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Today's News

  • Leland man accused of making meth in home

    A Leland man is accused of making meth in his home.

    Tyler Justin Demas, 33, of Blueray Drive was arrested May 3 after a joint investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office’s Vice-Narcotics Unit and North Carolina Community Corrections.

    Demas was charged with two counts of possessing or distributing a meth precursor, manufacturing methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • 79-year-old man accused of sex crimes with child

    A 79-year-old Southport man is accused of sex crimes involving a child younger than 16.

    Rubin Smith Curtis of Long Beach Road was arrested May 3 and charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

    Warrants show one of the incidents took place between Oct. 1 and 31, 2013, and the other between Feb. 1, and May 1, 2014.

    Curtis was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on May 3 and released the next day on $50,000 bail.

  • Leland man accused of possessing child pornography

    A Leland man is being held on $3 million bail after authorities discovered child pornography in his possession.

    Michael Hunter Cook, 34, of Cottagefield Lane was arrested at his home May 3 after a joint investigation between the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • K-3 class sizes to change under HB 13

    BELVILLE — North Carolina public schools, including those in Brunswick County, will see a reduction in class sizes for grades K-3 come fall, though not as drastically as first expected.

    Signed by Gov. Roy Cooper on April 27, House Bill 13 is touted as a compromise that continues reducing elementary school class sizes over the next two years while addressing local concerns about special subject-area teachers in the classroom.

    Brunswick County Schools will begin to phase in the mandatory class-size reductions in grades K-3 during the 2017-18 school year.

  • North Brunswick High School teams complete their ECC seasons

    Staff Report

    LELAND — East Duplin beat North Brunswick 8-4 and won the East Central Conference softball championship May 4.

    The Panthers finished with 10 hits, four of them in the first inning as they took a 3-0 lead.

    A triple and a wild pitch led to the first of four runs in the fourth inning and a 7-0 lead.

    The Scorpions scored their four runs in the final inning. Singles by Kerrin Mailhot, Kelsey Ray and Aliah Johnson led to three runs. The fourth run scored on a wild pitch.

  • Pitt sweeps BCC in three-game baseball series

    Brunswick Community College lost three baseball games to Pitt in the final games of the NJCAA Division II Region 10 regular season. BCC finishes second in the region (21-5) and Pitt first (22-2)

    Pitt 14, BCC 4

    The Brunswick Community College baseball team lost the lead late in a 14-4 defeat to Pitt Community College on Saturday afternoon. The game was tied at four with Pitt batting in the top of the seventh when Caleb Beatty singled off of McKinley Stanbery, driving in one run.

  • Trojans MEC tournament champions

    By Ed Hullings

    Beacon Correspondent

    SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick Trojans won the MEC playoffs May 4, adding the playoff championship trophy to the regular season championship they won a week ago.

    This championship game featured the third matchup of the season between the powerful teams from West and Topsail. For the third successive time this season, the Trojans defeated the Pirates 2-1 in an epic battle in Shallotte.

  • State champions Watson, Burton sign with Campbell

    LELAND — Before signing his letter of intent Friday to wrestle at Campbell University, North Brunswick senior Tyrone Watson Jr. looped his black-and-orange striped tie many times. He spent more time adjusting his tie than he did wrestling some of the foes in his high school career.

    Watson and teammate Patrick Burton signed to attend Campbell in a ceremony in the North Brunswick gym.

    “It is the first time in school history that anybody has ever signed for wrestling, and especially for DI,” North coach Thomas York said.

  • You decide: What determines county jobless rates in N.C.?

    The unemployment rate is one of the most closely tracked of economic statistics. There are two reasons for this. First, unemployment rates for the nation, state and local areas (counties, metropolitan regions) are released each month and with a rather short lag, so the information is reasonably up-to-date.

    Second, an unemployment rate, unlike many economic measures, is relatively easy to understand. It’s the percentage of the adult workforce actively looking for a job.

  • Meals tax is a bad idea for Brunswick County residents

    By Lynn Minges

    Guest Columnist