Today's News

  • What is Brunswick Family Assistance?

    By Stacey Manning

    Managing Editor

    In 2007, Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA), a community nonprofit organization, helped 4,500 families—about 15,000 individuals. By the end of 2008, BFA officials estimate they’ll serve 5,500 households or 18,000 clients.

  • Voter turnout steady

    Throughout the day today, local polling places reported steady voter turnout.

    A steady stream of voters and local candidates arrived at Town Creek District Park this morning to cast their votes and, for the candidates, attempt to secure some last-minute votes.

    While the northern precinct was busiest early this morning, candidates arrived mid-morning in hopes of gaining some critical votes needed to capture their seats while voters continued to arrive at a steady pace.

  • Fire department draws debate in Carolina Shores



    CAROLINA SHORES—The future of the Calabash Fire Department was a hot topic at a commissioners’ workshop Monday.

  • ‘Old time pharmacy’ in Calabash provides personal service



    CALABASH—At Calabash Family Pharmacy, owner/pharmacist Brent Tyndall dispenses advice and kind words along with prescriptions.

    He talks to customers about their families, how they’re doing and what they need.

    He makes deliveries on his way home at the end of every day and meets with Medicare patients once a year to discuss their medications and how they can keep costs down.

  • Museum names Learning Center after longtime contributor

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Hayden O’Neil, a longtime contributor to the Museum of Coastal Carolina, was honored by the museum foundation Saturday as they renamed the museum’s lecture hall in his honor.

    The Hayden O’Neil Learning Center was unveiled in at a recognition ceremony this past weekend.

    “I think it’s great,” O’Neil said. “I am honored and very pleased.”

  • West Brunswick Marching Band wins top honors at recent competition

    LORIS, S.C.—It’s the competition they look forward to all year. It’s the one they all want to win, and this year, they did.

    West Brunswick High School Marching Band won the day’s top honor of Grand Champion at Saturday’s 19th Annual Loris Band Day competition. With a score of 93.3 points, the band took home six more awards, including first-place band, first-place percussion, second-place auxiliary, second-place drum major, the W.W. Jacobus Music Award and Class AAAA Superior.

  • Collision on Stone Chimney Road leaves one dead

    An early morning collision on Stone Chimney Road in Supply on Oct. 25 left one man dead and four others injured.

    According to Sgt. C.C. Albritton of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, James Walter Wilkins, 28, of Bladenboro was driving south on Stone Chimney Road toward N.C. 211 when he crossed the center lane and collided with an on-coming vehicle.

  • Commissioners approve low impact development manual

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved a resolution supporting the state’s first low impact development design manual.

    According to planning director Leslie Bell, “Brunswick County, in conjunction with New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington, has completed a guidance document as part of an ongoing effort to encourage and allow for Low Impact Development Technologies (LID) as an alternative and voluntary option for developers to satisfy stormwater requirements and watershed goals.”

  • State begins electronic vehicle inspections



    The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles began its electronic inspection program Nov. 1, and vehicles that undergo emissions or safety inspections after that date will no longer receive windshield stickers.

    Instead, each inspection will be due the same month as the vehicle’s registration renewal each year.

    Synchronizing each vehicle’s inspection and registration dates is expected to increase compliance with the state’s inspection program and help benefit air quality and highway safety, according the N.C. DMV.

  • Making the right choice in an election can be a complicated thing to do

    By Stacey Manning

    Managing Editor

    OK, since it’s over, I can admit it. Throughout this election season, I was one of those voters who didn’t know exactly what buttons I was going to push on the voter screen.

    I’ve heard conversations about it in my office, on television and in the general public.

    “How could you not know?” people asked.