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Today's News

  • OIB residents air concerns on fire training facility

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — An Ocean Isle Beach resident told town commissioners during the town’s first public forum of 2016 he and his family don’t want a fire training facility as their next door neighbor.

    Roberto's restaurant owner Dave Gundrum and his wife, Karen, live at 5839 Watts Road with their two children, Dave Jr. and Gracie.

    The town owns two lots adjacent to the Gundrums’ property to the west, which is also bordered to the north by the Ocean Ridge development and is a short distance from Ocean Isle Beach Park to the southwest.

  • Brunswick County fugitive arrested in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    An Horry County, S.C., man was detained last week in Myrtle Beach on a fugitive warrant out of Brunswick County.

    Robert Lucas, 38, was arrested following a traffic stop Friday night, Feb. 5, in the vicinity of 67th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.

    Lucas’ tags came back suspended, and police found he was wanted in Brunswick County on a charge of obtaining property by false pretense.

    Lucas was booked at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C., on Feb. 6 and will be extradited back to Brunswick County.

  • Split board approves jetter buy in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — A split town board has narrowly approved acquiring a sewer jetter to clean driveway culverts.

    The board voted 3-2 at its monthly meeting last Thursday, Feb. 4, to pursue purchase of a high-pressure drain-cleaning machine to help offset flooding issues in the town.

    Town commissioner John Manning favored holding off on a purchase until the board can review prices as well as a machine in action.

    Fellow commissioner Greg Davis said the town needs to start working on culverts now.

  • County approves funds for SBMS coal ash disposal, SBHS drainage improvements

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved the use of school capital reserve funds to resolve the coal ash issue at South Brunswick Middle School and make drainage improvements to South Brunswick High School.

    Brunswick County holds funds collected in excess of amounts budgeted for Brunswick County Schools in a capital reserve fund.

  • OIB officials recognize fire department’s 40th year

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials recognized the town fire department’s 40th anniversary at the Tuesday, Feb. 9, town board meeting.

    The Ocean Isle Beach Fire Protection Association, originally an entirely volunteer fire department, was chartered in January 1976, Mayor Debbie Smith said. Johnnie Hill was the department’s first fire chief and the volunteer staff had only one pumper truck to respond to fire calls.

  • Leland woman, 5-year-old child recover from dog attack

    A Leland woman and her 5-year-old child are recovering from injuries they suffered in a dog attack Feb. 1.

    The dog, a Lab mix, is in 10-day quarantine at Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Services.

    A neighbor was helping the woman change a flat tire on her vehicle at her Provincial Drive residence when the attack happened at 8:50 a.m., Lt. Jeremy Humphries said in a news release issued Friday, Feb. 5.

  • NBHS teacher, fiancé accused of assaulting two boys

    A math teacher at North Brunswick High School has been placed on leave amid accusations she and her fiancé assaulted two boys younger than 12.

    Two Elizabeth City women took out warrants for the arrest of 24-year-old Victoria Leigh Jeffries of Leland, whom they say injured their sons sometime between Jan. 26 and 28.

    The two women also took out warrants for the arrest of 24-year-old Brian Louis Wilson of Leland, whom they also accuse of hurting their sons.

  • Men accused of sex crimes involving child indicted on drug charges

    Two Southport men who were charged with sex crimes, including sexual exploitation of a minor, Jan. 21 have been indicted on drug charges.

    Willie Anderson Dock Jr., 70, and Travis LaShawn Siler, 27, both of Cherry Road, were initially arrested Dec. 30, 2015, as a result of tips and complaints from the community, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Law enforcement executive among 21 arrested on prostitution charge

    A former deputy director of the North Carolina Justice Academy is one of 21 people charged last week with solicitation of prostitution in Brunswick County.

    Darrell Wayne Ayers, 55, of Crowell Avenue in Oak Island, was arrested on the misdemeanor charge Wednesday, Feb. 3, a warrant shows. It is unclear where the alleged crime took place.

  • Man accused of setting Brunswick Forest house on fire

    A Brunswick Forest resident is charged with arson after a fire Saturday night, Feb. 6, damaged a home in the Leland subdivision.

    William James Kelim II, 34, of Walbury Court, was arrested Feb. 6 and charged with first-degree arson, breaking and entering and communicating threats for starting the fire following a domestic dispute earlier in the day, Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said.