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Today's News

  • District Court Docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 22, 23 and 28 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, Dec. 22

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • BCC baseball field could be ready in May

     The Brunswick Community College baseball team is scheduled to play its 2011 home opener at noon Feb. 12 against Hartford Community College at West Brunswick High School.

    It most likely will be last time the Dolphins open their season at West.

    Working is progressing on the field and stadium at BCC, said Robbie Allen, the head baseball coach and athletics director at BCC.

  • West Brunswick swept by Whiteville

     WHITEVILLE—The West Brunswick High School boys’ basketball team lost 54-30 Whiteville in a conference game Jan. 4. The 30 points are the fewest West has scored this season.

    West trailed 14-5 after one quarter. Willie Bellamy scored 10 of Whiteville’s points.

    The lead was 18-5 when a score by West’s Markel Jones and two baskets by Taylor Buffkin cut the lead to 20-11. Whiteville outscored West 4-1 the rest of the quarter and led 24-12 at halftime.

  • Gore looks back as DA; looks forward to retirement

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part feature series about outgoing district attorney Rex Gore.

    BOLIVIA—Like most careers, former district attorney Rex Gore’s career as the district’s top prosecutor had its ups and its downs.

  • West Brunswick senior directs play as part of his senior project

    West Brunswick High School students are in final preparation for “Time of Your Life,” an original play written and directed by West Brunswick student Dustin Rogers.

    Rogers is producing the play as part of his senior project—the importance of fine arts in schools.

  • Lakewood Estates incident under investigation

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an alleged New Year’s Day assault in the Lakewood Estates neighborhood near Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office incident report, assault inflicting serious injury was reported on Lakewood Drive around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1.

    The report states “subjects dragged victim 1 out of vehicle and assaulted him.”

  • Ocean Isle Beach Police Department

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Union Street; suspect kicked door under the house to gain entry and took three flat-screen TVs, fishing equipment, a cordless telephone and computer printer.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on East Fourth Street; suspect entered garage and home and took fishing poles and nets, a deep dryer and tools.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Dec. 27, 2010-Jan. 2, 2010, K-9 deputies answered 15 calls, wrote 11 citations and made 11 drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies charged the following suspects:

    •Robert W. Long, 62, of 5217 Project Road, Ash, was charged with possession of cocaine.

    •Louis Damone Knight, 35, of 21 Shady Loop Road, Bolivia, was charged with possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana and assault on a female.

  • Policy changes reflect state-mandated changes to personnel public records law

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education will need to update the school system’s policy manual to include state-mandated changes to personnel laws.

    Changes to House Bill 961, Session Law 2010-169, went into effect Oct. 1, and dictate additional information in employee personnel files that can be released to the public.

  • Five-year-old undergoes nightly dialysis treatments while he waits for kidney transplant

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Rather than relying on the kidneys he was born with to function properly, Billy Lawson Jr. must undergo more than eight hours of dialysis each night.

    And he’s only 5 years old.

    Billy—who likes to be called Bill Bill—was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) several months ago when his kidneys failed, his father Billy Lawson said.