Today's News

  • Two 12-year-olds charged in threats at South Brunswick Middle School

    A 12-year-old South Brunswick Middle School student who said he was going to bring a gun to school and shoot people Tuesday has been suspended and charged with making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property. 

    “Students alerted school staff and the school resource officer (Ken Medlin) took the student into custody where he admitted to saying it. There is no believed danger to students,” Brunswick County Schools spokesman Daniel Seamans said in a news release issued early Tuesday afternoon.

  • Southport man wanted in bank robbery arrested

    A Southport man accused of robbing a Southport bank last week has been captured in Henderson, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

    No other details about the arrest of 36-year-old Johnathan Brooks Faulkner, of East Boiling Spring Lakes Road, was available by press time Tuesday. He was wanted on a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    Investigators said a man robbed the Bank of America at 5070 Southport-Supply Road SE at 4:50 p.m. Feb. 14.

  • Commissioners delay coastal drilling decision until March

    BOLIVIA — Dozens of opponents to seismic testing and coastal oil drilling converged outside Brunswick County’s David R. Sandifer Administration Building before the Feb. 19 county commissioners’ meeting.

    While they protested under a covered walkway to avoid the Monday evening rain, a handful of testing and drilling supporters were the first to sign up to speak during the public comment section of the meeting.

  • Councilmen dredge up Jinks Creek concerns

    SUNSET BEACH — Two town councilmen expressed concern Tuesday after learning proposed dredging for the Sunset Beach island now includes the northern portion of Jinks Creek.

    “Why wasn’t this brought up before?” councilman Richard Cerrato asked during a project update by consultant Robert Neal with Moffatt & Nichol at the Feb. 19 council workshop.

    Neal said he believed the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management wanted to interpret the rules to avoid Jinks Creek and tie in a “deep-water section or hole” near Palm Cove.

  • Man faces felony charges in crash that killed three people

    A Wilmington man faces felony charges in Friday night crash that killed three people on U.S. 17 near Sunset Beach.

    Michael Anthony Johnson, 31, faces three counts of death by motor vehicle in the four-vehicle collision that killed 59-year-old Penny Pigford of Wilmington and Leroy and Frances Carlisle, both 82, of Ash.

    The charges are felonies because alcohol was a factor in the crash, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper Corey Blackwell said.

  • OIB plans to review senior living apartments rezoning

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials agreed Feb. 13 to send a rezoning application for a site intended for a senior living community to the town’s planning board.

    Coastal Vineyard Church requested the rezoning of a vacant property at 5573 Beach Road SW, east of Duck Pond Road, which is split zoned with 2.85 acres along N.C 179 zoned C-3 and the rest R-2M, Assistant Town Administrator Justin Whiteside said.

  • Elections board sets one-stop voting sites, schedule

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Elections voted unanimously to add the Belville Town Hall as a 2018 primary election one-stop early voting site for the north end of the county during a special meeting Feb. 20.

    Belville offered its commissioner meeting room for use after Leland officials said the Leland Cultural Arts Center and Leland Town Hall would not be available for early voting sites this year.

  • Leland pursues second public-private partnership

    LELAND — Leland officials will consider another public-private partnership that could kick-start new phases of development in Brunswick Forest.

    Commissioners agreed at their Feb. 15 meeting to accept a petition to establish a Brunswick Forest Special Assessment District (SAD) to help Jeff Earp’s Funston Land & Timber LLC, developer of Brunswick Forest, build the infrastructure for new homes and businesses sooner than later.

  • Man to spend more than a year in prison for Sunset Beach drug death

    A Lake Waccamaw man will spend at least a year in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the 2016 drug death of a man in Sunset Beach.

    Superior Court Judge Ebern “Tripp” Watson sentenced 36-year-old Hunter McCrae Morgan to serve between 17 and 30 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction with credit for time served after Morgan pleaded guilty Feb. 13.

  • RO system begins testing to remove GenX from county water

    Brunswick County Public Utilities’ low-pressure reverse osmosis pilot water treatment system is up and running at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.

    County officials learned last June the Cape Fear River, the county’s source of drinking water, contains a number of previously unknown contaminants including GenX.