Today's News

  • MacCallum appointed to commission organized to improve state courts

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County’s Clerk of Court will serve on a commission that will comprehensively evaluate North Carolina’s justice system.

    Jim MacCallum, who was first elected in December 2010, was appointed by Chief Justice Mark Martin to serve on the inaugural North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice.

  • BCAR: Total residential sales increase in August

     The housing market in Brunswick County continues to trend in a positive direction, according to data released Monday by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate sales and average sales price “saw another increase,” Brunswick County Association of Realtors CEO Cynthia Cumbie said in a Sept. 14 news release.

    BCAR also reported total sales increased 25.3 percent between August 2014 and August 2015, from $48.23 million last year to $60.9 million this year.

  • Local pastors organize rally to support Kentucky clerk

     The impact of a federal judge’s decision to incarcerate a court clerk for her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses has stretched into Brunswick County.

    A day after Rowan County, Ky., clerk of court Kim Davis was released following her incarceration, two Brunswick County pastors hosted a support rally for her Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Rourk Gardens off Main Street in Shallotte.

  • Waccamaw fire chief dismissed, firefighters resign

     Waccamaw Volunteer Fire Department chief has been dismissed following a special meeting Friday, Sept. 11.

    After department’s board of directors fired Jason Coveyou, several firefighters “immediately resigned,” according to a news release from Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Brian Watts that did not identify Coveyou by name.

    Gregg Warren has been appointed the department’s new chief, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

  • Teen drivers safety program holds presentation at two county high schools

     BOILING SPRING LAKES — South Brunswick High School students filled a set of bleachers in the school parking lot last Wednesday afternoon watching a re-enactment of a fatal car wreck.

    The “VIP for VIP Program,” a volunteer service dedicated to encourage safe driving for teenagers, held presentations at North Brunswick and South Brunswick high schools Sept. 8 and Wednesday, Sept. 9, respectively.

  • Release of footage would help strengthen our trust

    With news of officer-involved fatal shootings and allegations of police brutality and misconduct being reported almost daily across the United States, law enforcement may be the most reviled profession in the nation.

  • A plea to Brunswick County residents

    By Sarah Barra

    Guest Columnist


    I’m a mom of three kids who play on our beaches year round. I’m a grownup who wondered at the beauty of this place as a child. I’m also a grownup who understands economics and the reasons people here may believe drilling is a good idea and worth the risk. I ask all to consider the following facts.

  • Was it a sad day for North Carolina retailing?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist


    I moved to North Carolina in 1978. One of the first purchases I made in my new state was a desk.

    To me, having a desk to use for writing and preparing lectures was more important than having a bed. I slept on the floor of my apartment for a year.

    I bought that desk from the old Hudson-Belk department store in downtown Raleigh. I still have it; in fact, it’s one of my most prized possessions. It has a unique curved style, which visitors to my home always admire. 

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend full of relaxation and celebration of America’s workers. As another week came to a close in Raleigh, we have been very busy as we continue our budget negotiations with our counterparts in the House.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we had no votes on bills, we had frequent caucus meetings that stretched more than two hours in some cases, and House and Senate leaders reached a budget compromise.