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Today's News

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 3, 4, 5 and 8 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 Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Nov. 3

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Misty P. Abercrombie, PG improper equipment.

  • As DA, David plans to lead by example in and out of the courtroom

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part feature series with district attorney-elect Jon David.

    LELAND—Jon David plans to lead from the courtroom as much as he does as the figurehead of the prosecutorial system in the three-county 13th district.

    As district attorney-elect for Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties, David said he plans to lead by example once he’s sworn in in January.

  • Grant puts smoke detectors in homes of residents throughout the county

    The house Latasha Stanley and her family recently moved into once had smoke detectors.

    She can tell by the places on the wall that were once used to hold the detectors. When the previous residents moved, so did the smoke detectors.

    Because of a grant shared by the Grissettown-Longwood Fire Department and the Sunset Beach Fire Department, Stanley can now rest easy, as she received smoke detectors and important fire safety information Monday afternoon.

  • BFA checks holiday list, plans ahead for distribution

    With the holidays just around the bend, Brunswick Family Assistance is busy compiling its seasonal list of families in need.

    “We did probably close to 100 walk-ins today,” Lora Freeman, assistant program manager for BFA headquartered in Shallotte, said Monday, the last day for residents to sign on for the nonprofit’s Christmas list.

    She was referring to the number of additional people signing on for the nonprofit’s Christmas list. Last Friday was the last day for appointments.

  • A seven-year lung cancer survivor speaks out

    Did you know the color pearl represents lung cancer awareness or that November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month?

    Neither did Joan Bourguignon until she became a lung cancer survivor.

    “You never really learn about these things until you become a part of it,” Bourguignon said.

    While not alone in being a lung cancer survivor of more than five years, she is in the minority. According to research results published by Lung Cancer Alliance, the overall 5-year survival rate for lung cancer is 15 percent.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from incident reports and information provided by the police department.

    •Shawna Shirlene Jackson, 32, of Ocean Isle Beach; outstanding warrant for failure to appear. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where she was placed on a $500 secured bond.

  • 15th annual candlelight vigil to honor victims

    June 23, 1994—the day the Frink family won’t soon forget.

    It was on that summer day 16 years ago they lost their daughter, their sister, their friend—18-year-old Amy Frink.

    Frink was brutally murdered by two men who were on the run for years before being arrested and serving fractions of their sentences. They are both now free men.

  • Pen pals help foster relationships, leadership between elementary and high school students

    “Relationships” is one of the five Rs Early College High School students incorporate into their daily lives, along with rigor, relevancy, respect and responsibility.

    Freshmen students have been working on building relationships this semester, as they have each been assigned a fourth-grade pen pal from Supply Elementary School.

    Claire McLaughlin, science and French teacher at ECHS, said she decided to incorporate pen pals into the annual birding project, done in freshman homeroom classes.

  • Children’s book author writes a message of overcoming grief

    Retirement didn’t stop Bolivia resident Thelma C. Fullwood from putting her years of knowledge to work.

    After teaching in the Brunswick County School System for 25 years and another six in Virginia, Fullwood retired. After doing some thinking, she recognized a need in young adult literature and decided to tackle the issue.

  • Commissioners table landfill expansion after residents oppose project

    BOLIVIA—It turns out people don’t like living next to landfills.

    A group of Bolivia residents speaking out at Monday’s county commissioners meeting made it clear they don’t want the current construction and demolition landfill expanding into what they say are their back yards, either.