weren’t given.

  • West Brunswick hires volleyball, baseball coaches

     West Brunswick High School has filled coaching vacancies for volleyball and baseball. The school board on July 1 approved T.J. Spivey to be the baseball coach and Larry Salefsky to be the volleyball coach.

    Bob Hanna has been recommend to be the football coach, but he was not approved July 1 by the school board.

     

    Volleyball

    Salefsky, 28, most recently was the Coastal Carolina University assistant volleyball coach, accepting the job in August 2013. CCU ended the 2013 season 19-12.

  • Golf roundup

     Staff Report

    Hurricane Arthur drenched the area July 3, but many golf leagues had their events either before or after that day. Below are summaries submitted by area golf leagues.

     

    Beachcombers

  • Prevent heat stroke in the dog days of summer

     Dear friends and fellow golfers, we are in July and August, the hot and humid months, here on the Carolina coast. That’s great because we have the beach, boating, fishing and perhaps a pool to hang out in. We have backyard cookouts and pig roasts and just sitting on the back porch and vegging out with a cool drink and good friends. 

  • Hurricane passes and mullet minnows surge

     The fishing column has been absent the last couple weeks but not because of the lack of fishing action. We are in the peak of our busy season and traffic should remain steady until mid-August. We have just experienced our first close call this season with a hurricane and we should be thankful for the near miss. Folks on the Outer Banks got the worst of it, but it could have been much worse. Let’s hope this is the first and last one we have to deal with this season.

  • A day in the life of a sea turtle volunteer

    By Jim Boyce

     

    Guest Columnist