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Today's News

  • Former sheriff involved in struggle before death

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died in the New Hanover County jail Saturday afternoon, July 12, following a physical altercation with jailers, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said.

    Hewett, 51, was arrested Wednesday, July 9, on a possession of a firearm by a felon charge, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was in custody at the New Hanover County jail after an initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington on Thursday, July 10.

  • Superintendent to resign after coming school year

     BOLIVIA — After 16 hours over a span of three weeks, the Brunswick County Board of Education finalized the superintendent’s evaluation.

    However, it was Superintendent Edward Pruden’s announcement following the completion of the evaluation that caused the biggest stir inside the administrative offices of Brunswick County Schools on Tuesday, July 15.

    At the end of the 2014-15 school year, Pruden informed the board, he will resign.

  • Businessman gets 3+ years in prison for Leland site contamination

    A 61-year-old business owner has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for crimes related to the to handling of a toxic substance at his facility in Leland.

    Benjamin Franklin Pass and P&W Waste Oil Services Inc. were sentenced Wednesday, July 16, in Raleigh, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker.

  • Leland woman faces cruelty charges after more than 100 animals seized from her home

    A Leland woman has been arrested and charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty after more than 100 animals were rescued from an apparent hoarding situation Tuesday afternoon, July 15, from her home near Belville.

    Mary Eva Faith Stoltz, 33, was arrested that day and booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. She was released after posting $5,000 bail.

  • Defining prescription painkiller misuse and abuse

     Editor’s note: This is the second story in a six-part biweekly series examining the prescription painkiller problem in Brunswick County. The first story in this series was published July 3.   

      

    There’s a fine line between misuse and abuse. But both can be deadly.

    Brunswick County leaders are working to combat a growing problem of prescription painkiller misuse and abuse.

  • 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.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The senator’s legislative updates will continue to be published for the duration of the General Assembly’s short session, which has been extended beyond its expected July 1 conclusion.

     

    As the 2014 short session begins to wind down, we are continuing to work hard in order to accomplish our goals before wrapping things up.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The representative’s legislative updates will continue to be published for the duration of the General Assembly’s short session, which has been extended beyond its expected July 1 conclusion.

     

  • You decide: What are the gains and gaps in our economy?

    By Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

     

    Twice a year, I pull out my cloudy crystal ball and attempt to make some predictions about the direction and pace of the North Carolina economy. I just finished my latest effort and, as usual, the results are a combination of pluses and minuses.

  • Gore leaves lasting legacy

    It might have been easier for Edward Mannon Gore to simply live in the shadow of his father, who founded the town where he spent most of his life.

    Instead, Ed Gore chose to not only build upon the legacy of Mannon C. Gore, but also leave his own mark on Sunset Beach, Brunswick County and North Carolina.

    After graduating from what is now East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, the Longwood native served our county in the Air Force where he monitored Russian radio transmissions during the Cold War before returning home.