Today's News

  • Veterans’ clinic will be better than outsourced care

    Although they’re not exactly where we think they should be, Department of Veterans Affairs officials seem to be more on track regarding needs of Brunswick County’s veterans.

    Last week, VA officials announced they were going to scrap the idea of outsourcing veterans’ medical treatment at an area doctor’s office and instead were looking to move forward with a veterans’ clinic here.

  • The helpless feeling cancer evokes in many of us


    That word has been filling my ears far too frequently. In the last couple of months, several people I know have had to permanently add that dreaded word to their vocabularies. 

    It’s makes me mad. It makes me sad. It makes me feel helpless.

    This sense of helplessness takes me back to the same emotions I felt several years. Below, I am republishing a column I wrote in 2005 for The Kentucky Standard. It was written when a dear friend—now my husband—learned his father was facing cancer.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of the Honorable Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Caulk adjudicated the following cases during a superior court grand jury session on Dec. 6:

    Charles Edward Bell, 48, of 1017 Pinecrest Road, Southport; felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance, felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance, misdemeanor possession drug paraphernalia.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2, 6 and 7 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Tuesday, Nov. 30

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    William Eugene Abernathy, communicating threats, voluntarily dismissed.

  • North Brunswick’s boys start fast, hold off West

     LELAND—North Brunswick outscored West Brunswick 12-0 in taking a 19-7 lead and then held off the Trojans’ fourth-quarter rally in a 63-59 conference boys’ basketball victory Dec. 14.

    Junior forward Legrande Roseborough scored 20 points and junior guard Jeremy Young 16 for the North (1-1, 3-4). Senior guard Jamelle Batts and senior forward Jermon Bryant each scored 11 points.

    For West, which remained winless, seniors Quan Bates scored 12 points, Roman Smyth 10 and Marquis Johnson 9.

  • Fisher leads Scorpions to victory over West Brunswick

      LELAND—Led by senior guard Tyera Fisher, North Brunswick forced several turnovers in the third quarter in taking 34-20 lead en route to a 51-33 victory over West Brunswick in a conference basketball game Dec. 14.

    Fisher finished with 26 points, eight steals and six rebounds. Senior forward Jolanda White had 10 points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard Daja White had eight rebounds and five assists as North improved to 2-0 in the conference.

    For West (1-1 in the conference), senior center Kayla Padgett scored 20 points.

  • County attorney, DSS chairman have heated exchange over letter

    BOLIVIA—It began with a letter.

    Last month, Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren, chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, wrote a letter to commissioners chairman Bill Sue outlining what he called “inappropriate” behavior by county attorney Huey Marshall.

    Tuesday, during public comment at the DSS board’s regular meeting, Marshall had the opportunity to ask about the letter.

  • County's first Christian recovery facility opens

    A new recovery center has opened with the purpose of helping people rise from the misery of addiction to a Christ-filled life free of drugs and alcohol.

    Brunswick Christian Recovery Center (BCRC) opened doors to a new Christian recovery center with the first resident checking in Monday.

    BCRC offers a six-month Christian based ministry for men voluntarily seeking assistance for active addiction.

    “It is the first facility like this in Brunswick County,” said Ronnie Holden, board member.

  • The final call

    More than 10 fire departments responded to the final call of Civietown Volunteer Firefighter Kimberly Dyer Hewett Saturday.

    Her family was escorted to Brunswick Funeral Service & Crematory by her brethren firefighters.

    “They were at every corner, standing in the rain. At the first corner, I started to cry,” said Sandy Dyer, Hewett’s older sister.

    “She would have been proud,” said June Decker, Hewett’s mother.

  • Free Christmas meal

    Do you or someone you know need a hot meal on Christmas Day?

    One local organization is uniting volunteers to make sure anyone in the area who has a need for a meal has a place to come.

    Faith Building Missions (FBM) will pass out meals from noon-2 p.m.  Saturday, Dec. 25, in Rourk Gardens on Main Street in Shallotte.

    A sit-down meal will be served at 4 p.m. at the Ocean View Family Life Center in Ocean Isle Beach.