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Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Thirty-one arrested in child support roundup

    Thirty-one people were arrested last week and taken into custody during a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office roundup on child support orders.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley said the sheriff’s office criminal and civil divisions teamed up Wednesday, July 28, to round up suspects wanted on child support orders.

  • Archaeologist Stan South’s book ‘Archaeology at Colonial Brunswick’ arrives

     In 1956, archaeologist Stan South conducted the first archaeological investigations at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site and established his credentials as a pioneer in the field. 

    His newly published book, “Archaeology at Colonial Brunswick,” is now available from the Historical Publications Section of the Office of Archives and History in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (www.ncculture.com).

  • Local Civil Air Patrol squadron marks one-year anniversary

     The Brunswick County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, NC-170 will celebrate its first full year of operations in August.

    During this period the new squadron’s all volunteer membership has grown to 22 senior members and nine cadets, many of whom have participated in training for search and rescue operations, first aid, CPR, urban direction finding, airborne scanning, cadet orientation flights and pilot qualification exercises.

  • Deadlocked jury leads to mistrial in former officer's wrongful termination trial

    BOLIVIA—Was Terri Oxford fired from the town of Holden Beach because she is a woman?

    Ten jurors thought she was—two jurors thought she wasn’t.

    A Brunswick County jury failed to unanimously determine the answer to that question, leading to a mistrial in the gender discrimination and wrongful termination trial against the town of Holden Beach.

    After nearly three days of deliberation, jury foreperson Dianna Laster told Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis jurors were deadlocked at 10-2 without the chance of anyone changing their minds.

  • Gratitude is an attitude that evokes graciousness

     We are in the dog days of August. It is that time of year when the heat and humidity raises havoc with the psyche. Add the lurking possibility of a third “h”—hurricane—to the mix and gratitude is most uncommon. 

  • Community rallies to help couple in need

     A string of bad luck had recently descended upon the Ed Peters family of Calabash. Peters suffers from a rapid heartbeat and required the assistance of a pacemaker.

    While he was hospitalized for a pacemaker procedure, his wife Ruth suffered a fall and fractured her hip. Upon her release, she required a walker for mobility and Ed Peters needed a walker, too. 

    Suddenly, the steps leading to their home were a barrier they could not easily conquer. Fortunately for the Peters family, help was on the way.

  • Brunswick County Youth honored at State 4-H Congress

     A Brunswick County 4-H’er was among award-winners at the recent 2010 State 4-H Congress, July 19-22 in Raleigh. 

    Congress is the high point of the 4-H year, bringing young people from across the state to the North Carolina State University campus for four days of activities. 

    At the beginning of summer, youth gather at their 4-H District Activity Day events to give presentations on topics of their choice to a panel of judges. Winners advance to the state level, where they gathered during the second day of Congress. 

  • Have you noticed a lack of blooms on flowering plants?

    Recently we have received several calls on the Extension Master Gardeners Hot Line concerning lack of blooms on various types of plants. 

    Following are some possible reasons but sometimes there are just no explanations. 

    Shrubs and flowers that are supposed to bloom but don’t often frustrate gardeners. Someone recently reported nothing in their yard would bloom, and went on to name several species that normally flower well in this area. 

  • ‘Where’s Ronald?’ An insider’s notes from a (slow and odd) civil trial

    Lady Justice may be blind, but she can also be quite slow.

    For the last 11 days, I have been covering the civil trial in which former Holden Beach Police Officer Terri Oxford sued the town of Holden Beach for gender discrimination and wrongful termination.

    It’s been a long two-plus work weeks—days in court followed by writing stories to update the website daily and trying to catch up on work missed while watching the scales of justice in motion.