Today's News

  • Hospital to revert to county when Brunswick Novant Medical Center opens next summer

    When Brunswick Novant Medical Center opens the doors to its 74-bed, $107 million hospital in summer 2011, ownership of Brunswick Community Hospital will revert to the county.

    At their meeting Wednesday, Sept. 8, members of the Brunswick County Hospital Authority approved a resolution to revert the hospital and hospital property to county commissioners.

    The resolution states the hospital is to be transferred to the county “as is.”

  • GOP chairman reacts to commissioners’ per diem, mileage spending

    George Bell, chairman of the Brunswick County Republican Party, said he believes in President Ronald Reagan’s unwritten 11th commandment—never criticize a fellow Republican in public.

    In the past two weeks, Bell said there has been turmoil within the ranks of the Brunswick County GOP, even those who have broken Reagan’s rule over commissioners’ per diem and mileage reimbursements, which, in some cases, have more than doubled their salaries.

  • Behind the scenes: How sunshine can melt even the biggest of icebergs

    There’s been a flurry of activity in our newsroom lately. Newsrooms are always bustling, especially a smaller one like ours where everyone wears several hats, but it seems once the calendar turns to September things really take off.

    Between special sections (check out The Real Women of Brunswick County in today’s paper), elections (and all the melee that comes with them) and festivals each and every weekend from now until the first frost, there hasn’t been much downtime lately.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

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

    •Assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury on A.I. Clemmons Road in Shallotte; suspect assaulted victim with a hammer.

    •Contributing to the delinquency of a minor on Little Shallotte River Drive in Shallotte; suspect gave a minor alcohol.

  • DSS board extends director’s suspension for 30 days

    BOLIVIA—At an emergency meeting Friday, Sept. 10, members of the Brunswick County Social Services Board extended DSS director Jamie Orrock’s suspension for another month.

    After a closed session at the emergency meeting, members unanimously approved extending Orrock’s suspension for the next 30 days beyond Sept. 11, when the initial suspension was set to expire, with board member Elsie Peterson absent.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach Police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests Aug. 31-Sept. 13. All information is provided by the Holden Beach Police Department.

    •Joseph Dean Goff, 52, of Hopkins, S.C., was arrested and charged with littering, driving while license revoked, and driving while impaired.

    •Lloyd Clyde Williams, 63, of Rex, was charged with violating a local ordinance.

    •John Scott Scafidi, 51, of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., was charged with operating a motorcycle with no helmet.

  • 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 Sept. 6-12, K-9 deputies answered nine calls, wrote 12 citations and made nine drug arrests. K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Lakewood, Brunswick Plantation and Northwest.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Stephen Tanner Holden, 27, of 5727 Wisteria Lane, Wilmington, was charged with possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • The true cost to be governed: A glimpse at commissioners’ salary, mileage, per diem and insurance costs DOCUMENTS INCLUDED

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about how much Brunswick County Commissioners earn through salaries, per diem and mileage reimbursements, FICA contributions, health insurance contributions, life insurance contributions, credit card transactions and discretionary funding at commissioners’ disposal.

    Just how much does it cost to be governed in Brunswick County?

  • Commissioners respond to what they think salaries include

    The personal sacrifices he makes for county business are why commissioner Scott Phillips says he earns his county commissioners’ salary. 

    “The phone calls, the phone messages, the individuals asking me and discussing county business when I’m out with my family, whether it be a ballgame or a movie, or a restaurant—that’s what I consider my base salary,” Phillips said.

  • Brunswick County Schools to air president's back-to-school speech

    President Barack Obama will give his second annual back-to-school speech at 1 p.m. today, but it will be the first time it will air live in Brunswick County classrooms.

    Superintendent Edward Pruden sent a letter to his staff Thursday, Sept. 9, stating the president's speech would be shown live in the classrooms but recognized there would be people opposed to whatever decision was made.