Today's News

  • BEMC awards grants to local educators

     SUPPLY — A chance encounter at Kmart 20 years ago will benefit thousands of Brunswick County students during this school year.

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.’s Judy Gore was in line at the store back then when she noticed a schoolteacher paying for her own school supplies.

    Gore had a vision and soon thereafter launched the Bright Ideas program, which awards education grants to educators across North Carolina.

  • Firefighters hone techniques at live burn

     SHALLOTTE — Standing beside a town property used by the Shallotte Fire Department in a live burn session last Wednesday, fire chief Paul Dunwell asked onlookers, “Do you understand why we wear all this equipment?”

    At an abandoned house on Wall Street, off Main Street in Shallotte, Dunwell led members of Shallotte and other fire departments in a practice session Wednesday, Nov. 5, the seventh live burn hosted by the town in the last 18 months.

  • Constitutional amendment allows opportunity for bench trial

     For the first time in North Carolina courtrooms, felony defendants will have the opportunity to forego a jury trial in favor of a bench trial.

    In the Nov. 4 general election, North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment that will allow felony defendants to waive a jury trial in favor of a trial where the judge and a judge only determines whether the accused is guilty or innocent.

  • Warren finishes fourth in race for Court of Appeals seat

     A Brunswick County District Court judge fell short in his bid for a seat on the state Court of Appeals in the Nov. 4 general election.

    Marion Warren, an Ash native and judge in the 13th district, finished fourth in a race that included a whopping 19 candidates for a vacancy left on the court when Chief Judge John C. Martin announced his retirement in July.

  • Sunset Beach Police Report Nov. 3-9

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents from Nov. 3-9. All information is taken directly from incident reports.


    Nov. 3

    Found property on Second Street, a radio and bag.

    Arson to storage room reported on 37th Street.


    Nov. 7

    Larceny of trash cans and shovel reported on Heather Drive.

    Breaking and entering and larceny of cash reported on Shoreline Drive West.

  • Brunswick Community College offers courses during ‘minimester’

     SUPPLY — For most students, winter break is a time to put the textbooks and laptops on the shelf for a month or so until spring semester begins in January. But Brunswick Community College is offering interested students an opportunity to complete additional credit hours through holiday courses.

    The college offers courses in what’s called a “minimester” from Dec. 5 through Jan. 2, vice president of academic and student affairs Sharon Thompson said.

  • Bonkers for bacon? You are not alone

    When I recently espied the can of Betty Crocker Maple Bacon Frosting at the grocery store, my first reaction was to recoil in horror.

    Does Miss Betty, assuming she’s an actual person, which I doubt, really intend for us to eat bacon with our cake? Bacon and pancakes hydrated with syrup, I’ve always voted yes. But bacon with cupcakes are a no-go.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Oct. 30 and 31 and Nov. 3 and 4 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 Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Thursday, Oct. 30

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Megan Milliken and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register:

  • Take the holiday challenge

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    The food holidays will be here before we know it. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I don’t need to remind you that about the many eating opportunities that will quickly follow. We make 200 food decisions every day. That’s in a normal day; just think of the decisions you’ll need to make during the holiday time. We can help make some of those food decisions good for you.

  • Seeing with the eyes of the crucified

     Typically, my mornings begin with a cup of coffee and my devotional, “Give Us This Day,” followed by a trek to the computer to receive my electronic spiritual boost from the Center for Action and Contemplation, Father Richard Rohr’s site. His daily words seem always to be just what I need to read, hear, and heed. They were particularly spot on a week or so ago.