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Today's News

  • Closing arguments scheduled Thursday in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

     

    BOLIVIA — Closing arguments are expected to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 5, in the trial of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal on Jan. 5, 2014. He was the last of three officers to arrive on scene that day.

  • Board sends county commissioner primary protest to state

    BOLIVIA — The state elections board will consider Alan Lewis’ protest of the March 15 primary election results in the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 4 Republican primary.

    The three-member Brunswick County Board of Elections voted unanimously to send the protest to the state level after a more than two-hour hearing that began at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the board’s office.

  • New ECU School of Dental Medicine opens in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA — Thanks to East Carolina University and the efforts of many, Brunswick County now has its own dental school.

    A host of state, local and ECU officials turned out for the opening of the new ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center last Friday, April 29, at its new address at 100 Brunswick Medical Center Pkwy. across from Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia.

  • Judge sentences habitual felon to more than six years in prison

    A Bolivia man has been sentenced to serve at least six-and-a-half years in state prison after pleading guilty to habitual misdemeanor assault, habitual felon, and assault on a female in Brunswick County Superior Court, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

    Judge Tripp Watson of New Hanover County sentenced 36-year-old Travis Bryan Stanley on Tuesday, May 3, to serve at least 80 months and up to 109 months (just more than nine years) for the crimes.

  • Avalon lots see new life from utilities bond agreement

    BOLIVIA — A development that was stalled by the economic recession will receive infrastructure needed to start building houses after the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners found a contractor for the work.

    Avalon of the Carolinas off N.C. 211 near Clemmons Road SE was planned as a subdivision ringing a 2.5-acre pond before the housing bubble burst in 2007.

    But once the economy stalled, Avalon of the Carolinas developers filed for bankruptcy and gave up a $5.3 million surety bond to Brunswick County to cover the infrastructure.

  • Residents push for ownership proof in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Several residents continue to push for a proof of property ownership requirement even as the town attorney reiterated liability reasons for not doing so.

    At a lengthy town council meeting Monday night, Town Attorney Grady Richardson outlined his personal experience handling ownership disputes he said are best handled in Brunswick County court.

    Town council also voted 3-2 to accept the town planning board’s April 21 recommendation not to require proof of property ownership in order to obtain a town building permit.

  • Holden Beach noise ordinance seeks to prohibit ‘unreasonable loud noises’

    Holden Beach officials continue shaping a town noise ordinance to keep it simple to enforce and ensure it can stand up in court.

    The four newest Holden Beach town commissioners — John Fletcher, Kim Isenhour, Peter Freer and Ashley Royal — introduced ordinance changes immediately after taking their seats on the board Dec. 8, along with Ken Kyser, the only re-elected commissioner, and approved the majority of the changes at a special called meeting Dec. 16.

  • Deputies charge man in county’s largest fentanyl seizure

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested a man Friday, April 29, in the largest seizure of fentanyl in the county’s history.

    Troy Ahkeen Wilson, 37, of South Fifth Street in Wilmington, is charged with trafficking in opium or heroin and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession, a warrant shows.

    Deputies arrested Wilson after he was pulled over for speeding on U.S. 74 near Interstate 140, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Carolina Shores focuses on budget, salaries

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners are poised for a public hearing and first reading of the town’s proposed $1.8 million budget for fiscal 2016-17 at their upcoming monthly meeting at 2 p.m. this Thursday, May 5.

    “We really are in the last stretch of the budget,” Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said at the board’s monthly workshop Monday. New goals, he said, were set at the board’s budget retreat in January.

  • Shallotte man faces firearm, drug charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Shallotte man accused of stealing a firearm and drug trafficking, among other crimes.

    Andrew Joshua Combs, 28, of Tavia Lane SW, was arrested Friday, April 29, and charged with larceny of a firearm, trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, warrants show.