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Today's News

  • School superintendent’s evaluation continued again

     BOLIVIA — Twelve hours and two weeks later, the Brunswick County Board of Education still hasn’t completed Superintendent Edward Pruden’s evaluation.

    What began June 24 with a seven-hour meeting to assess Pruden’s performance has continued into the second week of July as board members convened for another five hours Tuesday, July 8, at the Brunswick County Schools Administrative Office building in Bolivia.

  • Nonprofit seeks to mentor local youth, teens

     There’s a new group ready to help the youth of Brunswick County.

    Last year, Crystal Babson and Christian Tucker launched It’s My Very Own (IMVO) Brunswick County, a nonprofit designed to match community leaders with children ages 8 to 18 to help the students live up to their full potential.

    Babson had already established a Kid Brother/Kid Sister program while Tucker was trying to establish a nonprofit to aid foster children.

  • Supply man indicted on murder charge

     A Supply man facing a murder charge was indicted Thursday, July 4, by a Brunswick County grand jury.

    William Calvin Steward, 36, was arrested April 11 and accused of shooting and killing a woman at a party at his home.

    He was indicted on charges of murder, attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury and discharging a weapon into a dwelling or moving vehicle.

  • Man accused of 63 sex crimes involving child

     A Wake County man accused of multiple sex crimes with a child has been incarcerated in Brunswick County.

    Frank Welsh Richmond III, 36, of Falls Lake, was arrested June 30 and charged with 21 counts of statutory rape of a person who is 13, 14 or 15 by a defendant who is at least six years older than the victim. He also is charged with 21 counts of statutory sexual offense against a person 13, 14 or 15 by a defendant at least six years older than the victim, plus 21 charges of indecent liberties with a child.

  • Lawyer: Not Vidal’s mother who threatened officer

     The lawyer for a Southport police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the January shooting death of a Boiling Spring Lakes teenager says the victim’s mother did not threaten the officer’s wife after all.

    James Payne, Bryon Vassey’s lawyer, filed a motion April 25 for production of records in Brunswick County Superior Court seeking courthouse video footage showing Mary Wilsey allegedly threatening Victoria Vassey after a standard superior court case management hearing April 8 in Bolivia.

  • Hurricane Arthur gives way to happy holiday

    I’m relieved this year’s Fourth of July holiday and weekend was without tragedy after last year’s terrible rip current drownings, and especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Arthur, which mostly just soaked us here Brunswick County and put a damper on some pre-holiday plans.

  • Finding homes and care for cats

    According to the American Pet Care Products Association, people are expected to spend more than $58 billion on their pets this year alone. And regardless of whether they are millionaires or living on the street, most people these days treat their pets as members of the family.

    People were not as educated about spaying or neutering their pets as they are now. They did not understand that not only did it spare their four-legged friends from life-threatening illnesses and improve their quality of life, but it also reduced the number of strays who become homeless nuisances.

  • Voters were wrong about sales tax

    To the editor:

    It was sad to read in last week’s Beacon what can't be funded because of the voters’ rejection of the sales tax referendum. I think the main reason it failed was that the county did a poor job of selling it to the people. What people saw was a sales tax for sand, not the fact that our beaches bring millions of dollars of tourist money to the county.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on June 25, 26, 27 and 30 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.

     

    Wednesday, June 25

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor W. Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Heather Jesina adjudicated the following cases June 23 during a grand jury session:

    Isaac Anderson, possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, resisting public officer.

    Kyle Whitney Anderson, two counts of trafficking in MDA/MDMA, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver MDA/MDMA, maintaining vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substance.