Today's News

  • Common sense is a necessary mix when it comes to technology

     “Merry Christmas,” a holiday text message blinked across my cell phone, “didn’t know if you heard, but [your uncle] has throat and stomach cancer.”

    Ahh, nothing says Merry Christmas like a text message like that.

    Of course, I knew my uncle had cancer; I had found out about it weeks earlier.

    On Facebook.

    A text message was also how I found out a close relative had spent some time—and hopefully a good lesson learned—in jail for being stupid.

  • Help BCC with president search

    On Thursday, the community is invited to come to Brunswick Community College and share thoughts and feedback about qualities and characteristics for the college’s next president.

    Stephen Greiner, who has led the college since summer 2005, has left to become the new president and CEO of Hazard Community and Technical College in Kentucky.

    Brunswick County and BCC are different than they were when Greiner took the helm five years ago. The college’s new leader will have a new set of challenges and goals.

  • District Court Docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 22, 23 and 28 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Dec. 22

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • BCC baseball field could be ready in May

     The Brunswick Community College baseball team is scheduled to play its 2011 home opener at noon Feb. 12 against Hartford Community College at West Brunswick High School.

    It most likely will be last time the Dolphins open their season at West.

    Working is progressing on the field and stadium at BCC, said Robbie Allen, the head baseball coach and athletics director at BCC.

  • West Brunswick swept by Whiteville

     WHITEVILLE—The West Brunswick High School boys’ basketball team lost 54-30 Whiteville in a conference game Jan. 4. The 30 points are the fewest West has scored this season.

    West trailed 14-5 after one quarter. Willie Bellamy scored 10 of Whiteville’s points.

    The lead was 18-5 when a score by West’s Markel Jones and two baskets by Taylor Buffkin cut the lead to 20-11. Whiteville outscored West 4-1 the rest of the quarter and led 24-12 at halftime.

  • Gore looks back as DA; looks forward to retirement

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part feature series about outgoing district attorney Rex Gore.

    BOLIVIA—Like most careers, former district attorney Rex Gore’s career as the district’s top prosecutor had its ups and its downs.

  • West Brunswick senior directs play as part of his senior project

    West Brunswick High School students are in final preparation for “Time of Your Life,” an original play written and directed by West Brunswick student Dustin Rogers.

    Rogers is producing the play as part of his senior project—the importance of fine arts in schools.

  • Lakewood Estates incident under investigation

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an alleged New Year’s Day assault in the Lakewood Estates neighborhood near Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office incident report, assault inflicting serious injury was reported on Lakewood Drive around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1.

    The report states “subjects dragged victim 1 out of vehicle and assaulted him.”

  • Ocean Isle Beach Police Department

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Union Street; suspect kicked door under the house to gain entry and took three flat-screen TVs, fishing equipment, a cordless telephone and computer printer.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on East Fourth Street; suspect entered garage and home and took fishing poles and nets, a deep dryer and tools.

  • 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. 27, 2010-Jan. 2, 2010, K-9 deputies answered 15 calls, wrote 11 citations and made 11 drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies charged the following suspects:

    •Robert W. Long, 62, of 5217 Project Road, Ash, was charged with possession of cocaine.

    •Louis Damone Knight, 35, of 21 Shady Loop Road, Bolivia, was charged with possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana and assault on a female.