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Today's News

  • What’s worse: Smith Avenue extension or new congressional maps?

    If there’s one thing people hate more than the complex labyrinth of wasted stimulus money known as the Smith Avenue extension project, it’s the new congressional districts recently adopted in the General Assembly.

    Just as the new route traversing Shallotte is a dismal failure lacking any rhyme or reason, so are the new congressional districts, or at least the 7th Congressional District, where we live.

    Everybody hates the new 7th District. It was sliced and diced to span from the coast to the outskirts of Raleigh.

  • General Assembly adopts state Senate, congressional districts

    RALEIGH—Members of the North Carolina House of Representatives approved new congressional and state Senate redistricting maps last week, which went on to pass in a party-line vote in the state Senate last week.

    State Rep. Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, said House members passed the congressional districts 68 votes to 51 votes, and state Senate districts 67 votes to 52 votes.

    “They are not subject to a governor’s veto, but must be cleared by the federal government,” Iler said about the congressional districts.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

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

    •Larceny on Holden Beach Road in Supply; suspect stole victim’s pocketbook and its contents from business.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Elmer Drive in Shallotte; suspect damaged victim’s door, entered the home and stole a flat-screen TV, stereo and speakers.

  • Brunswick’s June unemployment at 10.4 percent

    RALEIGH—Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for June was back into double digits.

    On Friday, July 29, county-by-county unemployment rates were released, with unemployment increasing in 91 of North Carolina’s 100 counties for June.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for June was 10.4 percent, up from 9.9 percent in May and 10.3 percent in April.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From July 25-31, ACE deputies issued 91 total arrests and citations, including three driving while impaired charges and 37 speed violations.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •William Standland, 43, of 7193 Gore Road, Longwood, was charged with driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, no helmet, no insurance, headlight violation and fail to register with the N.C. DMV.

  • Brunswick Novant Medical Center opens its doors

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick Novant Medical Center has opened its doors to patients and the public.

    Hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said Sunday’s opening went smoothly, with hospital staff moving 21 patients from Brunswick Community Hospital to Brunswick Novant Medical Center is just over two hours.

    Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services and Amera-Tech assisted in moving the patients, which took between 7 a.m. and 9:05 a.m. on Sunday.

  • Brunswick County VA community clinic opening pushed back

    SUPPLY—On Monday, Aug. 1, the day the Brunswick County Veterans Affairs (VA) community clinic was scheduled to open, officials announced “unforeseen delays” caused the opening to be pushed back.

    Brunswick County Veterans Services Director Anita Hartsell announced Monday morning the clinic would not open as scheduled, saying VA officials were still “getting the new facility prepared for the opening.”

  • Leland man arrested for prescription narcotics

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested a Leland man last week, which led to the seizure of prescription narcotics and money.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said Christopher Douglas Caputo was taken into custody on July 25, after attempting to sell narcotics to an undercover agent in the Pizza Hut parking lot on Village Road in Leland.

    When drug agents searched Caputo, they found 128 Oxycodone tablets and $307 in U.S. currency.

  • Cooper acquitted of assault on law enforcement officer

    BOLIVIA—“I’m going to Disneyland,” a visibly relieved George Cooper joked after he was acquitted of assault on a law enforcement officer Tuesday in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    When the verdict as read, Cooper, 56, clapped and cheered, as a Brunswick County jury found him not guilty of assault on a law enforcement officer by pointing a gun from a May 2007 incident in which he was shot several times.

  • Scorpions’ White a study in excellence

     LELAND—Jo’Landa White, a North Brunswick High School graduate, has signed a letter of intent to play softball at St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh.

    White, who has a 3.7 GPA, has won so many trophies and medals there is no more room on the family’s trophy shelf.

     “I received a full ride on a softball scholarship,” Jo’Landa said. “I plan to major in biology and become a nurse.”