Today's News

  • Economic development leaders receive a lesson in incentives

    LELAND — Brunswick County economic development officials learned a lesson in the changing methods to attract industry from a consultant who selects sites for them.

    Brunswick County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Jim Bradshaw invited Chris Lloyd, a consultant with McGuireWoods Consulting infrastructure and economic development, to speak to the EDC board Thursday, July 10, at the Brunswick Community College’s Leland Center.

    Lloyd said his work as a site selector more often requires him to be a site eliminator.

  • Hewett’s death a tragic ending to a sad story

    Any journalist with an ounce of compassion does not delight in reporting an event like the death of former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett.

    Hewett’s story is familiar to most long-time residents. When he first became sheriff in 1994 at age 31, he was the youngest to be elected to the office in North Carolina. Hewett’s leadership heralded a new era for the sheriff’s office, which was stinging from Herman Strong’s resignation following his conviction on federal drug-smuggling and conspiracy charges.

  • Look at all these rumors ...

    Here I am again, writing my weekly column almost at the last minute, wondering what insight I can share that would be of interest to readers.

  • Proper recognition due for Ruth Mincey

    By Sue Edwards

    Guest Columnist

    Ruth Mincey celebrated her 90th birthday this past January. In 1986, she and her husband were two of the original founders of Bonaparte Baptist Church. She serves as treasurer and secretary of the church, tirelessly performing duties that so often go unrecognized and many times are simply thought of as being just something else “Ruth will handle.” This is an attempt to properly give her recognition.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The representative’s legislative updates will continue to be published for the duration of the General Assembly’s short session, which has been extended beyond its expected July 1 conclusion.


  • Schools operations staff holds annual conference

     BOLIVIA — While at times the Brunswick County superintendent and board of education garner much of the attention in the school system, they’d be the first to tell you the operations staff makes the whole school system work.

    The district’s primary goal is to prepare college and career-ready students, but the goal can’t be achieved without clean schools, healthy meals, safe bus rides and much-needed maintenance.

  • STEM camps provides unique opportunity at local school

     CALABASH — An elementary school class filled with summer campers may evolve into a room full of inventors by summer’s end.

    Through Communities In Schools, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School is hosting Camp Invention, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp for five weeks this summer.

    Robin Russ and Cathy Milligan are teaching the class, which is coordinated by Communities In Schools site coordinator Amber Malave.

  • Former sheriff involved in struggle before death

     Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died in the New Hanover County jail about Saturday afternoon, July 12, following a physical altercation with jailers, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said.

    Hewett, 51, was arrested Wednesday, July 9, on a possession of a firearm by a felon charge, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was in custody at the New Hanover County jail after an initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington on Thursday, July 10.

  • Nuts for nutrition

     Long maligned for being too high in fat and calories to fit into a healthy diet, nuts are emerging as the health food of the year. This is thanks in part to research pointing to consumption of nuts being associated with better health, lower weight and decreased risk of early death.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Let’s go to the movies.

    Everybody will know this plant as “The Sound of Music’s” ticket to five Academy Awards, the plant that Maria and the Von Trapp Family were so crazy about. Not only for them, but it was also the favorite flower of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm, and Ludwig II, who built those fairy-tale castles in Bavaria.