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Today's News

  • County, towns track Senate Bill 846 on tax distribution

    Brunswick County officials are keeping watch on a Senate bill that could cut Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenues for the county and its 19 municipalities.

    County commissioners reviewed Senate Bill 846 during a budget workshop May 31 and voted unanimously for a resolution opposing the changes to LOST distribution.

    County Manger Ann Hardy updated commissioners on the bill filed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown on May 10 and passed on first reading in the Senate on May 11, the same day it was referred to the finance committee, where it remains.

  • Believeland’s faithful finally rewarded

    If you run into Jackie Torok or Norm Harding in the next few days, or weeks even, give them a big smile and congratulations.

    You see, Jackie and Norm are Cleveland fans.

    It’s a big week for them as their faith was, for once, rewarded with the Cavaliers’ uphill run to the NBA title.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we got closer to a budget for 2016-17, we passed a major regulatory reform bill and we welcomed some important visitors from back home.

  • SHIIP not just for seniors

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist The services of SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, are not only for people 65 and older. SHIIP also provides free counseling about Medicare to people on Medicare because of a disability.

    Before you can receive Medicare because of a disability, you must have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for a period of time.

  • You decide: What can we learn from the 1970s gas crisis?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Two important events happened in my life 40 years ago. I met my future wife. And I was an unwilling participant of the decade’s gas crisis.

    The first event went well; my wife and I have been married for 36 years. While the second event, the gas crisis, wasn’t fun at the time, it has provided some lessons for how public policy makers respond to shortages in key commodities, like gasoline.

  • Be aware of elder abuse

    As we begin our two-part series on scams in our community and how to fight against them, we feel it is important to call attention to one aspect of these crimes related to another type of crime: elder abuse.

    Brunswick County’s 65-and-older population in 2010 was 21.4 percent and grew to 27 percent in 2014, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data.

  • Victory, at long last, after lifetime of loyalty

    Fifty-two years is how long my hometown, Cleveland, Ohio, has been waiting for a champion. For some folks, it’s a lifetime.

    Until this past Sunday, Browns, Indians and Cavaliers fans, like my brother and me, have only been able to see winning teams through the eyes of our parents and grandparents.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on June 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 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.

     

    Monday, June 6

    Judge William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register:

  • 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 June 13 during a grand jury session:

    Shane Bradley Battles, 30 counts of possession stolen firearm, two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny after breaking/entering, two counts of safecracking, two counts of possession stolen goods/property.

    Jamar Lee Bell, domestic violence protective order violation, assault on a female, habitual felon.

  • Landscapes don’t necessarily need turf

     It’s easy to get excited about working in the lawn and garden when spring first arrives, but now that Father’s Day weekend is past us, the heat may have you wishing for less mowing, fertilizing and weeding to do. If your green spaces have become more of a burden than a joy, it’s time for a “garden philosophical shift.” Consider a new design that reduces turf areas and incorporates “hardscapes” such as patios and walkways.