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Today's News

  • Health director unhappy with commissioners’ vote to eliminate animal control officer

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey said he’s made the tough decisions, actively cutting positions within his department and laying off employees.

    Now, Yousey, who oversees the county’s animal services department, wants to keep one position county officials want to eliminate through the county’s Reduction in Force (RIF) through attrition policy.

    Yousey said he’s made enough cuts to his department, and he wants to keep the animal control officer position. 

  • State eliminates Bad Check Program

    District Attorney Jon David announced the district’s Bad Check Program has been eliminated.

    The program, which includes Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties, was eliminated March 1, according to a press release from David’s office.

    The decision, made by the Administrative Office of the Courts in Raleigh, was part of a larger statewide effort to reduce the state’s budget deficit.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office ACE Roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Commissioners vote to end utilities hardship program

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have voted to terminate a hardship program for the county’s low-income water and sewer customers.

    A legal opinion from the University of North Carolina School of Government found the county’s utility hardship program, funded through the county’s enterprise fund, was not in compliance with state law.

  • Sorry, Charlie. Your owner’s got to do this one on her own

    N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue thinks you’re dumb.

    Well, maybe that’s a little extreme. Let’s put it this way: Perdue thinks her dog Charlie is smarter than you.

    I’m guessing by now I’ve not only gotten your attention, but probably ticked you off a little bit, so let me explain.

    On our fair governor’s website, there’s a new tool—more like a game, really, in which you, along with Perdue’s best canine friend Charlie, can do what Perdue and her Democratic henchmen cannot—balance the state budget.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Holiday Street in Supply; suspect cut and removed victim’s copper pipe.

    •Property damage and breaking and entering on Boones Neck Road in Supply; suspect pried open victim’s home and damaged a metal door.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Feb. 21-17, K-9 deputies issued 17 citations and made 14 drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies set up checkpoints at Hickmans Crossroads, Sellers Road, Green Swamp road, Village Point Road, Shell Point Road, Old Ocean Highway and Kirby Road.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • 'Showtime at the Apollo' delivers an inspiring show

     

    ‘Showtime at the Apollo’ was a superb production

    Inspirational. Creative. Talented.

    I could go on and on about the students who participated in last weekend’s performances of “Showtime at the Apollo” at West Brunswick High School. I was simply blown away  Saturday by the range of talent and depth of insight and energy put into the show.

  • DSS board members, commissioners to meet to discuss terminated attorney

    BOLIVIA—In the latest installment of the bizarre happenings of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, board members have requested to meet with county commissioners to discuss terminated DSS attorney Gary Shipman.

    No meeting date has been set, but assistant county manager Steve Stone, who serves as the liaison to the board of social services, said commissioners have agreed to the meeting.

  • Undefeated Cedar Grove Middle School boys basketball team brings home championship

    SUPPLY—For a basketball team to play the entire season undefeated and win the championship game “just doesn’t happen,” Cedar Grove basketball coach Mark Deese said.

    But the Cedar Grove Middle School boys’ basketball team beat all odds and ended the season with a 10-0 record. The team won eight regular season games and two in the final tournament, which included the championship game against Shallotte Middle School on Thursday, Feb. 17.