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Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Identity theft on Maco Road in Leland; suspect forged victim’s check.

    •Larceny of a motor vehicle and larceny of a firearm on Long Bow Court in Leland; suspect stole victim’s vehicle, which had a firearm in it.

    •Injury to personal property on Woodlands Way in Calabash; suspect scratched victim’s vehicle.

  • 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.

  • S.C. woman to be charged with hit-and-run incidents in Calabash

    CALABASH—A woman faces multiple charges after a newspaper box and mailboxes were knocked down by a vehicle Tuesday in Calabash.

    Donna June White-Hetland, 54, who gave a North Myrtle Beach, S.C., address, will be charged after the morning incidents at a local convenience store and along Thomasboro Road, state trooper J.L. Reeves said.

    Charges are pending after a Brunswick Beacon newspaper box was damaged by a vehicle with North Carolina tags around 9:30 a.m. at the Minute Man store at the corner of Beach Drive and Old Georgetown Road.

  • Lady Trojans defeat North

    Two days after beating South Brunswick for a share of first in the Waccamaw Conference, the West Brunswick volleyball beat North Brunswick 25-13, 25-5, 25-11.

    Kenzie McDuffie served West (7-1, 15-1 overall) to a 6-0 lead in the first game. North, with seven players on the roster, rallied to cut the lead to 14-8. Allison Burton hit a winner and an ace in a 3-0 run that cut the lead to 14-11. West got a sideout when McDuffie set Keri Nolan for a hit. Two winners by Nolan put West ahead 17-11.

  • Brunswick County Intercultural Festival this Sunday

    The fifth annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival will be from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, on the Odell Williamson Auditorium grounds at Brunswick Community College.

    This year's festival will display a variety of music and performers as well as an International Pavilion, which will feature residents of Brunswick and surrounding counties sharing their heritage and cultures from a variety of countries across the world.

  • West beats South in volleyball match, ties for first

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The West Brunswick volleyball team gained a tie for first in the Waccamaw Conference by beating league leader South Brunswick 25-19, 25-13, 25-22 Sept. 29.

    The victory avenged West’s only defeat as it improved to 6-1 in the conference, 14-1 overall.

    South, which played the third game without injured hitter Rheanna Lawson, is 8-5 overall.

  • Habitat boater makes Brunswick County stop during six-month trip from Ohio to Florida

    HOLDEN BEACH—It isn’t every day a man on a six-month boating trip rows through Brunswick County.

    That’s why local resident Tammy Jo Bellamy was so eager to meet Tom Kotula, an experienced oarsman who’s in the middle of a boating venture on behalf of Habitat for Humanity.

    “You cannot imagine my excitement when I saw them come under the Holden Beach bridge,” Bellamy said this week, recalling the day just a week ago when Kotula and his rowing partner, Steve Glowacki, finally paddled into town.

  • Cleanliness closest to Godliness? How about sanitizing in church?

    My great-aunts Ruthie and Kathleen sat on the front porch swing. I watched them as they rocked, talking non-stop. They were gossiping as they frequently did on warm days. But since Ruthie and Kathleen had a name for gossipers--newstoters--they were just “catching up.”

    I was sitting below them on the steps, pretending to play with my boring paper dolls, absorbing every word.

  • Aldermen debate pros, cons of park grant

    The state has awarded the town of Shallotte more than $400,000 to build a park on land next to Wildwood Village.

    At Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting, the aldermen learned, however, that it will cost them more than $200,000 to build an access road to the property, and the owner who is donating the land is asking for numerous concessions the board hadn’t previously discussed.

  • Prosecution, defense spar over the man behind the badge

    Who is Ronald Hewett?

    His attorney says the man who served Brunswick County as sheriff for 14 years is a family man—a man of character and integrity.

    But assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Duffy argued in federal court Monday there are two Ronald Hewetts—the public persona, who shook everyone’s hands and never shied from a TV camera—and the man who existed within the walls of the sheriff’s office.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office argued Hewett used deputies as his personal work force, stifled investigations and harassed employees.