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Today's News

  • Tax revaluation could bump Brunswick County tax rate for first time in four years

    BOLIVIA–Brunswick County commissioners met with staff Jan. 13 for their first workshop to prepare for budget planning.

    One of the main issues they will address in 2015 is property revaluation and its impact on the county tax rate.

    County Manager Ann Hardy reported to the board members the valuation will be completed and notices will be mailed out in February 2015.

    But the county already has an estimated tax valuation for 2015 to compare to 2014.

  • Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting child

    A Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old last year was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 21.

    Murton Harold Hyde, 56, of Turkey Street, is charged with six counts of first-degree statutory sexual offense, three counts of crimes against nature and three counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    The incidents occurred between July and December 2014, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. She did not say if the child was a girl or boy.

  • Leland woman accused of selling marijuana at restaurant

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested a Leland woman accused of selling marijuana at a restaurant after a brief investigation prompted by tips from the community.

    Twenty-year-old Jordan LeAnn Howard, of Lanvale Road, faces two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, selling marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia possession of drug paraphernalia, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Supply couple faces charges after traffic stop

    A Supply couple faces several drug charges after their arrest during a traffic stop.

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested James Harold Jackson, 63, and Jeinene Lynn Jackson, 49, of Ocean Sound Circle on Tuesday, Jan. 20, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • UPDATE: Leland man charged with murder in baby's death

    A Leland man is charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend’s 15-month-old son.

    Albert David Morgan, 35, and the baby’s mother, 33-year-old Angel Marie Ray, were arrested Thursday, Jan. 15, the day Brayden Christopher Ray was injured, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release. Brayden died Saturday, Jan. 17.

  • Oak Island police seek two women suspected of fraud

    Oak Island police are asking for the public’s help to identify and find two women suspected of fraud.

    The women “used several stolen or fraudulent credit cards” in late December at a Food Lion grocery store in Oak Island, according to a Thursday, Jan. 22, news release from Lt. Tony Burke. The women made purchases worth several hundred dollars.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 278-5595 or the nearest law enforcement agency.

  • Ash man arrested in November nightclub shooting

    A 26-year-old Ash man accused of shooting a Supply man at a Shallotte nightclub in November 2014 has been arrested.

    Deontray Tremel Bryant, of Plainview Drive, was wanted on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said in a previous news release.

    Bryant is accused of shooting 26-year-old Nikko Hankins at Remedy’s Lounge, a nightclub off N.C. 130/Holden Beach Road, about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 30.

  • Southport men face drug charges

     Two Southport men face drug charges after being arrested Jan. 17.

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 67-year-old Lamont Lee Proctor and 43-year-old Ivey Millard Gaskill after finding 74 grams of oxycodone, a powerful painkiller, in their possession, warrants show.

    Proctor is accused of selling Gaskill 28 grams or more of opiates, according to warrants, and the men used plastic bags and a Dewalt drill box to store the drugs.

  • Workout for Wexler to aid puppy in need of surgery

    A yoga event this Saturday, Jan. 31, at Sea Trail is taking place to help a rescued puppy in need of surgery and his mounting medical bills.

    Donations from Workout for Wexler, taking place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Sea Trail Conference Center in Sunset Beach, will go to help 4-month-old Wexler, a Yorkshire terrier puppy who was recently rescued from a breeder.

    “They were going to put him to sleep because he was having trouble with his hips and legs,” said Cheri McLain of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE).

  • 'Poetry Opens Doors' to local writers

    Poetry writers and would-be writers unite.

    Starting Feb. 1, “Poetry Opens Doors” officially launches, and you’re invited to start writing and submitting poetic entries.

    The writing initiative is being spearheaded by local author Joan Leotta, along with Hickmans Crossroads Library branch manager Christi Iffergan and Kat Moore of Poetry Revisited.