Today's News

  • Two vying in Brunswick County Clerk of Court race

    Democratic incumbent Cheryl Cheers Wilson faces Republican challenger Jim MacCallum in the Nov. 2 Brunswick County Clerk of Court race.

    Wilson, who defeated challenger Linda Moses in the May primary, was elected to her first clerk of court term in 2006. Prior to that, she served 16 years as a magistrate judge and nine years as a legal assistant.

    MacCallum, a Shallotte attorney, defeated Bolivia attorney Pauline Hankins in the Republican primary. He has practiced law for 33 years.


  • Ingram challenged by Democrat for sheriff

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram is being challenged by a retired magistrate and former law enforcement officer for sheriff.

    Both candidates defeated primary opponents in May.

    Ingram, a Republican, has served as sheriff since he was first elected in a special election in May 2008.

    In the May 2010 GOP Primary, Ingram defeated Tim Daniels.

    In the Democratic Primary, Ingram’s opponent, Democrat E. “Rendy” Lewis, defeated Louie Lewis for the Democratic nomination.

  • Incumbent Cooke faces challenge from write-in for District 2 county commissioner

    Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke is facing a last-minute challenge for the District 2 commissioners seat from a write-in candidate.

    Cooke, a Republican who was first appointed county commissioner in April 2008, is seeking his second term as county commissioner.

    Cooke was unopposed in the GOP primary in May, and until July, was unopposed in the Nov. 2 General Election.

  • Incumbent Norris faces challenge from former board of education member

    Brunswick County Commissioner Phil Norris is being challenged by former board of education member Ray Gilbert for the District 1 county commissioners seat.

    Norris, a Republican, is seeking his third four-year term to the board of county commissioners. Gilbert, a Libertarian, is seeking his first term as county commissioner.

    Norris said he is committed to the upcoming countywide property revaluation.

    “It’s in the process,” he said.

  • West volleyball finishes conference season, playoffs next

     The West Brunswick High School volleyball team ended its conference season by beating South Columbus 25-10, 25-23, 25-18 Oct. 19.

    West, 10-2 in the conference, 14-6 overall, will be host later this week to a state playoff match. Time, date and foe are not yet set.

    The Trojans took control in the first game when Jasmine Jackson took over serving with a 5-3 lead. Kayla Padgett and Paige Ward had hits and Jackson served a winner in a 5-0 run.

  • Hilliard dominates in winning Waccamaw girls’ cross-country title

     Running a time nearly 2 minutes faster than last year, South Brunswick High School sophomore Carmen Hilliard won the Waccamaw Conference girls’ championship cross-country race Oct. 19 at West Brunswick.

    Last year, she won the race in 21:23; this year, she won in 19:30, a 9 percent improvement.

    Hilliard’s main competition has come from herself: she won the race by 90 seconds. Her time would have placed her ninth in the boys’ race—good enough for all-conference honors.

  • West Brunswick boys win second straight conference title in cross country

     West Brunswick High School senior Roberto Valerio successfully his defended his Waccamaw Conference cross-country championship Oct. 19, winning the 3.1-mile race at West in 18 minutes, 1 second.

    West had five runners in the top 10 in winning its second straight team title. West finished with 19 points, South 54 and North 61.

    “This, I think, is truly one of the best teams I’ve seen out here,” said coach Jimmy Caraway, in his sixth year as the coach.

  • Some people aren’t that smart and they might not be too proud

    Some people aren’t very smart.

    OK, maybe that’s a little harsh, but I thought about other ways to say it and this is just as simple as it gets.

    Some people aren’t very smart—particularly people who litter and especially people who throw trash out of the windows of their cars.


    Is it too difficult to hang on to whatever trash you have in your car until reach a destination with a trash can?

  • New hospice center is a blessing to county

    Last week Brunswick Countians joined together to celebrate the ground breaking of a hospice care center right here in our community.

    Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter has earned a quality reputation for proving caring, compassionate end-of-life services for families from this county. Previously, residents had to travel beyond Brunswick to go to a care center. This new facility means this type of high-level care will now be offered right here at home.

  • Bills are mounting in DSS situation; who is accountable?

    Bills continue to mount as the Department of Social Services Board continues to deal with whatever is related to the recent firing of longtime DSS director Jamie Orrock.

    Last week the board voted to fire Orrock. For what, we still don’t know.

    What we do know is the bills for the investigation into whatever claims against Orrock that led to his firing are adding up.