Today's News

  • 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.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office 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, larceny and property damage on Kirby Road in Supply; suspect entered victim’s residence and stole two TVs, a sound system, an iPod and a ladder.

    •Fraud on Crown Creek Circle in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect called victim and requested money.

    •Larceny on Mary Street in Shallotte; suspect stole victim’s vehicle.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 roundup

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

    From Jan. 4-10, K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Sunset Harbor, Ocean View, Highlands, Green Bay Village, Brunswick Plantation, McMilly Road and River Sea.

    K-9 deputies wrote two uniform citations and made three drug arrests, including felony possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Warm Homes, Warm Hearts helps local families

    We’ve editorialized several times in the past year about how the economy has affected Brunswick County families.

    From residents losing jobs, to those who are having difficulties making ends meet, many residents have found themselves in need. Some need help with food and clothing; others need help paying bills for life essentials like housing and electricity.

    The weather recently has added an additional strain on some of the county’s cash-strapped residents.

  • Time to stock up on lures and begin preparing your tackle box for warm weather

    Not many people are wetting a line right now, since it’s just too darn cold for most folks to get out after the fish. There might be a few trout or drum around, but if there are, they’re pretty safe. Instead, local anglers are preparing for warmer weather and the inevitable burst of the spring fishing season.

  • Lauren Hunt: Beginning the hunt for success, one day at a time

    Several years ago, I watched a petite young lady pound balls on a practice tee. Her swing was classic, the balls flew long and straight.

    The kid was cute, long brown hair pulled back in a ponytail, a wide infectious smile. I had a feeling I’d see her again.

    Last week, I did.

    Lauren Hunt is still petite with that same winning smile, but she’s all grown up now. Done with high school and junior golf, she has graduated from the University of North Carolina, where she played on the women’s golf team.

  • It should take more than a threat of a light dusting to close area schools

    Schoolchildren in Brunswick County were given an extra two hours to sleep in last Friday, as the district called a two-hour delay in preparation for the “light dusting” that might possibly fall overnight.

    A delay? Two hours? For a light dusting? Turns out, there was no such dust, and it was the warmest day we’ve seen in awhile, with temperatures marking the mid- to high-40s.

    Now I’m not from here—and I’m certainly not from the South—but it just doesn’t make sense why everyone is so afraid of a little snow.

  • R.C. Soles Jr. should step down

    Last week we said we were waiting to see what would happen next for North Carolina Sen. R.C. Soles Jr.

    We were quick to find out.

    Soles, North Carolina’s longest serving legislator, was indicted Thursday, Jan. 7, for the Aug. 23, 2009, shooting of Thomas Kyle Blackburn at Soles’ Branchwater estate in Tabor City.

    He was indicted on one count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Soles has maintained the shooting was in self defense.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 30, 31 and Jan. 4, 5 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Dec.30

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerk Lisa Quick:

    Marcella R. Anderson, simple possession schedule IV controlled substance, complied with deferred prosecution.

    Tabatha Christine Bakan, a.k.a. Tabatha Christine Varnam, driving while license revoked, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Get your dance moves on in 2010 with array of classes

    Looking for something new, active and fit to do in 2010?

    Try moving your feet to music.

    Instructors are stepping up with an array of dance classes in a variety of styles, from beginner to advanced, throughout Brunswick County.

    Every day of the week, students are dancing somewhere at an area venue.