Today's News

  • Holden Beach officer charged with simple assault; suspended with pay

    A Holden Beach Police Officer has been charged with simple assault and suspended from her post pending the outcome of the charges.

    Jessica Lee Camara, 27, of Schooners Court in Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with misdemeanor simple assault on April 7, and suspended the same day. According to Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett, Camara was suspended with pay.

    Camara, who has been with the police department since June 17, 2008, makes an annual salary of $29,221.

  • BCC builds big lead, beats Stanly in eight innings

    An eight-run fifth inning propelled the Brunswick Community College baseball team to a 17-9 victory in eight innings Sunday afternoon over Stanly Community College.

    BCC scored three runs in the eighth inning for an eight-run lead, and by conference rule that margin ended the game, played at West Brunswick High School.

    BCC led 11-3 after five innings, but SCC used four walks and two errors in the sixth to score six runs and cut the lead to 11-9. That displeased BCC coach Robbie Allen.

  • Jury convicts man of first-degree murder; sentenced to life without parole

    BOLIVIA— After deliberating for about an hour and a half Friday afternoon, a Brunswick County jury found James Dean Martin guilty of the 2007 robbery and murder of Oak Island restaurateur Phillip Cook.

    The jury found Martin, 20, guilty of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    Superior Court Judge D. Jack Hooks Jr. sentenced Martin to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

  • Insurance commissioner to appeal court decision on Beach Plan deductibles, surcharges

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has appealed a court ruling in favor of coastal counties but has not sought to revoke the court-ordered stay on Beach Plan deductibles and surcharges during the appeals process.

    Wake County Superior Court Judge William Pittman ruled in favor of a lawsuit brought by Dare County and backed by coastal counties and municipalities, including Brunswick County, by enacting a stay on the Beach Plan and FAIR Plan deductibles and surcharges March 20.

    Goodwin announced the appeal April 15.

  • Streetballer game Saturday at West Brunswick High School

    While walking through downtown Shallotte a few months ago, Lawrence Gadsden noticed some West Brunswick High School wrestlers trying to raise funds for the Trojan program.

    “They were on Main Street,” he said, “and I asked them what they were doing. They were trying to (raise) their own revenues. Which I thought was great. But we can help them. I offered to help.”

  • County commissioner to run for state Senate in 2010

    He’s been an elected official for just shy of one year, but Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke has set his political sights on Raleigh.

    Cooke plans to run for a seat in the N.C. Senate in November 2010.

    But to get there, Cooke would have to unseat North Carolina’s longest serving legislator, Sen. R.C. Soles.

  • Brunswick’s Iler named chairman of North Carolina Republican Party 7th District

    Former Brunswick County Republican Party Chairman Frank Iler was elected as chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party’s 7th Congressional District on Saturday.

    Iler, who succeeds New Hanover County’s Andy Koeppel as district chair, previously served as Brunswick County Chairman for two and a half years. More than 150 people showed up to Saturday’s district convention, which was at the Brunswick County Republican Party headquarters in Supply.

  • Counterfeit incidents likely related

    Counterfeit money passed at BB&T Bank in Shallotte Crossing and at the Kangaroo gas station on Main Street this month appear to be related, Shallotte Police reported.

    On April 8, a BB&T employee reported three counterfeit $20 bills were given to the tellers, one from Port City Java and the other from unknown origins.

    On April 21, a suspect passed a counterfeit $100 bill at Kangaroo. Officers were reviewing a surveillance tape and interviewing the same day.

  • School reviews bids for parking lot improvements

    BOLIVIA—Two school parking lots are expected to be under renovation this summer.

    The board of education was presented with contracts Monday for improvements and paving at Belville Elementary School and Leland Middle School.

    Steve Miley, executive director of operations, said these improvements would help improve traffic flow at both schools, and funding for both projects has already been approved and secured.

  • CIS continues to provide services as funding decreases

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) has experienced revenue shortfalls during the past fiscal year, but Cynthia Tart, executive director, said core resources, as well as new services, will still be offered.

    Tart said during the next fiscal year, the program would lose about $150,000 from funds and grants. The program was already short about $50,000 at the end of last year after the annual gala raised less money than expected.