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Today's News

  • District Court docket for July 17, 18 and 21

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on July 17, 18 and 21 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

    Monday, July 17

    Judge James C. Disbrow presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Man faces charges in Leland counterfeit case

    A Fair Bluff man faces three felony charges in a Leland counterfeiting case.

    Thadeus Justin Miller, 27, is charged with forgery of an instrument and two counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

    Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said Miller used fake money at Lowes Foods at 1152 East Cutlar Crossing after entering the store at 8:45 p.m. July 13.

  • Couple reflects on 60 years of marriage

    OAK ISLAND — It started at a skating rink.

    The Rev. Betty Jo Mullis, a student at North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, had been invited to go roller-skating at a nearby rink, unaware it was when she would meet her future husband, Carl Van Buren Blackmon.

  • School district holds its first Teacher Academy

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOILING SPRING LAKES — An idea proposed by Brunswick County Board of Education member John Thompson last October has evolved into the Brunswick County Schools Teacher Academy.

    Thompson said he was thinking aboutseveral issues that seemed to be impediments to success for public education when he formulated the idea.

  • Chess man checks into 104th birthday with library mates

    Whether he won or not, Ralph Ashby was king of the day as members of the Grand Strand Chess Club gathered for another day of weekly competition Tuesday at Hickmans Crossroads Library.

    Ashby, after all, had just reached another age milestone, turning 104 this week as the group feted him with a cake and good wishes for the club founder who also has the best attendance record.

  • Columnists offer expertise this journalist can’t

    Journalists have been known to describe themselves as knowing a little bit about a lot of things while being experts at nothing.

    I’ve accumulated filing cabinets full of story clippings from the course of my career since my time in J-School at UNC-Chapel Hill, but I’m still no closer to being an ace on any topic other than my own life and experiences. I’m not sure it qualifies me to offer meaningful advice to many people through my weekly columns.

  • Library move suits growth, reflects changing functions

    Last month, members of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to transform the South Brunswick Island Center into the new Hickmans Crossroads Library.

    The county will take possession of the SBIC (not to be confused with the South Brunswick Interchurch Council) from Brunswick Community College in January, having agreed May 1 to buy it from the college for $1.7 million. The price reflects its listed tax value for 2015, but County Manager Ann Hardy said a much more recent rough estimate for the current value is about $1.2 million.

  • Waterfront Market changeover questioned in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Management of the Sunset Beach Waterfront Market changed hands last year unbeknownst to the head of the Sunset Beach Business & Merchants Association.

    Merchants association president Darren Bouley said this week he was unaware when market manager Chris Wilson and her partners formed Waterfront Markets LLC and applied for permits, first to have a holiday market last December, then for the subsequent spring market in April and seasonal market this summer in Sunset Beach Town Park.

  • Brunswick movie-maker Nick Westfall’s ‘Finding Home’ debuts on Amazon Prime

    “Finding Home,” a movie produced and directed by former Brunswick County elementary school physical education teacher Nick Westfall, has reached a milestone.

    The locally produced movie about a man trying to reinvent himself and find a home for a young boy can now be viewed on Amazon Prime.

    It was released in 2015 by Dock Street Productions in Wilmington, funded through an online effort to raise donations from backers and pledgers to help bring the project to life.

  • Dance to live music at BFA fundraiser Aug. 5

    An evening of dancing to live music will benefit Brunswick Family Assistance from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. building at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    Sea & Sand Band of Sea Trail in Sunset Beach will provide music at the fundraiser featuring a cash bar with beer, wine, soft drink and water. Pretzels, chips and drinks will also be available to buy.

    Dress is “resort casual.”