Today's News

  • Belville board offers Cape Fear Raptor Center space in riverwalk park

    BELVILLE — Belville town board members have approved bringing the Cape Fear Raptor Center to the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park.

    In October, the CFRC hosted the second Owl Howl raptor demonstration and fundraiser at the park.

    “The Owl Howl was a phenomenal success,” commissioner Joe Breault said. “I watched the rapt interest on the faces of the children as they listened to the Cape Fear Raptor Center demonstration and also saw the interest level of the adults.”

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate drops below 5 percent for September

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped to a near low for the year of 4.9 percent for September.

    Unemployment in Brunswick County was at its lowest in June at 4.8 percent, then rose to 5 percent in July and 5.1 percent in August.

    For 2017, Brunswick County unemployment started at 7.7 percent in January, fell to 6.7 percent in February and 5.8 percent in March, then dropped to 5 percent unemployment in April and stayed there through May.

  • GenX levels remain elevated in water supply after spill

    The GenX level in Brunswick County’s drinking water remains elevated but is still below the state’s health goal, according to results announced Nov. 27 from the most recent testing for the contaminant in the Cape Fear River.

    Samples taken at the county’s Northwest Water Treatment Plant on Nov. 9 had levels of 43.5 parts per trillion in the raw water entering the plant, Brunswick County spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said. NWTP finished drinking water tests showed 33.2 parts per trillion

  • Commissioners send solar farm rules back to planning board

    Brunswick County commissioners said they favor changes to the rules for solar farms presented at the Nov. 20 county meeting, just not the changes proposed on the agenda.

    Despite unanimous support from members of the Brunswick County Planning Board for changes to Unified Development Ordinance regarding solar farms, the county board sent the proposal back for another review.

  • You decide: Is another transportation transformation ahead?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    It’s commonly thought we are now living in the greatest time period of change. Technology is affecting

    how we live, work and communicate in amazing ways, and the changes will continue.

  • Trying to turn the tides on homelessness, addiction

    By now you may have read or heard about 34-year-old Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a Marine, paramedic and firefighter from Henderson who was living on the streets of Philadelphia.

  • Remember charities during season of giving

    This Friday, Brunswick County will begin accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIEAP. The annual program provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help impoverished households offset winter heating expenses.

    It also serves to remind us that while we are preparing to celebrate the holidays, many of our neighbors are struggling to survive.

    Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday were followed this past week by Giving Tuesday, a day meant to encourage charitable giving across the globe in the season of goodwill.

  • It’s time to kick baking season into high gear

    Thanksgiving has come and gone, so it’s time to start baking. And remember, Christmas cookies don’t have any calories, so you can bake up as many batches as you want!

    The Christmas holiday season means cookies… lots of cookies! It’s time to start thinking about what cookies to bake for your family, for gifts and for just munching while wrapping all those holiday presents.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    “… the tree may be known by the fruit, as the fruit by the tree …”

                King Henry IV, part 1; Act 4, Scene 2.


     Shakespeare would have made a fine plant taxonomist, as he understood the importance of fruits in identifying plants.

  • When in doubt, go with your gut feeling

    By Linda Arnold


    How much time do you spend turning things over in your mind — again and again? It’s hard to make a move because you keep second-guessing yourself.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we had personal fact checkers, like the political ones, to filter out those obsessive thoughts in our heads? You know … the ones that can often run rampant and build on top of each other.