Today's News

  • Checking out high-flying reading

    I was so looking forward to my recent economy-flight trip to Tennessee, when I could finally buckle into one of the cheap seats and delve into a little light reading.

    I’d packed light, too, with a new copy of “Oprah,” the afternoon TV talk-show billionaire queen who needs no last name or unauthorized biography by Kitty Kelley to live her best life.

    For weeks I’d tried reading Kelley’s latest gossip-tome at home before taking off, but my own less-than-perfect life kept getting in the way.

  • Officials break ground on International Logistics Park

    BRUNSWICK/COLUMBUS COUNTY LINE—Government and business officials from across the county, region and state braved the rain and mud to celebrate the groundbreaking of the International Logistics Park of North Carolina Tuesday morning.

    The 1,000-acre park is a unique venture between Brunswick and Columbus counties and the state.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested the following suspects last week. All information is from a drug enforcement unit press release.

    •On May 26, drug agents executed a search warrant on Heron Point Road in the Bent Tree community near Ocean Isle beach, where they seized about 1.6 ounces of “high grade” marijuana, heroin and related drug paraphernalia. The marijuana seized from the home carries an estimated street value of more than $1,500.

  • Soles introduces third controversial bill for Brunswick County



    First, it was a bill to split the 13th Prosecutorial District.

    Then, it was a bill to expand pension benefits for district attorneys, followed by a bill to again split the already-split 13th Judicial District.

  • 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 Cambridge Street in Bolivia; suspect stole medication from victim’s home.

    •Assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault on a female on Mount Misery Road in Leland; suspect stabbed victim in the leg.

  • Nonprofit funding cut in trim county budget

    BOLVIA—At a recent budget workshop, Brunswick County commissioners voted to increase the recommended funding for several nonprofit agencies, but overall nonprofit funding is down due to a tighter-than-normal county budget.

    Assistant county manager Steve Stone serves on a committee appointed to consider nonprofit agencies’ funding requests and recommend how much each agency receives to county commissioners.

  • Caudill convicted of first-degree murder; sentenced to life in prison without parole

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County jury on Tuesday convicted 21-year-old Joshua Caudill of first-degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

    Assistant district attorney Lee Bollinger said the jury deliberated for about one hour and 20 minutes Tuesday afternoon before returning the guilty verdict for Caudill’s role in the 2007 murder of Phillip Cook.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From May 24-30, K-9 deputies answered 24 calls, wrote 18 citations and made 12 drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Bent Tree, Seashore Hills, Seashore, Sandy Creek and Longwood.

  • Pantano on primary victory, looking ahead to General Election

    Ilario Pantano, the GOP nominee for U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, isn’t taking much time to celebrate his primary victory.

    Instead, he is looking forward to the future, specifically November’s General Election.

    Pantano, a former Marine, combat veteran and relative political newcomer on the national scene, secured the GOP nomination May 4 with 17,177 votes. Pantano defeated Will Breazeale, 11,629 votes, and Randy Crow, 4,862 votes.

  • No suspects in murder of Asheboro woman with Brunswick ties

    Asheboro Police have no suspects in the murder of 22-year-old Shaunna Walley, the Ash native living in Asheboro who was found dead May 18.

    Walley was found dead around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, several feet from a trail off Brewer Street in Asheboro by a person walking along the trail, Asheboro Police Lt. Richard Thompson said.

    Walley’s great uncle, Jeff Carll, said Walley, who grew up in the Ash area and has ties to the Brunswick County community, had been living in Asheboro for about a year and a half.