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Today's News

  • Commissioners OK reimbursement agreement with limitations

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a reimbursement agreement ordinance to allow the county to enter into reimbursement agreements with specific limitations.

    Commissioners first addressed the ordinance at their Dec. 6 meeting to consider the construction of two super streets on U.S. 17 near the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center, scheduled to open in summer of 2011.

    But commissioners previously expressed concerns the proposed ordinance opened the door to any public or private agency that wants to be reimbursed by the county.

  • Community meeting set to discuss construction and demolition landfill expansion

    A community meeting has been scheduled to discuss the proposed construction and demolition landfill expansion project.

    The meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, will be at the Brunswick County Utility Operations Center on Greywater Road, behind Lockwood Folly Park.

    The public is invited to attend.

    Commissioners first tabled the construction and demolition landfill expansion project in November 2010, after a public hearing drew considerable opposition.

  • Pedestrian struck by vehicle on Main Street in Shallotte

    A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle around the 4900 block of Main Street in Shallotte Wednesday morning.

    The call came in around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to Brunswick County Emergency Services Deputy Director Scott Garner, who said he had no more details about the incident.

    Check back for more on this developing story.

  • Not quite a Christmas present, but new recycling carts are a gift enough

    It wasn’t a “Pepsi blue Christmas” from Shallotte after all.

    The town board of aldermen had hoped to have new, larger recycling receptacles delivered to town residents around Christmastime. They were delayed and finally were pulled off trucks and delivered to area driveways in Shallotte last week.

    I almost squealed in delight when I turned into my neighborhood and saw a truckload of the bright blue cans at the entrance.

    I drove along watching driveway after driveway twinkle blue with the new deliveries.

  • Parking on Sunset Beach

    Brunswick County is known for its beautiful beaches. 

    In fact, these beaches play a vital role in our economy. From lodging and meals to entertainment and other services, the county’s beaches keep our economy fluid, even in difficult financial times such as these.

    Sunset Beach is now facing an issue that could alter the very fabric of beach life there. How and where will residents and beach visitors park on the island?

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 6 and 11 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.

    Thursday, Jan. 6

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Maria Cardona Alejo, no operator’s license, paid.

  • When they come for you, you’re going to jail

    What is the Brunswick County South End Task Force, and what do they do?

    “A lot of people see us on the streets with our task force jackets and want to know what it is,” said Detective Mark Jarman of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    “If you see us coming, you are going to jail,” said Detective Woody Dunn of the Sunset Beach Police Department.

  • Father and son perform together in a trio sharing God’s message

    Sharing a talent and a message with others, a Southern gospel trio includes a local father and son duo. By day the trio assumes the roles of banker, town administrator and college student. By night they are The Altarmen & Julie.

    For the past 17 years, Julie Owens and Albert Hughes have shared the stage singing together. Two years ago, depending on whom you ask, Keith Hughes joined the group during his senior year of high school.

    The father and son debate the length of time.

  • Shallotte Police Officer of the Year

    First Sgt. Chip McKeithan of the Shallotte Police Department won the officer of the year award for 2010. The recipient was selected by his fellow officers.

    “Every year, all of the officers vote on the officer of the year at the end of the year,” said Chief Rodney Gause. “I think they voted for him because of the way he has stepped to the plate.”

    McKeithan, born and raised in Ash, has been employed with the Shallotte Police Department for 11 years and five months.

  • Sink or Swim–Port groups not backing down

    Part 1 of a 2-part series

    Sink or Swim…Is NCIT holding its breath to resurface later?

    It has been widely reported across the state that the North Carolina International Terminal (NCIT) port project is on hold.