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Today's News

  • 102-year-old chess player is king of the boards

    HICKMANS CROSSROADS — He’s been strategically maneuvering rooks, bishops and pawns for four decades, and he’s not about to stop now.

    Ralph Ashby, founder of the Grand Strand Chess Club that meets and plays weekly at Hickmans Crossroads Library, turned 102 on July 31.

    The centenarian keeps on going like energetic chess royalty, regularly showing up for the Tuesday afternoon gatherings at the county library branch on Calabash Road where, from 1 to 4 p.m., the chess club has the library meeting room all to itself for its weekly games.

  • Residential real estate sales, average prices increase

    By Sam Hickman and Laura Lewis

    Staff Writers

    The housing market in Brunswick County continues to trend in a positive direction, according to data released last week by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate sales and average sales price increased “considerably compared to the previous year,” Brunswick County Association of Realtors CEO Cynthia Cumbie said in an Aug. 27 news release.

  • District recognizes distinguished employees at celebratory board meeting

     SUPPLY — For the first time in Brunswick County Schools history, district staff hosted a regular scheduled monthly meeting at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    While most board meetings on the first Tuesday of each month give district staff and board members an opportunity to discuss business, Sept. 1’s meeting was a celebration of the county’s distinguished employees for 2015-16.

  • Brunswick County inmate dies in apparent suicide

    A female inmate died Monday, Aug. 31, after being found unresponsive at the Brunswick County Detention Facility the day before.

    Heather Johnson, 35, died at 12:09 a.m. at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, according to a news release issued by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Brunswick County Detention Facility officers discovered Johnson unresponsive in her cell as a result of an apparent suicide attempt at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Public hearing on Holden Beach terminal groin set for Sept. 24

    Holden Beach is one step closer to building a terminal groin after the Army Corps of Engineers released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the project.

    The corps will receive comments on the DEIS, which was published Friday, Aug. 28, for 45 days. The end of the comment period is Oct. 13.

    The corps has scheduled a hearing to receive public comments at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at Holden Beach Town Hall, 110 Rothschild St.

  • Expansion under way at Brunswick Family Assistance

    SHALLOTTE — Fred Stephens had mixed feelings as he stood in the newly expanded headquarters of Brunswick Family Assistance last week.

    “I hate the thought of expanding services, but really still 7.1 percent (of Brunswick County residents) are unemployed,” said Stephens, BFA’s executive director.

    He added between 3,900 and 4,000 people have seasonal low-paying service-industry jobs, and a lot don’t have health insurance.

  • Health care providers prepare for flu season

    Health care providers have begun rolling out their flu vaccination programs before the official arrival of fall.

    Susan Stanley, a registered nurse for the Brunswick County Health Services Department, spoke with members of the Belville town board Aug. 24 about Belville’s flu clinic scheduled for October.

    The health department will offer three types of flu vaccine: a regular seasonal flu shot, a seasonal flu mist and a high dose flu vaccine for people 65 and older.

  • BCAR names Cumbie new CEO

    The Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR) Board of Directors has named Cynthia Cumbie as its new CEO.

    Cumbie previously served as multiple listing service (MLS) director and has acted as interim CEO since Steve Candler’s departure in May. Candler resigned to take a similar position in Bozeman, Mont., after serving as BCAR CEO since 2005.

  • Sheriff’s office offers $1,000 reward in break-in spree

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help to find the people who are breaking into and stealing from homes in the Winnabow and Leland areas.

    The sheriff’s office is offering a $1,000 award for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the crimes, which have occurred in the past week, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Representatives discuss rail plan in northern Brunswick County

    Wilmington is seeking support from northern Brunswick County communities for its plans to relocate a CSXT railroad line.

    Wilmington city councilwoman Laura Padgett met with Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman, mayor pro tem Pat Batleman, Town Administrator David Hollis and other town staff, Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis and Belville town commissioner Pat O’Bryant on Thursday, Aug. 27, to explain the plans.