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Today's News

  • Scams cost Brunswick County residents millions

     BOLIVIA — When it comes to the financial scams that make the rounds through Brunswick County, most people think, “That won’t happen to me. I’m too smart for that.”

    Sheriff’s office Detective Ed Carter says they’re wrong — and he can prove it.

  • District aims new policy at improving student scores

     Brunswick County Schools officials have unveiled an action plan for improving student performance on standardized tests.

    Dr. Deanne Meadows, assistant superintendent and chief academic officer, shared the plan with an audience of board members, principals, central services administration, instructional coaches, community members and parents during the monthly Brunswick County Board of Education curriculum committee meeting Thursday, Sept. 25, in Bolivia. 

  • Three arrested in Leland car break-ins investigation

     Three people have been arrested and booked on breaking-and-entering charges after several stolen items were found in a home on Heights Place.

    During a search warrant at 711 Heights Place in Leland on Sept. 25, detectives located several items that had been reported stolen, according to a Leland Police Department news release.

    Michael Arlin-Ray Huneycutt, 20, Brandon Joe Huneycutt, 19, and a girl younger than 18 were arrested as a result of the search warrant.

  • Grand jury indicts Leland ex-cop in shooting, chase

     A Brunswick County grand jury has indicted an ex-Leland police officer who led a high-speed chase into South Carolina last week before being caught and arrested.

    Howard “Hank” Smith of Supply was indicted during a Sept. 22 grand jury session in Superior Court on three counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle and felony fleeing to elude arrest.

  • Fugitive arrested in Southport

     A Greenville man wanted on robbery charges was captured in Southport last week.

    James Bennett Mizell, 27, was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Thursday, Sept. 25, on charges from Pitt County of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of common law robbery, misdemeanor probation violation, obtaining property by false pretense and larceny of chose in action, records show. He also is charged with failure to pay child support amounting to $3,132 in Brunswick County.

  • County health director issued summons

     The Brunswick County Health and Human Services director will appear in court to face misdemeanor charges later this month.

    David Stanley was issued a misdemeanor criminal summons Sept. 23 on charges of cyberstalking and harassing phone calls that allegedly took place between Aug. 26 and Sept. 23.

  • Elementary students enjoy ‘Life on the Farm’

     WINNABOW — Only a couple years removed from learning the famous children’s song, “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” students at Belville Elementary School learned what life on a real farm was all about.

    Funston Farms in Winnabow hosted “Life on the Farm” for the 43rd time in its illustrious history and welcomed more than 200 students from several of the district’s elementary schools during the last two weeks.

  • Grand jury

     The 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 Sept. 22 during a grand jury session:

    Brandon K. Bailey, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Mitchell Barfield, possession stolen goods/property.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 16, 17, 19 and 22 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.

     

    Tuesday, Sept. 16

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor W. Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

    Charles Anthony Allen, PG improper equipment.

  • The invention of wings takes us to unexpected skies

     The day was hot and humid. Summer had taken hold with a vengeance calling for relaxation and re-creation. It also evoked a need to spend time with neighbors we dearly love. Dinner together would be nice, I thought. H.D. was assigned the delight of inviting them. Between preparations, in fact even during it, I was entranced by Sue Monk Kidd’s newest novel, “The Invention of Wings.” I knew I’d be talking to our friends about it, especially since they and we are avid readers.