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Today's News

  • Brunswick resident donates kidney to lifelong friend

    WILMINGTON — It was a true test of faith, and Joel Johnson wasn’t sure he was up for it.

    So it came as a bit of a surprise when the Brunswick County resident’s longtime friend, Bryan Bernard, called last year from his home in Wilmington to tell Johnson about his failing health and ask if Johnson could help raise funds.

    Then Bernard asked if Johnson could donate a kidney.

    “I said I’m going to help you raise this money,” Johnson recalled. “I got off the phone. I wasn’t down for a kidney.”

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Aug. 10-15

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrest. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 10

    Marcus Charles Carlson, 29, was arrested on a charge of breaking and entering at Japonica Lane.

    Breaking and entering on Dogwood Drive.

    Aug. 11

    Larceny from a vendor at Sunset Beach Town Park.

    Aug. 12

    Larceny of a beach cabana.

    Aug. 13

    Identity theft and larceny from Longleaf Drive.

    Aug. 14

  • State, federal partnership is good news for Navassa

    By Michael Scott

    Guest Columnist

    A good news story is unfolding in Brunswick County that people should know about.

    I’m talking about the environmental cleanup of the former Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. in Navassa.

    From the 1930s until 1974, Kerr-McGee used creosote to preserve wood products on a 246-acre site in Navassa. Unfortunately, these operations came about before we knew the importance of balancing our economic desires with our needs to protect the environment.

  • What I did on my summer vacation

    The last time I was in my hometown, it was to lay my godfather to rest. I decided I wasn’t going to wait for a sad occasion to go back again.

    It only took me five years to make good on that call.

    I just spent my first real vacation in seven years in my native Cleveland.

    You know how I knew for sure I was overdue for a break? I realized after we’d gone to press last week I’d misspelled the name of Olympic women’s beach volleyball gold medalist Misty May-Treanor in my column. How embarrassing.

  • Task force critical to drug war

    Brunswick County suffers from two distinct drug problems: prescription and heroin.

    The former is being addressed by the Brunswick Coalition, established last year and modeled after Project Lazarus to focus on prescription painkiller, or opioid, abuse, misuse and addiction. Project Lazarus is a secular public health nonprofit established in 2008 in response to extremely high drug overdose death rates in Wilkes County.

  • Grand jury for Aug. 8, 2016

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases Aug. 8 during a grand jury session:

    Mitchell Brandon Davis, felony breaking/entering, felony larceny after breaking/entering, obtaining property by false pretense.

    Willie Anderson Dock Jr., conspiring to traffic in opium/heroin, trafficking opium/heroin.

  • District court docket for Aug. 1-5, 2016

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 1, 2, 4 and 5 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, Aug. 1

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones:

  • Shaver named Outstanding County Attorney of the Year

    Brunswick County Attorney Bob Shaver has been named Outstanding County Attorney of the Year by the North Carolina Association of County Attorneys (NCACA).

    The Outstanding Attorney of the Year is given each year to a county attorney in recognition of providing exemplary service to the profession and to the public. Shaver was named the Outstanding Attorney of the Year for 2016 and recognized for the achievement by both the NCACA and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

  • Brunswick County market remains consistent

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market demonstrated consistent strength with healthy numbers in July. While sales dropped slightly from 2015, 2016 has yielded consistent, strong numbers month over month, according to the most recent statistics from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

  • School bond campaign kickoff Aug. 18

    Voters in Brunswick County will answer a $152 million question when they cast their ballots Nov. 8 on whether to approve a bond referendum to benefit Brunswick County Schools.

    The bond would pay for capital improvement projects at each of the district’s 19 schools in an eight-year cycle between 2017 and 2024.