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Today's News

  • Customers voice opposition to H2GO water plant plan

    BELVILLE — Water customers who attended a Feb. 19 meeting at Belville Elementary would rather have the state tear down H2GO than pay for the construction of a water treatment plant.

    That was the reaction from more than 100 customers who came to the meeting organized by Ralph Maggio, a resident of Magnolia Greens who began questioning the need for H2GO’s planned reverse osmosis water plant after learning about it at a January informational meeting in his neighborhood.

  • Harsh winter weather forces closings in Brunswick County

     Many Brunswick County organizations and facilities were closed Tuesday, Feb. 24, and into the following day as more freezing rain and ice fell in the southeastern region of North Carolina.

    The National Weather Service in Wilmington warned residents of hazardous driving conditions caused by a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain, NWS meteorologist Josh Weiss said in the latest threat assessment released Feb. 24.

  • Belville agrees to put ABC revenue back into store expansion

    BELVILLE — Belville officials will take less revenue from one of the town’s ABC stores to pay for its expansion sooner than later.

    In January, ABC board chairman Joe Henson told town commissioners of plans to expand the Waterford store.

    Henson said ABC Store 1, on River Road, has room for merchandise and customers but ABC Store 2, on Olde Waterford Way, is too small to display all the products they keep in stock. So ABC Store 2 is expanding into an open suite next to the current location.

  • Leland allows alcohol sales at five community events

    LELAND — Three out of four Leland commissioners approved a proposal to offer alcohol at five community events in the town park in the spring and summer.

    But it was a decision the fourth commissioner, Jane Crowder, “vehemently opposed.”

    In December 2013 the town council amended the code of ordinances to allow consumption and possession of malt beverages and unfortified wine on town property under certain circumstances with council approval.

  • School board revises instructional materials challenge process

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education tweaked a pair of policies concerning instructional materials and parental review of instruction materials during a policy committee meeting Thursday, Feb. 19.

    A pair of book challenges during the 2013-14 school year prompted the minor changes to Policy 3205, Selection of Media and Supplementary Materials, and 3210, Parental Review of Instructional Resources, Media and Materials.

  • Medicaid funds will allow Social Services improvements without budget increase

    When budget talks start, department heads usually struggle with increasing staff and updating technology in the same year, but the Department of Social Services will be able to do both without asking for additional county funding in 2015-16.

    David Stanley, executive director of the county’s health and human services department, which oversees health and social services, recently told Brunswick County commissioners an increase in Medicaid funding will cover upgrades in the social services.

  • Student shares testimony during CIS celebration kickoff

     BOLIVIA — Communities In Schools of Brunswick County made quite the impact on West Brunswick High School student Paige Lowery.

  • BCC one of fastest growing community colleges in the state

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the country, recent data show.

    Community College Week, an online publication that provided enrollment data in a December 2014 report, placed Brunswick Community College as the 18th-fastest growing community college with an enrollment under 2,500 students in the United States, Sharon Thompson, BCC’s vice president of academic affairs, announced at the BCC Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 19.

  • Leland man charged with assault, spitting on officer

     A man accused of spitting on a Leland police officer faces a slew of charges in Brunswick County.

    Deputies arrested 32-year-old John Ashley Crisp on Saturday, Feb. 21, and charged him with assault on a female and assault by strangulation, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

    A warrant shows Crisp punched the victim in the head and grabbed her by the neck, leaving bruises.

  • Shallotte jackpot winner claims multi-million-dollar prize

    A single mother from Shallotte has come forward to claim her $188 million Powerball prize, making her the largest jackpot winner in state history.

    Until recently, Marie Holmes of Shallotte supported her four children by working jobs at Wal-Mart, Food Lion, KFC, McDonald’s and Subway. The 26-year-old’s life changed forever when her Powerball ticket matched all six numbers in the Feb. 11 drawing, winning her a third of the $564 million jackpot.