Today's News

  • Fire department decision looms over Leland budget

    LELAND — Leland officials began reviewing budget items they want to pursue for fiscal year 2017-18 in November 2016.

    The review of what they can afford to pursue began at a March 1 budget workshop.

    Leland’s anticipated total revenues are $10.13 million, Town Manager David Hollis told town council members, but expenses are estimated at $11.3 million.

    Hollis said another $230,000 is projected to roll over from the fiscal year 2016-17 budget, although it isn’t guaranteed.

  • County to fund BCC scholarship program for three years

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding with the Brunswick Community College Foundation Inc. to fund a scholarship program beginning this year.

    The foundation proposed the scholarship, called the Brunswick Guarantee, to recruit high school graduates to attend the college.

  • County commissioners choose fire fee increase

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners decided to increase fire fees in the short term to allow for long-term changes after receiving the results of a study March 3.

    Their decision means the county’s 22 fire departments will be able to charge twice the amount in fees they can collect now, pending further action by the state legislature.

    Greg Grayson of FACETS Consulting presented seven options for funding Brunswick County fire and rescue services during a commissioners’ workshop Friday morning, March 3.

  • district court docket for Feb. 20, 21, 23 and 24

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 20, 21, 23 and 24 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, Feb. 20

    Judge Jason C. Disbrow presided over the following cases with prosecutor Patrick Murphy and courtroom clerk Kimberly Gonzalez:

  • Warrants: Supply man charged in fatal crash was impaired

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol search warrants show a 24-year-old Supply man charged with two counts of second-degree murder was impaired when he caused a Feb. 2 crash in Brunswick County.

    William Chandler McHenry of Bluebird Lane also is charged with aggravated death by motor vehicle and a misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.

    McHenry was driving his white 2003 Ford Explorer south in the 2000 block of Kirby Road in Supply about 8 p.m. Feb. 2 when he hit a white 2017 Chevy Equinox, Trooper Matthew Strangman said.

  • Fire fee increases are worth our safety

    Brunswick County may be one of the largest counties in North Carolina, but it is no different than the 99 other counties when it comes to the state of fire and rescue services. All counties have fewer volunteers than before, but more costs to provide fire protection.

  • Showcasing, sustaining local businesses pays dividends

    Early returns show this past Saturday’s inaugural Live.Learn.Shop.LOCAL Business Expo in Ocean Isle Beach was a rousing success. The free event, presented by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, featured 70 vendors — with many offering souvenirs, raffles and giveaways — plus goody bags for the first 150 people and the option to register for a door prize.

    As a new chamber board member and having assisted with the chamber’s home and garden show two years ago, I played a minor role on the committee that put together this expo.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed bills affecting our community colleges, we received the governor’s budget, and we continued our planning for the House and Senate budgets.

  • On Campus with BCC: BCC gears up for reaffirmation of accreditation

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Brunswick Community College has started preparing for its decennial review process by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools — Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    BCC is set to be reaffirmed in 2019, but much work is already under way to get all the needed documentation ready and roll out the red carpet for the SACSCOC onsite visitors coming in fall 2018.

  • Sheriff’s officer’s actions justified in shooting involving Ash man

    Investigators determined an Ash man injured in a shooting at his home Tuesday morning was not shot by a Brunswick County sheriff’s officer.

    Bradley Barrett Lewis, 28, was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after he suffered an apparent gunshot wound to his head, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.