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Today's News

  • Brunswick County claims its eighth lottery winner in 2015

    Brunswick County’s incredible lottery streak continues with an Ocean Isle Beach man winning $10,000 this week.

    John Croake won $10,000 in the $200 Million Blowout scratch-off game, North Carolina Education Lottery officials said Friday.

    In early July, Kevin Beauchamp of Leland won $10,000 in the $2,500 a Week for Life! instant game.

    Sean Watson of Columbus Countywon the $227,196 jackpot in the July 2 Cash 5 drawing via Play at the Pump at a gas pump at Middle River C Store on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

  • Emergency response personnel conduct hazardous materials exercise

     SUNNY POINT — First responders rushed to the scene at the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point last week to assess a simulated situation in which a tractor-trailer carrying explosives collided with a railcar that contained hazardous materials.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services officials organized the full-scale exercise that was held July 28 just a stone’s throw from the terminal entrance at Sunny Point.

  • New traffic signal at Leland/Belville intersection

    Motorists will see a new flashing signal at N.C.133 and Blackwell Road in Leland/Belville beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4, as the North Carolina Department of Transportation prepares to fully activate the new traffic signal.
    As part of what is often referred to as the Leland Causeway Bridge Project, the new signal is expected to improve safety by controlling traffic at the N.C.133 and Blackwell Road intersection. Currently, traffic on Blackwell Road has to stop, while traffic on N.C. 133 continues through the intersection.

  • BCC officials prepare to open Southport campus

     SOUTHPORT — When Dr. Susanne Adams began her stint as Brunswick Community College president in July 2011, the college’s board of trustees hadn’t decided how it would move forward with its plans for a Southport campus.

    Eventually, trustees approved renovating the old alternative school on Lord Street and transforming it into a continuing education center with more classroom space and art studios.

    Four years later, college staff and trustees are two weeks away from officially opening the Southport campus.

  • Grand jury indicts Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting child

    A Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old last year has been indicted by a Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury.

    Murton Harold Hyde, 56, of Turkey Street, was arrested Jan. 21 charged with six counts of first-degree sexual offense involving a child, three counts of crimes against nature and three counts of indecent liberties with a child. He was indicted on those charges July 20, court records show.

  • Former Leland police officer makes first appearance on attempted murder charges

     A former Leland police lieutenant accused of leading officers on a high-speed chase last September made his first appearance in Brunswick County Superior Court this week on multiple felony charges, including attempted murder.

  • Two Shallotte men face felony sex charges

     Two Shallotte men have been charged with multiple felony sex charges in separate cases.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 49-year-old Thomas Nicholas Tribble of Salem Lane on Saturday, Aug. 1, and charged him with 22 counts of second-degree sexual offense.

    He is accused of “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously” engaging in a sex offense with a victim “who was at the time mentally disabled” between May 2014 and March 2015, warrants show.

  • Former school board member indicted on embezzlement charges

     A former Brunswick County Board of Education member was indicted last week on embezzlement charges more than two years after his arrest.

    A grand jury indicted Raymond Carl Gilbert on two counts of embezzlement by an officer of a charitable organization.

  • Leland man accused of posing as out-of-town lawyer faces contempt charges

     A Leland man who was disbarred earlier this year is accused of impersonating a lawyer in Columbus County traffic court.

    Fifty-seven-year-old Nicholas Andrew Stratas was arrested July 28 and charged with three counts of criminal contempt of court, clerk of court Jess Hill said.

    Stratas identified himself as James Smith, a New Hanover County lawyer, and said he was representing a defendant on a speeding violation during a traffic court session last week, Hill said.

  • Leland man pleads guilty to felony charge six years after his arrest

     A former Leland church pastor accused of sexually assaulting a child six years ago pleaded guilty to one count of crimes against nature, a felony, in Brunswick County Superior Court last week.

    Superior Court Judge Ebern T. Watson sentenced 51-year-old James Tyrus Johnson of Leland to serve five to six months in prison, which was suspended, and a year of unsupervised probation.