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Today's News

  • Spoiler alert: It’s all about finding salvation six years after getting ‘Lost’

    Six years ago a plane crashed on an island, and Americans became hooked.
    Over the next six years we watched 48 “Lost” survivors struggle to make amends with their past lives and make sense of their new lives and surroundings.
    They began their lives on the island in tiny shelters built from driftwood and tree branches. Over the years, they moved throughout the island hoping for rescue.

  • Enough is enough, Carolina Shores

    Carolina Shores residents hoping for open, transparent government are going to be disappointed.

    Again.

    On May 3, the town board met in closed session to discuss personnel issues. When the board moved into open session, it approved having town attorney Holt Moore send a “personnel letter” to an employee. It did not indicate who the employee was or what action was taken.

  • Proposed Holden Beach budget has no tax or fee increases

    Holden Beach commissioners seemed pleased town manager David Hewett’s proposed $11.9 million budget for the next fiscal year has no tax increases and no fee increases.

    But they spent the most time at Tuesday’s budget workshop arguing whether the town should add a full-time recreation director.

    Commissioners Don Glander, Sandy Miller and Sheila Young voiced opposition to adding a position, citing it’s a bad time because of the economy.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on May 3:

    Victor Basily, 41, of 9650 Shore Drive Apt. 208, Myrtle Beach, SC; felony trafficking opium/heroin, four counts felony obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery.

    Sherman Aundo Daniels, 53, of 1583 Longwood Road, Ash; felony assault with deadly weapon serious injury.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on May 12, 13, 14, 17 and 18 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, May 12

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Soles introduces bill to split 13th Prosecutorial District

    Lame duck state Sen. R.C. Soles, D-Columbus, isn’t letting his waning months in the state Senate prevent him from introducing controversial legislation in the Senate—even if it’s a “non-controversial” short session.

    On Thursday, May 20, Soles introduced Senate Bill 1340, which divides the 13th Prosecutorial District into District 13A—Bladen and Columbus counties—and 13B—Brunswick County.

  • Soles, Gore sound off on bill to amend DA’s pension

    Outgoing district attorney Rex Gore said he asked State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr., D-Columbus, to amend the effective date of a bill Soles introduced in the state Senate, which, in its original language, would allow Gore to retire with full benefits.

    Senate Bill 1341, introduced by Soles last week, and amended May 24, aims to amend the judicial retirement system.

    Soles said it was Gore that brought to his attention the need to amend the judicial retirement system but said he did not introduce the bill to benefit Gore or anyone else.

  • Sheriff’s detectives search for vehicle pursuit suspect

    SHALLOTTE—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for as suspect who remains at large after a vehicular pursuit last week.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said sheriff’s detectives are searching for Randy Lane Magaraci Jr., 21, of Pilot Mountain.

    Around 2 p.m. Friday, May 21, Magaraci was involved in a vehicular pursuit in Shallotte before he leaped from his vehicle and fled on foot.

  • Jury selection for Oak Island murder trial under way

    BOLIVIA—Jury selection for the first-degree murder trial of Joshua Caudill began Tuesday afternoon.

    District attorney Rex Gore said Tuesday jury selection was under way and opening arguments are expected to begin Wednesday.

    Caudill, 21, is on trial for the 2007 murder of Phillip Cook.

  • Judge grants injunction orders on establishments raided in prostitution stings

    BOLIVIA—Superior Court Judge Thomas Lock has issued injunction orders on two establishments raided in prostitution stings in April.

    On May 17, Lock granted the county a preliminary injunction for Sun Day Spa on Longwood Road and a consent permanent injunction order on Playmates Exotic Dancing on U.S. 17 near Carolina Shores.

    On April 1, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit raided Sun Day Spa and Playmates Exotic Dancing. Two women were arrested at Sun Day Spa, and three women were arrested at Playmates.