Local News

  • N.C. Appeals Court to consider local libel case

    A three-judge N.C. Court of Appeals panel will consider a local libel case next month in Raleigh.

    Judges will consider the case of Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis v. local first-amendment activist and political strategist Ed Rapp. Lewis sued Rapp for libel and defamation over comments he made about Lewis during the 2010 Republican Primary. A judge sided with Rapp in July, saying Lewis had no basis for the lawsuit, but Lewis appealed the ruling.

  • Two multi-million dollar expansion projects under way at Cape Fear Regional Jetport

    OAK ISLAND—From 1,000 feet in the air, the runway at Cape Fear Regional Jetport almost seems small.

    From 1,000 feet, everything, including the entire town of Southport and all of Bald Head Island, also seems small.

    But at 5,505 feet, the runway at Cape Fear Regional Jetport is anything but small.

    The runway expansion has been completed, allowing the airport to cater to much larger aircraft.

    Now, there are two other construction projects in the works—a 12-acre ramp and a return taxi way.

  • Redistricting maps clear legal hurdle; N.C. primary to take place as scheduled in May

    RALEIGH—A three-judge Superior Court panel recently opted not to delay North Carolina’s primary elections until July.

    The primaries were challenged due to the state’s redistricting maps for state House, Senate and congressional districts passed by the GOP-led General Assembly.

    Several lawsuits challenging the legality of the maps have been filed since their approval. Judges decided not to delay the primary election to July 10 as requested, instead opting to leave the primary election on May 8.

  • State unemployment drops slightly in December

    Statewide unemployment dipped slightly in December, down one-tenth of a percent to 9.9 percent.

    But even with the modest decline, officials with the nonprofit N.C. Justice Center say unemployment was up in 2011.

    Despite the month-to-month decline, the number of unemployed people has actually grown by 9,154 since December 2010, N.C. Justice Center figures show.

    N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll said jobs continue to be N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue’s focus.

  • Business is booming at Cape Fear Regional Jetport

    OAK ISLAND—In addition to an airport with an expanded 5,505-foot runway, 13 businesses have set up shop at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport.

    Thirty people are employed at the airport’s various businesses.

    Businesses at the airport include two maintenance shops, an aircraft interior shop, an aircraft paint shop, rental car, flight schools, skydiving, a bait and tackle shop and a real estate company, Howie Franklin, airport director and former Air Force One chief steward, said.

  • ‘Missing’ person wanted in several counties

    Last week he was missing. This week he is wanted.

    Kenneth Hewett, 30, of Leland, has been missing since Friday, Jan. 13. Last week, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office released Hewett’s information, saying he had been reported missing.

    But it turns out Hewett is wanted for several charges in two counties.

    New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Jerry Brewer said Hewett is wanted in New Hanover County for felony larceny and obtaining property by false pretense.

  • DSS meeting rescheduled: Board member’s ‘suspension’ lifted

    BOLIVIA—The monthly DSS board meeting has been rescheduled to the day following chairman Charles Warren’s day in court.

    The January DSS meeting was originally rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24, but Warren recently sent out an announcement the meeting date has been changed to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, the day following a court hearing to determine if commissioners have the authority to remove Warren from the DSS board.

  • Caretakers scams on the rise

    Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories about the various financial scams that have been reported in Brunswick County. If you think you have been a victim of a scam, report it to your local police department, or to detective Ed Carter at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 253-2777.


    They live in your home. Take care of you. Watch over your finances. In some cases, even control your checkbook.

  • BBs found in soup at South Brunswick Middle School

    On Thursday afternoon, staff at South Brunswick Middle School discovered they were serving up a little something extra in the day's meal.

    According to information released by Brunswick County Schools, BBs were found in vegetable soup at the school. According to Jessica Swencki, spokesperson for Brunswick County Schools, a student during the 8th-grade lunch block allegedly dropped a handful of BBs into the soup. The student reached behind the serving line to place the BBs.

  • Brunswick County woman killed in wreck

    A Brunswick County woman was killed Wednesday afternoon after the car she was driving collided on U.S. 17 with a vehicle driven by another driver who ran a red light.

    Bolivia resident Barbara Brunson, 72, died after her car was hit by a pickup truck driven by Danny Chase, 51, of Shallotte around 3:50 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of N.C. 211.

    Brunson was heading west on N.C. 211 in a 1994 Mazda Miata when Chase's northbound 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac truck ran a red light and hit Brunson's driver's-side door, N.C. Trooper Mat Strangman said.