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Today's News

  • Photographer to be featured at local gallery

     

    SHALLOTTE—A love for the water and the area’s many treasures has led one lifelong photographer to change her focus to art and share the beauty she sees behind her lens with others.

    Gray Laughridge Wells has worked in the photography field for more than 30 years. She spent 20 years working for the Star News before venturing on her own and embarking on a career in real-estate photography.

  • Stanley takes reins at county health department

    BOLIVIA—For David Stanley, who was recently named Brunswick County health director, June 27 was no different than any other Monday.

    Technically, it was different, as it was Stanley’s first day as director, but for him, it didn’t feel any different, he said.

    Outgoing director Don Yousey will remain at the health department until August, when he officially retires after 14 years as director.

    Stanley credits Yousey with the success of the health department, which he hopes to continue.

  • Christmas in July

    SHALLOTTE—School just got out, but one local organization has already started preparing for back to school in August.

    Brunswick Family Assistance, whose mission is to improve the lives of families and individuals in crisis in Brunswick County, holds an annual Christmas in July fundraiser.

    “Christmas in July is designed to help get the children ready for the first day of school in the fall,” said Carol Phelps, executive director.

  • Terminal groin bill becomes law

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—More than 30 years ago, one of the island’s first residents and now-mayor Debbie Smith bought a fourth-row beach house on the east end of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The house is long gone, as is the row of houses on which it sat. The house was moved; the street was swallowed into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Over the years, more rows of house went—some moved off the island, two of which also fell victim to the ocean.

    What was then fourth row is now oceanfront.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit assisted officers with the North Carolina Probation and Parole Department on a search warrant last week, which led to the arrest of two local suspects.

    On Thursday, June 23, drug agents assisted probation officers at a residence at 3627 Dogwood Drive, Lot 8, Leland.

    Rashawn Brooks and Kenya Waddell, both of whom lived at the Dogwood Drive home, were arrested for multiple drug charges.

  • 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:

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Ocean Highway in Supply; suspect broke into several trucks and stole copper wire.

    •Larceny on Percy Place in Supply; suspect stole victim’s moped.

    •Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and larceny on Blue Bird Lane in Supply; suspect entered victim’s vehicle and stole money.

  • Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Units makes multiple arrests

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested a Boiling Spring Lakes man on several drug violations last week.

    The vice narcotics unit is made up of drug agents from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Oak Island Police Department and Shallotte Police Department.

    On June 23, vice narcotics agents searched a residence on Pine Lake Road in Boiling Spring Lakes, where they seized 3 pounds of marijuana, 50 grams of hashish and more than $1,700 in cash.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team arrested two people for impaired driving last week.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From June 20-26, ACE deputies issued 81 total arrests and citations, including nine driving while impaired charges and 13 speed violations.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Governor vetoes Voter ID bill

    RALEIGH—North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has vetoed House Bill 531, An Act to Restore Confidence in Government, which requires a photo ID to vote in North Carolina.

    Perdue vetoed the measure last week, which was approved in the General Assembly on June 16.

    Republican legislators have indicated they plan to seek a veto override, which requires a three-fifths majority, when they reconvene in mid-July.

    With five Democrats who crossed the aisle, Republicans were able to override Perdue’s budget veto earlier this month.

  • Bringing end of life care closer to home

    SUPPLY—Coping with the end-of-life journey is a difficult road to go alone, and that is why one organization exists in Brunswick County.

    The Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter, a non-profit organization, currently serves patients in a five-county area and has been serving Brunswick County for 30 years.

    Patients from Brunswick County must travel to Wilmington or Whiteville for in-patient care centers, but that is changing.