Today's News

  • Imitation is the highest form of praise

    I can remember being greatly perturbed ... well, angry actually ... as a young child when my younger sister imitated me. I wanted to be an original, one who stood out uniquely in my world. And there she was, mimicking my every move. Naturally, I voiced my complaint loudly, only to hear my mother replying, “Imitation is the highest form of praise.” Comforted little by that observation, I grew more deeply annoyed with the mirror image who was following me everywhere.

  • Will robot pets replace real dogs and cats?

    Will robot pets replace real dogs and cats? Will advances in artificial intelligence and robotics lead to a decrease in pet ownership? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of AI or robotic pets? I recently attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to find out. 

  • What are your chances?

    I frequently write about pathogens that cause foodborne illnesses. I think the one people are most familiar with is Salmonella. But, what really are your chances of getting ill from salmonella in your chicken, or beef or pork?

  • Redbuds are showing that spring flower time is here

    Loropetalums, phlox, daffodils, crabapples, redbuds and cherries are in various stages of bloom. That must mean we’re in the main spring season in southeastern North Carolina. It’s a bit overwhelming with everything blooming at once. Sometimes I wish I could spread it out a bit.  But, it is a glorious time in the garden so get out and enjoy it.

  • District court docket for Feb. 26, 27, 28 and March 1, 2

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 26, 27, 28 and March 1, 2 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, Feb. 26

    Judge Jason C. Disbrow presided over the following cases with prosecutor Sarah McPherson and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham-Evans:

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports

    Released at 10:39 a.m. March 13, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement


  • Shallotte man charged in Onslow County break-ins

    A Shallotte man faces breaking and entering charges in Onslow County.

    Onslow County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 37-year-old William Ross Stout Jr. of Redwood Street on March 5 by and charged him with nine counts of vehicle breaking and entering, seven counts of larceny after breaking or entering and two counts of felony conspiracy.

  • NBHS student faces rape charge

    Leland police charged a North Brunswick High School student with second-degree rape.

    Lt. Jeremy Humphries said officers arrested James Matthew Cain Jr. on March 6.

    Humphries provided no more information about the case.

    Cain was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $100,000 bail.

  • Ash woman among three arrested in Horry County, S.C., on drug charges

    An Ash woman was among three arrested last week on drug charges in Horry County, S.C.

    Koceanna Freeman, 27, was arrested March 8 and charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking crack cocaine, trafficking cocaine, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

  • Conference reminds girls they’re extraordinary

    BOLIVIA— Brunswick Community College hosted 65 sixth-grade girls from Brunswick County Schools on Friday during the sixth annual i.a.e. (I Am Extraordinary) Conference for Brunswick County Middle School Girls.

    Women In Philanthropy & Leadership of Brunswick County presents the event in cooperation with BCC and Communities In Schools of Brunswick County.

    BCC Foundation resource development director Elina DiCostanzo said the event is “all about the girls.”