Today's News

  • New county detention center completed, slated to open soon

    BOLIVIA—The newest extended stay facility in Brunswick County is ready to open.

    But it’s no hotel.

    The second phase of the Brunswick County Detention Center has been completed and is ready to house inmates.

    Capt. Kevin Holden, Brunswick County Detention Center chief jailer, said the 244-bed expansion project came in ahead of schedule and under budget.

    With additional beds, the two phases of the detention center can house 440 inmates, he said.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from sheriff’s office incident and arrest reports.

    •Geary Lynn Hill, 27, of 7400 Ocean Highway, Sunset Beach; charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, driving while impaired, exceeding posted speed, driving while license revoked and driving left of center.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week.


    Holden Beach police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    •Christopher Michael Long, 33, of 1051 Stone Chimney Road, Supply; charged with driving while impaired, no insurance and reckless driving.

    •Larceny on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect stole victim’s bike.

    •Larceny on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect stole three skimboards.

    •Burglary on Brunswick Avenue West; suspect damaged victim’s door casing.

  • Drug agents seize cocaine, money in search warrant

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested four suspects after executing a search warrant last Thursday.

    Agents seized 14 grams of cocaine and $1,904 from a home on Sunnybrook Way in Leland after a month-long investigation.

    The following individuals were charged:

  • Larcenies, credit card fraud in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a jewelry theft reported May 23.

    A diamond ring with five birthstones and a blue topaz ring were reported stolen from a home on Egret Drive.

    Credit card fraud was reported May 27. The victim said someone used his credit card without permission in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Other reported incidents included:

    •A license plate was reported stolen May 27 from a vehicle in a parking lot at 1601 Seaside Road.

    •10-mg hydrocodone tablets were reported stolen May 21 from Walgreens.

  • BCC nursing class scores lowest in state; program changes made for next class

    SUPPLY—The registered nursing program implemented in 2005 at Brunswick Community College may have graduated 40 students in its first class, but only 23—58 percent— passed the NCLEX, the licensing test required for registered nurses.

  • Meal prices will increase for Brunswick County students next year

    Students attending Brunswick County Schools will have to dig out a few more coins for breakfast and lunch next year as meal prices are set to increase.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to increase meal prices for the 2008-2009 school year.

    Breakfast in all schools will cost $1.10, an increase of 10 cents. Lunch in the elementary schools will cost $1.70, a 10-cent increase; middle school lunch will cost $1.85, a 15-cent increase; and lunch in the high schools will cost $2, a 20-cent increase.

  • Union Elementary teacher dyes hair pink after students pass math EOGs

    SHALLOTTE—When fifth grade Union Elementary School teacher Ginny Pridgen agreed to dye her hair pink if all of her 50 students passed the math portion of the End of Grade tests, she never thought she’d have to make due on her end of the bargain.

    Pridgen began preparing about 50 students for the math EOGs in March several months after the fifth-grade math teacher went on maternity leave.

  • Bait boards recommended for Holden Beach fishing area

    HOLDEN BEACH—The Holden Beach Public Area Improvement Committee recommended the town install two bait boards on the pier in the public fishing area of Jordan Boulevard during its meeting Tuesday afternoon.

    The cutting boards will each have a hole in the center.

    “My husband is a fisherman, and he said, ‘Design two cutting boards with a hole in it so they can scrape bait scraps into the water,’“ said Carol Moneypenny, who co-chairs the committee.