Today's News

  • Bolivia man sentenced to prison for federal mortgage fraud scheme

    RALEIGH—A Bolivia man is one of two suspects sentenced to federal prison earlier this month for his involvement in a six-year mortgage fraud scheme.

    On Oct. 6, Stanley Garfield Williams Jr., 38, of Bolivia, was sentenced to 70 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

  • Bolivia men indicted as habitual felons

    Two Bolivia men have been indicted as habitual felons after being charged with drug violations.

    Nicholas La’Voir Smith, 32, and Nathan Rudolph Smith, 29, both of 802 Randolphville Road, Bolivia, were indicted on the charge of habitual felon Sept. 14, according to the district attorney’s office.

  • Liaisons meet; commissioner reports back to board

    BOLIVIA—Flanked by a small group of senior staff members, liaisons for county commissioners and board of education members met last week at the school district’s central office in Bolivia.

    They discussed traffic concerns at Town Creek Elementary School, sales tax proceeds, fund balance, stimulus money, test scores, accomplishments, facility needs and the need for a new high school.

  • More stimulus funds land in Brunswick County

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is the latest local agency to benefit from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    At their regular meeting Monday night, county commissioners accepted a stimulus grant totaling $19,464 for the sheriff’s office recently acquired helicopter. Board members unanimously OK’d the grant acceptance, which totals three years and requires no matching funds, sheriff’s office Lt. Mark Trull said.

    The grant funding was designated for aircraft hangar fees and portable aircraft wheels.

  • Tracking H1N1: Vaccines arrive locally, but not as many as first anticipated

    BOLIVIA—H1N1 vaccines continue to arrive in Brunswick County along with local health departments across the country, but health officials say they have not received as many as first anticipated.

    Fred Michael, Brunswick County Deputy Health Director, said the county has received about 800 of the nearly 9,000 H1N1 vaccine doses the health department first expected to receive.

  • Water woes: Shingle Tree Acres residents file complaints over water, sewer petitions

    Residents of the Shingle Tree Acres community near Calabash say they have been asking for water and sewer from the county for years.

    But feeling their voices remain unheard, they recently took their complaints to the U.S. Department of Justice and Housing and Urban Development.

    Corrine McCray, a Shingle Tree Acres resident, along with her father-in-law, recently attended a county commissioners meeting to address the lack of basic infrastructure, including water, sewer and roads.

  • Former Brunswick County Sheriff released from prison

    First reported at 2:16 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2009

    Less than one year after first reporting to federal prison to serve his 16-month prison sentence, former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett is a free man.

    Well, sort of.

    Hewett has been released from Butner Federal Correction Complex, where he has been serving his federal obstruction of justice sentence since first reporting for prison Nov. 18, 2008.

  • New events highlight weekend-long Festival By the Sea at Holden Beach

    Several new events will be included in this year’s Festival By the Sea set for this weekend, Oct. 24-25, in Holden Beach.

    Activities begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, and will continue through 5 p.m. Events resume at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, and end around 4 p.m.

    Remember, this is the only time of the year you can walk across the Holden Beach bridge. In addition to a number of events, there will be more than 120 arts, crafts and food vendors on the island that weekend.

  • Board's decision will have impact on county for years to come

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee’s tenure has been a mix of accomplishments and contention.

    Under McGee’s leadership, dropout rates have been reduced, test scores have gone up and facilities have been constructed and improved.

    But unfortunately, many of the district’s accomplishments have been overshadowed by controversy.


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week. Information is taken directly from the police reports.

    •Police charged Michael Wayne Cooper, 38, of 6713 Old Shallotte Road, Shallotte, with extortion. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $10,000 secured bond. Cooper allegedly called the victim and requested money from him saying if he didn’t comply, he would not see a family member again. The family member was never in the presence of the suspect.