Today's News

  • Southport man indicted on felony death by motor vehicle charges

     A Southport man has been indicted on two felony charges after two people died in a traffic collision at N.C. 904 and N.C. 130 on May 22.

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted 45-year-old Charles Harvey Lee, of River Road, on two counts of felony death by motor vehicle a week after he was initially charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

    Lee also faces a reckless driving to endanger charge, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

  • Minor glitch briefly delays South Brunswick graduation live stream

     BOLIVIA — For the first time in Brunswick County Schools history, the district provided a live stream online of four high school graduation ceremonies.

    More than 650 graduating high school seniors received their diplomas last week on the campus of Brunswick Community College and district staff wanted to make sure the graduates’ family members and friends had the opportunity to see the ceremonies.

  • Bolivia man charged with sex crime

     A Bolivia man is accused of sexually assaulting a child.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 39-year-old Bryan Lane Lanier, of Darnell Lane, and charged with him with first-degree sex offense June 8.

    Lanier is accused of “engaging in a sex offense” with a girl younger than 13 between May 19 and May 29, a warrant shows.

    Lanier is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $500,000 bail.

  • Advisory team meets to discuss community health assessment plans

     BOLIVIA — Every four years, county health officials distribute a countywide health survey and the results are used to develop an action plan to improve community health.

    An advisory team made up of local health officials and other community leaders met Tuesday, June 16, to discuss the distribution of this year’s survey and the plans it will develop to address survey results.

  • Bolivia woman accused of insurance fraud

     A Bolivia woman accused of fraudulently obtaining $2,000 from an insurance company was arrested and charged with fraud Tuesday, June 16.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 55-year-old Meleny Tate, of 3343 Southport Supply Road, and charged her with insurance fraud, attempting to obtain money or property by false pretense and accessing a computer to defraud or obtain property, according to a North Carolina Department of Insurance news release.

  • Grand jury

     Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases June 1 during a grand jury session:

    Brandon Asbury, three counts of breaking and entering, three counts of larceny after breaking/entering, injury to real property.

    Joe Bell, conspire to sell/deliver cocaine.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on June 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 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, June 1

    Judge Nancy C. Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerks Courtney Graham and Kristin Cranfill:

  • Szafarski graduates from basic

     Army Pvt. Ronald M. Szafarski, son of Patricia A. Szafarski of Shallotte and Ronald C. Szafarski of Amherst, N.Y., has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.


  • Some ideas for reducing wasted food

     Wasted food. You know what I’m talking about: that shriveled-up peach in the back of the crisper drawer. Perhaps it’s something green in a restaurant take-out box. Or a can of split pea soup that no one in your family will eat. This is food that will be thrown away. Estimates show the average American family of four wastes between $1,300 and $2,300 in food each year. That’s a lot of money that could be used for something else.

  • Fighting monsters is for brave warriors

     I remember meeting a math teacher at Brunswick Community College who, years ago, initiated a Fight Your Dragon process. Apparently, she had heard — too often — the cry of students who feared math and had convinced themselves it was far too difficult a challenge. They opted to take the road more traveled, the path of avoidance and denial.