Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    A Cary man was arrested for several drug charges after being stopped at a driver’s license checkpoint last week.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said sheriff’s deputies conducted a driver’s license checkpoint on U.S. 17 at the state line Sunday, May 29.

    Deputies seized 29 grams of cocaine, 22 grams of marijuana, $808 in cash, a BMW and various drug paraphernalia, including plastic bags, scales and rolling papers.

  • 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 Maplewood Drive in Calabash; suspect entered victim’s residence and stole a laptop.

    •Breaking and entering to an auto, larceny and property damage on Ocean Highway West in Supply; suspect entered victim’s vehicle and stole medication and money. The suspect also damaged the vehicle’s door handle.

  • ACE roundup: Ten arrested for impaired driving charges

    Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team arrested 10 people for impaired driving last week, which included the Memorial Day holiday.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From Sunday, May 30, through Sunday, June 5, ACE deputies issued 74 total arrests and citations, including 10 driving while impaired charges and 14 speed violations.

  • Holden Beach police report

    Officers with the Holden Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week.

    •Two victims reported larceny of money on Cole Street on May 26.

    •Larceny of a surfboard was reported on Ocean Boulevard West on May 30.

    •Shane Michael Britt, 18, of 701 Hazel Road, Charleston, W.Va., was arrested and charged with assault with injury to real property, consuming alcohol under the age of 21 and drunk and disruptive.

  • Few speak out about proposed $190 million budget

    BOLIVIA—With 190 million reasons to speak up during Monday’s public hearing on the county’s upcoming fiscal year’s budget, only one person spoke during the public hearing.

    Bill Bittenbender, president of the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners’ Association (ABCPOA), said the alliance had two areas of concern with the proposed $190 million operating budget.

  • Deputy tax collector position won’t be funded in 2011 budget

    BOLIVIA—While there are no across-the-board cuts or proposed furlough days in the proposed 2011 county budget, one commissioner- appointed position won’t be included in the budget.

    In addition to cutting 16 vacant positions, commissioners won’t fund the position of deputy tax collector in the upcoming fiscal year’s $190 million operating budget.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said the position, currently held by Heather Hardee-Bath, was the only commissioner-appointed position that won’t be funded next year.

  • Dog food donations pouring in at Paw's Place

    A pet-food snafu has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Paw’s Place, a local no-kill animal rescue facility in Boiling Spring Lakes.

    “It was a mix-up,” Paw’s Place founder and manager Nancy Janovetz said of the dog-food dilemma that developed last Friday.

    A Paw’s Place volunteer had gone to retrieve the 12-year-old facility’s weekly supply of dry and canned pet food donated by Walmart, only to learn the food had already been taken by mistake for another rescue facility.

  • MOTSU to conduct training exercises June 13-17

    Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point (MOTSU) will be conducting training exercises during the week of June 13-17. These exercises will take place in the Southport and Leland area as well as around the Sunny Point facility.

    Loud noises and explosions are possible during this week due to the training exercises being conducted.


  • Restaurants, banks to be considered as allowable uses in Sunset Beach district

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has approved having a public hearing for proposed zoning text changes to allow restaurants, banks and other professional services along the town’s “main drag” in the mainland business district.

    The text-amendment request was made by Carolina Dreams Golf LLC, as discussed at the June 2 planning board meeting.

    The public hearing is scheduled for the board’s next meeting June 16.

  • DSS board members blast commissioners’ settlement with former director

    BOLIVIA—Though he was fired for workplace sexual harassment last year, a settlement with county commissioners in April allowed former DSS director Jamie Orrock to resign or retire rather than be fired.

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services recently adopted a resolution opposing the settlement with Orrock, claiming it “embarrassed” the board and the DSS department.

    In October 2010, Orrock, who helmed the county’s DSS department for nearly 30 years, was terminated for workplace sexual harassment.