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Today's News

  • Using vines in the landscape to create screens in limited space

    Sometimes, when there is not enough space for a hedge or a shrub, but a screen is needed, vines may be the answer. 

    Vines help add privacy, camouflage wire fences, hide an unsightly wall, or add character to tight places. They can create a shade buffer from the hot sun on the side of a building or cover a romantic walkway into a garden “room.” There are several vines both popular and appropriate for use in gardens of North Carolina.

  • Detention center to house federal inmates

    Monday night, Brunswick County Commissioners approved a contract between the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service to house federal inmates at the Brunswick County Detention Center in Bolivia.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said the detention center was designed and constructed to house 444 inmates.

    “The inmate population has leveled off and declined,” Lawing said.

  • Federal elections: Where all roads to Washington are lined in dollar signs

    Somewhere along the line I learned a valuable, on-the-job lesson—follow the money.

    Let me rephrase that—always follow the money.

    There might be some twists and turns along the way, but, more often than not, it will usually take you to where you want to go.

    This fiscal rule of thumb pertains to politicians and government officials who are in or are yet to be in office. Campaign finance reports, for instance, are like a window into a candidate’s brain. You thought I was going to say soul, didn’t you?

  • Two men sentenced as habitual felons

    BOLIVIA—Two men were convicted of drug charges and sentenced as habitual felons in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, July 19.

    According to assistant district attorney Chris Thomas, Eddie Lee Hill Jr. pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine. He was sentenced to 50 to 67 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

  • 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 with a deadly weapon on McMilly Road in Shallotte; suspect hit victim with a stick.

    •Property damage on Gurganus Road in Shallotte; suspect used a tool to flatten victim’s tires.

    •Larceny on Inland Drive in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect stole fishing rods and reels from victim’s boat.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

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

    From July 12-18, K-9 deputies answered 12 calls, wrote seven citations and made six drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Brunswick Forest, Crow Creek and Lakewood Estates.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • A little ‘Razzle Dazzle’ in crape myrtle selection

    Crape myrtles are important flowering trees for our landscapes and a personal favorite of mine.

    Hot weather makes me and these tough plants happy. Thanks to some of the good folks at the University of Georgia, there is a whole new reason to get excited about crape myrtles; the Razzle Dazzle series of dwarf selections. 

  • Owner seeks no-wake zone for Intracoastal Waterway

    The developer of a waterfront marina is seeking a no-wake zone designation for the Intracoastal Waterway along the marina’s property.

    Tim Moon, owner of Ocean Isle Marina and Yacht Club, said he was seeking the distinction for the waterway along his property for safety reasons and because of damage being caused to boats from passing boats and jet skis. 

    With 370 boats stored on-site, Moon described the marina as “just a great, great place to come.”

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, July 26

    Barbecue pork, baked beans, coleslaw, apple cobbler, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, July 27

    Chicken parmesan/marinara sauce, pasta, vegetable blend, peaches, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, July 28

    Beef stew/vegetables, brown rice, blend juice, vanilla pudding, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, July 29

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit answered community complaints at 16 Robertson Park in Supply on July 14.

    Drug agents searched the residence and seized eight marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia from the home.

    Devin Roberts, of 16 Robertson Park, Supply, was charged with manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place to keep controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Roberts was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed on a $10,000 secured bond.