Today's News

  • What’s in your cupboard?

     At the beginning of the year, I joined a group on Facebook about “decluttering” your house. The idea is great. It’s spells out ideas on what to do each week of the year to help get your home organized. The concept is to do something little every day and by the end of the year your house will be decluttered.

  • Convicted drug dealers sentenced as habitual felons

     A pair of convicted drug dealers were sentenced as habitual felons in Brunswick County on Feb. 2.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis ordered 23-year-old Timothy Lane Inman, of Supply, to serve a 51- to 74-month sentence in the North Carolina Department of Correction after his conviction on a charge of possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, according to a news release from Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas.

  • School report cards: County on par with rest of state

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools are right on par with state averages based on grades given to each school when the Department of Public Instruction released school performance grades Thursday, Feb. 5.

    That’s the day the State Board of Education approved and released new North Carolina School Report Cards, following the regularly scheduled state board meeting in Raleigh.

  • School board expected to discuss book policy at committee meeting next week

     BOLIVIA — After Brunswick County Schools faced a pair of book challenges during the 2013-14 school year, the school board will discuss a new policy regarding objection to instructional material at its policy committee meeting Thursday, Feb. 19.

    District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said the policy hasn’t been through the “first reading” phase of the process yet, but expects the topic to be on the policy committee meeting agenda.

    Board chairwoman Catherine Cooke said the new policy would provide more clarity.

  • Babson organizes Law Enforcement Appreciation Parade

     SHALLOTTE — Eighty-three-year-old Jervie Babson felt like law enforcement was getting a bad rap in the news lately and wanted to do something about it.

    Babson, a Winnabow resident and member of the Cape Fear Cruisers car club in Wilmington, spearheaded an effort to hold a Law Enforcement Appreciation Parade that began at Leland Town Hall on Saturday, Feb. 7, and ended at Jerome’s Steakhouse in Shallotte around lunchtime.

  • Five people arrested after agents find meth lab in Supply

     Five people were arrested after Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit found a meth lab in Supply on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

    Forty-five-year-old Destry Brant Hall of Southport, 25-year-old Jesse Lee Mills of Bolivia, 27-year-old Matthew Alan Vitale of Myrtle Beach, S.C., 26-year-old Kenneth Odell Smith of Supply and Alice Fay Curl of Leland are each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine precursors, warrants show. They are each incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail.

  • Board members discuss leadership profile for prospective superintendent

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education has formulated a profile of its ideal candidate for Brunswick County Schools superintendent.

    During the school board’s regular meeting Feb. 3, North Carolina School Boards Association staff attorneys Scott Murray and Jim O’Rourke of the North Carolina School Boards Association presented results from surveys conducted during past two months. The surveys were available online from early December 2014 until Jan. 23.

  • ‘St. Vincent of Sheepshead Bay:’ Well-hidden sanctity comes to light

     Were it not for a saint in the community sending me an urgent email with a command, “Go, see this movie,” I’d have missed a great opportunity. I’d have been deprived of the chance to laugh, cry, and be deeply moved by the reality of human sanctity as it is depicted in St. Vincent.

  • Escaped inmate, relatives face animal cruelty charges

     A Southport man accused of escaping from the Brunswick County Detention Facility and four of the relatives accused of helping him evade capture each face an animal cruelty charge.

    Twenty-three-year-old William Hewett was captured Feb. 3 after a five-day manhunt. Deputies found him hiding in a camper shell on a parcel on Trails End in Southport near his residence.

    During a search of the area, members of the sheriff’s office Animal Protective Services found several animals in poor health, spokeswoman Emily Flax said following the arrest.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson 


     It’s a chilly, gray winter day here in the central midlands of South Carolina, and I’m driving around doing some botany, checking out the plant life. Not too many flowers to see, although here and there is a stray daffodil already coming up, and occasionally a few patches of dwarf bluets (Houstonia pusilla) in the grass. Of course, there are plenty of mosses and lichens around … and evergreen plants, like this tree.