Today's News

  • Brunswick County Democratic Party to have precinct organizational meeting

    The Brunswick County Democratic Party will have its annual precinct organizational meetings during the weeks of March 10 and March 17.

    All meetings are free and open to any registered Democrat residing in the precinct.

    The meetings are scheduled at the following times and locations:

    7 p.m. on March 10: The Town Creek precinct will meet at the Town Creek Community Building. The Boiling Springs Lakes precinct will meet at the BSL Community Center.

  • Artwork, supplies stolen from second art gallery

    SHALLOTTE—A Main Street art store has been robbed, marking the second time artwork has been stolen from a Brunswick County gallery in as many weeks.

    The owner of Calabash Art Gallery, formerly River Bend, at 4806 Main St., reported to Shallotte Police on Feb. 29 that suspects removed a $300 original watercolor, two original art pieces by the same artist worth a total of $200, $150 worth of foam core, three tubes of spacers worth $150 and a $25 box of framing supplies.

  • Leland crime report

    Leland police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Larceny of motor fuel at Murphy USA; suspect pumped $43.44 worth of gas and did not pay for it.

    •Pursuant to a traffic stop on U.S. 74-76, Krystal De Leon, 21, of 7014 Bronwyn St., Fayetteville, was cited and released for speeding, careless and reckless driving, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


    Ocean Isle Beach Police made the following arrest last week. All information is taken directly from OIB incident/investigation reports.

    •Sam Harrison Gaddy, 20, of Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia including a multicolor pipe with marijuana residue and an electronic scale, and failure to wear a seat belt.

  • Drug report

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

    •Gary Andre Wilson, 22, of 788 Fremont Road, Longs, S.C.; charged with felony possession of cocaine.

    •Frances Diane Vazant, 56, of 435 Orchard Lane, Bolivia; charged with felony possession of cocaine.

  • Crime report

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

    •Larceny and trespassing on Funston Road; suspect took tractor and several items from victim’s property.

    •Larceny on Whiteville Road in Ash; suspect stole items from victim’s yard.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Bird Drive in Shallotte; suspect broke victim’s bedroom window and entered residence, damaging several pieces of furniture.

  • Rose Hill man sentenced to life for murdering wife

    A Rose Hill man convicted of murder has been sentenced to life in prison.

    A Brunswick County jury found Gregory Scott Grosholz, 61, guilty of murdering his wife in December 2005.

    Sampson County Resident Superior Court Judge Thomas Lock sentenced Grosholz to life in prison for the murder his estranged wife Lenka Vaculikova Grosholz on Dec. 29, 2005.

  • Parents upset with student treatment

    Parents of two former Brunswick County Schools students have filed an incident report with the sheriff’s office, claiming a teacher grabbed, shook and yelled at their 7-year-old son.

    Edward and Tracey Danka said on Feb. 5, their first-grade son, Jarrod, begged them to not to send him back to school at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary. He said he was afraid of pre-kindergarten teacher Kendralynne Gore and having to be in her classroom.

  • Evelyn Wray Smith School wants to earn accreditation

    The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School is on its way to earning its accreditation.

    Dayna Ramsey-Sanders, the school’s director, said although the process could take two years to complete, she hopes to finish it within one year.

    The accreditation process requires teachers to participate in different trainings, meetings with parents, students, and the board of directors, and overlooks standard reports. The school will also spend several days being observed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.

  • School board votes to award construction bid

    The Brunswick County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to award the construction bid for Holden Beach Middle School to R.L. Casey Inc.

    Steve Miley, executive director of operations, said the bid came in at $14,593,025, which was more than a million dollars less than the highest bid.

    “We do feel the pricing is accurate,” Miley said.

    Board member Ray Gilbert said he thought the bids needed to be sent to the operations committee for further review. He wanted the committee to review the bid and consider future change orders.