Today's News

  • New hospice center is a blessing to county

    Last week Brunswick Countians joined together to celebrate the ground breaking of a hospice care center right here in our community.

    Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter has earned a quality reputation for proving caring, compassionate end-of-life services for families from this county. Previously, residents had to travel beyond Brunswick to go to a care center. This new facility means this type of high-level care will now be offered right here at home.

  • Bills are mounting in DSS situation; who is accountable?

    Bills continue to mount as the Department of Social Services Board continues to deal with whatever is related to the recent firing of longtime DSS director Jamie Orrock.

    Last week the board voted to fire Orrock. For what, we still don’t know.

    What we do know is the bills for the investigation into whatever claims against Orrock that led to his firing are adding up.

  • Brunswick County to be included in FEMA disaster declaration for individual assistance

    Brunswick County was not included in the original six counties that received a disaster declaration following Tropical Storm Nicole and the flooding that left Brunswick County under nearly two feet of water, but was included Tuesday afternoon.

    On Oct. 14, President Barack Obama declared a disaster area for six Eastern North Carolina counties, including Beaufort, Bertie, Craven, Hertford, Onslow and Tyrrell counties.           

  • Commissioners OK Special Assessment District for Brick Landing wastewater project

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved creating a Special Assessment District for Brick Landing Plantation to pay for urgent repairs to the ailing wastewater system.

    In March, the county had an emergency takeover of the system, repairs for which will cost around $950,000, county utilities director Jerry Pierce said.

  • Operation Bad Candy suspect list

    •Orlando R. Jones, 22, of 625 Middle River Road, Supply, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Tobias Ian Lupek, 23, of 1874 Woodard Road, Supply, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • DSS bills growing without all invoices tallied

    The decision to fire a longtime Department of Social Services Director may have been made last week, but county taxpayers continue to pay for it.

    At a special meeting Monday, Oct. 11, DSS board members voted to fire Jamie Orrock, who has served as director since 1981.

    But since the DSS board first voted to place Orrock on paid leave beginning Aug. 11, the county has continued to pay him.

    From Aug. 1 until Oct. 18, the county paid out $24,419.80 in salary and another $6,310.08 in benefits.

  • Early voting off to a good start; no major problems reported

    BOLIVIA—More than 5,500 Brunswick County voters have already cast their ballots in this year’s midterm elections.

    Sarah Ashcraft, deputy director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, said 5,584 ballots had been cast between Thursday, Oct. 14, when early voting began, and press time Tuesday afternoon.

    Of the 5,584 total votes, the Shallotte Armory on Main Street led the early voting locations, with 1,780 ballots cast since Thursday morning.

    Brunswick County has 77,393 registered voters.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Juan Manuel Briceno, 41, of Ocean Isle Beach; charged with driving while impaired.

    •Jeremy Wood, 33, of Supply; charged with probation violation-absconder.

    •Uttering a forged check and forgery of a check at First Bank; suspect wrote checks on account he didn’t own.

    •Worthless check at Lowes Foods; suspect passed check on a closed account.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken from police reports.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Concord Street; suspect entered residence and damaged property.

    •Nicholas Paul Rupp, 17, of Ocean Isle Beach; subject was 17 years old and possessed malt beverages.

    •Larceny on Causeway Drive; suspect took food items from Minuteman.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Lee Street; subject forced way into home.

  • Judicial races roundup

    Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis is seeking re-election unopposed.

    Lewis has been a resident Superior Court judge since 2002 and has filled the nonpartisan seat since 2006, when the 13th prosecutorial district split at the court level to 13A, which is Bladen and Columbus counties and 13B, which is Brunswick County. At that time Lewis was named Senior Resident Superior Court Judge.

    District Judges William F. Fairley and Sherry Dew Tyler, both of District 13, are also unopposed in their bids for re-election to their nonpartisan seats.