Today's News

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken from police reports.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Concord Street; suspect entered residence and damaged property.

    •Nicholas Paul Rupp, 17, of Ocean Isle Beach; subject was 17 years old and possessed malt beverages.

    •Larceny on Causeway Drive; suspect took food items from Minuteman.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Lee Street; subject forced way into home.

  • Judicial races roundup

    Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis is seeking re-election unopposed.

    Lewis has been a resident Superior Court judge since 2002 and has filled the nonpartisan seat since 2006, when the 13th prosecutorial district split at the court level to 13A, which is Bladen and Columbus counties and 13B, which is Brunswick County. At that time Lewis was named Senior Resident Superior Court Judge.

    District Judges William F. Fairley and Sherry Dew Tyler, both of District 13, are also unopposed in their bids for re-election to their nonpartisan seats.

  • Clarification sought on changes regarding personnel records

    Although the changes to House Bill 961, Session Law 2010-169, went into effect Oct. 1, the North Carolina School Boards Association is awaiting a clarification on how to address them.

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education voted earlier this month to seek clarification to the bill through the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA). Leanne Winner, director of governmental affairs for NCSBA, said clarification needs to be made regarding two major changes in the information in personnel files that is now considered public record.

  • Board of Education will have new representation for District 5 seat

    Ronnie (Ron) Jenkins, a retired Brunswick County educator from Leland, faces John W. Thompson, a Southport architect, for the district 5 seat on the Brunswick County Board of Education. Scott Milligan, who has held the seat since 2004, is not seeking re-election.

    Jenkins, a democrat, retired from the system in 2005 after 32 years as an educator and administrator, but went back to work at the Transition Academy for a year and filled in as assistant principal for three months last year.

  • Incumbent faces longtime educator in BOE District 3 race

    Brunswick County Board of Education District 3 Republican incumbent Charles W. (Charlie) Miller said board members are elected to “be a voice of the community.” He believes his background in law enforcement helps bridge the school district and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, where he serves as chief deputy.

  • ELECTIONS 2010: Constitutional amendment to ban felons from serving as sheriff

    A constitutional amendment to ban convicted felons from serving as sheriff in North Carolina will be on the Nov. 2 ballot.

    The constitutional amendment in this year’s midterm election is the first constitutional amendment since the 2004 General Election, Brunswick County Board of Elections Director Greg Bellamy said.

    N.C. State Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick, was a co-sponsor of House Bill 1959, No Felon as Sheriff, introduced in the state House on May 25.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Pantano closes money gap with McIntyre

    The race to Washington, D.C., it seems, is recession-proof.

    Campaign contributions for federal candidates for the third quarter, which ran through Sept. 30, were due to the Federal Election Commission by Oct. 15.

    North Carolina candidates running for federal office boasts millions of dollars in their respective war chests, with U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., leading the charge.

  • Paid parking plugged for Sunset Beach day visitors

    SUNSET BEACH—A town-appointed parking committee has concluded there may be fewer available parking spaces on the island if the town enforces current ordinances.

    It also recommends implementing a paid parking system for visitors, while providing permits for town residents to use designated spaces at no cost to them.

    Meanwhile, island residents who attended the specially called town council meeting Oct. 14 objected to a recommendation that parking be designated on their streets and said they are being exploited to accommodate mainland residents.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on Randolphville Road; suspect failed to return victim’s vehicle.

    •Larceny on Ocean Highway East in Leland; suspect stole money from victim.

    •Larceny on Cumbee Road in Supply; suspect stole manhole covers and water meter covers from construction site.