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Today's News

  • Dosher opens new sleep disorder laboratory

    Dosher Memorial Hospital, 924 N. Howe St. in Southport, has opened a sleep disorder laboratory for the diagnosis and treatment of potentially serious sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, excessive snoring, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on June 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 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 2

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Lori Bolivar Aaron, operate vehicle no insurance, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Former university tennis coach pleads guilty to DWI in New Hanover County

    A former university tennis coach arrested last year in downtown Wilmington has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team Sgt. Billy Caulk, Nick Keith Stutsman, 49, of 175 Plum Nelly Road, Athens, Ga., pleaded guilty to DWI in New Hanover County Court on May 27.

    At the time of his arrest, Stutsman was the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Mercer University in Macon, Ga.

  • Holden Beach man charged with DWI, careless and reckless driving after crash on bridge

    A Holden Beach man was charged with driving while impaired and careless and reckless driving after a crash on the Holden Beach bridge delayed traffic for several hours.

    Tony Lynn Whittington, 56, of 299 Sandpiper Drive, Holden Beach, was charged with driving while impaired and careless and reckless driving on Friday, June 4.

  • Missing Brunswick man found dead in Hyde County

    A Brunswick County man missing since May has been found dead.

    According to the Hyde County Sheriff’s Office, Tracy Paul Whalen, 49, was found dead June 8 in Hyde County. No foul play is suspected.

    Whalen was first reported missing to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, May 30, though he had been missing for about a week, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson April Stanley said.

  • New task force created for veterans discuss hospital, cemetery

    SOUTHPORT—Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren has assembled a group of community members, many of whom are veterans, to serve on the Community Veterans Task Force of Brunswick County to address the needs of the county’s estimated 15,000 veterans.

    The fledgling group met last Wednesday at PJ’s Restaurant in Southport, where they appointed officers, set a meeting schedule and reviewed a letter sent to task force members from Daniel Hoffmann, director of the Veterans Affairs Mid-Atlantic Healthcare Network.

  • Concern arises after board transfers Jessie Mae Monroe principal to central office

    Parents and members of the Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School community want to know the reason principal Patricia Rourk has been transferred to a position at the central office effective July 1.

    Rourk has been transferred to the central office and will serve as the director of instruction and accountability services.

    Her transfer was included in a seven-page personnel list approved by the Brunswick County Board of Education Friday afternoon.

  • Mayor not convinced Speaker of the House supports terminal groin legislation

    Whether N.C. Speaker of the House Joe Hackney will allow Senate Bill 832 to be heard on the House floor during the General Assembly’s short session is anyone’s guess.

    Debbie Smith, Ocean Isle Beach mayor, and Harry Simmons, Caswell Beach mayor, made a final attempt to convince Hackney to let the bill out of committee last week but left without an answer.

    “He did not make any commitments once again as to whether he would let it go to the floor or not,” Smith said.

  • Not on board with those who think ‘enough’ is ‘enuf’

    I consider myself an expert. A spelling expert, that is.

    As the two-time, consecutive champ and reigning co-winner of the Brunswick County Adult Spelling Bee sponsored by the Brunswick County Literacy Council, I’d like to think I know a thing or two about words in the English language and even more about spelling bees.

  • ‘Constant weathering’ cause of Holden Beach deck collapse

    Town officials believe “constant weathering” led to the deck collapse that injured seven people in Holden Beach last Thursday.

    According to Timothy Evans, the town’s director of planning and inspections, the deck is original to the house, at 479 Ocean Boulevard West. The house was built in 1979.

    A letter Evans wrote to town manager David Hewett stated the collapse was due to “the detrimental corrosive environment” found in coastal areas.