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Today's News

  • You decide: What’s the best timing for valuing property?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Recently, Wake County, the state’s second largest county in population, reduced the time between property revaluations from eight to four years.

    The change has created some confusion as well as claims the move is a veiled way of increasing taxes.

    To fully understand why the change happened and what its implications are, we need to first step back and review property taxes.

  • Assessment guides county health goals

    The good news is Brunswick County reduced its premature death, prostate cancer death and colon cancer death rates last year.

    The bad news is its number of injury/accidental deaths, obesity and low birth rates increased in 2015.

    As for physical activity, the number of uninsured citizens and violent crime in our county, rates remained about the same. That can be considered good or bad news, depending on one’s point of view.

  • Stars showed how to be the coolest person alive

    There have been exactly three times in my life when I knew I had to have been the coolest person alive. All of them had to do with music.

    The first was when my godfather bought me Michael Jackson’s album, “Off the Wall” as a gift. I was the first of my friends to get it and I quickly became the envy of my second-grade class.

  • Judge may render verdict in Vassey trial Tuesday

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown may render a verdict Tuesday afternoon in the trial of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, was the last of three law enforcement officers to arrive at the President Drive residence of 18-year-old Keith Vidal on Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Sheriff’s office finds Supply teen reported missing

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has found safe a 17-year-old from Supply who was reported missing.

    Cody Mooney was last seeing walking from his home on Gamewell Court about 10 p.m. Monday, April 25, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    Mooney was found safe, the sheriff's office said Thursday afternoon, April 28.

  • Supply man faces various drug charges

    A Supply man accused of selling heroin and cocaine in Brunswick County was arrested after a two-month investigation prompted by community tips and complaints.

  • BCC signs two West Brunswick baseball players

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior infielders Zachary Johnson and Tristan Lewis signed letters of intent April 26 to attend Brunswick Community College and play baseball.

    “I’m excited,” BCC coach Robbie Allen said. “We’ve always tried to recruit the kids from our county, and getting these two guys, that’s a big step. These two are from good families and are good players.”

    Johnson has played third base and first base this season.

  • Oak Island Fire Department to begin testing fire hydrants

    Oak Island Fire Department will begin testing fire hydrants Wednesday, April 27. They will begin in two separate areas at the same time.

    First area: Hydrant testing will begin at SW Yacht and West Oak Island drives. Staff will test hydrants up and down all north- and southwest streets working their way east towards Middleton. Once at Middleton, they will continue working their way east up and down all north- and southeast streets until they reach 58th Street.

  • How to run a charity golf event

    Brunswick County is a beehive of charity golf events. During much of the year, two or three charity golf events take place each week at courses from Leland to Calabash.

    Some raise funds for national charities like the Wounded Warrior Project, the American Cancer Society and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Other charity events are for a local need. Someone’s house burns down; a family experiences a life-changing accident or devastating illness. Sometimes funds are raised for the hungry and the homeless.

  • Great time to try to catch mahi mahi

    Every spring an event occurs that puts offshore anglers of our area into ultimate pandemonium. The chaos begins with just one or two boats that head to the Gulf Stream in search of a tug on the line. Typically, these boats return to the dock with decent success, which also sparks interest of more anglers to venture offshore. Then, before you know it, dozens of boats are returning to the dock with incredible tales all revolving around one thing: the late spring mahi mahi run.