Today's News

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 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, Sept. 14

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Ashley Gore and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register:

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    As budget negotiations have ended, the Senate has shifted focus to other initiatives that will benefit the state. The Senate has unanimously passed a bill that provides more economic development tools that will create jobs in North Carolina. The bill, which continues the Job Development Investment Grants program (JDIG) for three years, provides sufficient funds to recruit major employers to the state. Here are some highlights of the economic development bill:

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a bill to move 2016 primary elections to March 15, we passed the economic incentives bill and we passed a major reorganization of Medicaid.

  • Creating opportunity on campus at BCC

    By Elina DiCostanzo

    Guest Columnist

  • Proposed schools bond may be tough sell

    There is no reason to think the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners will not allow the 2016 general election ballot to include a bond referendum for Brunswick County Schools. There is already no doubt the school district needs money to meet the needs of its students.

  • All it takes is one good person

    By now, Pope Francis’ whirlwind visit to the United States has come to an end, but I for one hope the impact of it will linger.

  • Trojans win on Homecoming Night

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick defeated Ashley High School 25-0 on Homecoming Night, Sept. 28.

    Quinlyn Moore caught a touchdown pass and returned an interception for a touchdown.

    Quarterback Hunter Ashburn threw a touchdown pass, ran for a touchdown and kicked an extra point.

    Anthony McCray scored the Trojans’ other touchdown as they won their Mideastern 3A/4A Conference opener and improved to 4-2 overall. Ashley dropped to 1-4.

  • Time to run with the bulls
  • Friends never let friends live unchallenged lives

     Do you remember ads proclaiming “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk?”They were always accompanied by quick snapshots of teens who were willingly braved ridicule to prevent fatality. They dared to lose a friendship before they would participate in the loss of a friend. 

  • Life lessons learned from ICU waiting rooms

     I’ve spent the better part of the past few weeks in ICU units, tending to my brother who is critically ill. Talk about a perspective change! Remind me never to complain again about traffic jams or lines at the grocery checkout.

    Waiting can be the hardest part, and I’ve had plenty of time to observe myself — and others — in this scenario. I know many of you are going through similar situations, so I thought I’d share some life lessons learned along the way. And it turns out they all start with Cs!