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Brunswick County News

Payne to defend suspect in federal gang-related kidnapping of NC prosecutor's father

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Shallotte attorney James Payne has been appointed to represent one of the suspects in a high-profile federal case. Jakym Camel Tibbs is charged in connection with the kidnapping of Frank Janssen, 63, who was taken from his Wake Forest home April 5. Full story...
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Coast Guard completes 13-hour tow of disabled boat off Bald Head Island

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Henry Fischer, aboard the 33-foot sport fishing boat Atlanta, contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders at approximately 5:15 p.m. Wednesday requesting assistance after his boat lost steering. Full story...
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Teacher pay plan raises questions

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videoThe governor announced his plan for teacher pay raises at North Carolina A&T university this morning. Teachers we talked to say they're happy with any raise, of course, but the concern is about their long term plans. Full story...
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DA keeps seat in Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties

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Jon David will keep his seat as District Attorney in Brunswick, Bladen, and Columbus counties. David won the Republican primary with 59% of the vote over Attorney Ryan Smithwick. Full story...
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Quarter-cent sales tax increase fails in Brunswick County, BHI approves beach bond

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There will be no quarter-cent sales tax increase in Brunswick County, but voters in Bald Head Island did approve bonds to protect the island's beaches. Full story...
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Victim identified in fatal crash on NC 133

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New details on a fatal crash involving four cars on NC 133 near Orton Road Monday afternoon. We now know the victim's name. Full story...
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Teacher of the Week: Ron Watson

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videoRon Watson was looking for a way to make a difference in the world after leaving his career in the United States Air Force and he found it as teacher. The fifth grade Social Studies teacher at Lincoln Elemenatary School in Leland is our Teacher of the Week Full story...
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STARNEWS Reports: Crash kills 1, hurts 2; N.C. 133 reopened in Brunswick County

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videoOne person was killed in a crash Monday afternoon on River Road between the Olde Brunswick General Store and Orton Road. In addition to the fatality, two other people were injured, Garner said. One was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington and another was taken by ambulance. Full story...
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Part of Wilmington Bypass set to open in a few months

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videoGood news for those who live in Brunswick County, a portion of the bypass that connects US 74-76 to US-17 will be done in just a few months. Full story...
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Man charged for breaking into Leland store, stealing lottery tickets

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videoA Leland man is charged with breaking into the front door of a convenient store and stealing thousands in lottery tickets from inside. Full story...
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Several drug-related arrests in Brunswick County

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Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit was busy over the past week making several drug-related arrests. Several people face several charges to do with heroin, marijuana and meth. Full story...
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Customers angry after ATMC e-mail server crashes

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videoSwitching to a new e-mail interface crashed internet service provider ATMC's servers this week. Nearly 3,000 people were without email. ATMC says they've fixed it, but now they're picking up the pieces. Full story...
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NRC, Duke Energy to discuss Brunswick Nuclear Plant flooding issues

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videoThe Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a meeting with Duke Energy later this month about more issues at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport. Full story...
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Senior-oriented community planned for Brunswick County

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videoBrunswick County is about to get another, large-scale community. Developers promise they have the right ingredients for success in a region where the recession left many planned communities looking like ghost towns. Full story...
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Community group to mark 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

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videoThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed it into law July 2, 1964. In honor of the landmark event, Countywide Community Development Corporation is hosting "Celebrate the Dream." Full story...
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