Today's News

  • Supreme Court hears arguments in Brunswick traffic court case

    RALEIGH—North Carolina Supreme Court Justices on Tuesday heard arguments in the matter of Brunswick County’s Administrative Traffic Court.

    Three of the high court’s seven justices were recused from hearing arguments, leaving four justices to hear arguments Tuesday morning. Court official Dick Ellis said Chief Justice Sarah Parker, associate justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson and senior associate justice Mark Martin were recused.

    Justices are not required to disclose the nature of his or her conflict leading to a recusual, Ellis said.

  • Raleigh officer visits Brunswick’s mental health court

    BOLIVIA—For Raleigh Police Officer Michael Macario, the “serve” carries as much weight as the “protect” in a police officer’s oath to “serve and protect.”

    And that oath goes for all people, including the often-overlooked mentally ill population, Macario stressed.

  • Board of education to take up school calendar at February meeting

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Education may make changes to the school calendar that would require approval of the state’s General Assembly.

    An option being considered for the 2012-2013 school year could push the district’s start date up sooner than current state law allows.

    The board will consider school calendar options for the 2012-2013 school year at its upcoming meeting next month. Members tabled a discussion on the matter at their Jan. 3 meeting, opting to take up at its next meeting on Feb. 7.

  • 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:

    •Larceny on Seashell Drive in Supply; suspect stole multiple items from victim’s residence.

    •Larceny on Turkey Street in Bolivia; suspect stole victim’s four-wheeler from victim’s front yard.

    •Larceny on Malmo Loop Road in Leland; suspect went behind victim’s residence and stole a water pump, valued at $500.

  • Sheriff’s Office ACE roundup

    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 Jan. 2-8, ACE deputies performed 48 traffic stops, resulting in 85 total traffic violations. Deputies also made 23 arrests. Five suspects were charged with driving while impaired.

  • Weekend blaze damages Holden Beach house

    A weekend blaze damaged a home on Holden Beach.

    Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department Chief Doug Todd said the department received a call that a home at 111 Starfish Drive was on fire at 7:25 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. No one was injured.

    Todd said it took fire crews about seven minutes to arrive where they were joined by members of the Civietown and Supply fire departments.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Police search for suspect wanted in more than 80 break-ins

    Detectives with the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department and the Brunswick County Sound End Task Force are searching for a suspect wanted in connection with more than 80 break-ins in North and South Carolina.

    According to the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, the suspect has been involved with break-ins to residential areas, specifically targeting flat-screen TVs and other high-end electronics.

  • Hearing on landfill expansion continued until February

    BOLIVIA—A hearing to consider whether to grant the county a special exception permit to expand its existing construction and demolition landfill will continue next month.

    After about seven hours of testimony Monday, Jan. 9, Brunswick County Planning Board members opted to continue the hearing until their next meeting, which will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13.

  • Commissioner Charles Warren’s upcoming hearing: What to expect

    At their next meeting, Brunswick County commissioners will decide if there is just cause to remove county commissioner and Department of Social Services chairman Charles Warren from the DSS board.

    Commissioners will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, for a hearing on the matter.

    It is not a criminal hearing; however, it will be conducted in a similar fashion to a court proceeding, Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said.

  • Traffic court matter to be heard in state Supreme Court Tuesday

    RALEIGH—North Carolina Supreme Court Justices on Tuesday will hear arguments in the matter of Brunswick County’s Administrative Traffic Court.

    According to the state’s Supreme Court calendar, oral arguments are scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 10, in Raleigh.

    Though the court program was reinstated this past September, the disagreement between District Attorney Jon David and longtime District Judge Jerry Jolly goes back to April 2011, when Jolly issued an administrative order halting David’s then-fledgling traffic court program.