Today's News

  • NCDOT awards $5.6M for road improvements in Brunswick County

    More than seven miles of U.S. 17 in Brunswick County will be improved, thanks to a $5.6 million contract awarded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The contract awarded S.T. Wooten Co. of Wilson calls for resurfacing on U.S. 17 between N.C. 904 and the South Carolina state line. The project also will provide shoulder reconstruction and guardrail adjustments where needed.

  • Mount Olive Baptist Church celebrates centennial

     BOLIVIA — The Rev. Anthony Clemmons walked through his church building holding a framed photo and a quilt. He felt it was only fitting his congregation celebrate 100 years at Mount Olive Baptist Church with two of its finest pieces of history.

    Inside the gold frame is a photograph of James I. Stone, the first pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church. Stone also happens to be Clemmons’ great-grandfather.

  • School board should be united on bond issue

     Last week, the Brunswick County Board of Education approved a request to county commissioners asking for the inclusion a $175 million bond referendum on the November 2016 election ballot.

    Unfortunately, the motion passed 3-2, meaning not everyone is on board (get it?) with the decision.

    Vice chairwoman Shirley Babson, John Thompson and Bud Thorsen approved the motion to include the referendum, while chairwoman Catherine Cooke and Charlie Miller cast dissenting votes.

  • Leland man found not guilty of second-degree rape

     A Brunswick County jury found a Leland man not guilty of second-degree rape in Superior Court last week.

    The jury returned the verdict after less than an hour of deliberation in the case of 48-year-old Jimmy Christopher Cox, who was accused of raping a woman with whom he lived last summer. He was initially charged with second-degree rape, attempted second-degree rape and sexual battery in July 2014, jail records show.

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant celebrates 40-year anniversary

     SOUTHPORT — Brunswick Nuclear Plant retirees gathered inside the company’s media center for a little more than an hour Friday night and reminisced about their experiences during a 40-year anniversary celebration.

    The two-unit, 1,870-megawatt plant located about two miles north of Southport, houses two boiling water nuclear reactors and more than 1,000 full-time employees.

  • Wish comes true for 8-year-old Shallotte boy

     SHALLOTTE — Eight-year-old Grayson Todd couldn’t contain his excitement when he found out his wish had come true.

    Grayson, a Shallotte resident and Supply Elementary School student, was born with a gastrointestinal disorder and requires constant medical attention.

    Through doctors’ visits, his family learned about Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to “enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”

  • Ending the chapter of another eventful weekend

    As I write this column, I’m looking forward to a Sunday full of big plans to sleep and do my laundry — hopefully as much of the former as there is of the latter, which was caused by three straight weekends of hosting family in my home.

  • BSRI's growth bodes well for future

    U.S. Census Bureau data for 2014 show 27 percent of Brunswick County’s 118,836 residents is made up of people 65 and older. Our county has long been touted as ideal not only for vacationers looking for a quiet getaway, but also for retirees seeking a relaxed lifestyle.

    It is the senior citizen population that makes Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. so vital to our community. BSRI is the lead not-for-profit agency providing programs and services specifically designed for adults 60 and older in Brunswick County.

  • Can efficiency save our natural resources?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    North Carolina could add 3.5 million people over the next 40 years. That’s a 40 percent jump from today’s total.

    While there are questions about where new people will live, what jobs they will have and how they will commute within the state, perhaps a bigger question is their impact on our natural resources — specifically water and energy.

  • District court docket

      The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Oct. 26, 27, 28 and 29 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, Oct. 26

    Judge Nancy C. Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutor Ashley Gore and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register: