Today's News

  • On Campus with BCC: Brunswick Guarantee: A report to the community

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    In fall semester 2017, Brunswick Community College launched the Brunswick Guarantee (BG), a scholarship program funded by Brunswick County to provide free in-state tuition, fees and books ($750 per semester) to qualified high school graduates from Brunswick County public, private, or home schools. Commissioners approved funding the initiative until June 30, 2020, with a maximum investment not to exceed $200,000 per year.

  • ‘Roy Moore Up The Crick’

    To the editor:

    We are Southerners who sure are slick,

    So Roy Moore we sent up crooked crick;

    Heard our voice;

    A lousy choice;

    To many he had been a pretty poor pick.

    James Thomas Horn


  • Take care to avoid getting, spreading flu virus

    A week before Christmas, a child in the

    central part of our state became the first child flu fatality for the 2017-18 flu season, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there were nine pediatric flu deaths in the United States as of Dec. 16. It said almost half of all children who die from flu or complications related to it have no known medical condition that puts them at higher risk.

  • District court docket for Dec. 18, 19 and 21


    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 18, 19 and 21 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, Dec. 18

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Troy M. Cronk and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones:

  • Mediterranean eating style

    Editor’s note: First in a series of eight columns on “Med instead of Meds.”


    Your resolution is to eat heathier in 2018. How are you going to do that? I have an idea that doesn’t involve excessive dieting, a major lifestyle change or unusual foods. This is eating the “med” way.

  • 5 canine supplements your veterinarian may recommend

    The shopping bag thudded onto the exam table.

    “These are the ones I have out on the counter. There could be a couple more I missed. I was in a hurry.”

    Good thing I had plenty of time to sort through the enormous mound of supplements, vitamins, and magic pills covering the table. OK, I’m joking about the “magic pills,” but one label promised it “works like magic.” Needless to say, I was skeptical.

  • A clean slate: yours to create

    By Linda Arnold

    New Year’s Day is my favorite holiday. Three hundred sixty-five brand new days. Twelve delicious months. Fifty-two amazing weeks.  

    It’s the ultimate new beginning. The chance to take lessons learned from last year and put them into effect. OK, I’m strapping myself in.

    New beginnings

    Whatever does or does not happen on a global level in 2018 remains to be seen. Our world is going through some big changes. And, no doubt, you’re feeling a bit unsettled with all the unpredictability.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

  • Leland man rings in 2018 with lottery win


    Carl Beatty of Leland bade farewell to 2017 with a $370,734 Cash 5 jackpot.

    “It’s a good way to end the year,” he said in a news release issued by the North Carolina Education Lottery.

    Beatty bought the $1 Quick Pick ticket at the Circle K on Castle Hayne Road in Wilmington, beating the odds of 1 in 749,398 to match all five numbers in the Dec. 27 drawing.

    “I couldn’t believe it when I checked the numbers on my cell phone,” he said. “When I told my wife, she was extremely excited.”

  • Magical moments stir the heart

    The Jan. 6 feast of the Epiphany looms large in some denominations and in many countries. This is the designated time for gift exchanges, in the manner of the Magi who traveled afar to meet, greet, and gift the Christ Child with their presence, homage, and love. In a manner far different from the commercial hustle and bustle of Christmas buying, these are the gifts of the gold of our lives, the incense of compassion, and the myrrh of suffering. They are the gifts of relationship.