Today's News

  • Bryant, Scorpions rally but lose finale to East Duplin

    LELAND — East Duplin beat North Brunswick 28-15 Friday, Nov. 6, in the final game of the East Central Conference football season.

    East Duplin finishes 4-1 in the conference, 8-3 overall; North is 2-3, 5-5.

    Each team has qualified for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association class 2A football state playoffs, which begin Nov. 13.

    East Duplin controlled most of the game. Using its running attack behind a big offensive line, the Panthers built a 21-0 lead early in the third quarter. For the game they rushed 57 times and gained 324 yards.

  • Trojans lose to top-seeded team in soccer playoffs

    WILSON — James Baxter Hunt Jr. High School beat West Brunswick 4-2 in a first-round game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association class 3A soccer state playoffs Nov. 5.

    Hunt, the top seed in the East bracket, improved to 22-1-1. The Trojans, seeded last, finish the season 9-13.

    Hunt, which started six seniors, scored four goals in the first half.

  • Navigators available for health insurance marketplace, open enrollment help

    Certified navigators are available through the Brunswick County Department of Social Services and Legal Aid to help residents navigate open enrollment and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
    Consumers who need to obtain a tax credit or who need in-person assistance with health insurance can make an appointment with a specially trained navigator. Navigators will be available every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Social Services Annex Building. County offices are closed Thursday, Nov. 26, for Thanksgiving and Thursday, Dec. 24, for Christmas.

  • Federal judge sentences man to probation for shining laser at aircraft

    A Concord man who pleaded guilty to pointing a laser at a helicopter in flight over the Cape Fear Regional Jetport was sentenced to probation in federal court Wednesday, Nov. 4.

    Christopher Lee Funk, 35, pleaded guilty in May 2015 to knowingly aiming the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft in flight.

    Senior U.S. District Judge James C. Fox sentenced Funk to five years probation and 200 hours of community service during a hearing in Wilmington, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker. 

  • Scorpions win opener in soccer playoffs

    TOWN CREEK — North Brunswick beat Greene Central (Snow Hill) 4-0 in a first-round game Nov. 4 of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association class 2A soccer state playoffs.

    “Not 100 percent sure, but this might have been the first playoff victory in school history for soccer,” North Brunswick athletics director Randy Fennell said.

  • Leland man arrested on felony charges

    A Leland man accused of stealing golf cart batteries and selling them under false pretense to a recycling company has been arrested.

    Thirty-two-year-old John Joseph Sawchuck Jr., of Lee Drive, was arrested Thursday, Nov. 5, and charged with six counts of obtaining property under false pretense and two counts of felony larceny, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Thursday, Nov. 5.

  • Sunset Beach councilman resigns on Election Day

    In a surprise departure, Sunset Beach Town Councilman Terry Johnson announced on Election Day he is resigning effective Wednesday, Nov. 4.

    Posting on his Facebook page, Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts wrote Tuesday night the town had just received word Johnson had resigned “as he moves out of Sunset Beach to be closer to the church he serves as pastor.”

  • Challengers win many seats

    Preliminary election results show Leland’s mayor kept her seat while Carolina Shores’ mayor lost his, only one incumbent returned to the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners and two challengers defeated two incumbent Sunset Beach town councilmen in the Tuesday, Nov. 3, general election.
    In addition, the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO sanitary district effort to build a reverse osmosis water treatment plant will face more obstacles as two candidates who campaigned in opposition of the plant were voted to the district’s board of commissioners.

  • Board of education seeks $175M bond on 2016 ballot

     BOLIVIA — For the last several months, Brunswick County Board of Education members have discussed the possibility of requesting a bond referendum be added to the Nov. 8, 2016, general election ballot.

    They voted 3-2 to approve the $175 million bond referendum request Tuesday, Nov. 3, during operations and finance committee meetings in the district’s administrative offices in Bolivia.

    Board vice chairwoman Shirley Babson, John Thompson and Bud Thorsen approved the request while chairwoman Catherine Cooke and Charlie Miller cast dissenting votes.

  • Water closure cancels Varnamtown oyster roast

    For the first time in 62 years, Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown has had to cancel its annual oyster roast .

    The 62nd event scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7, was canceled Tuesday because of closure of local waters attributed to rainfall and runoff.

    At 8:30 a.m. Nov. 3, Louis B. Daniel, director of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, issued a proclamation stating all waters between Southport and the South Carolina state line have been temporarily closed because of the polluted shellfish area.