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Today's News

  • County commissioners to establish economic development department

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted to dissolve the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission after members of the EDC’s board of directors resigned their positions,

    As a result, the EDC will be a new county department led by County Manager Ann Hardy as the county begins its search for a new director of the department.

    Jim Bradshaw, the EDC’s executive director, announced he would retire and the EDC would become a contractor to Brunswick County by Oct. 1 at a commissioners’ meeting June 23.

  • Detectives seek Calabash vehicle break-in culprits

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office seeks the community's help in identifying those responsible for a series of vehicle break-ins in and around Calabash.

    Multiple items, including credit cards, were stolen from a vehicle in the Meadowlands neighborhood early the morning of June 11, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued June 30. The credit cards were used to make purchases at various businesses in South Carolina.

  • Shark attack victim continues recovery at children’s hospital

     Two children who were injured in separate shark attacks less than two miles apart more than two weeks ago in Oak Island are recovering from their injuries as fundraisers for each have been established to help offset their medical bills and travel expenses.

    Sixteen-year-old Hunter Treschl, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and 12-year-old Kiersten Yow, of Archdale, lost parts of their left arms during the shark attacks June 14. Yow also suffered significant injuries to her left leg.

  • County sells old hospital property, deal closed Monday

     BOLIVIA — The sale of the old community hospital property has officially closed.

    After the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution at an emergency meeting Friday, June 26, that placed the county in the final stages of the closing process, the county’s attorneys sealed the deal Monday, June 29, Assistant County Attorney Bryan Batton said.

    The closing includes a three-day revocation period before the county can officially receive the $750,000 from Centre Development Co., which purchased the hospital property.

  • Phone scams reported in Brunswick County

     Another telephone scam, in which someone calls residents while posing as a government employee, is making its way through Brunswick County, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    “Basically someone is calling claiming to be from our office and stating that the person failed to appear for jury duty and if they don't pay via a pre-loaded money card (such as a Green Dot card) they will be arrested and jailed,” Flax wrote in a Friday, June 25, news release. “The number showing on caller ID is a 910-465 number.”

  • Project Lazarus coalition discusses drug overdose prevention

     BOLIVIA — More than a year ago, Wilkes County native Fred Brazon welcomed health care professionals and other local leaders from across the southeast region to Bolivia for a presentation about opioid overdoses in Brunswick County.

    Months after Brazon’s presentation, then-Brunswick County deputy health director Fred Michael helped organize a team of coalition members that would lead an effort to combat the issue in the county through Project Lazarus.

  • Leland police seek information about golf course damage

    Leland police are asking for assistance from anyone who has information about recent damage to Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest golf course, off U.S. 17.

    Officers think someone drove on the course, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage, sometime early Sunday morning, June 28. The course, opened five years ago, was ranked No. 11 among the best courses to play in North Carolina in 2014 by Golfweek magazine, according to its website, capefearnational.com.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 371-1100.

  • Tornado touches down near Sandy Creek

     A tornado touched down near Sandy Creek late Saturday afternoon, according the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

    Reid Hawkins, an NWS meteorologist and science officer, said a small, EF-0 tornado touched down just east of Sandy Creek about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27.

    Hawkins said an EF-0 tornado has winds that reach a maximum of 70 mph, adding the twister caused some roof and fence damage, knocked down a tree and moved a tractor.

  • Checking stations nets 10 DWI charges, 49 citations

     A traffic checkpoint held Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27, resulted in more than 15 arrests and several citations as the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office teamed with neighboring counties to host Operation Firecracker.

    The checking station began at 11 p.m. just north of U.S. 17 and Smith Avenue in Shallotte. Brunswick County deputies teamed with deputies from the Columbus and New Hanover County sheriff’s offices and officers with the Shallotte Police Department to host the checking station.

  • School board approves principal, assistant principal changes

     Three weeks after approving several personnel changes that changed leadership at six Brunswick County Schools, the Brunswick County Board of Education approved eight additional personnel moves following a human resources and finance committee meeting June 23.

    Five Brunswick County elementary schools will welcome new administrators to their respective campuses during the 2015-16 school year, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki wrote in a news release.