Today's News

  • Highlights from Congress

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    As we move into the second month of the 114th Congress, I thought it might be helpful to provide a quick summary highlighting what we accomplished during the past few weeks.

    In order to better serve you, we opened three main offices across the 7th Congressional District. These offices are located in Bolivia, Wilmington and Smithfield. I think you will find our staff is exceptional and can assist you with a variety of issues — everything from veterans’ affairs casework to helping with passports.

  • SHIIP is not just for seniors: It’s for anyone with insurance questions

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    Did you know that if you are younger than 65 and have a disability, you might be eligible for Medicare? If you have questions about your health insurance options, SHIIP can help. SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that provides free, unbiased counseling about Medicare not just to seniors, but also to people on Medicare because of disability.

  • Lessons from our great coach will last beyond a lifetime

    The Tar Heel Family knew this day would come soon, but it hurt anyway. Dean Smith, the longtime men’s basketball coach of my alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died Saturday night at 83. It was only slightly less shocking than the news that dementia was robbing our great coach of his sharp memory.

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  • 1,200 longleaf pine seedlings planted in the Green Swamp

    SUPPLY — Feb. 4 and 5 were planting days in the Green Swamp.

    Those are the days local forestry and conservancy officials gathered at a Brunswick County trailhead of the 15,000-acre nature preserve to plant 1,200 donated longleaf pine seedlings across five acres.

    The seedlings were donated by the North Carolina Division of the Society of American Foresters in a pledge drive last summer by WHQR Public Radio in Wilmington. As part of the effort, The Nature Conservancy promised to plant one longleaf pine seedling for each pledge to the public radio station.

  • Construction expected to begin at North in coming months

     BOLIVIA — North Brunswick High School students will welcome bulldozers and other heavy equipment to their campus in the coming months as a groundbreaking ceremony for the school’s permanent additions is right around the corner.

    Funding for the permanent additions to the school’s Leland campus should be secured by April, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said in an interview Tuesday, Feb. 10. The project’s budget is more than $5 million.

  • Swamp park scheduled to open June 1

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — If you drive south on Ocean Isle Beach Road toward the island right now, you’ll probably notice the 95-foot poles stacked on a multi-acre lot on what used to be a wooded area.

    Those poles are being used to erect the activity center and gift shop at the Shallotte River Swamp Park, which is scheduled to open June 1.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 26, 28, 29 and 30 and Feb. 2 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, Jan. 26

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

  • Union students chew for charity during Bubble Gum Day

     SHALLOTTE — Students at Union Elementary School were chomping at the bit waiting for Friday, Feb. 6.

    It wasn’t just any other Friday. It was National Bubble Gum Day for participating schools across the country.

    For a 50-cent donation, students at Union were allowed to chew bubble gum all day long on the school’s Shallotte campus.

  • What’s in your cupboard?

     At the beginning of the year, I joined a group on Facebook about “decluttering” your house. The idea is great. It’s spells out ideas on what to do each week of the year to help get your home organized. The concept is to do something little every day and by the end of the year your house will be decluttered.