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Local News

  • BCSO chaplaincy program offers staff, citizens comfort

     While the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office uses many instruments to protect and serve the public, Sheriff John Ingram implemented a chaplaincy program in May 2012 to serve his staff.

  • Woman gets more than 2 years in prison for fatal DWI crash

    A Southport woman will serve more than two years in prison for killing her neighbor with her SUV in a drunken driving collision last summer.

    Melissa Gail Gomez, 39, of 4210 Eighth St., pleaded guilty Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Brunswick County Superior Court to felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired.

    Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Gomez to serve 31 to 47 months in prison, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

  • 3 men accused of stealing dogs, hunting equipment

    Three men are accused of breaking into a hunting club to steal dogs, equipment and electronics, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Cameron Alexander Croom, 22, of Remington Drive in Rocky Point was arrested at his home Thursday, Sept. 12, and charged with larceny of a dog, injury to property, felony larceny, and breaking and entering.

  • County educators honored at ‘Night of Stars’

    Brunswick County Schools honored its award-winning educators at the Night of Stars, held Friday, Sept. 6, in Supply.

    The event honored the county’s nine Teacher Assistants of the Year and named Helen Smith of Bolivia Elementary the system’s county winner.

    Paul Price, principal at Shallotte Middle School, was named Principal of the Year. Price has been a teacher or administrator in the Brunswick County school system for nearly two decades.

  • Supply man accused in church break-ins

    A Supply man is accused of breaking into two churches Sept. 1, according to a release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Charles Joseph Williams, 41, of 212 Maple Creek Drive, was arrested at his home Sept. 4 and is charged with two counts of breaking and entering a place of worship, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering, one count of breaking and/or entering, and two counts of injury to real property.

  • Leland police seek Pizza Hut armed robber

    Leland police are looking for the man who robbed the Pizza Hut on Village Road early Monday morning.

    The robber put his revolver to the night manager’s neck as she was leaving the business, forced her back inside, demanded access to the safe and left with an undisclosed amount of money, according to a police department news release.

    The robber is described only as a slender black man last seen wearing a blue bandana over his face and blue denim jeans, the release said.

  • Shallotte woman wins $10,000 in N.C. Education Lottery

    A Shallotte woman is among people who have won money in the N.C. Education Lottery since the end of August.

    Amy Kayser played 50X The Cash to win $10,000 and become an instant scratch-off ticket top tier prizewinner.

    Since Aug. 29, players in N.C. Education Lottery games have won more than $20.9 million, with more than $14.9 million being paid to players of instant scratch-off games, said Ryan Kennemur, spokesman for the N.C. Education Lottery.Players of draw games won more than $5.9 million in total prizes.

  • Lee Controls bringing 77 jobs to Brunswick County

    Lee Controls LLC’s more than $2 million investment is expected to create 77 jobs near Southport over the next three years, Gov. Pat McCrory and state Commerce Secretary Shannon Decker announced Friday in a news release.

    Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $39,649 plus benefits, according to the release. The Brunswick County average annual wage is $33,174.

  • McIntyre wants to mark or remove platform in Cape Fear River

    A boating crash at an abandoned quarantine station at the mouth of the Cape Fear River near Southport has drawn the interest of Congressman Mike McIntyre.

    McIntyre asked the Coast Guard to assist in the removal of the remains of the station or make it more visible.

  • Belville officials weigh purchase of town hall office space

    Belville officials have put a hold on making town offices off U.S. 17 a permanent location for town hall, but didn’t put a stop to the proposal.

    The town board on Aug. 26 scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday, Sept. 4, for the full board to review the offer to purchase the rented offices.

    Commissioner Charles Bost was absent from the Aug. 26 town meeting. During the meeting, Noreen Slattery was appointed commissioner to complete former commissioner James Sheehan’s remaining four months on the town board.