Today's News

  • Commissioners lower commercial sewer rates

     BOLIVIA—Brunswick County may have lost its bid for “Project Soccer” and its 1,300-plus jobs, but commissioners are trying to make Brunswick County competitive for potential job creators any way they can.

    At commissioners’ Oct. 3 meeting, they approved lowering sewer rates for the county’s commercial and industrial sewer customers.

  • #Occupywallstreet doesn't appreciate the irony of its movement



    Want to occupy the nation’s financial district in protest? There’s an app for that.

    There’s also a hashtag. Actually, there are at least two hashtags I’ve found: #ows and #occupywallstreet. For you non-tech-savvy folks out there, hashtags are a web mechanism used with Twitter to maximize your audience.

    Don’t forget about their newspaper. It’s the Occupied Wall Street Journal. Clever, but I’d guess at least one lawsuit may be sprung from this movement.

  • 'Differing philosophies' cause BSRI president to step down

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick Senior Resources Incorporated (BSRI) announced last week its president/chief executive officer has stepped down.

    Michael David-Wilson vacated the position after nearly 14 months of employment. David-Wilson replaced Jim Russell, who retired July 31, 2010.

    BSRI’s board of directors said the decision was based on differing management philosophies.

  • Breast Cancer knows no boundaries

     SHALLOTTE—A family history of breast cancer kept Shallotte resident Bonnie Anthony vigilant.

    She was about to embark on her lifelong dream of retirement at the beach when the bad news came. Anthony was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2006. She had retired after 30 years as an engineer from Tyco Electric in February that and was planning to move from Winston-Salem to Shallotte.

    “We had just sold our house in Winston-Salem,” she said.

    Anthony was diagnosed in Winston-Salem but received treatments in Brunswick County.

  • Community invited to visit Homeless Village this weekend

    SHALLOTTE—Imagine a life with no phone, no money, no computer, no food and no shelter.

    For 24 hours, starting this Friday, Brunswick Family Assistance will take 15 people from the community and strip them of everything they own.

    They will be placed in a homeless village and will live as homeless people in Brunswick County.

    The Homeless Village is a way for BFA to bring attention to poverty and homelessness in the county, said Carol Phelps, executive director.

  • Leland man sent to prison for robbing his family

     BOLIVIA—A Leland man has been sentenced to 14- to 18-plus years for a 2009 armed robbery of his family.

    On Thursday, Oct. 6, Jabar Ballard, 36, of 4297 Bluebanks Loop Road, Leland, was found guilty by a Brunswick County Superior Court jury of robbery with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of assault with a firearm.

  • Board of education to hear input on staggered start times Nov. 1

    Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories focusing on the new staggered start times at Brunswick County Schools.

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education want to hear input on this year’s staggered start times for Brunswick County Schools.

    Board members have decided the best way to gather information about the new schedules is to hear from parents, students and staff, Jessica Swencki, spokesperson for Brunswick County Schools, said.

  • Parade of Homes marching this weekend and next in Brunswick County

    The Brunswick County Homebuilders Association’s annual Parade of Homes unfolds this weekend, Oct. 14-16, and then again Oct. 21-23.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Parade hours are 10 a.m.- 5p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Homes on the Parade of Homes in St. James are not available for viewing Fridays. Homes in St. James can be viewed from noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  • Haunted trail scaring up this weekend

    Can you survive Grissettown-Longwood Fire and Rescue’s annual haunted trail for another Halloween season?

    It’s almost time to try, with the popular trail, which won a “best haunted attraction” competition last year on a Wilmington TV station, slated to launch this weekend.

    Dates and time for the trail, set up behind the station at 758 Longwood Road, are 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 14-15, Oct. 21-22, Oct. 28-29 and Halloween Monday, Oct. 31.

    Admission to this annual fundraiser is $7 per person.

  • Oyster Festival this weekend in Ocean Isle Beach

    Oyster lovers are getting ready for the 31st annual North Carolina Oyster Festival set for this weekend on the island of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Festivities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

    Highlights include the annual oyster shucking competition at 1 p.m. Saturday and oyster stew cook-off at noon Sunday.

    The entertainment lineup includes nationally known singer Josh Kelley performing from 4-6 p.m. Saturday.

    Admission to the festival is $5 each day. Children younger than 8 get in free.