Today's News

  • Bills signed into law by Gov. Bev Perdue

    North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has signed the following bills into law:

    HB 12: Stop Methamphetamine Labs—increases regulation of the sale of pseudoephedrine products to curtail the production of methamphetamines and establishes a study to find ways to mitigate the costs of cleaning up meth labs.

    SB 125: Regional Schools—allows school boards to establish regional schools with other school districts.

  • A look back at the legislative session


    The N.C. General Assembly has adjourned for the session—at least until legislators come back in mid-July to consider veto overrides and tackle redistricting House and Senate districts.

    The state Senate adjourned Friday, June 17, and the House adjourned the following day on June 18. Both chambers will reconvene July 13.

    House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said the Republican majority was pleased with what it was able to accomplish this session, including adopting and then overriding a two-year state budget.

  • Future of property insurance structure study unclear

    WILMINGTON—A bill designed to study the property insurance structure in North Carolina may have to wait a little longer.

    Senate Bill 716, A Statewide Property Insurance Study, was co-sponsored by state Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick.

    In April, the bill was moved to the committee on insurance, and after several revisions, hasn’t made it onto the floor of either chamber.

  • Convicted murderer sentenced to life in prison released on parole

    RALEIGH—Just shy of 26 years ago, James Roger Stamper was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

    On Thursday, June 9, Stamper, now 49, was released on parole, according to a state-mandated letter sent June 13 from the state’s Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission. He was released from the Catawba Correctional Center in Hickory.

    Previous correspondence from the parole commission said Stamper was eligible for parole through the state’s Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP).

  • Photographer to be featured at local gallery


    SHALLOTTE—A love for the water and the area’s many treasures has led one lifelong photographer to change her focus to art and share the beauty she sees behind her lens with others.

    Gray Laughridge Wells has worked in the photography field for more than 30 years. She spent 20 years working for the Star News before venturing on her own and embarking on a career in real-estate photography.

  • Stanley takes reins at county health department

    BOLIVIA—For David Stanley, who was recently named Brunswick County health director, June 27 was no different than any other Monday.

    Technically, it was different, as it was Stanley’s first day as director, but for him, it didn’t feel any different, he said.

    Outgoing director Don Yousey will remain at the health department until August, when he officially retires after 14 years as director.

    Stanley credits Yousey with the success of the health department, which he hopes to continue.

  • Christmas in July

    SHALLOTTE—School just got out, but one local organization has already started preparing for back to school in August.

    Brunswick Family Assistance, whose mission is to improve the lives of families and individuals in crisis in Brunswick County, holds an annual Christmas in July fundraiser.

    “Christmas in July is designed to help get the children ready for the first day of school in the fall,” said Carol Phelps, executive director.

  • Terminal groin bill becomes law

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—More than 30 years ago, one of the island’s first residents and now-mayor Debbie Smith bought a fourth-row beach house on the east end of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The house is long gone, as is the row of houses on which it sat. The house was moved; the street was swallowed into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Over the years, more rows of house went—some moved off the island, two of which also fell victim to the ocean.

    What was then fourth row is now oceanfront.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit assisted officers with the North Carolina Probation and Parole Department on a search warrant last week, which led to the arrest of two local suspects.

    On Thursday, June 23, drug agents assisted probation officers at a residence at 3627 Dogwood Drive, Lot 8, Leland.

    Rashawn Brooks and Kenya Waddell, both of whom lived at the Dogwood Drive home, were arrested for multiple drug charges.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Ocean Highway in Supply; suspect broke into several trucks and stole copper wire.

    •Larceny on Percy Place in Supply; suspect stole victim’s moped.

    •Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and larceny on Blue Bird Lane in Supply; suspect entered victim’s vehicle and stole money.