Today's News

  • Estimate to repair Holden Beach Pavilion: $80,000

    Holden Beach commissioners took no action after hearing it would cost almost $80,000 to make permanent repairs to the “new” Holden Beach Pavilion.

    In their regular monthly meeting at Town Hall Tuesday night, commissioners seemed stunned at the amount.

    The lowest of bids was $79,354, and the second-lowest was $84,999. The town first hired an engineer to study the problems and propose a permanent fix for the pavilion.

  • Want to get scared? There’s plenty to do in the area for Halloween

    It’s no secret how much I love the fall, the month of October, Halloween and everything scary, fun and shocking about the paranormal.

    I cut my journalism teeth while I was a page designer at my first newspaper by doing a series of fun stories on supposedly haunted locations in my hometown.

    My thrill for all things scary—albeit not gory—followed me here to Brunswick County. While I’ve had fewer opportunities to creep around in old buildings hoping to see or hear something unexplained, I still love this time of year.

  • Don’t miss the 30th annual Oyster Festival

    This weekend Brunswick County’s Oyster Festival will celebrate 30 years of honoring the community’s coastal heritage.

    From live music and dancing to oyster-related contests and all the food you can eat, there will be plenty of activities for people of all ages Saturday and Sunday.

    If you haven’t been to an Oyster Festival event, plan to go this year. You’ll meet a lot of good people and get a chance to share in a celebration of all things Brunswick County.

  • Survey is a good first step for preservation

    Last year, Brunswick County made a financial investment to begin a process to help preserve some of the county’s historic places.

    In the fall of 2009, local history enthusiasts joined county officials to take a comprehensive look at the historic places and buildings within Brunswick County.

    Last week, results of that survey were shared with Brunswick County commissioners.

    After a lot of hard work, knocking on doors and talking to people, it was determined the county has about 500 historic properties of note.

  • 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: