Today's News

  • Pathologist testifies in third day of drive-by shooting murder trial

    BOLIVIA— It likely took James Murdock less than five minutes to bleed to death on May 8, 2008, when he was shot and killed while sitting in the front seat of a friend’s minivan.

    On Friday, the third day of testimony in the first-degree murder trial of Matthew Baber, accused of killing Murdock by shooting him with an AK-47, pathologist William Kelly testified as to the cause of Murdock’s death.

  • Severe storms possible this afternoon

    Severe storms are expected across the area this afternoon.

    According to The Weather Channel, a cold front will move through the region Friday. As it mixes with warm, humid air here, storms will likely result. The main threat will be damaging wind. There is a chance for isolated tornadoes.

    A tornado watch has been issued for Brunswick County. It will be in effect until 8 p.m. Friday.

    Check back later for follow ups as they are available.

  • North Brunswick softball pitcher Barrett signs with Kishwaukee


    LELAND—North Brunswick High School senior Meghan Barrett signed a letter of intent Feb. 23 to attend Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill., and play softball.

    Barrett said it was through ncsasports.org, a recruiting website, that Kishwaukee showed interest.

    “They found me on there and started talking to me,” Barrett said. “They said they really liked my speed in my pitching and my running. They said they liked how I hit and how I field. They said they thought I would make a really great addition to their team.”

  • Witness testimony continues in second day of drive-by murder trial

    BOLIVIA—Twenty-seven-year-old Elliot Simmons took the stand Thursday in the state’s case against Matthew Lee Baber, charged with first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting death of a Calabash man.

    Simmons, along with Baber, was initially charged with felony murder for his role in the May 8, 2008, death of James Murdock, 28, who was gunned down while sitting in the front seat of a friend’s van.

  • Nuclear reactor manually shut down at Brunswick Nuclear Plant

    SOUTHPORT—Reactor 1 at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant was manually shut-down Thursday afternoon.

    According to Ryan Mosier, corporate communications for Progress Energy, the plant experienced an electrical fault on a “component not associated with the nuclear operations” at about 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

  • From Hopewell, Davis brings hope to West Brunswick basketball

     Eric Davis recalled when the day he first met some parents at West Brunswick High School after athletics director John Floyd had hired him to be the boys’ basketball coach.

    Davis had resigned as coach at Hopewell High School. He had started the program at the new school (near Charlotte) and coached the Titans to a 157-82 record in nine years (finishing 28-1 in 2008-09). In his last season at Hopewell, the Titans won a third-straight conference title.

  • South Central ends Trojans’ basketball season

     Winterville South Central ended West Brunswick’s surprising basketball season by beating the Trojans 60-56 Feb. 22 in a second-round game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state playoffs.

    West finished 14-12 and completes one of its most successful seasons in years.

    “I’m proud of the season we had,” West coach Eric Davis said.

     Taylor Buffkin scored 12 points, Jamal Jacobs nine, Seth Strickland seven and Geoffrey Gore seven. All are seniors, as are Altrey Frink and Brandon Smith.

  • Vehicle vs. logging truck stalls traffic on U.S. 17

    A vehicle and a logging truck have collided on U.S. 17 near N.C. 211. All northbound traffic is being rerouted. One southbound lane is open. The wreck occurred on U.S. 17 near Lewis Salvage. Crews are on scene for clean up.

    Check back later for details as we have them.

  • First day of drive-by shooting murder trial under way in Bolivia

    BOLIVIA—Bones. Jimmy. Dread.

    James Murdock went by many names during his 28-year life.

    On Wednesday morning, the first-degree murder trial began in the state’s case against Matthew Lee Baber—charged with killing Murdock in a May 2008 drive-by shooting.

    After brief opening arguments Wednesday morning in Brunswick County Superior Court, assistant district attorney Lee Bollinger began the state’s case with the testimony of Tina Watts.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 8, 9, 13 and 14 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. 8

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