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Today's News

  • Book recalls Bald Head Island police officer's shooting death eight years ago

    Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of Bald Head Island police officer Davina Buff Jones’ violent death from a single shot from her own gun while she was working an overnight shift near Old Baldy Lighthouse.

    Local authorities soon determined Jones’ bullet wound to the back of her head was self-inflicted.

    Her family, however, disagreed, arguing Jones was murdered, most likely at the hands of shady people involved in illegal drug dealings on the posh resort island that’s accessible only by boat.

  • Builder offers 'Hometown Heroes' discount; few apply for county program

    A lack of affordable housing for working people has been the subject of much scrutiny in Brunswick County.

    Several summits were held seeking answers to the problem, and last December, county commissioners established the Revolving Home Construction Program that gives priority to local government employees.

  • 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.