Today's News

  • Spring enrollment at BCC at all-time high

    Spring enrollment at Brunswick Community College is at an all-time high.

    “It’s another record,” president Stephen Greiner said.

    Although spring semester is traditionally less attended than the fall semester, numbers for spring 2010 are about even with fall 2009, and are up 12 percent compared to last spring.

    Preliminary figures show spring enrollment at 1,517, which is 17 fewer students than the fall semester. Enrollment is up more than 130 students compared to last spring.

  • Towns agree to truce; schedule public hearing

    OAK ISLAND—Members of the town councils from Oak Island and St. James met during the Oak Island council’s board retreat last Friday to discuss a possible agreement about property the two towns are now battling over in court.

    Both towns have laid claim to 38 parcels in the Midway Road corridor. Several of the parcels have requested annexation by Oak Island, but the town of St. James adopted an annexation ordinance in October seeking to annex the property.

    The lawsuit is now pending.

  • Commissioners approve skyway resolution for northern route; officially terminate OIB park contract

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners support the northern route for the proposed Cape Fear Skyway, which would connect Brunswick and New Hanover counties.

    At their last meeting Jan. 19, commissioners approved a resolution, with commissioners chairman Bill Sue calling the northern route, “the best alternative they’ve come up with yet.”

    “I would recommend strongly this board approve the concept of the northern route,” Sue told his fellow commissioners. “If we don’t do something now, we’re going to be stymied.”

  • Top Easley aide, attorney indicted by federal grand jury

    Former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley has been charged with no wrongdoing, but a top aide in his administration and former assistant has been indicted on 51 criminal counts by a federal grand jury.

    On Thursday, Jan. 21, a federal grand jury returned a 51-count indictment on Charles Ruffin Poole, 37, of Raleigh, charging him with extortion, bribery, aiding in racketeering, mail fraud, money laundering and monetary transactions in criminally derived property, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

  • Shallotte aldermen select Pease to fill Kelly's term

    Shallotte aldermen have selected election runner-up Michael Pease to fill the unexpired term of Buddy Kelly, who was elected mayor in November.

    During Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting, alderman Alan Lewis nominated Pease to fill the seat. Alderman Jimmy Bellamy seconded the nomination.

    Alderman Walt Eccard nominated former alderman John Kinlaw, who ran unsuccessfully for the mayor’s seat in the November election.

  • Hospital authority chairman on VA facility, other uses for hospital

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about the needs of veterans in Brunswick County and examining the possibility of a VA facility in Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County Commissioners have thrown their full support behind converting Brunswick Community Hospital to a Veterans Affairs facility once Novant Health opens the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center and vacates the current facility.

    But the decision is not up to them.

  • Tracking candidates: Hill to defend seat; Tabor city Republican to challenge him

    Longtime state representative Dewey Hill has announced he plans to seek his 10th term in the N.C. General Assembly.

    Hill, a Whiteville Democrat, announced Tuesday he planned to run for re-election for House District 20, which represents Columbus County and a portion of Brunswick County.

  • Property owners sue developer, employees for real estate, mortgage schemes and racketeering

    Property owners in Ocean Ridge Plantation have sued one of Brunswick County’s biggest real estate developers for real estate fraud, mortgage fraud and racketeering.

    More than 60 property owners in Ocean Ridge Plantation have filed a lawsuit against Mark Saunders, president and CEO of the Coastal Companies, the parent company of Ocean Ridge Plantation.

  • Unkempt: Frozen and messy is just fine for gardens in winter

    It’s cold outside and you really don’t feel like working in your garden. Those seed catalogs sitting by the fireplace look much more inviting, but the garden looks so unkempt. Well, that is just fine because those frozen perennial stalks look messy but they serve a purpose.

    The seeds of Echinacea and Rudbeckia will attract and feed the birds: There are also plants that like the protection their foliage provides for their crowns. Asclepias (milkweed), Chrysanthemums and Heuchera (Coral Bells) fare best if cleaned up in the spring.

  • A broken heart can be the key to prayer

    I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe in providential happenings. These are the events, experiences and episodes in life that occur with the sudden surprise of grace. They happen while we are busily doing something else, alerting us to the constant presence of a creative God. They cause us to exclaim, “You won’t believe what just happened!” And then, we begin our tale of the unexpected, the unusual, or the unimaginable—a saga we label coincidental.