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Today's News

  • Candidate filing under way for upcoming municipal elections

    BOLIVIA—Candidate filing for the upcoming municipal elections is under way.

    Filing began at noon Friday, July 1, and runs until noon Friday, July 15, for most Brunswick County municipalities.

    The towns of Southport and Navassa, which file by district, have a separate filing period from noon Monday, July 25, until noon Friday, Aug. 12.

    The 2011 General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 8.

    Greg Bellamy, director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, said some changes have taken place since the last municipal election in 2009.

  • Arguments heard in judge’s defamation suit against Republican activist

    BOLIVIA—A Wake County judge heard arguments in a First Amendment case last Friday in which a sitting judge sued a local political activist for defamation.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sued local activist and former campaign strategist Ed Rapp for defamation for an April 2010 blog post written during a heated Republican primary election.

    Both Lewis and Rapp are Republicans. Lewis supported state Sen. Bill Rabon, and Rapp supported then-candidate Bettie Fennell, also both Republicans.

  • Construction of hospital great indicator of things to come in Brunswick County

    As a reporter there are certain stories you become attached to. I try not to, but it’s human nature.

    Most of the stories I have become emotionally attached to involve some of the saddest and most horrific elements of humanity, and the people who are left in its wake.

    Such is the life of a crime reporter.

    But this time—this story—is different. Trust me, it’s a welcome reprieve.

    For five years, I have been diligently covering Novant Health’s quest to bring a new, state-of-the-art hospital to Brunswick County.

  • Brunswick Beat for June 29, 2011
  • West splits Saturday doubleheader with Pfafftown Raiders

     West Brunswick took advantage of a dropped third strike and an error on a bunt to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh and beat the Pfafftown Raiders 9-8 in the first game Saturday of an American Legion Baseball doubleheader.

    In the second game, the Raiders scored five runs in the fifth and beat West 6-5, getting the final out of the game on a bases-loaded strikeout.

    West is 12-7 with two games left in the season.

  • Four West softball players on first-team all-conference

     Waccamaw Conference coaches selected four West Brunswick High School softball players to first-team all-conference.

    Alyssa Chappell, Paige Ward, Kim Cook and Gabrial Sanders are West’s all-conference players.

    Alyssa Chappell, a junior left fielder, batted .418 and finished with six home runs 15 RBIs. She had an .830 fielding average.

  • West loses to Pfafftown Raiders

     The West Brunswick Junior American Legion Baseball team scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh but lost 6-5 to the Pfafftown Raiders Friday night.

    West, playing without starting infielder Markel Jones (left shoulder surgery) and eliminated from the qualifying for the playoffs, trailed 6-3 in the seventh, but with one out Hunter Howard and Khalil Gause walked.

  • Chucky Brown tells campers to work hard on and off the court

    LELAND—Hanging on a wall above an exit at the North Brunswick High School gym is the Houston Rockets’ Chucky Brown shooting a jump over Danny Ferry. When Brown returned to his high school alma mater Friday for the Clarence Brown North Brunswick  Basketball Camp—named in honor of his dad—one of the campers asked Brown whether he made the shot. Brown pointed toward the poster.

    “I made the shot,” he said.

    Some of the campers reacted, as if the answer had settled a bet.

  • Candidates file for municipal elections

    BOLIVIA—Candidates have wasted no time as filing for November's municipal elections opened at noon Friday.

    Candidates among the first to file Friday at the Brunswick County Board of Elections include: Brenda Bozeman, Leland mayoral race; John Russo, Carolina Shores commissioner; Sara McCullough, Shallotte mayor’s race; Debbie Smith, Ocean Isle Beach mayor; Bob Williams, Ocean Isle Beach commissioner; Mary Knight, Calabash mayor's race; Daria Buccilli and Charles “Buddy” Walton Jr., Calabash commissioners' races.

  • Candidates file for municipal elections