Today's News

  • State should deny Leland operating room applications

    By Thomas R. Siemers

    Guest Columnist

    You may know the state held a Certificate of Need public hearing on Jan. 20 at Brunswick Community College.

    As background, the State Medical Facilities Plan determined Brunswick County is entitled to another 0.37 operating room based on Brunswick County’s projected growth of 11.03 percent over the next four years.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The first week of the 2017 General Assembly began last Wednesday, Jan. 25, at noon. The first full week will began Monday, Jan. 30. Last week we received our committee assignments and our gavels for the committees we will chair, saw several important bills filed and had a chance to sponsor or cosponsor several bills.

  • You decide: Do economists ever agree about the economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Economists have a reputation for being disagreeable.

    By this, I don’t mean they have unlikeable personalities. Instead, I mean the public perception is that economists rarely agree among themselves about the economy. Some have argued an individual economist even has trouble agreeing with her or himself!

  • Prepare to Save the Date

    Sorry I missed everyone last week. The reason was because I had my first root canal. The procedure itself went just fine — it wasn’t even that painful or uncomfortable — but my recovery didn’t. Regardless of whether you’ve had a root canal yourself, I won’t bore, scare or disgust you with the details of mine.

  • Sunset Beach handles gun theft poorly

    There is no question Interim Sunset Beach Police Chief Joe Smith was the victim of a crime the first weekend in December at his home in Shallotte. 

    There is no question Sunset Beach citizens were, too.

    And if Smith and Town Administrator Susan Parker would have had their way, citizens would never have known it.

  • West Brunswick to host NCHSAA Class 3A East Regional in wrestling

    West Brunswick will host the NCHSAA Class 3A East Regional in wrestling Feb. 10-11.

    These are the approximate times for matches, provided by West wrestling coach Jimmy Caraway.

    Top four wrestlers in each weight advance to the state meet the following week in Greensboro.


    Friday, Feb. 10

       - Weigh-ins at 4 p.m. (DO NOT ARRIVE ON CAMPUS PRIOR TO 3:30 p.m.)

       - Schools providing scales please arrive no later than 3:40 p.m. so we can

  • Brunswick County has a new utilities director in 2017

    John Nichols didn’t expect becoming Brunswick County utilities director would involve fiber optic lines.

    Since taking over the role after former director Jerry Pierce retired at the end of 2016 the utilities department has dealt with two low water pressure/outages that required advisories for area residents to boil water or use bottled water.

    A Jan. 30 water line break along N.C 211 between Midway Road and Long Beach Road caused by construction work impacted the town of St. James, and The Regency, Arbor Creek, Abbington Oaks and West Trace neighborhoods.

  • Officials offer social media umbrella until damaged weather radio transmitter repaired

    Officials have advised residents to use social media as a backup for weather warnings after damage to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio transmitter took it offline.

    Steve Pfaff with the National Weather Service in Wilmington said an inspection of the radio tower found damage to a cable that connects to the antenna.

    Pfaff said Tuesday he thought the damage occurred a few weekends ago when Brunswick County received some actual winter weather.

  • Residents encouraged greenway, bike and paddle plan will blaze new trails

    BOLIVIA—About 100 residents dropped in on the Brunswick County Planning Department Greenway, Bikeway, & Paddle Trail Plan final draft open house Jan. 30.

    The planning department sought residents’ interest to help with creating plans for walking trails, bike routes, paddle trails and resource preservation.

    Kirstie Dixon, planning manager, presented visitors with two maps, one showing the county’s current bike, pedestrian and paddle trails and a conceptual map showing where areas trail, including greenways and blueways, could be developed.

  • North hosts ECC indoor track championships

    Photos from the East Central Conference indoor track-and-field championships Feb. 1 at North Brunswick High School.

    Results will be posted at MileSplit.com.