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Today's News

  • School board to finalize 2017-18 budget

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education will have a work session at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, to finalize the 2017-18 school year budget.

    The board also plans to discuss the pre-schematics for the three high school athletic improvements and the Lincoln Elementary School six-classroom addition, all of which are projects under the $152 million school bond voters approved in 2016, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

  • Police identify man involved in fatal Oak Island shooting

    Officials publicly identified Tuesday the triggerman in a fatal Oak Island shooting that remains under investigation.

    Fifty-eight-year-old Thomas Everette Craddock of Oak Island shot and killed 36-year-old Michael Christopher Auvil, also of Oak Island, at 11:15 p.m. July 22 during a fight in the area of Keziah Street and Ocean Drive, Police Chief Greg Jordan said.

    Dispatch records show Craddock was on the phone with a 911 operator at the time of the shooting, and told the operator Auvil tried to cut him.

  • Excavator stolen from job site

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating an excavator stolen from a job site in Supply.

    According to a sheriff’s office Facebook post, a 2006 Caterpillar excavator model 303cc was stolen from 90 Medical Center Drive off U.S. 17 between noon Saturday, July 29, and Monday morning, July 31.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kip Hester at 713-8360.

  • County EMS personnel honored Grand Strand Health, based in Myrtle Beach, S.C., honored Brunswick County EMS first responders Leighanne Formyduval, Michael Tate and Elizabeth Futrell with its Challenge Coin Award on Monday evening at the H. Mark Gore EMS T

    Grand Strand Health, based in Myrtle Beach, S.C., honored Brunswick County EMS first responders Leighanne Formyduval, Michael Tate and Elizabeth Futrell with its Challenge Coin Award on Monday evening at the H. Mark Gore EMS Training Facility in Shallotte. The award was created and first used in April to recognize people serving their communities who demonstrate exemplary pre-hospital patient care, Grand Strand Health spokeswoman Julie Kopnicky said.

  • Bolivia man still missing

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for a 68-year-old Bolivia man reported missing last month.

    John Michael Dreelin was last seen July 1 in the 1600 block of Midway Road. He may be driving a silver 2005 Ford Escape SUV with North Carolina license plate DEL6353.

    Dreelin is described as a white man with brown eyes and salt-and-pepper hair and possibly suffering from dementia.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Brandon Fuller 398-5335 or call 911.

  • District Court docket for July 17, 18 and 21

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on July 17, 18 and 21 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

    Monday, July 17

    Judge James C. Disbrow presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Man faces charges in Leland counterfeit case

    A Fair Bluff man faces three felony charges in a Leland counterfeiting case.

    Thadeus Justin Miller, 27, is charged with forgery of an instrument and two counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

    Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said Miller used fake money at Lowes Foods at 1152 East Cutlar Crossing after entering the store at 8:45 p.m. July 13.

  • Couple reflects on 60 years of marriage

    OAK ISLAND — It started at a skating rink.

    The Rev. Betty Jo Mullis, a student at North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, had been invited to go roller-skating at a nearby rink, unaware it was when she would meet her future husband, Carl Van Buren Blackmon.

  • School district holds its first Teacher Academy

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOILING SPRING LAKES — An idea proposed by Brunswick County Board of Education member John Thompson last October has evolved into the Brunswick County Schools Teacher Academy.

    Thompson said he was thinking aboutseveral issues that seemed to be impediments to success for public education when he formulated the idea.

  • Chess man checks into 104th birthday with library mates

    Whether he won or not, Ralph Ashby was king of the day as members of the Grand Strand Chess Club gathered for another day of weekly competition Tuesday at Hickmans Crossroads Library.

    Ashby, after all, had just reached another age milestone, turning 104 this week as the group feted him with a cake and good wishes for the club founder who also has the best attendance record.