Today's News

  • African teachers travel overseas for training with local resident

    Teachers Loukia Dokakis and Afrothiti Dokakis are committed to providing their students with the best possible education.

    So committed, in fact, the teachers flew from Botswana, Africa, to Brunswick County last week for a training session with a local education consultant. It marked their second trip to the U.S. for educational training in the past year.

    After hitting the 20-year mark in her teaching career, Loukia Dokakis began to wonder if she had enough motivation to continue teaching.

  • Schools successfully show growth, continue to work toward proficiency

    BOLIVIA—If a school fails to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the school year, it does not mean it is a failing school, Bob Grimes, director of secondary education for Brunswick County Schools, said.

    “We try hard to educate the public and help them understand, but still there’s the perception that that school is a failing school,” he said.

  • Holden Beach man arrested for felony indecent exposure

    A Holden Beach man was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 17, and charged with felony indecent exposure.

    Holden Beach Police Detective Justin Hewett said Benjamin Stroup Korb, 47, of 138 Lions Paw St., Holden Beach, was charged with felony indecent exposure. Hewett said the indecent exposure was reported Aug. 13 at 136 Lions Paw Street. The victims said Korb was exposing his private parts to juveniles while watching them in the canal.

  • Boater rescued after saving drowning man

    A South Carolina boater who works in Brunswick County had a close call trying to save a North Carolina man from drowning Saturday.

    C.P. Parker, 52, who works as a superintendent for Blue Sky Building of Shallotte, was returning with his wife and daughter from fishing in their boat on Waties Island last Saturday afternoon when they heard cries for help.

  • Holden Beach police, sheriff’s detectives search for vandalism, larceny and breaking and entering suspects

    Holden Beach police have had multiple reports of vandalism, breaking and entering and larceny in recent weeks.

    According to Holden Beach Police Detective Justin Hewett, the incidents remain unsolved and the suspects’ identities are unknown.

    In early August, several vehicles were broken into on Holden Beach, from which several wallets and credit cards were stolen.

    The credit cards have been used at various locations from Shallotte to Myrtle Beach, S.C., Hewett said.

  • Winnabow man charged with assault, kidnapping

    A Winnabow man has been charged with assault and kidnapping after sheriff’s deputies said he held a man against his will.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, sheriff’s deputies responded to an incident in the Winnabow area Sunday, Aug. 15.

    Stanley said the victim told deputies he went to the home of Stephen Garrick, at 1170 Gales Road, Winnabow, around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15. Garrick assaulted the victim and held him against his will, Stanley said.

  • Two Brunswick County death row inmates file appeals under Racial Justice Act

    Two death row inmates convicted of first-degree murder in Brunswick County have filed appeals under the Racial Justice Act.

    District attorney Rex Gore said both death row inmates, Darrell Maness and Daniel Cummings, have filed their appeals with the Brunswick County Clerk of Court, seeking relief from the death penalty under the Racial Justice Act.

    Cummings, a Native-American man, was convicted of killing a white man in December 1994.

    Maness, a white man, was convicted of killing a white police officer, Mitch Prince, in April 2006.

  • No butts about it: Leland, Oak Island targeted for Cigarette Litter Prevention Program

    Keep Brunswick County Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, has targeted the towns of Oak Island and Leland for its Cigarette Litter Prevention Program.

    Keep Brunswick County Beautiful Chairman Steve Cherry said the towns were targeted to track cigarette butts and to provide the town with cigarette receptacles, which KBCB members hope will reduce cigarette litter.

    In Leland, Cross Creek Commons shopping center was selected for the program. In Oak Island, the focus was on the beach, and the Oak Island Pier was selected for the program.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Bear necessities

    BOLIVIA—Leave it to bear-lover Howard Loughlin to deliver the bear facts.

    Shadow and Jerry, two bears who are the last residents of the former Faircloth Zoo, are still lovingly being cared for and returning the appreciation every time the Pender County resident visits them—at least once a week.

    Now, he and two friends are trying to raise enough money to help Shadow, a Syrian Grizzly/black bear mix, and Jerry, a brown Grizzly, be relocated to Lynwood Park Zoo in Jacksonville.

  • No charges filed against former Bald Head Island mayor

    District attorney Rex Gore has declined to file charges against a former mayor who challenged the residency of several Bald Head Island registered voters last year, resulting in many of them being removed from the voter registration rolls.

    Larry Lammert, former mayor of Bald Head Island, became the subject of a State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) inquiry in May, after concerns were raised to Gore about how Lammert obtained the information.