Today's News

  • Brunswick County Schools recommended for accreditation by AdvancED

    Brunswick County Schools have been recommended for accreditation by AdvancED.

    An AdvancED external review team visited the school district last week and apparently liked what it saw, according to a news release issued by school district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki.

    Brunswick County Schools earned AdvancED accreditation after the team reviewed written documentation and artifacts, including interviewing 196 stakeholders, touring eight of the district’s 19 schools and observing 55 classrooms.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department April 4-6 2017

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents. All information is taken directly from incident reports.

    April 4

    Fraudulent charges at CresCom Bank.

    April 6

    Breaking and entering on Salt Marsh Street, where several guitars were stolen.

  • Dustin Johnson commits to play in Wells Fargo

    Dustin Johnson, winner of 15 career titles on the PGA TOUR and ranked No. 1 golfer in the world,  has committed to play in the Wells Fargo Championship, scheduled for May 1-7 at Eagle Point Golf Club.
    Johnson, who was born in Columbia, S.C., and attended Coastal Carolina University, will be returning to the Wells Fargo Championship for the first time since 2011. Johnson’s best finish in the tournament was a tie for 29th in 2010. In his two other starts, he missed the cut both times.

  • Navassa Community Center ribbon-cutting April 20

    The town of Navassa will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 20 at the Navassa Community Center at 338 Main St. at 6 p.m.

  • Schools finance team receives top honors

    The Brunswick County Schools finance office has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The award is granted by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

    The finance department prepares an annual financial report to clearly communicate the district’s financial story. This award represents the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

  • Bolivia man faces peeping charge

    A Bolivia man is accused of using a webcam to peep into a bedroom at his residence.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 40-year-old Wendell Oliver Holmes on a charge of possessing a photographic image from peeping Friday, April 7.

    A warrant shows Holmes used a computer-operated camera to peep secretly into the bedroom of his home on Colonial Landing Road on Thursday, April 6.

    Holmes was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1,500 bail April 7.

  • Ash man accused of strangling boy

    An Ash man is accused of strangling an 8-year-old boy.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 31-year-old Marco Antonio Valencia, of Mill Branch Road NW, and charged him with assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a child younger than 12 on Saturday, April 8.

    Warrants show Valencia grabbed the boy by his throat and lifted him off the ground, choking him and causing him to have trouble breathing and blurred vision, April 8.

    Valencia remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $15,000 bail.

  • Bolivia man accused of sexually assaulting child

    A Bolivia man is accused of sexually assaulting a child since 2014.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 27-year-old Michael Lee Denton Jr., of Summerlea Circle, on charges of first-degree rape, statutory rape of a child older than 6 and four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, all felonies, Thursday, April 6.

    All crimes involved the same 15-year-old, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Two men sought in firearm theft caught in S.C.

    Myrtle Beach, S.C., police captured two men wanted in a Brunswick County firearm theft.

    Thirty-five-year-old Jeffrey Wayne Barnes of Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach was wanted on a possession of a stolen firearm charge, while 28-year-old James Edward Kohler of Hampton Oaks Drive in Fayetteville was wanted on a larceny of a firearm charge, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

    Both men were arrested April 3, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C., where they are being held as fugitives.

  • Weather improves, spring fishing is here

    By Capt. Derek Treffinger

    As I stated in my column last week, all our fishery needed was light winds and a little warm weather, and last week gave us just that.

    The near shore bite has improved with the arrival of Atlantic bonito and big chopper bluefish. Farther offshore, the Gulf Stream bite has picked up significantly as well. The telltale signs of spring are finally among us, and with spring break and Easter upon us it couldn’t have come at a better time.