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Today's News

  • County looks to change emergency radio system

    For the second time in less than 10 years, the county will revamp its emergency communications.

    Also, for the second time in less than 10 years, millions of dollars will be invested into the changeover.

    In 2004, it cost the county about $3.9 million to convert radio systems. Today, county officials plan to shell out another $1.9 million to switch again.

  • Commissioners react to second radio system changeover in less than 10 years

    BOLIVIA—In 2004, Brunswick County Commissioners approved changing over the county’s system of radio frequencies and repeaters to the SmartLink radio system, which they were told would revolutionize the county’s radio system.

    But, for the second time in less than 10 years, county commissioners are again about to approve the changeover, this time from SmartLink to the Voice Interoperability Plan for Emergency Responders radio system, or VIPER.

  • Sheriff: Deputy not fired for code of conduct violation

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said sheriff’s office Sgt. Moses Stanley was not terminated from the sheriff’s office because of a code of conduct violation.

    Stanley, 61, serves as vice-chair of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, which would have been a violation of the county’s code of conduct, had Stanley still been employed with the county.

    The code of conduct, approved by commissioners in December, prohibits county employees from serving on appointed boards or committees.

  • Fifty apply for DSS director’s position

    The deadline to apply for director of the Brunswick County Department of Social Services has passed, and 50 people have applied for the job.

    Interim DSS director Neil Walters said, as of last week, 50 people have applied for the director’s job, not all of whom are qualified for the position.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Jan. 24-Jan 31, K-9 deputies answered 10 calls, wrote 15 citations and made nine drug arrests. Deputies patrolled the following communities: Longwood, Supply, North end, Calabash, Mulberry, Cedar Grove, Turkey Trap and McMilly Road.

    K-9 deputies charged the following suspects:

  • General Assembly members assigned to committees

    RALEIGH—Committee assignments have been made for members of the North Carolina General Assembly.

    Freshman Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, elected in November by the GOP caucus as freshman senate leader, was tapped as co-chair of the Senate transportation committee.

    Rabon will serve as vice-chair on the Senate finance committee and vice-chair of the appropriations subcommittee on transportations. In addition, Rabon will also serve on the healthcare, program evaluation and redistricting committees in the Senate.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit charged the following suspects last week:

    •Maria C. Cacciabaudo, 43, of 405 Navassa Court, Little River, S.C., was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Bill to lift cap on charter schools a good first step for North Carolina students

    With the North Carolina General Assembly in session, I’ll be taking an in-depth look at the bills introduced in the state House and state Senate over the next few weeks and how, if ratified, they would affect people in Brunswick County.

    When you step on the campus of Roger Bacon Charter Day School in Leland, it doesn’t take long to realize this is not the norm—that you are at an exceptional educational facility.

  • Carolina Shores makes job offer for town administrator

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners has made a preliminary offer to a candidate to become the next town administrator.

    A board letter went out Tuesday offering the job to a candidate who is in the Carolinas, Mayor Stephen Selby said Tuesday, adding nothing has been finalized.

    “There is a man they’re very interested in,” Selby said, adding he’s trying to stay out of the process at this point until commissioners make a final decision.

    The man is one of three finalists interviewed by the town board last Thursday.

  • Single male tabby seeks similar human at Ocean Isle rescue facility

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It’s been more than four months since Gunner was brought to Cat Tails, a no-kill feline rescue facility.

    But the large orange tabby cat apparently hasn’t forgotten the home he used to have.

    Last fall, Gunner’s former owner, a Wilmington man, gave up the 6-year-old cat after getting married. The man said his new wife was allergic to cats, and she also had dogs, according to Cat Tails workers.