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Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office to host a citizens' academy

    BOLIVIA—Have you ever wondered how to process a crime scene, or how officers investigate crimes?

    These topics, and many others, will be discussed at a new program at the sheriff’s office, the Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy, which begins Oct. 2.

    The class is free and open to the first 20 people who sign up, who are older than 18 and pass a background check.

    While the class won’t earn you a badge, you’ll be armed with the tools to make your community safer and help law enforcement officers.

  • Strong rip current advisories at the beach

    The National Weather Service is advising strong rip currents today at the Brunswick County beaches, due to the long period swells from Tropical Storm Fay mixed with easterly winds.

    A high risk of rip currents is in effect for Brunswick’s beaches from 8 a.m. this morning through evening hours. Beaches facing both east and south are expected to see the highest risk for rip currents, most likely occurring at low tide between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Friday, but the beaches experienced similar currents on Thursday before low tide.

  • Former sheriff's sentencing delayed

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett will have to wait one more month before being sentenced on his federal obstruction of justice charge.

    U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt will sentence Hewett at 9 a.m. Oct. 6 at the federal courthouse in Raleigh.

    Hewett’s sentencing was originally scheduled for Sept. 8.

    As part of an eight-page plea agreement signed in U.S. District Court on June 2, Hewett pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice before Britt.

    He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

  • Speed, alcohol likely factors in fatal crash

    SUPPLY—Two people died, and four people were injured as a result of a three-car wreck Friday afternoon on U.S. 17 in Supply.

    Around 5 p.m., Richard Wayne Green, 40, of Bolton, was driving a 2007 Mazda passenger vehicle northbound on U.S. 17 at about 75 mph when he attempted to pass a truck in the right-turn lane leading to Brunswick Community Hospital, 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes, of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, said.

  • Chair says John Floyd's contract will be approved

    After not approving John Floyd as the athletic director at West Brunswick High School, the Brunswick County Board of Education is changing its mind.

    Floyd’s name was not on the approved personnel list released after the board’s monthly meeting last Tuesday. Terry Chestnutt, assistant superintendent of human resources for Brunswick County Schools, said the board did not approve Floyd’s contract.

    Floyd had already begun working in the AD position.

  • County commissioners to consider reducing, nixing $11 water availability fee

    BOLIVIA—While $11 a month may not seem like much to some, for those on fixed incomes it can be an undue burden.

    That’s what Brunswick County Commissioner Phil Norris says he hears time and again from people who pay the county’s water $11 per month availability fee.

    “It’s been a hardship on some of those folks,” Norris said Monday night to his fellow commissioners.

    County residents who choose not to connect to the county water line, but have access to water, pay an availability fee.

  • Above the clouds with Discovery Flights

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Those wanting to take flight and soar above the clouds don’t need superpowers to do so. Discovery Flights are offered through Ocean Isle Beach Aviation, a fixed based operation at the Ocean Isle Beach Airport.

    A Discovery Flight is a one-time flying lesson introducing a student to the world of aviation.

  • Governor's veto of boat trailer bill draws fire from tourism groups

    Gov. Mike Easley on Sunday vetoed a bill that fishermen and tourism officials say was needed to stop recreational anglers from being fined for pulling wide boat trailers. They argue it could negatively affect the tourist trade.

    Legislators introduced the bill after the state Board of Transportation adopted a resolution asking the General Assembly to review the laws regarding “special permits and commercial driver’s licenses” in reaction to public complaints.

  • Health department grades restaurants

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Construction slowdown effects seen throughout county

    Not that long ago, Brunswick County residents couldn’t drive along N.C. 211 without seeing a new sign announcing a new development selling lots or “coming soon.”

    In fact, the Brunswick County Planning Board approved 50 new major subdivisions, special exceptions and planned unit developments in 2006, up from 27 in 2005, a majority of them along the N.C. 211 corridor.