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Today's News

  • Commissioners gearing up for 2010 Census

    BOLIVIA—With the 2010 U.S. Census just around the corner, Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday agreed to establish a Complete Count Committee to ensure Brunswick County’s census data is accurate.

    County manager Marty Lawing said county officials have been meeting with regional Census officials “to try to improve the response.”

    During the last census in 2000, Brunswick County had a response rate of 47 percent, which was less than the national average of 67 percent and less than the statewide average of 64 percent.

  • Shallotte man arrested for drug possession, manufacturing and trafficking

    A Shallotte man has been arrested and charged with multiple drug charges, including trafficking opium or heroin.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Steve Lanier said drug agents arrested 49-year-old Eddie Thomas Shoe, of 1329 Bricklanding Road, on Dec. 1 after serving a search warrant at Shoe’s home.

    Drug agents seized more than $1,800, five firearms, a Ford F-150 truck and 55 prescription pills, including Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone and Suboxone, Lanier said.

  • Tough times: Dealing grief, loss during the holidays

    The reason most people love the holiday season can be the cause of grief and depression for those who have lost loved ones or are struggling with depression during the season.

    Jean Roney, bereavement counselor with Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter, said help is available for those struggling with grief and depression during the holidays.

  • Term limits discussed, not adopted by county commissioners

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners opted not to limit terms of people serving on commissioner-appointed boards and committees.

    At their regular meeting Monday night, commissioners voted against the measure to impose term limits on certain county boards 4 votes to 1 vote, with commissioner Charles Warren dissenting.

    County attorney Huey Marshall said the committees and boards up for discussion were those without state-mandated terms or term limits.

  • Healthcare amendment process under way in Senate

    Senators have offered several motions and amendments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    Senate healthcare debates are “In the amendment process right now,” David Ward, press secretary for U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said.

    Ward said senators have “taken up amendments from both sides of the aisle.”

    Calling it a “notoriously slow process,” Ward couldn’t offer a timeline on the amendment process.

  • Local law enforcement lauds start of local MADD chapter

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram knows firsthand the impact drunk driving has on families.

    Ingram, whose brother was killed by a drunk driver, said programs like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are beneficial to communities as they raise awareness of how drunk driving affects peoples’ lives.

    Stacey Manning, managing editor of The Brunswick Beacon, is organizing an effort to start a Brunswick County chapter of MADD. The first meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.’s community room on U.S. 17.

  • Commissioners OK interim sewer agreement with Ocean Isle Palms

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners approved an interim sewer agreement with Ocean Isle Palms on Monday.

    The agreement allows for deferred construction of a pump station at Ocean Isle Palms; instead allowing developer Mark Saunders to obtain construction permits before completion of the pump station.

  • Ashley sweeps South Brunswick at home

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Ashley beat South Brunswick 50-45 in a nonconference high school boys’ basketball game Nov. 1.

    It was cancer survivor night at the Cougars’ gym. The players from South had pink shoelaces. The referees had pink whistles. Anyone who knew a cancer survivor was asked to walk around the basketball court.

  • Scorpions swept by Ashley's Screaming Eagles

    LELAND—A poor-shooting first half cost the North Brunswick boys’ varsity basketball team in a 54-39 loss Friday night to the Ashley Screaming Eagles. The Eagles, led by Reid Clark’s 14 points, jumped out to a 10-1 lead and the Scorpions never recovered.

    North looked flat during the game after winning its first two games of the season.

    “It was hard to control them in practice this week,” North coach Travis Lemanski said. “Their heads got a little big after the blowout victory against East Columbus.”

  • Battle of the Beach Saturday at West

    The West Brunswick wrestling team will be host of the Battle of the Beach Saturday. This will be an individual round-robin tourney with team scoring.

    In addition to the Trojans, North Brunswick, Ashley, Lumberton, Clinton and Socastee, S.C., will be participating.

    Wrestling begins at 10 a.m. and is expected to end around 6 p.m. Admission is $5; children 12 and younger admitted free. Junior varsity matches will take place in the auxiliary gym.