Today's News

  • Glad tidings: N.C. charity, nonprofit donations rebound with big increase

    For the first time in three years, the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office had some good news about charitable and nonprofit donations.

    The 2014-15 North Carolina Secretary of State Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division Annual Report shows charities and nonprofits licensed by the state collected $56,572,661.75 during the 12-month period recorded.

    That amount far exceeds the 2013-14 total when North Carolinians only gave about $21.4 million using the same system of measures.

  • Oak Island woman faces drug charges

     An Oak Island woman faces a felony drug charge after her Nov. 24 arrest.

    Oak Island police arrested 31-year-old Emily Morgan Amos and charged her with felony possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Amos was in possession of more than 100 bags of heroin when she was arrested, warrants show.

    She is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail, jail records show.

  • Deputies arrest Shallotte man six years after alleged rape

     Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Shallotte man, who was wanted for six years in a sexual assault case, during a traffic stop Friday, Nov. 27.

    Noel Velasquez was 17 when he was accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in November 2009 and charged with statutory rape and two counts of second-degree kidnapping, warrants show. Detective Tina Edwards said he took the victim from her bus stop to his home without her parents’ permission over the course of two to three weeks.

  • Commissioner rips school board members, staff after bond referendum presentation

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners showed support for the school board’s request to include a $152 million bond referendum on next year’s election ballot, but not without harsh criticism from one commissioner. 

    Commissioner Marty Cooke repeatedly voiced his displeasure with Brunswick County Schools staff and its board of education during a joint meeting between the two boards inside the David R. Sandifer Administration Building on Monday, Nov. 23.

  • Black caucus gives free Thanksgiving dinners to families in need

     SOUTHPORT — Heavy rains didn’t prevent almost 100 people from showing up to receive free Thanksgiving dinners last week.

    Thanks to members of the Bolivia-Brunswick County Chapter of the North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus, people from across the county traveled to Wal-Mart in Southport on Thursday, Nov. 19, to receive a free turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce as part of the organization’s holiday outreach mission.

  • Bolivia men accused of stealing 1,000+ Venus flytraps from Orton Plantation

    Two Bolivia men were arrested Saturday, Nov. 21, after Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators said they stole more than a thousand Venus flytraps from Orton Plantation.

    Scottie Gerome Stevenson, 44, and David Joel Lewis, 23, each are charged with taking a Venus flytrap, second-degree trespass and 149 counts of taking certain wild plants, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Saturday night.

  • NCDOT continues N.C. 211 lane closures

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will continue nighttime lane closures on N.C. 211 in Southport at N.C. 87 to the Ferry Terminal through Tuesday, Dec. 15, excluding the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 25-30. The work will be performed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Friday each week for milling and resurfacing, weather permitting.

    During the work, no on-street parking will be allowed within the work zone and towing will be enforced.

  • Open house Dec. 10 on Ocean Isle Beach Park

    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, which is beginning phase two construction for Ocean Isle Beach Park on Old Georgetown Road in Ocean Isle Beach, is hosting a drop-in public open house Dec. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall, 3 W. Third St.

    This meeting will offer citizens an opportunity to provide valuable information to parks and recreation representatives as well as park planners about the future development at Ocean Isle Beach Park.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College

    Every fall, Brunswick Community College (BCC) welcomes student athletes on campus. Hailing from North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and as far away as Maine, Colorado and California, these students come to BCC to continue their education while playing a sport on the collegiate level. While at the college, however, these individuals generate campus spirit, excellence in the classroom and support for our community at large.

    Campus spirit

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 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.


    Monday, Nov. 16

    Judge Rebecca W. Blackmon presided over the following cases with prosecutor Ashley Gore and courtroom clerks Kristin Cranfill and Courtney Graham: