Today's News

  • Local schools receive 50 azaleas to help with beautification

    Brunswick County Schools will receive 50 azaleas to help beautify local schools as part of N.C. Beautiful’s 25th annual Azalea Celebration, according to a press release from the school district.

    “The azaleas will be used to help improve the appearance of the front entrance and side street landscaping at Lincoln Elementary, Leland Middle, Southport Elementary, South Brunswick Middle and Waccamaw Schools,” the release states.

  • Partnership between BCC and UNCW to offer four-year degree at Leland Center

    Students seeking degrees in elementary education no longer have to leave Brunswick County in order to get diplomas.

    Local college officials announced an expanded partnership during a press conference Monday that now enables students in the University of North Carolina/Brunswick Community College two-by-two program to finish the final two years of their educational studies at Brunswick Community College’s Leland Center rather than traveling to the University of North Carolina Wilmington, according to a press release sent by UNCW.

  • Local beach towns to ask General Assembly to include now-exempt clubhouses in tax systems

    HOLDEN BEACH—Local beach officials plan to once again ask representatives of the North Carolina General Assembly to introduce legislation that would make nonprofit homeowner association clubhouses subject to tax by local jurisdictions.

    During last week’s Brunswick Beaches Consortium (BBC) meeting, Holden Beach town officials proposed what they call a “fix for tax loophole” that concerns clubhouses built in a different jurisdiction than the development.

  • Supply Elementary School recognized for global studies program in new guidebook

    The Asia Society recognizes Supply Elementary School’s initiative to incorporate global studies in its newly published guidebook and considers the school to be an example for schools across the country looking to add diversity into everyday curriculum.

    Supply Elementary School is among 46 schools across the country included in “Ready for the World: Preparing Elementary Students for the Global Age,” published by the Asia Society.

  • Bolivia brothers sentenced as habitual felons

    Two local brothers were recently sentenced to the North Carolina Department of Corrections as habitual felons.

    Assistant district attorney Chris Thomas said Nicholas Lavar Smith and Nathan Smith, both of Bolivia, were recently sentenced to 60-80 months, or five to six and half years, in prison under the state’s habitual felon statute.

  • Holden Beach Police report

    Officers with the Holden Beach Police Department made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents during the last two weeks:

    •Jonathan David Brown, 33, of Reidsville, was charged with boating while impaired on Oct. 16.

    •Justin Christopher Feldt, 26, of Supply, was arrested Oct. 6 on outstanding warrants.

    •Ildefonso Pineda Pantaleon, 49, of Whiteville, was charged with speeding and failing to stop for a stop sign on Oct. 6.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Oct. 18-24, K-9 deputies answered 12 calls, wrote seven citations and made six drug arrests.

    K-9  deputies reported the following incidents:

    •Douglas Vincent Dreisbach, 19, of 6604 Wedderburn Drive, Wilmington, was charged with one-half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • More than 13,000 votes cast in early voting in Brunswick

    More than 13,000 Brunswick County voters have already cast their ballots in this year’s midterm elections.

    As of Tuesday afternoon, 13,096 votes had been cast in Brunswick County since Thursday, Oct. 14, when early voting began. Statewide, more than 449,800 ballots had been cast.

    Brunswick County has 77,393 registered voters.

    Brunswick County Deputy Elections Director Sarah Ashcraft said early voting was “going smooth” at all the early voting locations, with no major problems being reported to the board of elections.

  • Brunswick County voters put their opinions where it matters—in the ballot box

    When it comes to elections, I tend to be a bit of a hypocrite. I complain about how much extra work it is, how I can’t wait until Nov. 3, when the elections are behind us.

    But, at the same time, I live for this. Yes, I’m tired, I’m cranky, and most of all, I’m sick of dealing with candidates, but I love it.

    In fact, as much as I say I can’t wait for elections to be over, I hate it more when they finally do come to an end.

    I’m actually a little sad when they end, believe it or not.

  • Campaign contributions for federal, state and local races

    With just days remaining before the Nov. 2 midterm election, most candidates have filed their third-quarter campaign finance reports with their respective elections boards.

    Federal candidates were required to report their third-quarter contributions, which ended Sept. 30, to the Federal Election Commission by Oct. 15, and they were also required to file pre-election reports, Oct. 1-13, with the FEC.