Today's News

  • Smoke from Pender County wildfires moves into northern Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said the county’s 911 center has received numerous calls Thursday morning about heavy smoke in Northern Brunswick County.

    There are no wildfires in Brunswick County, Marzano said.

    North Carolina Forestry Services officials have said the smoke is from a wind shift that occurred Thursday morning, causing smoke from the Pender County wildfires to move into Brunswick County.

  • Local teen fights for his life

    SHALLOTTE—A teenage boy in his last semester of his senior year of high school is supposed to be making plans for prom, graduation, vacation, college, the future—not undergoing radiation treatments at Duke.

    Eighteen-year-old Shallotte resident Tyler Scott began radiation treatments May 2 and completed them June 15. This is just the first phase of treatment for the young man. He will begin chemotherapy in the early winter.

    Earlier this year, Tyler began to have abnormal pains and was not feeling well.

  • Leland Post 68 sweeps West

     Leland Post 68 swept a doubleheader June 28 from West Brunswick, with a spot in the Junior American Legion Baseball playoffs at stake.

    Post 68 won the first game 11-10, which was a completion of a suspended game. Post 68 won the second game 2-1, scoring two runs in the top of the seventh inning.

    The first game resumed with West trailing 11-8 with two outs in the top of the sixth and the bases loaded. Khalil Gause doubled home two runs but David Zacek ended the inning with a strikeout. He retired the side in the seventh for the victory.

  • Bills signed into law by Gov. Bev Perdue

    North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has signed the following bills into law:

    HB 12: Stop Methamphetamine Labs—increases regulation of the sale of pseudoephedrine products to curtail the production of methamphetamines and establishes a study to find ways to mitigate the costs of cleaning up meth labs.

    SB 125: Regional Schools—allows school boards to establish regional schools with other school districts.

  • A look back at the legislative session


    The N.C. General Assembly has adjourned for the session—at least until legislators come back in mid-July to consider veto overrides and tackle redistricting House and Senate districts.

    The state Senate adjourned Friday, June 17, and the House adjourned the following day on June 18. Both chambers will reconvene July 13.

    House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said the Republican majority was pleased with what it was able to accomplish this session, including adopting and then overriding a two-year state budget.

  • Future of property insurance structure study unclear

    WILMINGTON—A bill designed to study the property insurance structure in North Carolina may have to wait a little longer.

    Senate Bill 716, A Statewide Property Insurance Study, was co-sponsored by state Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick.

    In April, the bill was moved to the committee on insurance, and after several revisions, hasn’t made it onto the floor of either chamber.

  • Convicted murderer sentenced to life in prison released on parole

    RALEIGH—Just shy of 26 years ago, James Roger Stamper was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

    On Thursday, June 9, Stamper, now 49, was released on parole, according to a state-mandated letter sent June 13 from the state’s Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission. He was released from the Catawba Correctional Center in Hickory.

    Previous correspondence from the parole commission said Stamper was eligible for parole through the state’s Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP).

  • Photographer to be featured at local gallery


    SHALLOTTE—A love for the water and the area’s many treasures has led one lifelong photographer to change her focus to art and share the beauty she sees behind her lens with others.

    Gray Laughridge Wells has worked in the photography field for more than 30 years. She spent 20 years working for the Star News before venturing on her own and embarking on a career in real-estate photography.

  • Stanley takes reins at county health department

    BOLIVIA—For David Stanley, who was recently named Brunswick County health director, June 27 was no different than any other Monday.

    Technically, it was different, as it was Stanley’s first day as director, but for him, it didn’t feel any different, he said.

    Outgoing director Don Yousey will remain at the health department until August, when he officially retires after 14 years as director.

    Stanley credits Yousey with the success of the health department, which he hopes to continue.

  • Christmas in July

    SHALLOTTE—School just got out, but one local organization has already started preparing for back to school in August.

    Brunswick Family Assistance, whose mission is to improve the lives of families and individuals in crisis in Brunswick County, holds an annual Christmas in July fundraiser.

    “Christmas in July is designed to help get the children ready for the first day of school in the fall,” said Carol Phelps, executive director.