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Today's News

  • Wilmington man to serve more than eight years for selling heroin

    A Wilmington man will serve more than eight years in prison for selling heroin to an undercover agent last year.

    Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis convicted 27-year-old Milton Calonie Morris of selling and deliver heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin Wednesday, Aug. 17, and sentenced him to 97 to 128 months in prison, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

  • Holden Beach commissioners approve municipal service district

    HOLDEN BEACH — Town commissioners read and approved a second time an ordinance establishing and creating the Holden Beach Erosion Control and Flood and Hurricane Protection Works Municipal Service District. The latest action came during a special meeting Monday, Aug. 22.

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett said this municipal district encompasses the shoreline between 240 Ocean Blvd. E and 781 Ocean Blvd. W., where the town will complete its Central Reach Project.

  • Charter Day School receives national school excellence award

    LELAND — Baker Mitchell founded The Roger Bacon Academy, including Charter Day School, in 1999 and began to employ the Direct Instruction style of teaching for every student on campus.

    Now, in 2016, this style of teaching earned Charter Day School the national 2016 Wesley Becker Excellent School Award from the National Institute for Direct Instruction in Eugene, Ore.

  • Aug. 14 fire destroys Ash home

    A fire destroyed an Ash home Sunday, Aug. 14. No one was injured.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said the call for the fire came in at 9:45 a.m. on My Dirt Road NW.

    No one was home at the time and the cause of the fire was undetermined, he said.

    Some friends of the owners, who were traveling, came to check on the house and found it had burned overnight, Garner said. Personnel from Waccamaw Volunteer Fire Department responded.

  • Master Gardener online plant sale

    The Brunswick County Master Gardener Volunteer Association is sponsoring its third annual fall online plant sale featuring a wide selection of trees, evergreens, shrubs with spectacular blooms, a diverse selection of grasses and favorites for the coastal garden.

  • NCDOI to continue BCBSNC examination

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance has determined further examination of Blue Cross Blue Shield is necessary. The initial examination report was delivered to BCBS on May 31.

    Interactions with Blue Cross Blue Shield have been ongoing but disagreements on the findings persist. NCDOI is going back in to do an additional examination and hopefully move toward a resolution, according to a news release from the agency.

    Consumers in need of assistance from NCDOI should call (855) 408-1212 or go to ncdoi.com.

  • You decide: Which economic plan will boost the economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I’ve been avidly following presidential elections since 1960. Then, as a 10-year-old, I watched the Kennedy-Nixon race go down to the wire with the final outcome being decided by only a handful of votes.

    Now, just as in 1960 and almost every election since, today’s presidential contest focuses on the economy. One of the big economic issues is relatively slow growth. In recent years, our economy has been annually expanding by close to 2 percent.

    The long run average is nearer to 3 percent.

  • Friends and family, visitors and tourists

    One great thing about living in Brunswick County, for me, is it dramatically increases the odds of catching up in person with family and friends — especially those I haven’t seen in decades.

    This past Sunday, it was my friend, Nicolle Gaillard, her older brother Sean and his family, who were vacationing in Ocean Isle Beach. I haven’t seen Nicolle or Sean since we were in high school in Winston-Salem but, thanks to Facebook, we’ve reconnected and I was able to meet them at Mass during their visit.

  • Students success impacts community

    Students in Brunswick County Schools are preparing to begin the 2016-17 school year Aug. 29, perhaps with a mixture of excitement and anxiety.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests reminding students they will reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

    If they feel uneasy, assure them they are not alone. “Teachers know students are nervous and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible,” AAP says.

  • African Children’s Choir to perform Sept. 18

    The internationally acclaimed African Children’s Choir will perform at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

    The program will feature well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. The concert is free and open to all. Donations will be accepted at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs for education, care and relief, and development.