Today's News

  • King mackerel bite comes alive in Brunswick

    After weeks of talking, it finally happened. The annual Cape Fear ship channel king mackerel bite occurred over the weekend, colliding with the more than 450 participants in the U.S Open King Mackerel tournament. Every year, it’s like flipping a light switch as the kings suddenly show up as if out of nowhere.

  • Tournament of Champions--coming soon

    The excitement is building. The Tournament of Champions is five weeks away and the buzz is building in Brunswick County. This is the sixth year of the TOC, and I’m proud to say that the idea for a countywide tournament came right from our champions in 2003.

  • Mural shows importance of education, teamwork

    Students at Brunswick County Academy and the Transition Academy received a lesson in teamwork last week when they painted a mural that will be hung in the school.

    As part of the Arts in School Initiative grant, a partnership between the Brunswick Arts Council and Brunswick County Schools, the first artist in residence program was at Brunswick County Academy last week.

    Tunde Afolayan, an artist from Elizabeth City, spent the week with students, teaching them fundamentals of art and painting, while helping construct a mural.

  • Two teens arrested for multiple break-ins

    Two Southport teens have been arrested and charged with breaking into four businesses in the Southport and Supply areas.

    William Earl Hewett, 17, of 4900 Trails End Road, Southport, and Katherine Louise Warwick, 19, of 311 Herring Drive, Southport, were both arrested Tuesday, Sept. 29.

  • Sheriff fires detention officer who released wrong inmate

    The detention officer who Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said released the wrong inmate from jail has been fired.

    Rosher Rodriquez-Aguilar, 27, was released from the Brunswick County Detention Center around 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. But Rodriquez-Aguilar, who was arrested for failure to appear Sept. 17, was not supposed to be released, Ingram said.

    He remains at large.

  • Deputy health director: H1N1 vaccines expected this week

    Health officials are working to identify all the individuals in Brunswick County who qualify for the first dose of H1N1 flu vaccine, which the county is expected to receive from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention this week.

    Deputy health director Fred Michael expects the county will receive about 9,000 shots. But with about 17,000-18,000 people or more already identified within the H1N1 vaccine priority groups, Michael said the health department would have to determine who is a priority within the priority groups.

  • Across the aisle: Hagan on healthcare

    Editor's note: This is the third in a series of stories focused on healthcare reform and other issues before Congress.

    As a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., will cast several votes on healthcare reform before the final version of a bill ends up on President Barack Obama’s desk.

  • Commissioners, school board liaisons to meet

    It began when county commissioner Charles Warren suggested county commissioners freeze funding to the Brunswick County Board of Education until they “get their acts together.”

    Now, liaisons from the board of education, chairwoman Shirley Babson and Bud Thorsen, are set to meet with commissioners’ liaisons, chairman Bill Sue and Scott Phillips. The meeting is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Brunswick County Board of Education Central Office in Bolivia.

  • Commissioners endorse VA clinic in Brunswick County

    When the new Brunswick Community Hospital opens its doors in the summer of 2011, ownership of the current hospital facility and its land will revert back to Brunswick County.

    The future of the facility remains unknown, but on Monday, commissioners endorsed a resolution in support of converting the hospital to a Veterans Affairs clinic.

  • Former sheriff's early release could be even earlier through community corrections setting

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett went from living in a gated estate off Holden Beach Road to a jail cell at Butner Federal Correction Facility when he reported to federal prison last November.

    Soon, Hewett could assume a new address—at community corrections setting, more commonly known as a halfway house.