Today's News

  • DSS bills growing without all invoices tallied

    The decision to fire a longtime Department of Social Services Director may have been made last week, but county taxpayers continue to pay for it.

    At a special meeting Monday, Oct. 11, DSS board members voted to fire Jamie Orrock, who has served as director since 1981.

    But since the DSS board first voted to place Orrock on paid leave beginning Aug. 11, the county has continued to pay him.

    From Aug. 1 until Oct. 18, the county paid out $24,419.80 in salary and another $6,310.08 in benefits.

  • Early voting off to a good start; no major problems reported

    BOLIVIA—More than 5,500 Brunswick County voters have already cast their ballots in this year’s midterm elections.

    Sarah Ashcraft, deputy director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, said 5,584 ballots had been cast between Thursday, Oct. 14, when early voting began, and press time Tuesday afternoon.

    Of the 5,584 total votes, the Shallotte Armory on Main Street led the early voting locations, with 1,780 ballots cast since Thursday morning.

    Brunswick County has 77,393 registered voters.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Juan Manuel Briceno, 41, of Ocean Isle Beach; charged with driving while impaired.

    •Jeremy Wood, 33, of Supply; charged with probation violation-absconder.

    •Uttering a forged check and forgery of a check at First Bank; suspect wrote checks on account he didn’t own.

    •Worthless check at Lowes Foods; suspect passed check on a closed account.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken from police reports.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Concord Street; suspect entered residence and damaged property.

    •Nicholas Paul Rupp, 17, of Ocean Isle Beach; subject was 17 years old and possessed malt beverages.

    •Larceny on Causeway Drive; suspect took food items from Minuteman.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Lee Street; subject forced way into home.

  • Judicial races roundup

    Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis is seeking re-election unopposed.

    Lewis has been a resident Superior Court judge since 2002 and has filled the nonpartisan seat since 2006, when the 13th prosecutorial district split at the court level to 13A, which is Bladen and Columbus counties and 13B, which is Brunswick County. At that time Lewis was named Senior Resident Superior Court Judge.

    District Judges William F. Fairley and Sherry Dew Tyler, both of District 13, are also unopposed in their bids for re-election to their nonpartisan seats.

  • Clarification sought on changes regarding personnel records

    Although the changes to House Bill 961, Session Law 2010-169, went into effect Oct. 1, the North Carolina School Boards Association is awaiting a clarification on how to address them.

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education voted earlier this month to seek clarification to the bill through the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA). Leanne Winner, director of governmental affairs for NCSBA, said clarification needs to be made regarding two major changes in the information in personnel files that is now considered public record.

  • Board of Education will have new representation for District 5 seat

    Ronnie (Ron) Jenkins, a retired Brunswick County educator from Leland, faces John W. Thompson, a Southport architect, for the district 5 seat on the Brunswick County Board of Education. Scott Milligan, who has held the seat since 2004, is not seeking re-election.

    Jenkins, a democrat, retired from the system in 2005 after 32 years as an educator and administrator, but went back to work at the Transition Academy for a year and filled in as assistant principal for three months last year.

  • Incumbent faces longtime educator in BOE District 3 race

    Brunswick County Board of Education District 3 Republican incumbent Charles W. (Charlie) Miller said board members are elected to “be a voice of the community.” He believes his background in law enforcement helps bridge the school district and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, where he serves as chief deputy.

  • ELECTIONS 2010: Constitutional amendment to ban felons from serving as sheriff

    A constitutional amendment to ban convicted felons from serving as sheriff in North Carolina will be on the Nov. 2 ballot.

    The constitutional amendment in this year’s midterm election is the first constitutional amendment since the 2004 General Election, Brunswick County Board of Elections Director Greg Bellamy said.

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

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.