Today's News

  • Brunswick County Teen Court set for March 27

    The next session of Brunswick County Teen Court will be March 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brunswick County Courthouse. Brunswick County Teen Court is a partnership program between Communities In Schools and the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office, made possible through financial support provided by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and Brunswick County Schools.

  • Man charged in Oak Island break-ins

    Oak Island police arrested a man they said was caught breaking into a home and a vehicle Friday.

    Kenneth Vernon Lee, 29, is charged with breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

    Citizens called 911 to report someone breaking into a vehicle at the Norton Street beach access. Police who responded discovered the break-in at a McGlammery Street residence.

  • VA Whole Health Workshop set for March 29

    Fayetteville VA Medical Center’s Wilmington Health Care Center (WHCC) is inviting coastal area transitioning military, veterans and VA employees to a two-hour introduction to VA Whole Health Workshop.

    The workshop is set for Thursday, March 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Wilmington HCC at 1705 Gardner Road. Reservations are required. Veterans are welcome to invite their spouse or significant other to this training. RSVP to William Lowry Jr., WHCC peer support specialist, at (910) 343-5300, ext. 3585 or (910) 813-5448.

  • Couple charged in Leland lottery ticket theft

    Leland police arrested two people accused of stealing lottery tickets from a gas station earlier this month.

    Davette Rae Artemisio, 30, of Carolina Beach Avenue in Carolina Beach and JonMichael Joseph Laurie, 27, of Seaview Road in Wilmington each face a charge of larceny from the person and felony conspiracy.

    Police said Laurie entered the Exxon station on Ploof Road followed by Artemisio on March 8 when the tickets were stolen, then left in a blue Dodge truck with damage to the front end.

  • Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry route to gain two trips

    The North Carolina Ferry Division announced the Southport-Fort Fisher route will add two daily round trips to its schedule, from 14 to 16, on Sunday, April 1.

    That schedule will remain in place until Labor Day.

    For a downloadable copy of all North Carolina ferry schedules, go to ncferry.org.

  • Man sentenced in Sunset Beach armed robbery

    A Wilmington man will spend at least 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts each of common law robbery and second-degree kidnapping in the armed robbery of Sunset Beach’s Hardees last fall.

    Judge Gregory James Bell sentenced 46-year-old David Ashley Bates to between 164 and 240 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction with credit for time served.

  • Annual flushing program to begin April 2

    Every year, Brunswick County and the municipalities and other utilities that purchase water from Brunswick County implement an annual flushing program. Public utilities employees flush the water mains by opening fire hydrants and allowing them to flow freely for a short period of time.

    The flushing cleans out sediment and allows routine maintenance of the more than 5,000 fire hydrants in the Brunswick County service area. Flushing may result in discoloration and presence of sediment in your water. These conditions are not harmful and should be of short duration.

  • Bolton woman faces prescription drug charges

    A Columbus County woman is accused of conspiring to sell prescription drugs illegally in Brunswick County.

    Jamie Michele Pridgen, 22, of Pauline Lane in Bolton was arrested March 15 and charged with conspiracy to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Brunswick County DSS to offer training for foster, adoptive parents

    Brunswick County Department of Social Services will provide “Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety — Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting” (TIPS-MAPP) training to become a foster/adoptive parent beginning Thursday, April 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brunswick County Department of Social Services in the government complex in Bolivia.

    To register for training or for more information, contact Tamela Jones at 253-2112 or tamela.jones@brunswickcountync.gov.

  • Oak Island bridge to close to traffic through May 2019

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation has scheduled a bridge rehabilitation project for the G.V. Barbee Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway beginning in September and continuing through May 2019.

    This rehabilitation work includes replacing the existing girders on 27 spans, and installing a new riding deck and barrier rail. The project was accelerated to avoid conflicts with the N.C. 211 project that will begin construction in 2019.