Today's News

  • Why is it the older we get, the easier we forget how old we are?

    Hey, 2010, where are you going? It seems like you just got here and already we’re preparing to say goodbye.

    I remember as a child asking older relatives about their ages. Often they would pause, and then do a bit of math in their heads before spitting out an age.

    Frequently, they’d realize they had miscalculated and would soon make a correction and indicate another age, most often a number higher—another year older—than originally thought.

  • Emergency radios must work properly; users need to be trained

    It’s becoming a matter of who said what when it comes to the county’s emergency radio system.

    Recently, the Calabash Fire Department Board of Directors drafted a letter to county commissioners saying members believe Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano owes firefighters an apology for statements he made about how they used emergency radios during a recent restaurant fire.

    Marzano says he hasn’t yet seen the letter and can’t directly respond to it.

  • Thanks, Rex, for 20 years of public service

    For the past 20 years, Rex Gore has faithfully served the citizens of Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties as district attorney.

    It’s a job that doesn’t come without a lot of criticism or controversy. When you’re the man leading a team that’s working to send people to jail, the reality is it’s unlikely you’re making a whole lot of friends.

    But Gore handled the position with professionalism, and many crime victims from the area will tell you he also did it with compassion and sensitivity.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 15, 16 and 21 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, Dec. 15

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Crime Report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies last week investigated the following incidents, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Assault on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia; suspect got into a fistfight with victim.

    •Larceny on Holden Beach road in Supply; employee suspect took about $2,000 cash from the Quick and Easy gas station.

    •Assault on Bay Point Road in Calabash; suspect grabbed and pushed victim into a furnace cover.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •System fail to return atm card; the victim’s NC employment security commission card was not returned when the victim attempted to use it at the First Citizen’s Bank atm machine.

    •Fraud at Go Gas; victim put gas in vehicle in amounts of $47.33 and $29.99 and their card reflected two charges of $75 each.

  • Missing Person

    Robin Michelle Mitchell, 38, from the Leland area was reported missing to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, Dec. 27.

    Mitchell is described as a white female with blonde hair and brown eyes. She weighs approximately 145 pounds and is 5 foot 2 inches.

    Mitchell was last seen on Nov. 4 driving a bronze colored 2002 Mercury Sable towards the Wilmington area. Mitchell has not returned to her residence nor made contact with her family since her disappearance.

  • Healthcare in 2011: Officials get ready for reform, new hospital, other changes in the New Year

    Though federal reform hasn’t fully kicked in, changes in healthcare are already evident in Brunswick County.
    In 2010, a new facility for the nonprofit New Hope Clinic opened in Boiling Spring Lakes.
    In 2011, Brunswick Community Hospital will move to a brand new building north of the current facility on U.S. 17. And longtime Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey is retiring.
    “From our perspective, [healthcare] is not going to change this year,” Yousey said in a recent interview, speaking on his department’s outlook for the New Year.
    At the same time, they’re preparing for it.

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Sweepstakes back in business

  • Marijuana charges in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A Myrtle Beach, S.C., man faces drug-related charges after local police found marijuana during a routine traffic stop.
    Howard Jason Harris, 35, was charged Dec. 24 with possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule 6 of the controlled substance act. More charges are pending, according to Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith.
    Patrol officers stopped a Lincoln Continental for speeding on Sunset Boulevard. During the stop, officers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and obtained a consent to search it.