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Today's News

  • Think kindly of good journalists

    Every time I hear someone blame news media for any or all of the world’s ills, I want to shake him.

    I can’t say all journalists are free of bias, or report data correctly at all times, or act completely without malice, or that sharing news to serve the common good is their sole motivation, because it’s not true.

  • Economy, education issues threaten Brunswick County’s progress

    Two news items in this edition are cause for concern.
    One is the report that the North Carolina House defeated a bill last week that could have secured economic development funding linked to Brunswick County’s effort to bring a new business into one of its industrial parks.
    The other is the report that the Brunswick County school district has lost 181 of its 840 teachers in the past school year.

  • Sunset Beach bridge operator Bill Prince dies

    Bill Prince loved the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge, so much so he taught himself how to craft replicas of the old span and even got a job as one of its operators.

    Nearly two decades after learning how to build and operate the old bridge, the Tabor City native has died — succumbing to a sudden illness Aug. 20 at 61.

    Prince was one of six operators who lost their jobs after the old bridge was finally shut down to make way for the new $44 million high-rise bridge towering above it on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2010.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Aug. 18-24

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents.

    Aug. 19

    Injury to personal property, Sunset Boulevard Causeway.

    Aug. 20

    Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, larceny, 908 Resort Circle.

    Aug. 24

    Assault on a female on Seaside Road.

  • OIB sand sculpture contest Aug. 30

    Beach hands will be getting creative as well as sandy Labor Day weekend when the Ocean Isle Beach family sand sculpture contest gets under way.

    The annual competition is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, behind the community center at 44 E. First St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Rules and applications are available at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at Ocean Isle Beach or by emailing Pam Batchelor at pbatchelor123@gmail.com.

  • Music legend Ralph Stanley comes to BCC on Sept. 9

    At 87, he’s still entertaining the masses with his haunting tenor and accompanying banjo with no retirement in sight.

    On Sept. 9, legendary Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys are kicking off the new concert season at Brunswick Community College with a 7:30 p.m. concert in Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    “This was supposed to be his final tour, but he has come out with a press statement that says he’s not going to quit,” said auditorium director Mike Sapp.

  • Reels are starting to sing again

    By Capt. Derek Treffinger

     The king mackerel fishing has finally started to improve this week. Good catches of 15- to 30-pound fish were coming from hard bottom areas and ledges in 60 to 75 feet of water. This can only mean one thing — the kings are on the move back inshore. Cooler air and water temperatures will trigger these fish to move near shore. Once the water temperatures reaches the ideal 72 to 76 degrees, there is almost a guaranteed bite somewhere between the beach and shark hole.

  • Questions, questions about how to catch fish

     Delane and Jessica Edwards from the Whiteville area fished with me Friday, Aug. 22. Delane Edwards started right out of the gate with the usual questions, “How long you been doing this, Captain?” “Do you think we will catch anything today, Captain?” “How old are you, Captain?” “Where you from, Captain?”

  • Grand jury

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases on Aug. 18 during a grand jury session:

    Carrissa Best, failure to appear on felony.

    Ricky Bowens, possession of firearm by felon.

    Rodrick R. Bryant, two counts of aggravating factors.

    Johnathan Callihan, receive stolen goods/property.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 13, 14, 15 and 18 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Wednesday, Aug 13

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Patricia M. Acri, PG improper equipment.