Today's News

  • Supply man accused of breaking into homes, stealing goods

     A Supply man is accused of breaking and entering and stealing goods from homes in the Seashore Hills community.

    Brandon Edward Stansbury, 24, of Forest Drive, was arrested June 16 and charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering and two counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods.

    Stansbury is accused of stealing money, jewelry and electronic equipment, reports indicate.

    The incidents allegedly occurred June 14.

  • Police arrest one in alleged larceny ring

     New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man believed to be involved in a Leland larceny ring that is expected to result in more than 50 felony charges.

    Thomas Lynn Jones, 44, whose address is not listed on the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office website, was arrested June 13 and charged with 12 counts of larceny from a construction site and a count of felony larceny.

    Jones is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $18,000 bail.

  • Lightning strikes Bolivia church and pianist

     A church service in Bolivia was interrupted early Sunday afternoon, June 15, when the building and pianist were struck by lightning.

    Lightning struck Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church through the phone line and struck the pianist at 12:03 p.m. during a service.

    “The gentleman operating the keyboards was struck through the foot pedal,” Sunset Harbor and Zion Hill Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Eeten said. 

    The pianist was treated for minor injuries but was not taken to a hospital, Eeten said.

  • Emergency services holds preparedness training exercise

     LELAND — On June 10, Brunswick County Emergency Services, Leland Fire Department and the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross conducted a preparedness exercise at North Brunswick High School in Leland.

    The exercise was focused on improving various skills and task management procedures involving handling a potentially dangerous situation at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport, Brunswick Emergency Services Deputy Director Scott Garner said. 

  • Artist stops by OIB on his way to Alaska

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach is just one of Dave Lavernia’s many stops on a tour that will eventually land him in Alaska, but it’s one of his favorites.

    Lavernia, artist and owner of DaveL Designs, struck up a friendship with OIB Surf & Java owner Jesse McCrery last year. When McCrery asked him to perform a live art show in front of the coffee shop in February, Lavernia agreed.

    The weather, however, did not.

  • Schools mull possibility of sales tax referendum in November

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County residents said no to the quarter-cent sales and use tax referendum during the May 6 primary election. More than 58 percent of voters, 7,015, voted against the proposal.

    Now, the board of education is pondering whether it wants to ask county commissioners to place the referendum back on the ballot for November’s general election.

  • Shallotte man found slain in Myrtle Beach, S.C., parking lot

     A Shallotte man was found slain in the front seat of his car in a Myrtle Beach, S.C., parking lot Monday morning, June 16.

    Myrtle Beach police found Alton Antonio Daniels, 34, dead of an apparent gunshot wound to his chest.

    “The victim had blood on his chest and was not responding to officers,” an incident report reads.

    Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard identified the body as Daniels late Monday night.

  • North, South, West graduates heading in right direction

     BOLIVIA — A North Brunswick senior fell into her dad’s arms and begged him not to cry. Her request was too late.

    Despite her dad’s best attempt to shield his emotions with a pair of Oakley sunglasses, Megan Lowry burst into tears simultaneously as the father and daughter celebrated high school graduation on a hot day on the campus of Brunswick Community College as Brunswick County Schools held commencement exercises Saturday, June 14.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives was Budget Week. The Senate had finished with the budget, Senate Bill 744, the previous week. It was our job in the House to review it, make our changes, and send it back to them for their agreement and approval. This budget actually consists of adjustments to the biennial budget we passed last year. We are adjusting the 2013-2015 budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. We have newly revised revenue projections and spending priorities. So, it was a busy week.

  • Band of the Week: Carolina Breakers play Holden Beach on June 22

    If you go

    What: The Carolina Breakers

    When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22

    Where: Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard, Holden Beach

    Admission: free


    The Carolina Breakers are a high-energy, award-winning variety band consisting of four lead vocalists and a horn section covering the musical gamut — beach, boogie, Motown, funk, R&B, disco, classic rock and country.