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Today's News

  • Holden Beach opens dog park on Scotch Bonnet Drive

    HOLDEN BEACH – Holden Beach’s ribbon cutting for a new dog park turned into a doggiepalooza, as dozens of dog owners brought their pals to check out the new facility.

    Dolly and Louis Mitchell attended the ribbon cutting for the new dog park with Ninja, their border collie/lab mix rescue dog.

    Dolly Mitchell said she appreciated having a dog park closer to home.

    “The closest dog parks were the one in Shallotte and one at Myrtle Beach,” Dolly Mitchell said.

  • Economic development leaders receive a lesson in incentives

    LELAND — Brunswick County economic development officials learned a lesson in the changing methods to attract industry from a consultant who selects sites for them.

    Brunswick County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Jim Bradshaw invited Chris Lloyd, a consultant with McGuireWoods Consulting infrastructure and economic development, to speak to the EDC board Thursday, July 10, at the Brunswick Community College’s Leland Center.

    Lloyd said his work as a site selector more often requires him to be a site eliminator.

  • Hewett’s death a tragic ending to a sad story

    Any journalist with an ounce of compassion does not delight in reporting an event like the death of former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett.

    Hewett’s story is familiar to most long-time residents. When he first became sheriff in 1994 at age 31, he was the youngest to be elected to the office in North Carolina. Hewett’s leadership heralded a new era for the sheriff’s office, which was stinging from Herman Strong’s resignation following his conviction on federal drug-smuggling and conspiracy charges.

  • Look at all these rumors ...

    Here I am again, writing my weekly column almost at the last minute, wondering what insight I can share that would be of interest to readers.

  • Proper recognition due for Ruth Mincey

    By Sue Edwards

    Guest Columnist

    Ruth Mincey celebrated her 90th birthday this past January. In 1986, she and her husband were two of the original founders of Bonaparte Baptist Church. She serves as treasurer and secretary of the church, tirelessly performing duties that so often go unrecognized and many times are simply thought of as being just something else “Ruth will handle.” This is an attempt to properly give her recognition.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The representative’s legislative updates will continue to be published for the duration of the General Assembly’s short session, which has been extended beyond its expected July 1 conclusion.

     

  • Former sheriff involved in struggle before death

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died in the New Hanover County jail Saturday afternoon, July 12, following a physical altercation with jailers, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said.

    Hewett, 51, was arrested Wednesday, July 9, on a possession of a firearm by a felon charge, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was in custody at the New Hanover County jail after an initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington on Thursday, July 10.

  • Superintendent to resign after coming school year

     BOLIVIA — After 16 hours over a span of three weeks, the Brunswick County Board of Education finalized the superintendent’s evaluation.

    However, it was Superintendent Edward Pruden’s announcement following the completion of the evaluation that caused the biggest stir inside the administrative offices of Brunswick County Schools on Tuesday, July 15.

    At the end of the 2014-15 school year, Pruden informed the board, he will resign.

  • Defining prescription painkiller misuse and abuse

     Editor’s note: This is the second story in a six-part biweekly series examining the prescription painkiller problem in Brunswick County. The first story in this series was published July 3.   

      

    There’s a fine line between misuse and abuse. But both can be deadly.

    Brunswick County leaders are working to combat a growing problem of prescription painkiller misuse and abuse.

  • Schools operations staff holds annual conference

     BOLIVIA — While at times the Brunswick County superintendent and board of education garner much of the attention in the school system, they’d be the first to tell you the operations staff makes the whole school system work.

    The district’s primary goal is to prepare college and career-ready students, but the goal can’t be achieved without clean schools, healthy meals, safe bus rides and much-needed maintenance.