Today's News

  • Local veterans, elected officials gather to celebrate ribbon cutting of VA clinic

    SUPPLY—Local veterans, elected officials and community members gathered Monday to celebrate a milestone for the estimated 15,000-16,000 veterans living in Brunswick County—the opening of the Veterans Affairs (VA) outreach clinic.

    Though the clinic opens to patients this Monday, Aug. 15, VA officials hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Monday afternoon attended by many local veterans.

  • Judge files notice of appeal in libel suit loss

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis is appealing last month’s loss in her libel lawsuit against local political activist Ed Rapp.

    On Friday, July 15, Wake County Superior Court Judge William Pittman ruled against Lewis, issuing an order for summary judgment in which he found in favor of Rapp in the libel and defamation suit Lewis filed last year.

    On Monday, Aug. 8, Lewis filed a notice of appeal that she planned to appeal the matter to the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

  • Brunswick County VA outreach clinic

    The Veterans Affairs (VA) Brunswick County Outreach Clinic will open to patients Monday, Aug. 15.

    The clinic, at 20 Medical Center Campus Drive, Supply, is just off U.S. 17, south of the U.S. 17/N.C. 211 intersection.

    Hours of operation will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, with a rotating schedule of specialty care and health education classes on Fridays.

    Veterans currently enrolled in the VA health system and assigned to other clinics will be given the opportunity to transfer their care to the Brunswick County Outreach Clinic.

  • Board of education meetings to be aired online

    BOLIVIA—By next month, parents, students and members of the public will be able to watch board of education meetings online.

    With attendance at the monthly meetings historically low, board members decided airing meetings online would allow more people to watch meetings, school system spokesperson Jessica Swencki said.

    Cameras were rolling at the board’s regular August meeting last week, but Swencki said that was a trial run.

  • Brunswick County Vice-Narcotics Unit makes several arrests

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested a California man after searching an Oak Island home.

    The vice narcotics unit is made up of drug and vice agents from the sheriff’s office and Shallotte and Oak Island police departments.

    Sheriff’s office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said on July 26, agents searched a residence at 6725 West Beach Drive in Oak Island. During the search they seized 83 grams of marijuana, 1 gram of hashish, smoking devices and plastic bags.

  • County, state burn bans lifted

    The county and state burn bans that have been in effect since June 22 have been lifted.

    Officials with the N.C. Forest Service and Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner announced the burn bans were lifted at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8.

    “While recent rainfall has reduced fire danger, the state is still facing drought conditions,” N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said.

    “If the drought continues and there is an increase in the number of wildfires, the ban on open burning could be reinstated.”

  • Supply man arrested for Holden Beach break-ins

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a Supply man for multiple break-ins in the Holden Beach area last month.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said detectives took out arrest warrants for Brandon Evans for multiple motor vehicle break-ins as well as attempted residential break-ins during July.

    On Aug. 5, detectives arrested Evans at the Food Lion on Sabbath Home Road near Holden Beach.

  • South Carolina man arrested for Supply armed robbery

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a South Carolina man for an armed robbery that took place in Supply last week.

    On Thursday, Aug. 4, a suspect entered an occupied residence on Junction Way in Supply, sheriff’s office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said.

    The suspect, who was carrying a handgun, then led the resident into the master bedroom and demanded money from her purse, Stanley said.

    The suspect fled from the home in a white BMW before law enforcement arrived on the scene.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

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

    •Assault and robbery on Riverside Drive in Supply; suspect hit victim with a bottle, then took his handgun.

    •Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on Hood Creek Trail in Leland; suspect took victim’s vehicle from residence without permission.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Stone Chimney Road in Supply; suspect broke victim’s window and entered building.

  • Leland woman arrested for insurance fraud

    RALEIGH—A Leland woman has been charged with insurance fraud.

    N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced the arrest of Lakeia C. Freeman, 28, of 136 Parsley St., Leland, last week.

    Freeman was charged with one count of insurance fraud and one count of obtaining property by false pretences.

    According to a Department of Insurance press release, in March 2011, Freeman reported to Allstate Insurance Co. she unintentionally backed her boyfriend’s 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe into her 2002 Acura, causing more than $5,000 in damage.