Today's News

  • Community provides input for county schools assessment

    BOLIVIA — Community members gave their input Feb. 16 to Brunswick County Schools in preparation for the upcoming district visit by AdvancED, a national nonprofit that accredits primary and secondary schools throughout the United States.

    Six representatives from schools in North Carolina, Florida and Kentucky on the AdvanceED team will spend April 2-5 visiting Brunswick County schools and evaluating district executive summaries and self-assessments.

  • Tri-county investigation ends with drug arrests

    Two men are accused of running a marijuana operation spanning Brunswick, Columbus and New Hanover counties.

    New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 66-year-old Blair Jay Whitham of Aaron Fullwood Drive SE in Bolivia and 53-year-old James Michael Beneway of Loop Road in Bolton on Feb. 15, according to a Columbus County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Committee makes Leland business recommendations

    Leland’s Economic Development Committee created four recommendations for the town council from the business survey conducted in 2016.

    The LEDC sent out the business survey to 352 businesses in July to learn more about the business community, the hurdles business owners have faced, opportunities available and what is needed for the business environment to grow. An overview of the survey responses was completed in October.

  • Man wanted in 2014 Navassa shooting returns to county

    A man wanted in a 2014 Navassa shooting is in custody in the Brunswick County Detention Facility after being arrested in Georgia.

    Anthony Damaud Anderson, 24, of Navassa, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon in the shooting of Tyson McMillan.

    Anderson is accused of shooting McMillan in the back after they argued Jan. 8, 2014, on a path between Water and Main streets in Navassa.

    McMillan has recovered fully.

  • Texas man arrested in computer scam

    BOLIVIA — A Texas man is charged in the case of a Calabash man whose money for a home purchase was intercepted via computer malware in December.

    Edward Hua of Sheldrake Court in Sugar Land was arrested Feb. 14 and charged with felony access government computers to defraud and felony obtaining property by false pretense greater than or equal to $100,000.

  • Two WBHS students charged in separate campus safety threats

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two West Brunswick High School students Friday, Feb. 17, in two unrelated safety threats on the campus in Shallotte. 

    No one was injured.

    Kavon Kenith Gause, 16, of Pearl Way in Supply is charged with a felony count of bringing a gun on educational property. Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said deputies booked him in the Brunswick County Detention Facility, but jail records do not show if he remains there.

  • Bolivia felon accused of shooting into occupied car

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Bolivia man last week accused of shooting at two women in a car on Galloway Road in Bolivia.

    Nathan Rudolph Smith, 36, of Randolphville Road was arrested Feb. 13 and charged with felony discharging a weapon into an occupied moving vehicle and felony possession of a firearm by a felon.

    Warrants show Smith used a 9mm handgun to shoot into a black Toyota Corolla with two women inside Feb. 4.

  • Child abuse charges against Leland couple dismissed

    All misdemeanor child abuse charges filed against a Leland couple last April have been dismissed.

    Twenty-five-year-old Kellie Earle Hill and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Alexander Austin Dean, both of Sandy Hills Drive, were arrested April 18.

    Hill was charged with six counts of misdemeanor child abuse and Dean faced three counts of the same crime.

  • Annual controlled burns at Orton Plantation begin March 6

    Orton Plantation is starting its annual controlled burns to improve forest health, bring back longleaf pines and restore habitats.

    Controlled burns at Orton will take place between March 6 and May 1, as weather allows and permits are available.

    Area residents should be aware smoke may be visible in the vicinity of Orton, and may at times reduce visibility on N.C. 133. Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington residents will be able to see and smell smoke at times.

  • Leland sex offender faces new charges

    A convicted sex offender is accused of having been on the campus of Lincoln Elementary School.

    Marcus Deandread Gore, 25, of Blake Circle NE in Leland was arrested Feb. 13. He is charged with being a felony sex offender on a child premises and felony failure to register a new address as a sex offender.

    Warrants show Gore was not only on the campus of the school in Leland on Feb. 8, but also failed to notify the last registering sheriff of his change of address Feb. 16.