Today's News

  • Former teacher assistant accused of sex crimes against children

    A former teacher assistant is accused of committing sex crimes against children.

    Andrew Timothy Hodge, 32, of Mount Misery Road in Leland was arrested Feb. 12 after a joint investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security.

    He is charged with taking indecent liberties with a child and four counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

  • OIB seeks promise ATMC lines won’t tear up roads

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach town board members approved requesting a $100,000 insurance bond from ATMC to ensure streets are repaired after a fiber optic line is installed.

    “This will ensure the streets are not torn up,” Mayor Pro Tem Dean Walters said.

    Town Administrator Daisy Ivey said the streets will be in some disarray while the fiber is buried and they believe ATMC will do a good job with street repairs, but the bond or surety provided would be a safety measure.

    Board members approved the request unanimously, 5-0.

  • Leland man dies after Saturday motorcycle crash

    A 44-year-old Leland man died after crashing his motorcycle Saturday night in Brunswick County.

    Douglas Raymond Barker succumbed to injuries he suffered in the crash Sunday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Matthew W. King said in a news release issued Monday morning.

  • BCAR discusses legislative priorities for 2018

    SUPPLY — The Brunswick County Association of Realtors hosted a legislative breakfast Feb. 9 without the legislators.

    “You’re all about to see a tap dance because the elected officials we invited to be here this morning, all of them had conflicts,” said Tyler Newman, president and CEO of the Business Alliance for a Sound Economy and BCAR governmental affairs director.

    “But all of them are doing what they are supposed to be doing.”

    Newman said Congressman David Rouzer was on his way back from Washington, D.C.

  • Calabash woman charged with identity theft

    A Calabash woman is accused of stealing another woman’s purse and using her credit cards.

    Emily Sue Anne Burcham, 27, of Thomasboro Road was arrested Feb. 1 and charged with identity theft, seven counts of obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor larceny.

  • County unemployment rate jumps to 5.8 percent in November

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased to 5.8 percent in November from 5.2 percent for October.

    Brunswick County unemployment was at 5.8 percent in March 2017 before dropping to 5 percent unemployment in April through May.

    The unemployment rate was at its lowest in June at 4.8 percent, then rose to 5 percent in July and 5.1 percent in August and fell again to 4.9 percent for September.

    A year-to-year comparison showed Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in November 2016.

  • School board approves snow day calendar changes

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a revised 2017-18 school calendar, thanks to January’s snow, at their monthly board meeting Feb. 6.

    Because of the 1,025 instructional hours requirement, district spokesman Daniel Seamans said, Jan. 5 and 8 are forgiven for students.

    Jan. 3 was made up Jan. 23 and Jan. 4 will be made up on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 19.

  • Three men charged in drug trafficking cases

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men Feb. 8 in two separate drug trafficking cases.

    Logan Matthis McHale, 27, of Northern Trail in Winnabow is charged with trafficking opium or heroin and conspiring to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

    Warrants show McHale had 12 oxycodone tablets Jan. 31.

    McHale was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility Feb. 8 and released the same day on $50,000 bail.

  • Board removes motorcycle Christmas parade ban


  • Wilmington man arrested in Sunset Beach armed robbery

    Officers arrested a Wilmington man Thursday, Feb. 8, in an armed robbery last year at Hardee’s in Sunset Beach.

    David Ashley Bates Sr., 46, is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, communicating threats, and two counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and assault by pointing a gun.

    Sunset Beach police responded to the armed robbery just after 4 a.m. Sept. 22, 2017, at the restaurant at 1671 Seaside Road.