Today's News

  • BCC offers programs for ‘Plus 50’ students

     Not every student at Brunswick Community College recently graduated from high school.

    Thanks to a Plus 50 Initiative launched in 2013, students 50 and older are taking advantage of the courses offered at the local college.

  • Leland amends development planning, reverses U.S. 17 zoning

    LELAND — Leland town council members approved including transportation impact analysis in development planning to better prepare for future use of town roads.

    When the main through roads become congested, people often use roads in the neighborhoods that were not intended for through traffic, Leland senior planner Ashli Barefoot said during the Sept. 17 town meeting.

  • Supply man found guilty of indecent liberties with a child

     A judge found a Supply man guilty of a felony charge involving the sexual assault of a child last week in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Judge Ebern T. Watson found 44-year-old Ramon Gonzalez-Uribe guilty of indecent liberties with a child and assault on a female Thursday, Oct. 1, after a trial that began Sept. 28. Assistant District Attorneys Cathi Radford and Chris Thomas prosecuted the case.

  • Coastal issues lawyer advises beach protection group

    BOLIVIA — The former Brunswick Beaches Consortium (BBC) has chosen to work together informally, but sought advice Sept. 30 on integrating beach sand replacement and waterway dredging.

    The alliance includes former consortium members from Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach, Holden Beach and Brunswick County government.

    The consortium changed its name to Brunswick Shoreline Protection as the members will work together on beach protection issues, but will no longer operate under a written agreement.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Early Wednesday morning, Sept. 30, the Senate adjourned after a long and successful session. During this session, the Senate passed crucial legislation that will foster growth and success for the future of our state. We have cut millions in taxes for North Carolina families and small businesses, remodeled our inefficient and ineffective Medicaid program, and increased funding for public education. Here are some more highlights of our accomplishments this session:

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed some major bills concerning the bond issue, farm issues, banning sale of aborted baby body parts, judicial elections and sanctuary cities; we were in session around the clock Sept. 29-30; and we adjourned the 2015 session early Wednesday morning, Sept. 30.

  • Is another recession around the corner?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Much of the economic news has been rather gloomy recently. There have been wild swings in the stock market, with multi-hundred point losses on some days. The Chinese economy may be in freefall, while Europe is dealing with thousands of refugees from the war-torn Middle East.

  • Weather response deserves kudos

    By all accounts, the rainfall that soaked Brunswick County as a result of Hurricane Joaquin and the storm system following it constituted a historic event, the likes of which we have not seen in decades. While the hurricane never made landfall, it was the first part of a one-two punch of precipitation that left many residents along our coast and farther inland temporarily trapped in their homes and caused flood damage as though the hurricane had blown through the area.

  • Help me help you help us

    Every week, without fail, I get dozens of emails that start out, “Can you publish this in your next edition?”
    More often than not, the answer is yes — if the email gets to me, and gets to me in time.
    If the email doesn’t get to me in time, the answer isn’t as certain. And any time my answer is no, it disappoints me as much as it does the senders. One “no” is one too many, but I’m even more beholden to deadlines than they are.

  • Sapp Rising! concert comes to aid of auditorium manager

    For nearly 23 years, Mike Sapp has quietly served as manager of Odell Williamson Auditorium, lining up an annual concert series, special events and assorted name-drop-worthy artists like Willie Nelson.

    For all the spotlights surrounding him, Sapp has always preferred to remain behind the scenes for these ongoing stage acts regularly entertaining local audiences at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    But a special concert lined up this Sunday will be a little different.