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Today's News

  • Public hearing for OIB 2018-19 budget set for June 26

    Ocean Isle Beach officials set a public hearing date on the 2018-19 town budget for June 26 at town hall.

    Commissioners heard the budget presentation from Town Administrator Daisy Ivey at the June 13 meeting, then continued the meeting until 10 a.m. June 26 to finalize the budget.

    Ivey said Ocean Isle Beach’s total budget for the coming year will be $21,256,707, which is a decrease from $21.882,350 in 2017-18. She said the town will not need a fund balance appropriation to balance the budget.

  • BCC announces accreditation of machining program

    LELAND— Brunswick Community College is one of the only 300 organizations from a pool of about 2,000 nationwide to receive National Institute for Metalworking Skills accreditation for its Computer-Integrated Machining Program.

    BCC employees, former students and those working in Brunswick County’s metalworking industry gathered June 14 at BCC’s Leland Center to announce and celebrate the honor.

  • County fire administrator Smith receives EFO Program Certificate

    Brunswick County Fire Administrator Malcolm Smith has completed the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program, a four-year program from the National Fire Academy for fire officers that focuses on how to exercise leadership when addressing difficult or unique problems within communities.

    The selective program consists of four courses, each the equivalent of an upper division baccalaureate or graduate level course, completed over a four-year period as well as an Applied Research Project. Smith is one of only a few to complete the program and obtain the credential.

  • Wilmington man sought on assault, theft charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Wilmington man wanted on assault inflicting serious injury, financial card theft and larceny of a motor vehicle charges.

    Michael Tyrone Loyde, 50, of North Ninth Street faces the charges in a June 12 incident at home on Highwood Court in Leland.

    Tyrone is described as a 5-foot-9 black man and may be driving a gray 2008 Nissan Altima.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Ryan Newman 880-4866.

  • Calabash adopts $1.2M budget for fiscal 2018-19

    CALABASH — Town commissioners last week approved a balanced $1,217,924 budget calling for a sustained ad valorem tax rate of .0875 cents per $100 of valuation.

    Town Administrator Chuck Nance outlined details at the monthly board meeting June 12.

  • Deputies seek teen on rape, other charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a teen facing rape and other charges.

    Hunter Joseph Lent, 18, is wanted on a charge of second-degree forcible rape, two counts of second-degree forcible sex offense and three counts of indecent liberties. 

    Lent is described as white, 5-foot 7 and weighing 170 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Shannon Mylod at 508-7626 or 911.

  • Belville Elementary gains five modular classrooms

    BOLIVIA — Five unused modular classrooms from two schools will move to Belville Elementary School.

    Sue Rutledge, chief operations officer for Brunswick County Schools, said Belville Elementary needs them to address student population growth because House Bill 13 requires class sizes of no more than 20 students for kindergarten through third grade by the 2018-19 school year.

    Three classrooms will come from South Brunswick Middle School and the remainder will come from North Brunswick High School.

  • Delco teen cleared of charges in attempted murder case

    A teen accused of trying to kill two people and damaging a third person’s car has been cleared of the charges against him.

    Judge Scott L. Ussery voluntarily dismissed two counts of attempted murder and count of injury to personal property against Jadakiss Jeheim Watkins, 16, on June 4.

    Court records show the charges were dismissed because the case was not prepared for probable cause and Ussery denied the state’s motion to continue. Troy M. Cronk was the prosecutor.

  • Two men face felony charges in separate financial crime cases

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men June 12 on felony charges in separate financial crime cases.

    Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Unit, Financial Crimes Division, arrested 65-year-old Bruce Alan Rains of Garnercrest Road in Wilmington on seven counts each of obtaining property under false pretense and forgery of an instrument.

  • Sunset Beach approves asking Iler for beach fund option for stormwater

    SUNSET BEACH — Following debate, Sunset Beach Town Council approved 3-2 last week a resolution asking state Rep. Frank Iler to pursue a legislative change that will enable the town to use a portion of beach nourishment funds for stormwater expenses.

    The measure was approved at the special called 30-minute meeting June 12 by Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton and council members Jan Harris and Richard Cerrato.