Today's News

  • Bolivia man accused in firearms thefts

    A Bolivia man is accused of participating in the theft and sale of multiple firearms recently in the Bolivia area, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Avery Scott Burgess, 20, of Robinson Road, was arrested Wednesday, June 18, and charged with misdemeanor larceny and obtaining property by false pretense.

    He is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $10,000 bail, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Holden Beach budget keeps taxes steady

    Holden Beach will keep its tax rate steady at 12.7 cents on every $100 of property valuation on a $1.225 billion tax base.

    The budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year is $9.89 million, down from $10.25 million budget a year ago.

    Town manager David Hewett said the town has no new projects added for the new fiscal year but will finish what they started in previous years – adding automated water meter readers, completing dredge projects and building the playground under the water tower.

  • No rate increase, no recycling change in OIB budget

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH – Ocean Isle Beach officials have set a time for public comments on the 2014-15 town budget for 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 25.

    Town Administrator Daisy Ivey presented the next fiscal year budget to commissioners at the June 10 regular town meeting.

    The town’s total budget for the upcoming year is $13,410,958, down from last year’s budget by $278,000.

    Ocean Isle Beach’s tax rate is recommended to remain at .155 per $100 valuation for the second year.

  • Four North Brunswick students earn full college scholarships

    LELAND – Four young women have broken new ground for North Brunswick High School graduates, becoming the first students from the Leland school to attend their chosen colleges.

    And each of them earned a full scholarship to get there.

    Two NBHS students will attend Wake Forest University.

    Salutatorian Kiya Khalil received the Kenneth Tucker Monroe Wake Forest Scholarship and Lindsay Gilliland received the Davis Scholar Wake Forest Scholarship.

  • Supply man accused of breaking into homes, stealing goods

     A Supply man is accused of breaking and entering and stealing goods from homes in the Seashore Hills community.

    Brandon Edward Stansbury, 24, of Forest Drive, was arrested June 16 and charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering and two counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods.

    Stansbury is accused of stealing money, jewelry and electronic equipment, reports indicate.

    The incidents allegedly occurred June 14.

  • Police arrest one in alleged larceny ring

     New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man believed to be involved in a Leland larceny ring that is expected to result in more than 50 felony charges.

    Thomas Lynn Jones, 44, whose address is not listed on the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office website, was arrested June 13 and charged with 12 counts of larceny from a construction site and a count of felony larceny.

    Jones is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $18,000 bail.

  • Lightning strikes Bolivia church and pianist

     A church service in Bolivia was interrupted early Sunday afternoon, June 15, when the building and pianist were struck by lightning.

    Lightning struck Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church through the phone line and struck the pianist at 12:03 p.m. during a service.

    “The gentleman operating the keyboards was struck through the foot pedal,” Sunset Harbor and Zion Hill Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Eeten said. 

    The pianist was treated for minor injuries but was not taken to a hospital, Eeten said.

  • Emergency services holds preparedness training exercise

     LELAND — On June 10, Brunswick County Emergency Services, Leland Fire Department and the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross conducted a preparedness exercise at North Brunswick High School in Leland.

    The exercise was focused on improving various skills and task management procedures involving handling a potentially dangerous situation at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport, Brunswick Emergency Services Deputy Director Scott Garner said. 

  • Artist stops by OIB on his way to Alaska

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach is just one of Dave Lavernia’s many stops on a tour that will eventually land him in Alaska, but it’s one of his favorites.

    Lavernia, artist and owner of DaveL Designs, struck up a friendship with OIB Surf & Java owner Jesse McCrery last year. When McCrery asked him to perform a live art show in front of the coffee shop in February, Lavernia agreed.

    The weather, however, did not.

  • Schools mull possibility of sales tax referendum in November

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County residents said no to the quarter-cent sales and use tax referendum during the May 6 primary election. More than 58 percent of voters, 7,015, voted against the proposal.

    Now, the board of education is pondering whether it wants to ask county commissioners to place the referendum back on the ballot for November’s general election.