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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Elections board talks one-stop voting

    The Brunswick County Board of Elections discussed one-stop implementation plans for the 2016 General Election during its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 15.
    The one-stop plan must be revisited in light of the recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals that now mandates a 17-day early voting period.

  • Bolivia couple dies in apparent murder-suicide

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office identified a Bolivia couple found dead in an apparent murder-suicide Monday morning, Aug. 15.

    A medical examiner said 54-year-old Helen Ann Santilli and her husband, 60-year-old Richard Albert Santilli, each died of a single gunshot wound at their home in the 400 block of Kingswood Court in Winding River Plantation, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation fish fry Aug. 26

    The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation will host a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at N.C. 130 and 179 in Shallotte, behind the former First Community Bank and next to Hills supermarket, to raise funds for its Sunshine Fund. This fund supports Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office families who suffer tragedies.