Today's News

  • On Campus with BCC: Why choose online learning?

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Brunswick Community College deans, directors and program chairs use valuable advice from program advisory committees — made up of individuals from businesses, industries and transfer institutions — to make applicable changes to curriculum course offerings and/or in course delivery methods.

  • Thank our firefighters and first responders for service

    By Mike Causey

    Guest Columnist

    While attending the N.C. Association of Fire Chiefs mid-winter conference, I had the opportunity to talk with fire chiefs from all areas of North Carolina. They told me about the stress many firefighters have been under during the first few weeks of 2018.

    The reason: The cold weather we experienced during the first month of the year — the frigid weather in many parts of the state — triggered an extraordinary number of fires and fire calls.

  • Maintain Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging progress

    Almost a year ago, concerned citizens including local boat captains spoke before the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners, and then the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners, to voice their worries about shoaling in Lockwood Folly Inlet.

    Although dredging was performed in late August and early September, it was for maintenance of the inlet, a temporary fix.

    By the time the next scheduled dredging takes place, it is likely the inlet will be as clogged as it was before — perhaps even worse.

  • Board removes motorcycle Christmas parade ban


  • Benton reflects on career past, talks future at CDS

    LELAND — It was Laurie Benton’s influential teachers, starting in elementary school and lasting through high school, who pushed her to become educated at a collegiate level on how to do just that — educate.

    “One teacher was in fourth grade. Her name was Karen Belk. She was fourth grade but we’re still friends, I’m friends with her on Facebook and (I’ve) met up with her in Charlotte,” Benton said.

  • Former teacher assistant accused of sex crimes against children

    A former teacher assistant is accused of committing sex crimes against children.

    Andrew Timothy Hodge, 32, of Mount Misery Road in Leland was arrested Feb. 12 after a joint investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security.

    He is charged with taking indecent liberties with a child and four counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

  • Calabash woman charged with identity theft

    A Calabash woman is accused of stealing another woman’s purse and using her credit cards.

    Emily Sue Anne Burcham, 27, of Thomasboro Road was arrested Feb. 1 and charged with identity theft, seven counts of obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor larceny.

  • School board approves snow day calendar changes

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a revised 2017-18 school calendar, thanks to January’s snow, at their monthly board meeting Feb. 6.

    Because of the 1,025 instructional hours requirement, district spokesman Daniel Seamans said, Jan. 5 and 8 are forgiven for students.

    Jan. 3 was made up Jan. 23 and Jan. 4 will be made up on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 19.

  • District court docket for Jan. 29, 30 and 31


    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 29, 30 and 31 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, Jan. 29

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following case with prosecutor Sarah B. McPherson and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham-Evans:

  • Numbers that add up to the perfect snack

    Did you know 2 ounces of popcorn kernels makes about 8 cups of popcorn containing about 240 calories and costs about 30 cents? Naturally low in fat and gluten-free, these numbers add up to the perfect snack to have on hand this time of the year.

    Popcorn is a simple yet satisfying whole grain and makes for a great choice when trying to lose holiday weight. The fiber in popcorn makes you feel fuller longer, which helps curb hunger.


    Stovetop popcorn tips