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Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Tweet, tweet. Who’s there? Your local newspaper and your political candidates

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, or, to be more specific, a rock without Internet access, it’s no secret that social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have changed how people communicate, receive news and how political candidates campaign.

    During the 2008 election cycle, Democrats on the national scene pummeled their GOP counterparts when it came to Twitter followers, Facebook fans and, well, anything else related to technology or social networking.

  • The Future of America's fishing industry

    Brant McMullan achieved some life goals when he attended and spoke Feb. 24 at the United We Fish rally at the U.S. Capitol to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act. But another goal—passage of a bill to amend the act—is still in doubt.

    “I thought it went really good,” McMullan said about the rally. “If I were to guess, 40 percent were from the New York-Massachusetts area, 40 percent from the Carolinas and the remainder from Florida, up and down the East Coast. A couple of people came from Alaska.”

  • Trojan golf team starts Waccamaw Conference play this week

    The WBHS men’s golf team began tournament play this week in the new 2A/3A Waccamaw Conference.

    Last year, the Trojans won the 3A division of the Mideastern Conference and advanced to the regionals, finishing eighth. For the overall combined 3A/4A individual golfers, Harrison Taylor, Greg Hensley, Cole Grammen and Jack Donoghue were in the top 25 for scoring average. This year looks to be even better with the loss of only one senior.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 17, 18 and 22 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Feb. 17

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Lisa Quick:

    Wesley Keith Adkins, PG possession marijuana up to one-half ounce, BCDC 24 hours active.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Jack Jenkins with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Feb. 15:

    Shawn Christopher Conley, 17, of 1122 N. Twin Lakes, Sunset Beach; felony breaking and/or entering, felony larceny after breaking/entering.

  • That's not what we would call 'justice'

    It’s hard to call the sentence handed to North Carolina Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. “justice.”

    Last week, Soles, who has admitted to shooting Thomas Kyle Blackburn at Soles’ Tabor City home last August, entered a guilty plea to a charge on one count of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

    After failing to call the police at any time during which he felt threatened at his home, and then shooting a fleeing man in the back of the leg, Soles will get no jail time.

    He won’t be on probation.

  • BCC splits doubleheader in home opener

    The Brunswick Community College baseball team opened its 2010 season Sunday by splitting a doubleheader with USC Lancaster at West Brunswick High School.

    The Dolphins won the first game 8-1 but lost the second game 8-7.

  • U.S. Navy Band performs on tour next Wednesday at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    STAFF REPORT

    The United States Navy Band will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    The concert is part of the Navy Band’s 2010 National Tour.

    Tickets are free, but must be obtained in advance and are limited to six per request.

    The United States Navy Band, the Navy’s premier musical organization, was established by Congress on March 4, 1925. Lieutenant Commander Richard H. Bailey directs the band.

  • Task force makes largest prescription drug bust in county history

    Law enforcement officers from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the Shallotte Police Department, N.C. Probation and Parole, the Sunset Beach Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation worked together to make the largest prescription drug arrest in the county’s history Wednesday night, seizing more than 11,000 pills from a Bolivia home.