Today's News

  • Wisdom emanates from a life of solitude

    When my granddaughter decided on a solo visit with the “old folks,” she likely had no idea what would occur. Neither did we!

    The ground rules were set by Grandmother Dear. First of all, the distinction was made between a visit and a vacation. It was clarified that visiting meant entering into the lives of the host family. Vacationing meant filling the time with fun things to do and see.

  • Brunswick eliminated from World Series in one-run loss

    SENECA, S.C.—A one-run loss eliminated Brunswick County on Sunday from the Dixie Boys Baseball World Series.

    Despite home runs by Markel Jones and Travis Oliver, Amelia, Va., beat Brunswick, representing North Carolina, 6-5.

    “Obviously, I wish we could have done better,” manager Randall Morrison said. “These were a great bunch of young men to be associated with. All the coaching staff enjoyed being around them.”

    Against Virginia, Brunswick scored in the first and Oliver homered in the second.

  • What have you done for freedom of information and open government today?

    For no other reason I can discern other than being Irish-Catholic, my father raised my brother and I as strict Notre Dame football fans. Though I have yet to watch a game beneath the watchful gaze of Touchdown Jesus in South Bend, Ind., I have seen the Fighting Irish win twice in person.

    The influence Notre Dame football had on my life went far beyond the football field, though it actually had little to do with football. Sports played a huge role in my life and my brother’s life growing up.

  • Tipping fees increased at county landfill

    A trip to the county landfill became more expensive Monday night after county commissioners approved increases to the county’s tipping fees.

    After a public hearing, commissioners OK’d the increases, which affect solid waste, construction and demolition, shingles and mobile homes.

    Brunswick County Operations Services Director Stephanie Lewis said the tipping fees for solid waste, construction and demolition, asbestos and mobile homes increased to $56 per ton from its current rate of $49 per ton.

  • Chemical treatment of water under way

    Chemical treatment for a musty taste and odor in the county’s water supply is under way. Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce said officials began treating the water supply last Tuesday, July 28.

    Pierce said the water remains safe to use and drink. Even with chemical treatment and flushing the water system, treating a water system of this size takes time, he explained.

    With 140 million gallons of water and 900 miles of water main in the county, “It’s going to take a few days to get it out of the system,” Pierce said.

  • Drug treatment court marks one-year aniversary

    It was one year ago last month when Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis introduced drug treatment court to Brunswick County.

    Last week, the program’s first participant graduated from drug treatment court. Scott Milligan graduated last week—marking the court’s one-year anniversary and Milligan’s one-year anniversary in recovery.

  • Insurance bill moves to Senate commerce committee

    House Bill 1305, the Beach Plan amendment bill, is slated to go before the Senate Commerce Committee at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5.

    The bill passed in the House 93 votes to 23 votes July 15, and amends the Beach Plan based on a joint select study committee on the potential impact of major hurricanes on North Carolina’s insurance industry.

    Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson, introduced the bill April 9.

  • Brunswick County inmates collect more than 1 million pounds of trash

    They’re usually up with the sun and hit the road by 7 a.m.

    It’s not a glamorous job, but for inmates on the road crew, it’s a way out of jail for a few hours. For the county, it’s free labor to keep the county’s roadways clean.

    Since the program’s inception in November 2006, inmates from the Brunswick County Detention Center have collected more than 1 million pounds of trash from the county’s roadways.

  • First drug treatment court participant graduates from program

    BOLIVIA—His story reads like a cautionary tale—Scott Milligan was a high school athlete on the right track who made a bad decision. Nineteen years ago, he tried crack cocaine, and was immediately addicted, he said.

    “Growing up in high school, I played sports. I started hanging out with an older crowd. It was with two guys, one is doing life in prison,” the 38-year-old single dad said.

    Milligan first tried crack cocaine while in high school and “was instantly addicted.”

  • Newest Walgreens opens in Shallotte

    A new Walgreens store opened on Main Street in Shallotte last Friday on the site of the former Jones Family Center/Western Auto next to Shallotte Crossing.

    Store manager Aaron Richardson said business has been slow since the store first opened its doors, but he’s expecting more customers as word gets around town.

    The store is open from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. seven days a week. The pharmacy is open those same hours Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.