Today's News

  • County adopts $198.6 million budget with no tax increase, no benefit reductions

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have unanimously approved a $198.6 million budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 with no reductions in staff, tax increases or reduction in benefits.

    To do that, however, the county is using $3.8 million from its fund balance, or savings account, something commissioners warned might result in cuts next year if the economy doesn’t turn around.

  • County confirms two adult cases of H1N1

    The Brunswick County Health Department has been informed of two cases of confirmed H1N1 novel virus in adults, one in Winnabow, another in Bolivia.

    The victims have been treated and asked to voluntarily stay at home for seven days, officials say.

    “We know the H1N1 virus is in our area. Seasonal flu is almost over so we will assume any person with flu-like symptoms has H1N1. There really is no need to test. The treatment is the same no matter which strain,” Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey said this week.

  • Team Effort volunteers roll up their sleeves to help

    They came from South Carolina and Florida, paying $200 each to work hard for seven weeks—gardening, washing houses, building decks, running errands, clearing yards and tearing down old structures.

    Fifteen members of Team Effort, a Christian youth ministry dedicated to helping those in need, were back at Ocean View Baptist Church in Ocean Isle Beach this year, providing services to the elderly and others in need.

    The group of “campers” stayed at the church, worked from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. four days each week and ended each day with a worship service.

  • Federal grand jury reviews Easley's, family's travel records

    The same day a federal grand jury convened in Raleigh to scrutinize former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley’s travel records, Gov. Bev Perdue implemented a new policy for maintaining travel records.

    On May 20, when a federal grand jury assembled at the Terry Sanford Federal Building in Raleigh to review travel records subpoenaed through the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Perdue ordered the state departments of Crime Control and Public Safety and Highway Patrol to implement new required travel records retention for security details assigned to the governor and lieutenant governor.

  • Botanical garden sights: Plants put on a daily show at Brunswick Botanical Gardens

    One of the great things about my day job is my window looks out on a portion of the Brunswick Botanical Garden at the Government Complex around Building N in Bolivia. The garden continues to evolve with more new crape myrtles, but there are lots of other interesting plants that are putting on a show right now.

  • Cooler temperatures bring pests to the local landscape

    The weather has been cooler than normal for us this spring but the summer heat will come soon enough and we will be longing for those cooler days.

    With the cooler temperatures from our extended spring we have had more than usual swarming of bees. Plants have also suffered a bit from the cooler weather we had earlier. The turf grasses have been delayed and some are still struggling to put on some good growth. Mowing, maintaining good watering practices and fertilizing may help some of the grasses grow better.

    So, what are people finding out there now?

  • Fruits and foliage may be dinner; beware of the Japanese beetle: Part I

    As I was wandering through the garden, to my horror, I saw the evil Japanese beetles munching down on my tree and shrub leaves.

    Beetles are a real pest at this time of year. Following is the information from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service on Japanese beetles. This article is based on information from N.C. State University Extension Service and will be a two-part series:

  • Sands-Farmer

    Stefanie Jean Sands and John Andrew Farmer of Charlotte were married April 25 at St. Mary’s Chapel in Charlotte.

    The bride is the daughter of Jerry and Marsha Sands of Shallotte and the granddaughter of Mildred Noblett of Shallotte.

    The groom is the son of Johnny and Joy Farmer of Chesterfield, S.C.

    The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

  • Being prepared is half the battle during anxious times

    It’s that time of year again. The local media has begun the annual hurricane awareness campaign. The “season” may last five months, but the advance warnings add both time and trepidation, giving us a six-month readiness program to offset the six-month reprieve.

    Kits, tracking maps and weather radios are available and urgently advised. Foodstuffs and important papers need to be acquired and safely stashed. Valuables must be secured. “Get ready for the big one,” is the articulated message. It is also the portent of a clear and present danger.

  • Kindergarten teacher arrested on drug charges

    A kindergarten teacher at Virginia Williamson Elementary School has been arrested on six drug related charges.

    According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Candice Brooke Smith, of Apt. 3007 Royal Poste Rd., Sunset Beach, was arrested Monday on the following charges: one count of possession of drug paraphernalia; one count of possession of schedule II controlled substance; two counts of conspire to sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance; and two counts of obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery.