Today's News

  • Volunteers once again coming to aid of Brunswick County Animal Shelter



    Brunswick County Animal Services is reviving a volunteer program, this time to assist with follow-up of its spay-neuter program.

    David Swain, director at the county animal shelter on Green Swamp Road (N.C. 211) said about 20 people have offered to help.

    “So I’ve got plenty right now for what we have,” he said.

    March 8 was the cutoff date for people interested in participating to submit names.

    Swain is compiling a list he hopes to have in place this week.

  • Calabash Fire Department gets $132,335 federal grant to buy equipment



    CALABASH—Fire Chief Randy Bork has a list of items a recently bestowed grant will be used to buy for the Calabash Fire Department.

    That’s because the $132,335 U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant has a built-in earmark for how it’s to be spent.

  • County to aid effort supporting commercial fishing site



    Brunswick County commissioners have informally agreed to help move forward efforts to secure a commercial fishing resource site next to the new Oak Island bridge.

    The approval comes with a stipulation local fishermen will need to form their own nonprofit organization, because the county doesn’t want to get involved in the commercial fishing industry.

    A majority of fishermen voting at a recent meeting in Bolivia indicated they favor establishing the site next to the new Oak Island bridge.

  • Commissioners appoint committee to meet with New Hanover about Southeastern Center

    BOVLIA—Two county commissioners and two county administrators will meet with officials from Southeastern Center for Mental Health and New Hanover County to discuss a funding agreement for Southeastern’s proposed new administrative building.

    Commissioners on Monday appointed commissioners Phil Norris and Charles Warren to join county manager Marty Lawing and assistant county manager Steve Stone to discuss with New Hanover and Southeastern officials Brunswick County’s future share of the news 25,000-square-foot facility proposed by Southeastern.

  • Carolina Shores OKs drainage help in community



    CAROLINA SHORES—Larry and Cherry Thurman loved building and retiring to their new home on a cul-de-sac overlooking a pond two-and-a-half years ago.

    But an abundance of recent rain has brought the water a little too close for comfort in the backyard in the Village at Calabash community.

    Since January, rising water from the 5-acre retention pond has spilled into their yard. Because the pond has no drainage system, the water hasn’t ebbed and continues to stand just a few feet from their house.

  • Men featured in 'A Better Man' share stories with Brunswick County audience

    Four of the stories in “A Better Man: True American Heroes Speak to Young Men on Love, Power, Pride and What it Really Means to Be a Man,” came to life Monday at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Ron Johnson, Rusty Petrea, Tim Seibles and Leighton Smith came to Brunswick County to share stories of how they became better men. They gave words of advice and encouragement that could benefit anyone—man or woman.

  • Board to vote whether to continue drug tests

    BOLIVIA—Legal counsel for the Brunswick County Board of Education is recommending a policy change, which will no longer require drug testing of potential employees.

    Brunswick County Schools currently requires all potential employees to pass a drug test, and other employees may be randomly tested upon suspicion.

  • School officials consider relinquishing Pre-K to private sectors

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools officials are considering relinquishing the Pre-K program from all district elementary schools and giving the available slots to private sectors in an attempt to save the district money during the next fiscal year.

    Faye Nelson, director of instructional and accountability services, presented the idea to members of the Brunswick County Board of Education at a finance committee meeting Tuesday afternoon.

  • Get schooled on gangs at upcoming presentations

    Are gangs in Brunswick County?

    Deputy Jason Fennell of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says yes, but it’s a national issue that can be prevented if communities choose to be proactive.

    Fennell will facilitate “Getting Schooled on Gangs,” an informational presentation for adults only, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at West Brunswick High School, and 6 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at North Brunswick High School. The presentation at South Brunswick High School has been postponed, and a new date and time will be announced soon.

  • Man speaks of his involvement with Apollo 12 mission

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—James Harrington sees a parallel between his life and the space program.

    “It has its ups and downs,” he said.

    But through it all, he found out one thing.

    “One thing I see more and more of after doing this especially is the Lord is always with us,” he said. “And I can point out exactly where, in Apollo 12 and 13, exactly where he stepped in and took over. We may not have known about it and some people may not believe, but I know he was there.”