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Today's News

  • Deputies investigate shot fired at school bus

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report about gun fired at a Brunswick County Schools bus about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

    A bus window was damaged, but no one was hurt.

    Someone called dispatchers to report the shooting near Jones Street and Green Lewis Road in Bolivia, according to a joint news release from the sheriff’s office and school district.

    Deputies who responded determined the shot came from a BB gun accidentally fired by a child at one of the homes in the neighborhood.

  • Shallotte police seek man who damaged coin-operated machine

    Police detectives are looking for the middle-aged white man who damaged coin-operated machines in Shallotte.

    The man wears glasses. He was seen wearing a Nike hoodie with a jacket during one break-in and wearing a hat with flames on the bill, a flannel long-sleeved shirt and blue denim jeans in another.

    Anyone with information is asked to call police 754-6008 and asking to speak to Detective Sgt. John Holman or Detective Cory McLamb, or send a private message through the department’s Facebook page.

  • Novant Health restricts access to avoid spread of flu

    Novant Health is asking the community to keep visitors 12 and younger out of most of its acute care facilities, including Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Supply, until further notice because of the widespread outbreak of the flu virus.

    Those 13 and older who are experiencing runny nose, sore throat, fever or cough are also encouraged not to visit patients being treated at Novant Health facilities. However, people who are seeking treatment at hospitals are not subject to the restriction.

  • Coastal agency seeks new members

    The N.C. Division of Coastal Management is seeking applications from citizens and community organizations to fill vacancies on the local advisory committees for the North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve sites.

    The local advisory committees consist of citizens and representatives from community organizations, government agencies, and non-governmental partner organizations who provide division staff with guidance and feedback regarding program activities and management of the reserve sites.

  • Free AARP Tax-Aide available in county

    AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free high-quality income tax assistance, free federal and state tax preparation and free electronic filing. The service is available to low and moderate income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. You do not have to be an AARP member or retired to take advantage of this free service.

    IRS certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will discuss your tax situation with you, answer your questions, and then prepare and electronically file your tax return.

  • I just can’t get 2017 to go away

    One of my sisters and her family, along with our parents, spent last weekend on a cruise ship.

    The timing couldn’t have been better for them as they were able to escape the second snowfall of the year to dump on Raleigh.

    And my parents got to trade in living on the coast of Florida for visiting an island off the coast of Florida for a few days.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week, the General Assembly almost shut down because of 6 inches of snow in Raleigh; however, I was able to bring some of it here to Brunswick County.

  • You decide: What’s the future of retail buying?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    As 2018 kicks off, there’s good news and bad news for retail sellers. The good news is that consumers opened their pockets wider for the Christmas holiday buying season than at any time in the last decade. Aggregate retail spending at the end of 2017 is expected to be up 4 percent to 5 percent when all the receipts are in.

  • New year is finally in gear with local events

    This, to me, is when the new year really begins in Brunswick County — not Jan. 1, when we’re still recovering from the holidays.

    Last Tuesday, Jan. 16, was the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting to kick off its plans for the year, an event preceded by the annual chairman’s awards gala Jan. 8. As a member of the chamber’s board of directors, I attended both.

  • County should maintain a stand against offshore drilling

    In less than 30 days, Brunswick County

    commissioners will decide whether to maintain opposition to seismic testing and offshore drilling. In the meantime, they are tasked with reviewing updated information about these issues.

    Last week, they reversed a July 6, 2015, county resolution that endorsed state and federal government steps to allow for offshore oil and natural gas development along the Atlantic coast.