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Today's News

  • Southport police seek Wal-Mart thieves

    Southport police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two women who stole miscellaneous items from Wal-Mart.

    The department’s Facebook post does not say when the thefts occurred, but said the women were seen in a green Dodge Durango.

    The women are described as white with medium builds and brown hair.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 457-7911.

  • Supply man cleared of exploitation charge in fraud case

    A Supply man accused of defrauding a woman out of more than $7,000 in money and property has been cleared of the charge against him.

    Jermaine Thomas, 31, of Meadowlark Lane was arrested Aug. 16 and charged with exploitation of a disabled or elder adult. Warrants alleged he defrauded a woman out of funds and property worth a total of $7,293.68 between Feb. 4, 2016, and June 9, 2016.

    The charge against Thomas was dismissed Jan. 9 after Brunswick County District Court Judge Pauline Hankins denied the state’s motion to continue the case, court records show.

  • Opioid task force prepares for 2017 data, determines 2018 focus areas

    SUPPLY — Despite the efforts of community groups, those in the medical field, health officials, law enforcement and elected leaders, both at a local level and beyond, the opioid death toll continues to rise.

    This is the first message Brunswick County Opioid Task Force member Don Flattery presented during its first meeting of 2018 on Jan. 16.

  • Bolivia man arrested on attempted robbery charge

    A Bolivia man is accused of trying to rob the Dollar General in Bolivia over the weekend.

    Joshua Aaron Lynch, 23, of Clemmons Road was arrested Jan. 21 and charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, a felony.

    Warrants and a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office incident report show Lynch attempted to steal money from the store on Southport-Supply Road at 9:27 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, by holding his hand in his pocket as if he he had a weapon and threatening a female employee.

  • Sex offender accused of being at Charter Day School

    A registered sex offender is accused of being on school property.

    Corey Jason Lightbody, 31, of Foxgrape Drive in Riegelwood, was arrested Jan. 17 and charged with being a sex offender on a child premises.

    Warrants show Lightbody was at Charter Day School in Leland the day of his arrest.

    Lightbody was convicted Dec. 21, 2009, in Ocean County, N.J., of second-degree sexual assault and attempted endangering of the welfare of a child April 21, 2008, North Carolina Department of Correction records show.

  • Leland police seek Wal-Mart thief

    Leland police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who they say stole items from Wal-Mart in Leland earlier this month.

    According to a department Facebook post, the man committed the crimes Jan. 13 and was seen leaving the store in a red or maroon Volkswagen Passat.

    The post does not specify what was stolen.

    The man is described as having a medium build with black hair and dark facial hair.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jonathan Berry at 332-5003.

  • Holden Beach property owners to treat beach vitex

    HOLDEN BEACH — The town’s beach vitex problem will be tackled by property owners, planning and inspections director Tim Evans told commissioners at their first meeting of 2018 on Jan. 16.

    Commissioner John Fletcher had brought up the issue of beach vitex as an invasive plant species on the east coast in previous meetings.

  • Man facing drug charges held on more than $4M bail

    A Supply man accused of resisting an officer who arrested him on drug charges is being held on more than $4 million bail.

    Julian Ivory Johnson, 25, of Hillock Drive is charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and trafficking heroin, along with misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and resisting a public officer.

  • VFW NC names Union’s Cumbee elementary school Teacher of the Year

    Union Elementary School teacher Tara Cumbee has been named as the VFW NC Teacher of the Year in the elementary school category.

    Cumbee will be joined at the official ceremony at the VFW NC Convention Banquet in Cary on Feb. 2 by Col. Joseph Calisto, who is a West Brunswick High School JROTC instructor. He brings home the award in the high school category.

  • Commissioners rescind offshore drilling support — for now

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners rescinded their support Jan. 16 for seismic testing and offshore oil drilling off the Atlantic coast.

    But a final decision on where the board stands will be made in 30 days.

    On Tuesday, the board reversed a July 6, 2015, county resolution that endorsed state and federal government steps to allow for offshore oil and natural gas development along the Atlantic coast.