Today's News

  • Review of 2009 Leland Master Plan to begin

    Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Leland planning board will revisit the 2009 Leland Master Plan to discuss some key questions over four days, including: Has the experience of the last half-decade given us (the board) a clearer view of what’s ahead for our region? Anything different about Leland’s aspirations? Our capacities?

    All meetings will be at Leland Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Drive in Leland.

  • County commends October rainfall, flood responders

    Brunswick County commissioners said thank you to the myriad county, municipal and other government agency employees, as well as community members, for their work responding to the Oct. 2-6 heavy rains and flooding.

    Brunswick County received extremely heavy rainfall, with more than 22 inches of rain in some areas that led to potentially life-threatening flooding. It left many roads impassable and structurally undermined others, resulting in the evacuation of about 500 residents.

  • Foreign language students complete Day of the Dead crash course

     SHALLOTTE — For most students, Friday, Oct. 30, was a normal school day.

    For students taking Spanish II at West Brunswick High School, it was a Day of the Dead.

    Last week, foreign language students at North Brunswick, South Brunswick and West Brunswick high schools completed a week-long study of the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos.

  • Fire destroys oceanfront Oak Island home on Halloween night

     An oceanfront home on Oak Island was destroyed during a fire Saturday evening, Oct. 31.

    The three-story house at 6617 W. Beach Drive was “totally engulfed” when the first fire crews arrived just after 8 p.m. on Halloween night, Oak Island Fire Chief Chris Anselmo said. An adjacent house at 6621 W. Beach Drive also sustained damage from the fire.

    The residents of the home were trick-or-treating when the fire began, Anselmo said.

  • Cedar Grove native aims to be community health care ‘H.E.A.R.O’

     Having grown up in the Cedar Grove community, ShaKema Morgan has known for quite some time there’s a need for better health care opportunities in Brunswick County.

    Now a 26-year-old college graduate with a master’s degree, Morgan is making her dream of providing those needs a reality as she prepares to launch her nonprofit Nov. 7 in the same community where she grew up.

  • Momentum is building against our heroin crisis

    More than a year after a community coalition took its first step toward addressing Brunswick County’s heroin crisis through a collaborative multi-agency initiative, it may seem as though little headway has been made in eradicating the problem.

    Just last year, Brunswick County residents had 20 unintentional medication and drug overdose deaths — a rate of 16.8 per 100,000 people. By comparison, the North Carolina average was 9.7 people per 100,000 people, according to figures from N.C. Vital Records and State Center for Health Statistics

  • Enjoy bounty of upcoming local events

    Brunswick County may bank on its reputation as a quiet beach community, but those of us who live here know there’s no shortage of things to do on any given day.

  • Compare health insurance plans during open enrollment

    By Wayne Goodwin

    Guest Columnist

    I am reminding North Carolinians who purchase individual health insurance coverage to take advantage of the open enrollment period to compare plans and choose coverage.

    The open enrollment period for 2016 coverage began Nov. 1 and will end Jan. 31, 2016. In order to have coverage effective Jan. 1, 2016, you must enroll by Dec. 15.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    According to recent data supported by the Southeastern Economic Development Commission, health care is the largest employment sector in the Southeast, accounting for 17 percent of our regional employment, and continues to experience the fastest growth in jobs. With the sizable growth of our local retiree population, this sector will remain the leading industry. However, this industry is facing a deficiency in skilled and qualified workers.

  • District court docket

      The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Oct. 19, 20, 21, and 23 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, Oct. 19

    Judge Thomas V. Aldridge presided over the following cases with prosecutor Ashley Gore and courtroom clerks Kristin Cranfill and Kim Register: