Today's News

  • School lunches to increase 10 cents next school year

    BOLIVIA—School lunch prices are set to increase by 10 cents a plate next school year.

    At their meeting Tuesday night, members of the Brunswick County Board of Education unanimously approved an increase to school lunch prices by 10 cents per plate.

    Breakfast prices will increase by 5 cents per plate. 

  • Local candidates report campaign donations

    Clarification: District 3 county commission candidate Jwantana Frink said while her reports were not at the board of elections office when a reporter audited campaign finance reports, they had been postmarked by the April 30 deadline date. An elections official confirmed she had received Frink’s campaign finance reports.

    BOLIVIA—The price of politics is up. Way up.

  • Court of appeals split in libel case involving Brunswick judge

    RALEIGH—The North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled in favor, in part, with Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis in her libel lawsuit against local political activist Ed Rapp.

    However, the court also ruled in favor, in part, with Rapp.

    Hugh Stevens, a Raleigh-based media law attorney who represents Rapp in the case, which goes back to Rapp’s April 2010 blog postings, said the case involves complex issues of defamation law.

  • Suspect free: still no charges in death of 3-year-old

    It has been two months since 3-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister was pronounced dead after being dropped off at Brunswick Novant Medical Center.

    One suspect remains in the Brunswick County Detention Center, but a second suspect was released on Tuesday for time served.

    Neither have been charged with Jaronn’s death.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    The Shallotte Police Department office is closed to the public while the building undergoes renovations. Anyone wishing to speak to an officer or obtain a copy of a police report must go to the Southend Task Force building at 130 Cheers St. The number to reach the police department is 754-6008.

  • West Brunswick beats South Columbus 3-0 in softball

     The West Brunswick High School softball team beat South Columbus 3-0 in 10 innings May 1 in Tabor City in a resumption of a game called 0-0 in the seventh inning on April 27 because of rain.

    In the 10th, Abbey Dyson led off with a single. With one out, Ariana Thomas singled. Power hitter Dez Avallone bunted and was safe, loading the bases.

    Cleanup hitter Alyssa Chappell walked on four pitches, forcing in a run.

    Hannah Stocks followed with a double, scoring two runs for the 3-0 lead.

  • West Brunswick beats South Brunswick 16-1 in baseball

     West Brunswick scored seven runs on seven hits in the second inning and went on to beat South Brunswick 16-1 in five innings in a conference baseball game May 1.

    West scored nine runs on seven hits in the third inning in the victory, which gave West an 8-3 record in the conference and was coach Mike Alderson’s 323rd victory at West.

  • Changes afoot for Sunset Beach seasonal patrol

    SUNSET BEACH—The town is changing its beach patrol for the upcoming season.

    Bob Tone, longtime code enforcement supervisor for the town’s seasonal code enforcement “beach patrol,” was recently notified by the town he was not selected for consideration for this year’s patrol.

    The town has hired retired New York police detective Tom Bertolino to serve as supervisor of the beach code-enforcement team this season, which launches May 21 and continues through Sept. 14.

  • Arrests made during routine Sunset Beach stops

    SUNSET BEACH—Town police have arrested two men during routine traffic patrol.

    David Michael Sabatell, 22, of 1031 Fayetteville Ave., Calabash, was arrested April 29 by Sunset Beach police on outstanding warrants for trespassing.

    Mark Robert Huelle, 42, of 211 Clubhouse Road, Sunset Beach, was arrested April 23 on outstanding warrants for felony habitual impaired driving.

    Police also investigated the following reported incidents involving larceny.

  • Five ways (and places) to celebrate Cinco de Mayo—ole!

    Raise your margaritas—this Saturday, May 5, marks the 150th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo.

    Contrary to confusion, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, which isn’t until Sept. 16.

    Cinco de Mayo commemorates the outnumbered Mexican army’s surprise victory in 1862 over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-American War. In Mexico, the holiday is known as El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla(English translation: “The Day of the Battle of Puebla”).