Today's News

  • District court docket for March 29, 30 and 31.


    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on March 29, 30 and 31 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Wednesday, March 29

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Knights score six in seventh, defeat Trojans

    SHALLOTTE — North Davidson defeated West Brunswick 7-3 April 12 in the championship game of the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational baseball tournament on Mike Alderson Field.

    The Knights, the defending Class 4A state champions, scored six runs with two outs in the top of the seventh in taking the 7-3 lead.

    West starter Johnathon Carlyle had given up one hit through six innings. He gave up a leadoff hit in the top of the seventh but a strikeout and a flyball left the Trojans one out from victory.

  • Scorpions defeat Wakefield

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    North Brunswick beat Wakefield 2-1 April 12 in a consolation game of the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational on Mike Alderson Field.

    The Scorpions scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth. Joey Matthews led off and walked. He stole second and Zack Brown bunted him to third. Trenton Chasteen bunted home the go-ahead run.

  • EMS headquarters in Shallotte named for Mark Gore

    SHALLOTTE — Mark Gore left such an impression on Brunswick County’s emergency medical services, the county named the EMS headquarters in Shallotte after him.

    Gore was the director of operations for Brunswick County EMS who died suddenly at his home Oct. 1, 2016, at 55.

    Friends, family and coworkers congregated at the BCEMS headquarters building at 40 Nabor Drive in Shallotte on Friday morning for the dedication.

  • Leland looks at 20-cent tax rate to add police officers

    LELAND — Leland’s town council received an update on budget preparations April 5, with staff making cuts in several areas while adding costs for the fire department.

    In December 2016, Leland ended its contract for services with Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department with the intent to either acquire the LVFRD as the town fire department or create a town fire department separate from LVFRD.

  • Rap concert denied twice

    A Rick Ross rap concert touted the past two weeks did not go off as planned April 7 because the event didn’t receive permit approval from Brunswick County.

    Concert promoter Alonza Mitchell failed to provide information required to complete the permit application process, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

    Concert promotions begun in March originally announced the show would take place April 7 at Navassa Park.

  • New ladder truck finalized for OIB fire department

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — After two years of planning, Ocean Isle Beach is finalizing the purchase of a new ladder truck for the fire department.

    Fire Chief Robert Yoho sought a grant for a ladder truck since 2015 but after applications were denied over several grant cycles, the town decided to move forward with financing the replacement truck.

    The fire department bought its first used aerial truck, which had been in service since 1972, in the early 1990s and then replaced it with a 70-foot ladder truck in 1995, which is still in service with the town.

  • Brunswick Christian Recovery Center needs community’s help

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    Addiction to alcohol and drugs is now front-page news. Many who pooh-poohed the whole addiction thing are now dealing with loved ones in the throes of a slow death.

    We all have someone in our family or close by who is in the battle of their lives.

    When you are on drugs, that’s all you think about.

    You certainly don’t spend time checking on the purity or quality of what you are about to snort or inject.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a major regulations bill that helped Brunswick County, we passed a revision of the state board of elections and we passed school calendar bills I opposed.

    Committees were meeting every hour last week, sometimes two and three at a time. Most committees had multiple bills before them, often a half dozen or dozen at a time. For example, the House Transportation Committee on April 4 handled seven bills.

  • We, the public, are the ultimate government watchdogs

    There was a really great story in The Washington Post last week that grabbed my attention and made my heart sing. It was about the staff of the Booster Redux, the student newspaper of Pittsburg High School in Kansas, who questioned the credentials of their new principal. She resigned as a result of their story; it turned out her story didn’t check out.