Today's News

  • Sunset Beach crime report

    Police on Saturday arrested a man for assaulting his brother.

    Jose Basilio Arrazate Calderon, 33, of 38th Street, was arrested March 22 after his brother was hit over the head with the base of a cordless telephone and sustained an injury, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said.

    Calderon was charged with simple assault and carrying a concealed weapon, a 100,000-volt stun gun.

  • Leland crime report

    Leland police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Identity theft on Village Road; suspect used victims’ Social Security numbers on a tax return.

    •Larceny on Maplewood Court; victim reported that medication was stolen from his bathroom.

    •Marvin Brian Mintz, 32, of 3048 Dillon Way, was arrested for reckless driving, fail to heed to blue lights and sirens and driving while license revoked.

  • Drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

    •Trevor Robert Hamilton, 18, of 383 Dianna Ave. in Thomasville; charged with possession of ounces or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Craig Anthony Gurganious, 18, 180 Canterbury Lane in Lexington; charged with possession of ounces or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week:

    •Police arrested Aaron Evans, 26, of 1812 Pintail Ave., Supply, and Angela Beecher, 33, of the same address, on misdemeanor larceny charges for allegedly walking out of Rent-A-Center with a $1,400 computer tower.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach Police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week:

    •Breaking and entering on Ocean Boulevard West on March 20. Nothing was reported stolen from the residence.

    •Larceny on Rothschild Street on March 21. Several power tools were reported stolen from a construction site. Police have charged Christopher Whittington, 35, of Franklinville, with two counts of breaking and entering and two counts of larceny.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering to a vehicle and larceny on Intracoastal Drive in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect entered victim’s car and stole a CB radio.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Hawks Bill Drive in Leland; suspect damaged victim’s door.

    •Larceny on Old Forest Drive in Leland; suspect stole construction materials from a construction site.

  • School works to meet town's fire codes

    After a visit from the Shallotte fire marshal last fall, Academy of Coastal Carolina is almost finished making necessary improvements to bring its facility up to code.

    The school is now undergoing renovations, which should be completed within the next few weeks.

    Terry Cox, division principal, said the safety of their students is of the utmost importance, and the school will be “state of the art” when the renovation ends.

  • Trying to stay ahead when prices put budgets in the RED

    Brunswick County Schools Child Nutrition Services is operating with a deficit exceeding $100,000. Officials say it's due to the escalating costs of milk, bread and other grocery items.

    Tina Ward, director of child nutrition services, said as of Jan. 1, the department’s estimated losses were $107,919.49, and $1,124 is lost on meals per day.

    Ward presented the board of education with a mid-year update at its monthly committee meeting last Tuesday and said milk prices have risen almost 10 cents above the $0.175 original bid.

  • Former teacher who married student a no-show at ethics hearing

    Former South Brunswick High School teacher Brenton Wuchae has failed to appear at a North Carolina Board of Education ethics committee hearing on Friday, March. 14.

    But the board’s attorney, Katie Cornetto, said Wuchae’s absence was not enough to revoke his teaching license.

    “There were concerns that we wanted him to address,” Cornetto said. “We thought a face-to-face meeting would be a way to accomplish an answer to our questions.”

  • Board looks to get larger central office

    Brunswick County Schools are not the only buildings tightening beneath the crunch of overcrowding.

    Steve Miley, executive director of operations, said the central office is much too small for the administration and staff.

    Miley brought preliminary renovation plans and presented them to the board of education’s monthly committee meetings last Tuesday. The central office was designed with enough space for 53 workstations—far less than the 82 current employees.

    “We’re just plain running out of room here,” Miley said.