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Today's News

  • Two arrested for drug trafficking; drug agents seize $75,400 worth of cocaine

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit seized more than $75,000 in cocaine from a Supply man last week.

    According to a sheriff’s office press release, just after 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, drug agents arrived at a home on Zane Way in Supply to execute a search warrant.

    When drug agents arrived, Justin Dior Newsome, 22, of 197 Zane Way, was allegedly seen running out the front door. He allegedly had more than 9 ounces of powder cocaine on him.

  • Survey: Tourists planning to visit beaches this summer despite economy

    Regular visitors to Brunswick beaches plan to make a similar number of trips in 2009 as they did this year, although they plan to travel closer to home and spend less money.

    That’s according to a recent survey commissioned by the county’s Tourism Development Authority.

    The TDA’s marketing company, Smith Advertising, surveyed 612 people in the authority’s base and discovered that improvement in gasoline prices has had a positive effect on vacation planning, with 29 percent of respondents more likely to travel versus 13 percent traveling less.

  • Jessie Mae principal and former parent to appear in court Friday

    A Brunswick County Schools principal and a parent of former Brunswick County students will appear in court Friday morning on charges stemming from an altercation that occurred on school property.

    Patricia Rourk, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School principal, and Tracey Danka, a parent of two former Jessie Mae students, will appear in Brunswick County District Court at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, before District Court Judge Marion Warren.

    Rourk, 53, was charged with communicating threats and was served with a criminal summons Wednesday, Sept. 17.

  • BFA volunteer leads coupon book effort to help agency, stimulate economy

    Charles Giordano of Sunset Beach has found an original way to raise money for Brunswick Family Assistance that may also help local businesses during tough times.

    According to BFA Executive Director Joe Cannon, BFA is facing an unprecedented number of requests and diminished donations in the midst of the economic recession.

    “I realized that everybody’s going to be asking everyone else for money or items in one way or another,” Giordano said recently. “I thought that wouldn’t work too well now. We have to become entrepreneurs.”

  • Correction

    The town of Sunset Beach is eyeing annexation of a residential area along N.C. 179 that includes Landing I and Landing III—not Landing II, which is under Calabash jurisdiction.

     

  • In hard times, locals step up to help

    I don’t think any of us needed an official announcement to know that. We’ve seen too many of our neighbors and friends losing jobs, losing income and struggling to make it. We’ve experienced it ourselves.

    It’s good to know, then, in these troubled times, some people are stepping up to the plate to make things a little better here in Brunswick County.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 26 and Dec. 1 and 2 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Nov. 26

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Cynthia Danielle Allen, fictitious/canceled/revoked registration card/tag, voluntarily dismissed.

    Carl Henry Alston, unsealed wine/liquor in passenger area.

    Vernita J. Anderson, improper equipment, costs.

  • Doesn’t like road change

    To the editor: I would like to know who thought up the turnaround on U.S. 17 and Ocean Isle Beach Road?

    Instead of putting up a traffic light, which would have been safer for drivers, now they have you crossing three lanes to make a U-turn to go south on U.S. 17.

    I feel this must have been a first-grade project. I don’t think an adult would have thought of something like this turnaround. It is backing up traffic on Ocean Isle Beach Road, which we never had before this turnaround was put in.

  • New leaders should reflect on past

    To the editor: The following excerpt is written by Rev. William J.H. Boetcker from the turn of the century. Its relevance to today’s political climate is quite evident.

  • Yes, Virginia, there are Christmas Angels

    To the editor: A mother sat next to the fireplace lost in thought. Three years ago that day, her oldest child left and never returned home.

    A year later, her other child, next to the oldest, joined his brother in heaven. Her sadness echoed through the house. She did what all mothers do when they are hurting—she called her mother.

    “Please pray for God to comfort me. I just feel so broken. I know that he has reassured me over and over that the children are with him, but I am sure that he understands the heart of a mother.”