Today's News

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over six days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 23, 24, 25, 26, 29 and 30 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Tuesday, Sept. 23

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor W. Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Carlton Tate Aldridge, PG DWI level 5.

  • Brunswick County unemployment steady for past two months

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased from June’s 6.9 percent to 7.3 percent in July and stayed the same through August.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The unemployment rate is up one full point from the county’s two-year low, which reached 6.3 percent in April 2014.

    But the unemployment numbers are still nearly a full point below the August 2013 rate of 8.2 percent.

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte 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.

    Oct. 1

    Larceny by someone taking a bank card and making withdrawals from ATMs.

    Oct. 3

    Credit card fraud, possible point of sale card system fraud during transaction at Scotchman’s in Shallotte.

  • Leland Police report

    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.

    Sept. 29

    Larceny of copper wiring from a residence under construction on Springstone Drive.

    Obtain property by false pretense; an unknown man bought merchandise from a business on East Cutlar Crossing using a counterfeit travelers check.

  • 4H Fair, parade set for Saturday at Brunswick County complex

    The Brunswick County 4H Fair returns for a second year Saturday, Oct. 11, the final day of National 4H Week.

    This year, National 4H Week ran from Oct. 5-11.

    The second 4H Fair is part of the yearlong celebration of the 100th Anniversary of North Carolina’s Cooperative Extension Service.

    The Brunswick County Cooperative Extension Service agents organize events, train volunteers to work with five 4H clubs in Brunswick County and make presentations in schools.

    This year the 4H Fair has 23 children participating with 200 exhibits entered.

  • Belville ‘breaks ground’ on riverwalk, plans for real work to begin within a week

    BELVILLE — Belville officials didn’t turn any dirt during a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park project Saturday, but they’ll let the professionals get to it soon enough.

    Commissioner Joe Breault announced to a crowd of more than 100 visitors at the ceremony that a contractor would be digging the first trail of the riverwalk within 10 days of the gathering.

  • Southport teen faces multiple charges

     A Southport teen who was arrested Saturday, Oct. 4, is accused of stealing items from vehicles, Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said.

    About 7 a.m. that day, officers received reports of a suspicious person in the 2200 block of East Boiling Spring Road. They responded and arrested 19-year-old John Ethan Holbrook after seeing him throw items over a fence at East Boiling Spring and Fayetteville roads, Shirley said.

  • School system takes aim at completing capital projects

     BOLIVIA — Overcrowded Brunswick County schools on the north end of the county and a dilapidated, outdated gym in a rural district have been problems for the school district. The school district has taken steps to alleviate those concerns and the system’s director of capital improvements and planning expects the projects to be completed on time.

  • West student to join future medical leaders in nation’s capital

     SHALLOTTE — When a congress convenes in November, one of Brunswick County’s own will be front and center.

    No, not that Congress.

    Savannah Rae, a junior at West Brunswick High School, has been selected as one of several members to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C., for three days in November.

    Rae, a Supply resident, will visit the nation’s capital Nov. 14-16 for an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.

  • Amendment could allow felons to opt for bench trial

     For the first time in the state’s history, felony defendants in North Carolina may have the opportunity to forego a jury trial in favor of a bench trial if an amendment passes in November.

    Tar Heel State voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution to allow a criminal defendant to waive his or her right to a jury trial. The proposed amendment would make a fundamental change in how criminal trials may be conducted in this state, according to a report from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government.