Today's News

  • Brunswick County District Docket

        The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on June 30 and July 1, 2 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, June 30

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Nonprofit interest in animal shelter considered

    A nonprofit group has expressed interest in taking over operations of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter, county health director Don Yousey says.

    Yousey, who presented the idea at a county health board meeting Monday night, said he’s willing to consider the offer by local businesswoman Cheri McLain, who’s in the process of obtaining nonprofit status for her new organization, Rescue Animals Community Effort (R.A.C.E.).

  • Bowling, laser tag, cosmic golf among celestial highlights at Planet Fun in Shallotte

    Summer fun awaits at Shallotte’s own celestial venue for convivial pursuits.

    Planet Fun, at 349 Whiteville Road, is designed for fun-seekers of all ages.

    Highlights in the 50,000-square-foot entertainment center, beside Lowe’s Home Improvement, include the 32-lane constellation bowling alley, four lanes of mini bowling, a two-story laser tag arena, nine-hole black-light miniature golf, a soft indoor playground, arcade, party rooms, concession stand, pro shop and a restaurant, the Starz Grille.

  • Golf clubs stolen in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police are investigating larceny of golf clubs reported July 11 on the island.

    On July 8, Sunset Beach police arrested William Howard Clements Jr., 47, for drunk and disruptive conduct and assault on a law enforcement officer.

  • Bolivia house fire cause investigated

    Firefighters are still trying to determine the cause of a fire Monday night that partially damaged a house in Bolivia.

    The fire, which occurred between 5 and 7 p.m. at 933 Green Lewis Road, destroyed the front portion of the house where the fire broke out, Bolivia assistant fire chief Travis Murrell said.

    A family who lives in the house wasn’t at home when the fire occurred, Murrell said.

    The fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes, he said, as a thunderstorm moved in.

  • Carolina Shores administrator makes 'positive' statement

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town administrator Linda Herncane says she is overwhelmed with support she has received in recent weeks.

    “I am 61 years old and have never had a parking ticket,” Herncane said, reading from a prepared statement at the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting July 8.

  • Sewer pump station site at Sunset Beach raises stink

    SUNSET BEACH—Jeff Morgan said he was just exercising his rights and following procedure when he filed a petition challenging the marsh-front site of a future sewer pump station near his vacation home on the Sunset Beach island.

    And even though he missed the deadline, Morgan said Brunswick County has taken him to task for delaying the island project, claiming it has increased the cost an extra $379,000.

  • Tuning into tidbits on a day at the pool

    I was just drifting along, floating on a lazy river on a lazy summer afternoon, feeling I had few worries when a child’s voice rang out.

    “I’m killing ants!” he announced as he stomped and mashed at the edge of the pool.

    “Noooo, Mikey,” protested another boy floating by on his own borrowed yellow inner tube. “It’s nature.”

    Mikey didn’t care about nature.

  • Ash mom granted trip to see sons in Ash

    Amy Smith is grateful for the surprise reprieve she was granted last month to see her sons in Ontario.

    The consideration didn’t come from a Canadian judge but from a generous Brunswick County businesswoman who’s been following the Ash mom’s story.

    “The trip was awesome,” Smith said this week of her late June trip to see 7-year-old Brody and 5-year-old Nathan. She took a last-minute flight June 26 to surprise her sons at an Ontario hotel.

  • Local teens to attend The First Tee PLAYer Academy in California

    Greg Hensley and Harrison Taylor, from the First Tee of Brunswick County, have been selected to attend The First Tee PLAYer Advanced Academy, July 27-Aug. 3 at California State University at Monterey Bay. They are among 25 chapter participants, ages 14-18, selected to participate.  

    The First Tee has 204 chapters in the United States and abroad. The Brunswick County Chapter is the only one with two attendees.