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Today's News

  • Nonprofit funding cut in trim county budget

    BOLVIA—At a recent budget workshop, Brunswick County commissioners voted to increase the recommended funding for several nonprofit agencies, but overall nonprofit funding is down due to a tighter-than-normal county budget.

    Assistant county manager Steve Stone serves on a committee appointed to consider nonprofit agencies’ funding requests and recommend how much each agency receives to county commissioners.

  • Caudill convicted of first-degree murder; sentenced to life in prison without parole

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County jury on Tuesday convicted 21-year-old Joshua Caudill of first-degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

    Assistant district attorney Lee Bollinger said the jury deliberated for about one hour and 20 minutes Tuesday afternoon before returning the guilty verdict for Caudill’s role in the 2007 murder of Phillip Cook.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From May 24-30, K-9 deputies answered 24 calls, wrote 18 citations and made 12 drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Bent Tree, Seashore Hills, Seashore, Sandy Creek and Longwood.

  • Pantano on primary victory, looking ahead to General Election

    Ilario Pantano, the GOP nominee for U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, isn’t taking much time to celebrate his primary victory.

    Instead, he is looking forward to the future, specifically November’s General Election.

    Pantano, a former Marine, combat veteran and relative political newcomer on the national scene, secured the GOP nomination May 4 with 17,177 votes. Pantano defeated Will Breazeale, 11,629 votes, and Randy Crow, 4,862 votes.

  • No suspects in murder of Asheboro woman with Brunswick ties

    Asheboro Police have no suspects in the murder of 22-year-old Shaunna Walley, the Ash native living in Asheboro who was found dead May 18.

    Walley was found dead around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, several feet from a trail off Brewer Street in Asheboro by a person walking along the trail, Asheboro Police Lt. Richard Thompson said.

    Walley’s great uncle, Jeff Carll, said Walley, who grew up in the Ash area and has ties to the Brunswick County community, had been living in Asheboro for about a year and a half.

  • Iler co-sponsors bill to prohibit felons from running for sheriff

    Should convicted felons be prohibited from running for sheriff in North Carolina?

    If a recently introduced bill passes in the N.C. State General Assembly, that question could be left up to voters in November’s General Election.

    N.C. State Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick, was a co-sponsor of House Bill 1959, No Felon as Sheriff, introduced May 25.

  • Local Chevrolet dealers reward student for having perfect attendance

    Brett Burris was ecstatic upon news he was the owner of a brand-new 2010 Chevy Cobalt as part of the Chevy Drive for Perfection initiative taking place through parts of the Southeast.

    Local Chevy dealers awarded the prize to Burris at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside May 5.

    High school seniors from more than 29 schools in five counties, including Burris, were notified they would be eligible to win a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt if they attended all 180 days of the school year.

  • Rare nesting leatherback turtle visits Holden Beach

    Four college students on a midnight walk on Holden Beach Tuesday almost literally stumbled on a rare find—a nesting leatherback turtle.

    The leatherback is the largest sea turtle in the world, with Holden Beach Turtle Patrol officials estimating this one was 6 feet long and weighed 850 pounds. Officials believe this is the first live leatherback ever to nest on Holden Beach.

    Leatherbacks are on the critically endangered species list. They have been on the endangered species list since 1970.

  • Sloane Realty, Debbie Smith reprimanded for six-year-old incident

    The North Carolina Real Estate Commission recently reprimanded Sloane Realty and Debbie Smith, broker-in-charge, for incidents that occurred nearly six years ago.

    Consent orders were issued against Sloane Realty and Smith, who serves as the mayor of Ocean Isle Beach, during December 2009.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.