Local News

  • Hurricane Katia to remain offshore

    Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center say Hurricane Katia will stay far offshore North Carolina’s coast.

    Early models showed a more westward direction for the Category 3 hurricane, but Tuesday’s National Hurricane Center update had Katia weakening in strength. The storm was expected to continue weakening Wednesday and Thursday.

    Even though she will remain offshore, Hurricane Katia will cause strong swells and rip currents along the East Coast.

  • NAACP plans Sept. 11 memorial event

    The Brunswick County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host a memorial service in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

    The memorial service will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, near the P.O.W. Memorial at 30 Government Center Drive in the county complex in Bolivia.

    Former Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson will be the keynote speaker. State Sen. Bill Rabon will also be part of the program.

  • Brunswick County residents eligible for disaster unemployment assistance

    RALEIGH—N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue on Tuesday announced Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available through the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina for 33 counties.

    On Tuesday, Perdue added additional eligible counties, including Brunswick County to those eligible for assistance after Hurricane Irene.

    “We continue to aggressively press for assistance for those affected by the storm. By adding more counties, individuals and business owners in those areas can begin to receive aid to help get them back on their feet,” Perdue said.

  • County responds to discrimination suit; seeks dismissal

    BOLIVIA—Attorneys for Brunswick County have responded to a discrimination suit filed against the county.

    Represented by the Raleigh-based Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice, the county’s attorneys deny any discrimination by county officials or county commissioners.

    In their answer, filed in Brunswick County Superior Court on Aug. 24, attorneys for Brunswick County seek dismissal of the discrimination lawsuit filed in June by a concerned citizens organization.

  • Board of education attorney search on hold

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education met to interview candidates for board attorney last week, but they have yet to make a decision on who their next attorney will be. 

    Brunswick County Schools spokesperson Jessica Swencki said no decision was made after board members interviewed only one of two finalists for board attorney Tuesday afternoon after a daylong docket of committee meetings.

  • Sheriff’s office air unit locates body of missing diver in Southport

    SOUTHPORT—The body of a missing diver was found Monday by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, Air One.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said Danny Ben Stump, 59, of Wilmington, was reported missing Saturday, Sept. 3. He was last seen in the Intracoastal Waterway near Southport, where he had been SCUBA diving.

    Stanley said the sheriff’s office air unit located Stump’s body around 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5, nearly half a mile from the location where he was last seen.

  • Brunswick County officials lift water conservation alert

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County officials have lifted the water conservation alert issued earlier this summer.

    Due to recent rainfall as well as decreased demand for potable water, Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce has lifted the stage 1 water conservation alert for all Brunswick County customers.

  • Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrests

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made the following arrests last week. The Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit is made up of drug agents and officers from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Shallotte and Oak Island police departments.

    On Sept. 1, agents served a search warrant at 1730 West Hill Drive SW in the Cedar Grove community of Supply. During the search, agents seized a small amount of marijuana, money, gang-related paraphernalia and three firearms.

  • Commissioners waive tip fees for storm-related vegetative debris at county landfill

    BOLIVIA—At their Aug. 31 pre-agenda meeting, county commissioners approved waiving tip fees for vegetative waste and debris at the county landfill from Sept. 2-17.

    All county and municipal residents can receive the waiver.

    Initially county administration officials opted not to provide curbside debris collection after assessing damage and debris from Hurricane Irene on Monday, Aug. 29, operations services director Stephanie Lewis said.

  • Four jury trials, one suspect pleads guilty in superior court cases

    BOLIVIA—Four jury trials were conducted in Brunswick County Superior Court last week, and one suspect pleaded guilty to homicide.

    District Attorney Jon David said last week was a busy week for his prosecutors and investigators, which also included the death investigation of a 9-day-old baby killed by dogs in Bladen County.