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Today's News

  • We’re looking for interesting Brunswick Countians to tell their stories

    When was the last time you sat down with a friend, neighbor, classmate or fellow churchgoer and thought, “Wow, what an interesting person!”?

    When was the last time you had a chat with someone and their life story was so interesting you couldn’t wait to share it with the next person you spoke with?

    Has there been a person in the community who has shared his or her life experiences with you and you’ve thought, “Man, someone should write this down.”

    Well, that’s exactly what we want to do.

  • Let officials speak for constituents

    Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick County, is a primary sponsor of Senate Bill 110. If this bill were to gain approval in the General Assembly, it would allow terminal groins to be placed on North Carolina’s coastlines.

    Terminal groins are hardened structures constructed in coastal areas prone to beach erosion. They are designed to lessen beach erosion by catching and shifting sand along the shoreline.

  • Mayor’s death is a great loss to community

    It was with great sadness last week we learned of the sudden passing of Shallotte Mayor Donald C. “Buddy” Kelly.

    Kelly, who died following an illness, was a selfless and tireless community servant. 

    He earned the respect of all who knew him by being a conscientious listener. He was observant and respected other people’s opinions. When he spoke, those who knew and worked with him knew he was being thoughtful and had well evaluated information before sharing his opinion.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 23, 24, 25 and 28 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Feb. 23 traffic court

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor A. Yeager and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Holden Beach commissioners to buy 18 second-row lots

    HOLDEN BEACH—Commissioners approved buying 18 second-row lots from Holden Beach Enterprises for $76,000, during their regularly scheduled meeting at town hall Tuesday night.

    Town manager David Hewett said in an interview before the meeting that a CAMA survey will be needed to find out if any of the lots are “buildable.”

    The current tax value on the property is $104,000 per lot or $1.976 million for the total, he said. However, recently a comparable lot appraised for $7,000.

  • Gore right at home in 13th district

    BOLIVIA—There’s something in the air that brought Fred Gore home.

    It’s the salt air. It’s the way the air changes when you approach the coast. It’s fishing on lazy summer afternoons, and hunting in the fall. It’s family.

    For Gore, to put it simply, it’s home.

    He was working as a prosecutor in the Durham County District Attorney’s office when Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David offered Gore a job as a prosecutor in his office. Gore immediately accepted the position.

  • Censure hearing set for commissioner for ethics violation

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have set a censure hearing for one of their own.

    At their regular meeting Monday night, commissioners voted 4-1 to set a censure hearing  Monday, April 4, at their regular meeting in commissioners’ chambers.

    The hearing is to determine whether commissioner Charles Warren, who refuses to step down as chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, is in violation of the county’s code of ethics.

  • Commissioners mull financial guarantees criteria

    BOLIVIA—A committee made up of several county departments has begun to look at the county’s financial guarantee requirements for developers.

    Brunswick County Planning and Community Development Director Leslie Bell said the committee was mulling the requirements in the county’s Unified Development Ordinance “to protect Brunswick County, its property values and the public from losses that arise from incomplete subdivision activity.”

  • Shallotte man wanted for drug charges

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Unit are searching for Williams Anthony Daniels, who is wanted for multiple drug violations.

    Daniels, 19, of 1392 Hale Swamp Road, Shallotte, is has been charged with felony possession of cocaine, simple possession of a schedule V controlled substance, possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Daniels is 6 feet tall and weighs about 180 pounds.

  • Year-long drug investigation nets multiple drug arrests

    WINNABOW—After a year-long investigation, agents with the Brunswick County Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested several residents of the Winnabow community for multiple prescription pill distribution charges. 

    On Friday, March 4, drug agents served search warrants at four different locations regarding this case, code-named “Family Tradition.”