Today's News

  • Few speak out at public hearing

    BOLIVIA—A handful of people representing local nonprofit agencies made their final pleas for funding Monday evening during a public hearing for the county’s proposed $196 million budget.

    Commissioners are expected to vote on the budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year at their June 21 meeting. The proposed budget, which takes effect July 1, does not include a tax increase of any new fees and is 1.3 percent less than the current fiscal year’s budget.

  • Convicted murderer sentenced to life in prison could be paroled in 2013

    A man convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison could be paroled by 2013.

    According to the N.C. Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission, Terrance Jones, 34, could be released on parole May 19, 2013. Jones was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Oct. 17, 1994 for his role in a Nov. 28, 1993 murder in Brunswick County.

  • Veterans task force, Brunswick County Hospital Authority to meet Wednesday

    A recently established task force intended to benefit county veterans will meet Wednesday afternoon to elect officers and discuss various issues affecting veterans.

    Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren assembled a community task force to address the needs of the county’s estimated 15,000 veterans, he said.

    The Community Veterans Task Force of Brunswick County will meet at noon Wednesday, June 9, at PJ’s Restaurant in Southport.

  • This week’s column brought to you by the First Amendment: Leave us alone

    One of these three doesn’t belong: newspapers, free press and government reinvention.

    Unless you’re with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in which case you spent one year discussing a government-induced renaissance of the media. In that case, you would apparently think the three go together.

    But every other free-thinking, logical American should be able to identify the problem with government intervention in the media.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

  • Ministry to be at Hickmans Crossroads

    Jesus is the Way Ministry will give away food and clothes for the needy from 10 a.m-5 p.m. this Saturday at 1050 Calabash Road, Hickmans Crossroads.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Property damage on Little Shallotte River Road in Shallotte; suspect hit victim’s mailbox with vehicle and left, damaging the mailbox and the wooden post.

  • Energy Star program results in $1.3 million in rebates during second phase

    All the money in North Carolina’s Energy Star Appliance Replacement and Rebate Program were reserved within four days, with consumers purchasing about 8,545 appliances during the second phase of the program and signing up for $1.3 million in mail-in rebates, according to the state Department of Commerce.

    Consumers can still register on a first-come, first-served waiting list for rebates after making purchases of eligible appliances.

  • Sheriff’s detectives searching for missing Supply man

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a man missing from Supply.

    Tracy Paul Whalen, 40, was reporting missing Sunday, May 30, and has been missing for about a week, Sgt. April Stanley, sheriff’s office spokesperson, said.

    Stanley said it was unusual for Whalen to be away from his home for such a long time. No foul play is suspected in the case.

    Whalen is a white male. He is 5-feet-6-inches tall and weighs 205 pounds. He has blue eyes and blond hair, and has a tattoo of a wolf on his left arm.

  • Driver in fatal wreck charged with DWI, felony death by vehicle

    The driver of the vehicle that killed a 23-year-old Brunswick Community College student has been charged with felony death by vehicle and driving while impaired in connection with the wreck.

    Richard Joseph Constantineau, 42, of 1161 Highway 133, Lot No. 2, Rocky Point, was driving a 1999 Chevrolet traveling west on N.C. 211 the afternoon of May 27.