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Today's News

  • Policy changes reflect state-mandated changes to personnel public records law

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education will need to update the school system’s policy manual to include state-mandated changes to personnel laws.

    Changes to House Bill 961, Session Law 2010-169, went into effect Oct. 1, and dictate additional information in employee personnel files that can be released to the public.

  • Five-year-old undergoes nightly dialysis treatments while he waits for kidney transplant

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Rather than relying on the kidneys he was born with to function properly, Billy Lawson Jr. must undergo more than eight hours of dialysis each night.

    And he’s only 5 years old.

    Billy—who likes to be called Bill Bill—was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) several months ago when his kidneys failed, his father Billy Lawson said.

  • Leland woman still missing; teen returns home

    A Leland woman reported missing last week is still missing, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said Tuesday.

    A teen also reported missing last week has returned home safely, Stanley said.

    Seventeen-year-old John Kevin Watts II of Supply was reported missing Dec. 29, but has since returned home safely, she said.

    Robin Michelle Mitchell, 38, of Leland, is still missing. Mitchell was reported missing Dec. 27, but was last seen in November.

  • Brunswick County Board of Education meets next week

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has rescheduled its monthly meeting and will meet next Tuesday.

    The board, which usually meets the first Tuesday of the month, has rescheduled its January meeting for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the commissioners chambers at the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at the government complex in Bolivia.

    A copy of the meeting agenda can be found online at www.bcswan.net.

  • DA David to host three swearing-in ceremonies across district

    Though he was sworn in Jan. 1, the first day of his term as district attorney for the 13th Prosecutorial District, Jon David will have three swearing-in ceremonies in the coming weeks—one in each of the counties that make up the 13th District.

    “I firmly believe this important office belongs to the entire community, not to an individual. As such, I am inviting the community to help celebrate our new administration,” David said.

  • Community input sought for BCC presidential search

    BOLIVIA—Before selecting the next president of Brunswick Community College, the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees wants your input.

    A public forum is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, in the Building A Teaching Auditorium on the Brunswick Community College Campus.

    The public is invited to the forum to share with trustees qualities and characteristics they hope to see in the school’s new president.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

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

    •Assault on Caudill Lane; suspect harmed two victims with a weapon.

    •Assault on Old Oak Road in Ash; suspect cut victim with a knife causing minor injuries.

    •Assault on Lakewood Drive in Shallotte; suspect dragged victim out of vehicle.

    •Assault on Butler Road in Ash; suspect attacked victim.

  • Brunswick County commissioners to meet Tuesday, Jan. 18

    Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Brunswick County offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 17.  Because county offices will be closed, Brunswick County commissioners have changed their Monday meeting to Tuesday, Jan. 18.

    The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with a closed session, and the regular session will convene no later than 6:30 p.m.

    Brunswick County Commissioners meetings are in commissioners’ chambers in the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Shallotte businesses receive awards

    On Christmas Eve, the phone rang at three Shallotte businesses to congratulate them on winning awards for their holiday decorations.

    “We notified the winners on Christmas Eve because we thought that was fitting,” said Walt Eccard, Shallotte Alderman and Downtown Shallotte Committee chairperson. For the past few years, the Downtown Shallotte Committee has sponsored, with the involvement of the appearance committee, a Christmas-decorating competition for businesses in downtown Shallotte.