Today's News

  • Glenda Ansley and Teen Court: Crime prevention through education (VIDEO INCLUDED)

    BOLIVIA—For every defendant who goes through Teen Court, one less defendant goes through Brunswick County’s criminal justice system—alleviating an over-burdened justice system.

    Teen Court is funded through state grants, not county funded, so it saves Brunswick County taxpayer money, Teen Court Director Glenda Ansley said.

    But of all the ways Teen Court benefits the court system and the taxpayers, Ansley said it benefits the participants—defendants and volunteers—the most.

  • Some plants work well in rain gardens in coastal North Carolina

    Rainwater picks up pollutants from our lawns, gardens, roads and takes them into the rivers and bays. Rain gardens are a beautiful way to cleanse the environment of pollutants and keep our rivers and bays cleaner for its inhabitants, our cherished sea life.

    Rain gardens are raised beds in reverse. They are mirror images of conventional gardens that are planted high; rain gardens are concave planted in shallow basins. 

  • The cycle of rebirth and heightened garden awareness

     There are probably more folks who associate “nirvana” with a 1990’s grunge band with a self-destructive lead singer than with heightened states of consciousness, but the concept of samsara certainly applies to gardening. 

    This “cycle of rebirth” in the garden means preparing soil well, adding lots of organic matter and learning to work within the constraints placed upon us by our challenging climate and, probably, killing some plants along the way. 

  • DA’s office appeals Superior Court decision to dismiss fire chief’s DWI

    BOLIVIA—District attorney Rex Gore announced last week his office filed a notice of appeal over the granting of a motion to suppress evidence, which led to a dismissal in the state’s driving while impaired case against Oak Island Fire Chief John House.

    According to the appeal filed in Brunswick County Superior Court on June 16 by assistant district attorney Erin Holden, Holden is appealing Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis’ June 8 dismissal of House’s appeal of a 2009 District Court driving while impaired conviction.

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, June 28

    Turkey Swiss steak/gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, banana pudding, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, June 29

    Roast beef au jus, brown rice, carrots, fruit cocktail, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, June 30

    Beef ‘n’ macaroni casserole, mixed vegetables, blend juice, sugar cookies, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, July 1

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach Police investigated the following incidents and charged the following suspects June 15-22.

    •Douglas Wayne Piver, 47, of Midway Road, Whiteville, was arrested and charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, resisting a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving, driving while license revoked and driving while impaired on June 16.

    •Larceny of fishing equipment was reported June 17 on Ocean Boulevard West.

  • Is extra-virgin olive oil always the best oil to use when cooking?

     Olive oil has long been one of the most popular and healthy cooking oils in the world. This Mediterranean wonder has long been a top selling oil in America and throughout the rest of the world.

    Whether it’s used in cooking with sauces or used in dressings or just drizzled over fresh vegetables or pasta, extra-virgin olive oil, the highest quality of oil, has an acidity of less than one percent, according to the International Olive Oil Council.

  • County budget OK’d with no tax increase, layoffs

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved the county budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which included no tax increases and no layoffs of county employees.

    Commissioners approved the $196 million budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, which takes effect July 1, at their regular meeting Monday. The budget keeps the ad valorem tax rate at 30.5 cents per $100 of property valuation—29.5 cents in tax and a 1-cent repayment for a Brunswick Community College bond approved by voters in 2004.

  • Board of equalization and review votes to stay Coastal Companies’ property assessments

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Equalization and Review on Tuesday denied nine appeals filed with the board challenging county-assessed property values on behalf of developer Mark Saunders’ various enterprises.

    The board denied eight appeals that included 930 parcels in Ocean Isle Palms, Rivers Edge, Ocean Ridge SeaWatch and Eagle Point.

  • County approves contract for new medical provider for detention center

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved a three-year contract with Correct Care Solutions for comprehensive medical, dental and mental health services for inmates at Brunswick County Detention Center.

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Correct Care Solutions replaces Southern Health Partners for jail medical services beginning July 1, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said.