Today's News

  • Realtors’ association sets legislative goals for 2015

     SUPPLY — Local Realtors convened this week to discuss a way that North Carolina coastal communities can secure a funding source for beach nourishment projects.

    The Brunswick County Association of Realtors hosted the 2015 Impact Breakfast at 101 Stone Chimney Place on Monday, March 9, to set its legislative goals for 2015 and review housing statistics from 2014.

    Association of Realtors CEO Steve Candler presented the legislative goals after Rep. Frank Iler shared a legislative update with the crowd.

  • County and college team to offer flight medic prep course

     CAROLINA SHORES — The helicopter landing on one of Brunswick Community College’s satellite campuses Tuesday, March 10, wasn’t by accident.

    Brunswick Community College and county officials welcomed the helicopter — and more than 50 students — from four different states for a flight paramedic preparation course.

  • Leaders discuss ideas, plan to apply for $10K grant

     BOLIVIA — Last June, health professionals and other community leaders convened at the Brunswick County Health Department to discuss Project Lazarus for the first time.

    On Thursday, March 5,  eight months after that initial meeting, a team of Project Lazarus coalition members gathered there again to begin the preliminary stages of applying for a $10,000 grant that would be used to battle the prescription painkiller epidemic in the region.

  • Five fires in nine days kill five people, destroy four homes

     Five Brunswick County house fires in a nine-day span have killed five people and destroyed four homes.

    One of two people burned in a Winnabow house fire Tuesday, March 3, died later that day, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    Michael “Mike” Powell, 51, succumbed to his injuries about 6:30 p.m. at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, Garner said in a news release issued Friday, March 6.

  • Lack of participation in national nutrition program creates $500K deficit

     BOLIVIA — A federal schools nutrition program designed to feed Brunswick County elementary and middle school students at no cost to the student has created a sizable deficit for the local school district. 

    While many students are eating for free through a Community Eligibility Provision, it’s costing the district $500,000, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said during a budget work session Tuesday, March 10.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 23, 24, 26 and 27 and March 3 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, Feb. 23

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

  • Washing up is important

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse


    The older I get, the more Mom was right. If your mom was like mine, she always had you wash your hands before eating. I wish more people would remember what their moms said.

  • Heartfelt love is an everyday happening

     By Fran Salone-Pelletier



    It was Valentine’s Day, just a month ago. Hubby Dear and I were home enjoying a warmth neither thermostat nor outdoor thermometer could offer. It was our weekend conversation time. We were recounting the week’s events with a renewal of wonder that we were alive and kicking despite the aches and pains of aging. Our stories bore a repeated gratitude for all we have been given and received across the years.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     Which plant group displays the showiest, most flamboyant flowers? Sunflowers and daisies? Lilies, daffodils and amaryllis? Or maybe the iris family? It’s fun to ponder this weighty question now, as spring is about to erupt, and not too soon! But many of us will insist the most spectacular flowers are found among the various orchid species.


  • Roasted corned beef will remind you a little bit of pastrami

     Roasted corned beef will remind you a little bit of pastrami

    With an Irish background, I remember eating many traditional Irish dishes, especially corned beef and cabbage, which we always had on St. Patrick’s Day. But we liked it so much, we ate it quite often throughout the year.