Today's News

  • K-9 officer thwarts breaking and entering, suspects linked to other area thefts

    Two suspects were arrested after a K-9 enforcement team officer spotted a suspicious vehicle backed up to the gate of a business on N.C. 211 near Southport.

    K-9 Enforcement Team Sgt. Tommy Tolley stopped the two men early last Thursday morning. They were charged with having burglary tools and possession of marijuana and were later linked to other areas thefts.


    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

    •Thomas Anthony Lamontanaro, 63, of 9786 Wayne St., Leland; charged with simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.


    A Shallotte man was charged with filing a false police report Friday after telling Sunset Beach police his car had been stolen.

    Stephen Phelps, 36, of Bricklanding Road, told police on Aug. 29 his 2000 Volkswagen Jetta had been stolen from the parking lot at Hardee’s on N.C. 904.

  • M.E.: Woman likely still alive when vehicle set on fire

    Valerie Burns, the woman whose body was found in a burning car in Leland on July 30, may have been alive when the car was set on fire, according to the medical examiner’s findings.

    No arrests have been made, but Capt. Gene Caison with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, said detectives are following “strong leads.”

    “We have some strong leads that we are pursuing that we feel confident about,” Caison said. “We feel good about the case that we’ll be able to bring a resolution to it.”

  • 'Are you smarter than a Village schooler?'

    Students in Jane Skubic’s fifth and sixth grade class at The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School are preparing for “Are You Smarter Than a Village Schooler?”

    The event will pair students with community figures as they answer questions taken from elementary school grade textbooks. Based on the popular television show, the students will assist the community members in answering questions.

  • BCC awarded two biotechnology grants

    Brunswick Community College has been awarded two grants totaling $222,502 from the North Carolina Community College System BioNetwork.

    The money will help the college continue the Aqua-Biotech Initiative, which will provide Brunswick County with a skilled workforce and new business opportunities in the fields of pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, biofuels and 21st century aquaculture.

  • Brunswick County high schools show growth in SAT scores

    Brunswick County Schools recently received SAT scores for students testing in the 2007-2008 school year.

    The SAT assesses critical thinking, mathematical reasoning and writing abilities. The national assessment has been administered for almost 80 years to primarily college-bound seniors. Colleges and universities have used SAT scores in addition to high school transcripts and other student information to serve as a uniform and objective measure for making decisions about students’ abilities and achievements.

  • Commissioner will see if he's 'Smarter Than a Village Schooler'

    “I don’t think I’m smarter than a fifth grader, but I’ll do my best,” Marty Cooke, county commissioner, said.

    Cooke is one of the 12 community members who will participate in “Are You Smarter Than a Village Schooler?” Based on the popular television show, community leaders will test their smarts while answering elementary school level questions in a fundraiser event for The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School.

  • Pink Party to benefit team walking to find cancer's cure

    Breast cancer runs in Kimmie Durham’s family. Her mother was diagnosed at 52 and her grandmother at 67.

    Durham, of Ocean Isle Beach, found a lump in her breast during a self-examination, and after her surgery she was officially diagnosed with breast cancer. Benign cells were surrounding the cancerous tumor the doctors didn’t originally find.

    “The only way you’re going to save your own life is to advocate,” Durham said. “And we’re all living much longer because of early detection.”

  • Aldermen debate firefighter grant, want to know more

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen are questioning a federal grant that would provide the fire department with four new full-time firefighters because of its matching fund requirements and how that might affect the town budget.

    But Tuesday night, they agreed to allow fire chief Paul Dunwell to begin the hiring process for two new firefighters and to find out if hiring only two would be acceptable to the agency providing funds.