Today's News

  • Sunset Beach man, others arrested on drug charges

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested three people Thursday, Jan. 21, in two separate investigations.

    Michael Tykee Leach, 27, of Ocean Highway West in Sunset Beach was arrested after agents seized a “small amount” of cocaine and marijuana during search of his home, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Rest in peace, Sgt. Adam Schoeller

    It is easy to consider how members of our military put themselves in danger each time they enter a war zone, where casualties are not unexpected. We do not often realize how frequently they put themselves in harm’s way by training for that experience, even if they never engage in combat, until an accident happens.

    We do not often come to that realization unless such a tragedy strikes someone we know.

    Sgt. Adam Schoeller was one of us — not just because he was a Marine, but also because he married into our community.

  • Detectives investigate two armed robberies

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating two separate armed robberies that happened Thursday, Jan. 21.

    No one was injured during either incident.

    A 47-year-old man was walking in an area near Makatoka Road and Etta Lane in Supply when four people — two men and two women — held him at gunpoint before stealing his wallet and $350 cash, incident reports show.

    In the other case, investigators are trying to locate a couple who robbed a man and woman of prescription medication and $7 cash at a home in Leland.

  • BCC will be tobacco-free campus beginning in fall 2017

     SUPPLY — Beginning in the fall semester of 2017, Brunswick Community College will officially be a tobacco- and smoke-free campus.

    The college’s board of trustees voted unanimously on a motion to adopt the policy during their monthly meeting Thursday, Jan. 21. It will prohibit the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, dip, smokeless tobacco or spit tobacco snuff, or any other items “containing or reasonably resembling tobacco or tobacco products.”

  • Marine pronounced dead after search

     Twelve Marines, including one with ties to Brunswick County, were pronounced dead after a five-day around-the-clock search following a crash between two helicopters in a training exercise over Hawaii the morning of Jan. 15.

    Among the 12 who perished is 25-year-old Sgt. Adam Schoeller, who was a CH-53E crew chief and the husband of West Brunswick High School graduate Samantha Wickel Schoeller.

    The Coast Guard officially suspended its search, which spanned 40,000 nautical miles and shorelines, Jan. 19. No bodies were found.

  • BCC program earns perfect pass rate for eighth consecutive year

     It’s often been said there are only two things you can count on in life: death and taxes.

    Apparently, Brunswick Community College practical nursing students can add a third certainty to the list — earning a 100 percent pass rate on the end-of-year national exam.

    For an eighth consecutive year, students in the practical nursing program at BCC have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) with a 100 percent rate.

  • Leland man charged in malnourished pit bull’s death

     A Leland man accused of contributing to the death of a malnourished pit bull faces a misdemeanor cruelty to animals charge.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 26-year-old James Jarett Roof, of Ocean Highway East, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Roof is accused of “intentionally depriving (a pit bull dog) of necessary sustenance,” a warrant shows. The tan, female pit bull mix died Wednesday, Jan. 20.

  • District court docket

      The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction; CRV, Confinement in Response to Violation.


    Monday, Jan. 11

  • Cold weather flowers put on a show during the cool months


    Thin-skinned Southern boys like me always struggle this time of year when the temperatures barely break out of the 50s. The warm days of spring are still months away, but there are some plants that put on a show during the cool months that will have you thinking sunshine and warm days.

    One of my favorite small flowering trees that bloom during the warmer days of January and February is Japanese flowering apricot or Prunus mume. Boasting flowers in shades of pink, red and white, this 20-foot plant with a similar spread never ceases to lift my spirits.

  • Gifts for the new parent

          I write a lot about nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Because of that I’m always trying to “walk the talk.” So when I invite people to our house, I try to serve more healthful meal or snacks. The same goes for gift giving. As wedding shower presents, I like to give good cookbooks and kitchen tools.