Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 roundup

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

    From March 15-21, K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Brunswick Forest, Carolina Shores, Shell Point Acres, Sunset Harbor and Forest Hills.

    K-9 deputies issued seven uniform citations and made six drug arrests.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Board of education faces tough decisions with shrinking budget

    Brunswick County Schools officials have some tough decisions ahead of them.

    In light of troubled economy, the district is anticipating budget cuts for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Recently, as a solution to save the district money, a proposal was presented that would remove pre-K services from the school district. It’s an effort that, if adopted, would mean some $450,000 in Title I funding could go to elementary and high schools throughout Brunswick County—each county elementary and high school could receive an additional $35,000.

  • District Court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on March 10, 11, 12, 15 and 16 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, March 10

    Judge William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerk Lisa Quick:

    Lawrence Brown Jr., PG assault on a female.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK: What it takes to be a poll worker

    With 23 precincts in Brunswick County, many poll workers are needed each election season to help voters with their voting experience.

    Greg Bellamy, elections director, said the number of poll workers needed in Brunswick County varies depending on the type of election and the candidates running. Compared to a similar primary election season in 2006, Bellamy anticipates needing 165-170 poll workers for this May’s primary election.

    “It’s based on a projection of how many voters that we think will come to the polls,” Bellamy said.

  • Friends, family celebrate the long life of Harvey Robinson

    In the 1985 hit movie “Cocoon,” a group of elderly Florida residents become rejuvenated and youthful when they start swimming in a pool inhabited by alien pods.

    The men start noticing their wives again. Couples start going out dancing. They start kicking butt in shuffleboard tournaments and enjoying life for the first time in years.

    By the end of the movie, however, the “life force” has gone from the pool, and most of the retirees decide to go with the aliens to their home planet, where they will never grow older, never get sick and never die.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Home and Garden Show brings out shoppers, browsers

    The weather couldn’t have been more fitting for a show about sprucing up homes and gardens Saturday and Sunday.

    West Brunswick High School was the site of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Brunswick Island’s Home and Garden Show last weekend, where a variety of vendors ranging from gardeners and landscapers to roofers and builders displayed their wares and made business connections.

    Chamber president Cathy Altman didn’t have a final number but said the chamber was “very happy with the turnout Saturday and Sunday.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Family Tree Nursery emphasizes local products, hometown feeling

    WINNABOW—It took some help from family members, hard work, faith and a lot of loan-shopping, but Bob and Christina Cappiello finally opened their dream business here in December.

    Family Tree Nursery on Old Ocean Highway isn’t a typical garden center. With its spacious, colorful interior combined with its collection of plants, flowers, seeds, fertilizer as well as local arts, crafts and wine, it attracts attention of hard-core gardeners and shoppers looking to support the local economy and find unique products.

  • North Brunswick beats West in game highlighted by pitchers

     LELAND—North Brunswick beat West Brunswick 8-2 Friday in a conference baseball game that featured the two best pitchers in the county.

    A scout timing the pitchers of North’s Kyle Hufham and West’s Jay Gause said each pitcher reached reached 90 mph on their throws. Hufham entered the game having given up one hit this season. Gause had struck out 19 in nine innings in two victories.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Dancing With the West Brunswick Stars

    Last week at West Brunswick High School, teachers were the ones taking notes from their students.

    West Brunswick High School Dance Team members choreographed and taught routines to teachers and administrators for Dancing With the West Brunswick Stars, a fundraiser to benefit the dance team.

    Spanish teacher Millie Venegas and student Sarah Naylor won the judges’ choice award with their performance to Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie.”

  • Unaffiliated voters will have to select a political party for May primary

    The fastest-growing group of voters in Brunswick is not Democrat, Republican or Libertarian.

    It’s unaffiliated.

    According to Greg Bellamy, director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, the number of unaffiliated voters in Brunswick County has been climbing for several years. Brunswick County has 75,580 total voters, with 19,628 of those being unaffiliated. Statewide there are 1,398,585 unaffiliated voters. But according to Bellamy, these numbers are always changing.