Today's News

  • South edges West by one stroke in tourney at The Lakes

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The West Brunswick men’s golf team finished second by one stroke to South Brunswick in an 18-hole conference match March 15 at The Lakes Country Club.

    South Brunswick finished first with a four-player team score of 347. West Brunswick was next at 348, followed by West Bladen at 353, Whiteville at 359, North Brunswick at 375, East Bladen at 408 and South Columbus at 473.

    In the first meeting at The Lakes, South beat West by five strokes.

  • Real estate sales up in January, February; prices still down

    Home sales are up; prices are down, and the state of the economy is forcing real estate- related businesses to try new things.

    Some businesses are branching out into promoting energy efficiency and “green” building practices, which many say is the wave of the future.

    Home sales in Brunswick County during January 2010 were up 22 percent from January 2009, from $15.11 million to nearly $18.5 million, while the February number was up 57 percent from 2009, from $14.37 million to $22.5 million.

  • U.S. census-gathering has begun



    Ten minutes to answer 10 questions.

    That’s how long North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue estimates it takes to fill out U.S. Census 2010 forms, which started arriving in mailboxes last week.

    It’s described as one of the shortest census questionnaires in U.S. history.

    About 120 million U.S. households are expected to receive a form by this week.

    “The 2010 Census is more than just a survey,” Perdue wrote in a letter e-mailed last week to newspapers statewide.

  • Liberty Tax to host fundraising 'party' Saturday at Shallotte Crossing

    Liberty Tax Service of Shallotte will host a “roadside party” to give the community a chance to donate to three worthy causes: Cell Phones for Soldiers, Brunswick County Family Assistance, Relay for Life and The Gathering Of Eagles.

    “We want to get the whole community involved with it,” Liberty’s marketing manager

    Alana Brown said this week.

    The event, set from 1-4 p.m. at Liberty Tax, will provide free food, refreshments, a deejay, a bounce house as well as free tax advice.

  • County commissioners OK takeover of Brick Landing sewer system

    Brunswick County Commissioners have agreed to an emergency takeover of Brick Landing’s decades-old sewer system, which is in need of major repairs.

    At their last regular meeting Monday, March 15, commissioners agreed to public utilities director Jerry Pierce’s recommendation the county assume emergency operations of the ailing system from the system’s owner CTC Brick Landing, county attorney Huey Marshall said.

  • Second Amy Frink killer to be released on parole

    Four years to the day after 18-year-old Amy Frink was murdered, her killers were arrested.

    John Paul Counts and John Gamble pleaded guilty to their roles in the 1994 murder, and they were both sentenced to 30 years in prison. But in July 2008, Counts was released on parole after serving less than nine years.

    Now Gamble is projected to be released on parole on June 27, 2010, after serving less than one-third of his sentence, according to N.C. Department of Corrections (DOC) records.

  • VA official to visit Brunswick County in April

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., says an official with the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) will visit Brunswick Community Hospital, a site McIntyre supports as a future VA facility.

    Last week, McIntyre announced the VA Deputy Undersecretary for Health Operations and Management William Shoenhard will join him at Brunswick Community Hospital at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 7.

    After the hospital tour, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Shoenhard and McIntyre will host a community roundtable discussion for facility needs of Brunswick County veterans.

  • House, Senate pass healthcare overhaul; Obama signs bill Tuesday

    After what President Barack Obama called “a century of striving,” Congress passed sweeping healthcare legislation, which Obama signed into law Tuesday.

    On Sunday evening, members of the U.S. House of Representatives passed the historic measure 219 votes to 212 votes, with all 178 House Republicans voting against it.

    Thirty-four Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., crossed the aisle and also voted against the bill.

  • School works to eliminate 'high risk' safety, security concerns

    According to data released by Brunswick County Schools officials, most safety and security features at each of the county schools are operating at a moderate to low risk.

    Data released at an operations/safe schools committee meeting last Thursday details all security features that were of prior concern along with current status and any ongoing activities.

    Most of the items listed as moderate security risks have been budgeted for in the upcoming 2010-2011 capital outlay budget funding request, which was approved by board members last week.

  • Gang awareness presentation teaches warning signs, prevention

    A Brunswick County student drew a six-pointed star on his bookmark as part of a classroom assignment. The teacher, thinking it was the Star of David, asked the student if he was Jewish.

    “He looked at her like she was Greek,” Deputy Jason Fennell of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, said.

    But the star was representation of the Crips gang. The sixth-grade student, Fennell said, was a validated gang member.