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Today's News

  • DSS board votes to fire longtime director

    BOLIVIA—At a special meeting Monday night, members of the Brunswick County Social Services Board voted 4-0 to fire longtime director Jamie Orrock, who has been on leave since Aug. 11.

    Assistant county manager Steve Stone, who serves as the liaison to the DSS board, said the 4-0 vote came after board members emerged from a 30-minute closed session. Board member Tina Jackson was absent from the meeting.

  • U.S. Senate race fields Republican, Democrat and Libertarian candidates

    Incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., faces competition from a Democrat and a Libertarian in the race for U.S. Senate.

    Burr, of Winston-Salem, is being challenged for his second term in the U.S. Senate by North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, a Democrat, and Libertarian candidate Michael Beitler.

  • Heated congressional race gets personal

    BOLIVIA—The gloves came off Monday night.

    During the first segment of the Meet the Candidates Night, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., and Republican challenger Ilario Pantano came out swinging—with attacks quickly turning personal during the hour-long segment. 

  • Early voting begins Thursday, Oct. 14

    Early voting for the Nov. 2 General Election begins this Thursday, Oct. 14.

    With early voting locations throughout the county and at the Board of Elections office in Bolivia, voters can cast their ballots early from Oct. 14 until Oct. 30.

    The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26.

    Absentee ballots must be delivered to the Brunswick County Board of Elections by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, if delivered by hand, or by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, if mailed. Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2.

  • ADA faces off against a defense attorney for DA

    An assistant district attorney and a defense attorney will face off Nov. 2.

    But it will be on the ballot for district attorney, not in a courtroom.

    Jon David, a Leland Republican who serves as an assistant district attorney in the 5th prosecutorial district, which includes New Hanover and Pender counties, will face off against Harold “Butch” Pope, a Whiteville Democrat and defense attorney.

    It is his experience as a prosecutor that gives him an advantage over his opponent, David said.

  • 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 Oct. 4-10, K-9 deputies answered 14 calls, wrote five citations and made five drug arrests. K-9 deputies set up checkpoints at Pireway Road, Holden Beach Road and Chapel Loop Road. Deputies patrolled Carolina Shores, Cedar Gove and Belville.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Brunswick, New Hanover joint drug investigation leads to Leland man’s arrest

    After completing a long-term joint investigation between the Brunswick and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Offices’ narcotics units, drug agents uncovered a large-scale indoor marijuana growing operation in a Leland neighborhood Sept. 14.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said an anonymous call promoted an investigation into a residence at 9437 Night Harbor Drive in Leland.

  • 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:

    •Lost or stolen purse on Long Beach Road in Southport; victim left a purse in a store.

    •Communicating threats on Colin Mintz Road in Leland; suspect communicated threats to victim by phone.

    •Harassing phone calls on Mount Misery Road in Leland; suspect called the victim and made obscene gestures.

  • Loud crowds, ‘Fantanos’ and getting answers: it’s all in a day’s work

    Wow. When I signed on to be moderator of the Meet the Candidates Night, I knew things could get interesting.

    Just days before early voting began, and one of the last scheduled debates between U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre and GOP challenger Ilario Pantano, I was prepared for things to get heated.

    I’m on the Pantano camp’s e-mail list as a member of the press, but I also receive the e-mails they send out to their volunteers and supporters, so I know they ask people to show up to debates, bring friends, bring signs and be loud—very loud.

  • BCSO: We did send out automated calls

    After several concerned residents called the sheriff’s office after receiving automated calls about an endangered missing person, sheriff’s office officials want to confirm it was the sheriff’s office calling, not a fraudulent agency.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said the sheriff’s office used the 911 center’s Reverse 911 system Friday night to alert people of an endangered missing person.