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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach road closure scheduled Monday

    Sunset Beach public works department staff will close a portion of Magnolia Drive between Park and Seaside roads at 9 a.m. Monday, March 27, for stormwater pipe repairs.

    The road will remain closed while the pipe underneath is replaced. The repair is expected to take three days.

    Afterward, staff will replace stormwater pipe at Kirkwood Place and Magnolia Drive. The road will remain closed while the pipe underneath is replaced. This repair is expected to take two days. 

  • This March has been tough fishing month

    By Capt. Derek Treffinger

  • West Brunswick lacrosse photos March 21

    BOILING SPRING LAKES — The West Brunswick girls’ lacrosse team beat South Brunswick 17-0 in a Mideastern 3A/4A Conference game March 21.

    Sophomore Gwenna Gentle scored nine goals. Junior Ana Poulin and sophomore Kara Cheers each scored two goals. Sophomore Isabelle James, freshman Ryeleigh Ashburn, junior Erin O’Dell and freshman Carmella Freeman each scored a goal.

    Getting assists were Gentle (two), Ashburn, Freeman, Poulin, Cheers and sophomore Kaliyah Matthews.

    Sophomore Molysha Brown was the winning goalkeeper.

  • Brunswick County charges dropped against man accused in Whiteville stabbings

    By Lindsay Kriz
    Staff Writer

    All Brunswick County charges against a man accused of stabbing two women, one fatally, in Whiteville last year have been dismissed.

    Investigators said 51-year-old James Edward McKamey of Whiteville stabbed 35-year-old Reshonta Love in the 300 block of West Nance Street on Aug. 29 and 65-year-old Greer in the 900 block of Smyrna Drive minutes later.

    McKamey faces the death penalty if convicted.

  • Civil lawsuit in teen’s shooting settled for $1M

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    The mother of an 18-year-old schizophrenic boy shot and killed in his home by a Southport police officer in early 2014 has settled her wrongful death suit against the officer for $1 million.

    Bryon Vassey shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

    Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown acquitted Vassey, now 47, of voluntary manslaughter May 6 after a 14-day bench trial that began April 19.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident reports.

    March 13

    Shoplifting and aiding and abetting a larceny by taking $46.12 in items from Wal-Mart.

    March 18

    Shoplifting of $629.74 in food items from Wal-Mart.

    March 19

    Larceny of $27.47 worth of gas from Sunoco on Naber Drive (drive off).

    March 20

    Larceny of $178 in car cleaning products from Reflections Detailing on Holden Beach Road.

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    March 4

    Larceny of a package worth $200 from the front porch of a Royal Street residence.

    Disturbance by arguing with the victim at a Thomas Garst Lane residence.

    March 5

    Vallerie Ann Jones, 25, of Blake Circle, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Police report

    Ocean Isle Beach police investigated the following incident in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident reports.

    March 17

    Damage to property by shooting out a window of a West First Street residence with a BB gun, causing $800 in damage.

  • Fire chief to appear in court on assault charge

    Northwest Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Herzig is scheduled to appear in New Hanover County District Court on March 31 to face misdemeanor assault and battery and communicating threats charges filed against him by a Wilmington man last month.

    Herzig is accused of assaulting and striking Douglas Owen, a therapist at Bridge Builders Counseling in Wilmington, by pushing him, striking him in the face and back of the head and choking him from behind, a warrant reads.

  • Belville budget talks set sights on tax rate

    BELVILLE — Belville commissioners increased the town tax rate to 9 cents last year. At a budget retreat Saturday, March 18, they called for cuts in expenses to avoid touching the tax rate again.

    The early estimate of the budget is $947,000. Town Administrator Athina Williams said staying at 9 cents per $100 of valuation would maintain ad valorem revenues at $156,600.

    Sales and use taxes are anticipated about $440,000.

    And the town anticipates receiving $145,000 in revenues from the ABC board.