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Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    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 April 4-9, special operations set up checkpoints on N.C. 87, N.C. 133, N.C. 211 and Oxpen Road.

    Deputies issued 100 total charges and citations, including four driving while impaired (DWI) charges and 51 speed violations.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made the following arrests last week:

    •William Tyler Miller, 24, of 58 North Side Drive, Shallotte, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Miller was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $5,000 secured bond.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office crime report

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigated the following incidents from April 4-9, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident logs:

    •Littering on Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    •Larceny on Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect stole farm and garden vehicles from victim.

    •Vandalism on River Road in Leland; suspect damaged a Redbox.

    •Vandalism on Mount Misery Road in Leland.

  • It’s POTUS v. SCOTUS on Marbury v. Madison and judicial review

    Oh-Bama, what a thing to say!

    Turns out our president—you know the Harvard Law-educated, self-proclaimed constitutional scholar—has some, er, misgivings about the Supreme Court and its role in shaping law.

    I guess Barack Obama missed the day Harvard law professors went over Marbury v. Madison, which was mostly likely the first year, if not the first week of law school.

  • Beacon and ATMC-TV team up to produce candidates’ forum

    Want to know what local county commissioners’ candidates think about important community issues?

    The Brunswick Beacon and ATMC-TV have produced a candidates’ forum for contested county commissioner candidates where they share ideas about Brunswick County’s future.

    The forum will air from 9-10 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Election Day, Tuesday, May 8. Early voting for the May 8 primary begins Thursday, April 19.

    The forum will also be available for ATMC-TV subscribers anytime on ATMC-TV’s On Demand feature.

  • Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational begins

     West Brunswick’s varsity and junior varsity baseball and softball teams played first-round games Monday in the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational. Summaries are below. The tourney ends on April 11, with the softball title game at 7 p.m. and the baseball title game at 7 p.m.

     

    Softball

    Richmond 1

    West varsity 0

    Hunter Parks’ leadoff home run in the fifth inning was the only as Richmond beat West Brunswick 1-0 in a first-round game April 9.

  • McCumbee to qualify truck for Reutimann at Rockingham

     Coming off of a top-20 finish at Martinsville two weeks ago, the Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises No. 92 BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/fleetHQ.com/QMI team and driver David Reutimann are ready to tackle the high banks of the Rockingham Speedway for the inaugural Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 presented by Cheerwine at the venerable one-mile track.

  • Leland man arrested for raping woman at assisted living facility

    A 68-year-old Leland man has been arrested for raping a woman at an assisted living facility.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh said detectives arrested Merlin Alford, 68, of 1935 Lincoln Road, Leland, on Sunday, April 8.

    Alford has been charged with second-degree rape.

    He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $100,000 secured bond.

  • Leland man killed in motorcycle wreck

    SOUTHPORT—A Leland man was killed Easter Sunday when his motorcycle was struck by a van on N.C. 87.

    N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Troy Pope said 37-year-old James Osborne of Leland was killed around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8. James Osborne was traveling northbound on N.C. 87 about seven tenths of a mile north of Southport while Alice Fay Osborne, 62, was traveling southbound on N.C. 87 in a van.

    Alice Osborne, who is not related to James Osborne, crossed the center line, and when she did, her van struck James Osborne.

  • Unemployment in Brunswick County dips slightly in February

    RALEIGH—Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in February, but it remains in double digits.

    According to unemployment numbers released last week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in February, down .8 percent from 13 percent in January to 12.2 percent in February.

    Brunswick County’s 12.2-percent unemployment rate remains higher than both the state’s 9.9-percent unemployment rate and the nation’s 8.2 percent unemployment rate.