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Today's News

  • Paradise does not mean exemption from tragedy

    In the movie “John Q,” Denzel Washington’s character holds an emergency room full of people hostage until he can secure a heart transplant for his ailing son.

    The opening of the movie seems unrelated at first, but viewers later learn it foreshadowed where the heart would come from. A woman in traffic is ultimately killed when her vehicle is hit by a semi.

  • Commissioners push for creationism as curriculum

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman Bill Sue and commissioner Scott Phillips think creationism needs to be a part of Brunswick County Schools curriculum, taught right alongside the theory of evolution.

    “Darwin started out it was a theory, and by the time he got to the sixth chapter, it was fact,” Sue said Monday at a meeting between county commissioners and school officials. “Every theory that has ever been the basis of evolution has been disproven.”

  • Brunswick Stew & Que draws largest crowd to date

    SHALLOTTE—Threats of imminent weather didn’t stop the largest crowd yet from coming to taste the best Brunswick stew.

    Saturday’s third annual Brunswick Stew & Que, sponsored by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, saw its largest crowd to date with about 1,300 attendees, according to Kelly Mathews, programs and events director.

    “It’s grown since last year,” she said.

  • Superintendent says budget cuts will ultimately affect students, measurable outcomes

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools officials said if commissioners choose a revenue-neutral tax rate with allowable growth, it would be the best possible solution for their funding agreement with the county.

    According to figures provided by school officials at a meeting between school and county officials Monday afternoon, the school system’s funding from the county would increase about $1.8 million if commissioners choose revenue-neutral with growth tax rate for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested the following suspects last week.

    •Coty Allen Gales, 17, of 7257 Lula St., Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with conspiring to traffic opium or heroin after a two-month investigation. Gales was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $200,000 secured bond.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Robinson Park Trail in Supply; suspect broke victim’s door and entered residence, breaking the door and the doorframe.

    •Larceny on Charles Street in Supply; suspect stole money from victim’s residence.

  • 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.

  • Commissioners get glimpse of upcoming budget, tax rate

    BOLIVIA—After commissioners charged county manager Marty Lawing with crafting a budget using a tax rate less than revenue-neutral, commissioners received a glimpse of what the upcoming fiscal year’s budget could look like.

    At a budget workshop Tuesday afternoon, commissioners were given an update on the budget for the 2011-2012 Fiscal Year, which begins July 1.

    “This is not intended to be a recommended budget by any means,” county manager Marty Lawing said, adding it was more of a “preliminary working draft.”

  • Experienced DSS director takes the helm as county director

    BOLIVIA—Patty Connelly knew she wanted the job before there was even an opening for a social services director in Brunswick County.

    An experienced social services director with both public- and private-sector social services experience, Connelly knew she wanted to lead Brunswick County’s social services department.

    When a director’s vacancy was finally announced last October, she fought for what she described as “her” job—winning the favor of the five members of the county’s social services board.

  • Commissioners throw support behind DSS, health boards consolidation bill

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners threw their support behind Senate Bill 433, which would allow counties to consolidate human services boards, such as health and social services, to one board.

    Commissioners approved a resolution in support of the measure four votes to one, with commissioner Charles Warren dissenting. Warren also serves as chairman of the county’s social services board.

    Senate Bill 433, the local human services administration bill, was introduced March 29 by state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell Jr., R-Concord.