Today's News

  • Board to vote on policy limiting drug testing

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education will discuss a proposed policy change, which would no longer require pre-employment drug testing for all employees. The will take the matter up at the next board meeting on Tuesday, April 13.

    The North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) is recommending board members change the policy to require only those applying for “safety sensitive positions” to be drug tested, Deanne Meadows, personnel director, explained at a policy/curriculum committee meeting last month.

  • Conversations with the Congressman

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C, says he will stay as long as it takes to speak to everyone who shows up to Conversations with the Congressman.

    McIntyre was in Ocean Isle Beach Tuesday for another round of conversations, something he said he does as often as he can in each of the counties he represents.

    Brunswick County residents had the chance to meet privately with McIntyre Tuesday.

    “I always want to have an opportunity for any citizen to come in and talk about any issue, concern or question they may have,” he said.

  • Superintendent candidate interviews complete

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education have completed interviews with the three final superintendent candidates, and Brunswick County can expect a new superintendent to be announced in about a week.

    Final interviews were during a specially called meeting Tuesday at the Progress Energy Visitors Center in Southport.

    Of the 34 applications board members received, 10 were interviewed in March. Each board member was then told to select their top three choices, and board members were unanimous in their decisions.

  • Brunswick County, South Carolina and ATF agents seize money, cocaine

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Horry County (S.C.) Drug Enforcement Unit and the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) executed a search warrant March 25 at a Loris, S.C., home where they seized two kilos of cocaine, a “stockpile” of weapons and $180,000 in cash.
    Five suspects were arrested and taken into custody as a result of the search warrant.
    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said the estimated street value of the more than 2,000 grams of cocaine seized was “well over $200,000.”

  • Commissioners consider budget requests for 2011 fiscal year

    BOLIVIA—“Better service with less government,” is one of the goals county commissioners set at their annual budget retreat Tuesday.
    Commissioners met all day Tuesday for the annual retreat, which they were scheduled to continue at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the second-floor conference room in the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • County plans to implement water irrigation conservation rate

    Some county water customers could see an increase in their water bills if the county adopts the proposed water irrigation conservation rates.
    But Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce said 95 percent of the county’s water customers wouldn’t be affected by the proposed sliding scale, which increases rates based on customers’ water consumption.
    “We’ve talked about a conservation rate for a long time,” Pierce told county commissioners during the first of their annual two-day budget retreat.

  • Fishing co-op established, seeking county's help to establish nonprofit

    In an effort to establish a commercial fishing resource area for county fishermen, local fishermen have created a co-op at the direction of county commissioners.
    Bill Hickman of the Brunswick County Marine Advisory Committee told commissioners Monday they recently met to organize a co-op with a chairman, secretary, treasurer and three board members.
    “We’re ready to proceed with land acquisition under your direction; plan the next step toward land acquisition and getting funds for the project,” Hickman said.

  • Shattered justice: Investigation into Frink’s death still on-going, open case

    It’s far from case closed in the 1994 murder investigation of 18-year-old Amy Frink.
    Lead investigators Capt. Gene Caison and special investigator Dave Crocker say the two men convicted in Frink’s murder are guilty of their roles in Frink’s horrific death. Both men are now out of prison, both having served less than one-third of their respective 30-year sentences.
    But Caison and Crocker say there are more suspects out there.

  • Shattered justice: Frink murder suspects arrested in Florida, New Jersey four years after crime

    When they were finally arrested for the murder of 18-year-old Amy Caroline Frink, hundreds of miles separated John Paul Counts and John Gamble from the spot where Frink’s body was found, just across the state line in South Carolina.
    Four years after the June 1994 murder of the Shallotte teen, Counts was living in Ocala, Fla., and Gamble was living in East Orange, N.J.

  • Shattered justice: The Amy Frink murder investigation

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about the life and death of Amy Caroline Frink, who, at 18 years old, was brutally murdered in 1994, and her mother Birdie’s fight to bring justice for her youngest daughter almost 16 years later.