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Today's News

  • Belville budget talks set sights on tax rate

    BELVILLE — Belville commissioners increased the town tax rate to 9 cents last year. At a budget retreat Saturday, March 18, they called for cuts in expenses to avoid touching the tax rate again.

    The early estimate of the budget is $947,000. Town Administrator Athina Williams said staying at 9 cents per $100 of valuation would maintain ad valorem revenues at $156,600.

    Sales and use taxes are anticipated about $440,000.

    And the town anticipates receiving $145,000 in revenues from the ABC board.

  • Fire chief to appear in court on assault charge

    Northwest Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Herzig is scheduled to appear in New Hanover County District Court on March 31 to face misdemeanor assault and battery and communicating threats charges filed against him by a Wilmington man last month.

    Herzig is accused of assaulting and striking Douglas Owen, a therapist at Bridge Builders Counseling in Wilmington, by pushing him, striking him in the face and back of the head and choking him from behind, a warrant reads.

  • Reported flu deaths climb to 110 statewide

    Twenty flu deaths were reported in North Carolina for the week ending March 11, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

    While flu activity has started to decrease in the state, the virus continues to be widespread.

    The number of influenza-associated deaths reported this season, which started Oct. 2, is 110.

    “North Carolinians should continue to take precautions and not let down their guard,” state epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore said in a news release.

  • Civil lawsuit in teen’s shooting settled for $1M

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    The mother of an 18-year-old schizophrenic boy shot and killed in his home by a Southport police officer in early 2014 has settled her wrongful death suit against the officer for $1 million.

    Bryon Vassey shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

    Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown acquitted Vassey, now 47, of voluntary manslaughter May 6 after a 14-day bench trial that began April 19.

  • Man charged in shooting of 15-year-old girl in Bolivia

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 19-year-old Bolivia man Friday, March 17, in the shooting of a 15-year-old girl the previous day.

    Tosont Djimon Brown, of Miami Loop SE, was arrested at his home about 7 p.m. and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said

    Dispatchers received a call just before 7 a.m. Thursday about the shooting in the 2500 block of Burnice Lane NE in Bolivia, Flax said.

  • Veterans Benefits Action Center scheduled

    American Legion District 9, with 19 posts in Brunswick, New Hanover, Johnson and Pender counties, in cooperation with Congressman David Rouzer and the Veterans Administration Regional Office in Winston-Salem are sponsoring a Veterans Benefits Action Center for all veterans and family members March 30, 31 and April 1.

  • Bolivia man charged in March 6 shooting

    A Bolivia man is accused of shooting another man earlier this month.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 25-year-old Rashen Georgell Bellamy, of Old Ocean Highway on Thursday, March 16, and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

    Warrants show Bellamy shot 39-year-old Reginald Bernard Davis on March 6. Davis survived, but details about his injuries were not available.

  • AARP Tax-Aide available locally

    AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free high-quality income tax assistance, free federal and state tax preparation and free electronic filing. The service is available to low and moderate-income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. You do not have to be an AARP member or retired to take advantage of this free service.

    IRS certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will discuss your tax situation with you, answer your questions, and then prepare and electronically file your tax return.

  • County rabies clinics to be offered April 1

    County rabies clinics

    to be offered April 1

    Brunswick Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services and the Brunswick County Health Department are sponsoring rabies clinics Saturday, April 1. Rabies vaccinations are $6 per pet. State statute 130A-85 requires all dogs and cats age 4 months or older to be vaccinated against rabies. The penalty is a $100 citation.

    For more information, call BCSAPS at 754-8204.

    Clinic locations

  • Brunswick County Schools kindergarten registration

    Brunswick County Schools kindergarten registration will remain open through April 7. Parents are welcome to visit the school in their child’s attendance zone anytime during the school day between the hours of 8:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

    To register for kindergarten, children must be 5 on or before Aug. 31, 2017.