Today's News

  • BCC to offer continuing education classes

    The Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWD) at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment and academic achievement geared toward adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction, according to Onya Galloway, administrative assistant.

    Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant. Seniors, 65 and older, can also take many classes free of charge.

  • A Christmas miracle--one of many in 2009

    Christmas is a time of miracles. For Christians, it’s the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus with gifts and songs, gaily decorated homes, special church services and family gatherings.

    Year-round there are miracles aplenty right here in Brunswick County.

    Tides come and go, season follows season, each with its own beauty. Gulls and pelicans soar overhead. Salt marshes rustle in the evening breeze as a great blue heron rises and flies into a violet and gold sunset.

    That’s a miracle.

  • Golf action


    The Brick Landing Men’s Sports Club weekly tournament was played Dec. 15. The format was two best nets. First: Dave Biesack, Jim Campana, Eric Nelson and a draw at -28. Second: Jim Barrett, Chuck Dixon, Alan Morrissey and a draw at -26. Skins: Jim Campana, Dwight Christenbury and Neil Nucci, one each; Chuck Dixon and Dick Brown, two each.


    The format Monday was two best balls. In first at 3 under were Howard Boyd, Ralph Trimmer and Dave Harper. In second at 3 over were Bob Nobes, Gary McDaniel and Chuck Horfeck.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents and charged the following suspects last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports and arrest reports:

    •Burglary on Daddy Court in Shallotte; suspect entered victim’s home, damaging the sliding glass door and stealing food.

    Daniel Lewis Brannon, 18, of 5357 Lakewood Drive, Shallotte, was charged with second-degree burglary, breaking and entering, larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Dec. 12-13, K-9 deputies patrolled the following areas: Tall Pines, Brunswick Plantation, Brunswick Forest and the Village of Calabash. K-9 deputies also set up driver’s license checkpoints at Pireway Road and Northwest Road.

    K-9 deputies four drug arrests. The following suspects were charged:

  • Randy Thompson has served Brunswick County well

    Accountability, loyalty, respect, integrity, professionalism, teamwork, mentor, counselor and friend.

    Those are words friends and co-workers use to describe Brunswick County Emergency Management Director Randy Thompson.

    After serving Brunswick County since 2000, Thompson is poised to leave behind that position as he retires from the county agency.

  • Town Creek students graduate from first D.A.R.E. program at new school

    Fifth-grade Town Creek Elementary School student Nalani Ballard said D.A.R.E. is “the key to helping people such as me do the right thing.”

    Ballard said with the information she learned from D.A.R.E.—Drug Abuse Resistance Education—she helped her dad quit smoking.

    “He stopped smoking so now he eats a lot,” she said.

  • It's time to let volunteers help animal services

    Brunswick County is still growing, and unfortunately so is its number of unwanted, neglected, lost and abandoned pets.

    This number continues to increase because pet owners in Brunswick County aren’t getting the message: If you own a pet, you owe it to them and to society to be a responsible pet owner.

    However, far too many residents aren’t ready to be responsible for the pets they have. They’re not having animals spayed and neutered, and they’re not properly caring for them.

  • Yogurt slurping, grave robbing and grotesque sweating: The year in bad commercials

    We all know TV commercials are easy targets for sarcastic comments and putdowns, especially today with all the direct marketing spots for “ShamWOW” and the like.

    For my first worst-of-the-year list, I’m going after commercials, but not the “But Wait! There’s More!” variety that are so bad they’re almost good.