Today's News

  • Help students with college financial aid--vote for ‘Dancing’ stars

    Friday night will be a big night for Brunswick County, most specifically Brunswick Community College.

    Beginning at 6 p.m., activities will kick off to celebrate the second annual “Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars.”

    The event raises money for scholarships for Brunswick Community College students and will feature dancers from the community along with their talented, professional dance partners. Many have been preparing for this event for months.

  • Grand jury indictments

     The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Lisa Gore returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Aug. 10:

    Harry Ballard, 48, of 2848 Cedar Hill Road, Leland; felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance, felony conspire sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance.

  • District Court Docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 12, 13, 14, 17 and 18 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Aug. 12

    William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Lisa Quick:

    Kimberly S. Anderson, expired registration card/tag, voluntarily dismissed.

    Kellie Lynn Beeson, recreational fishing without a license, voluntarily dismissed.

  • SBI investigating shooting at state senator's home

    The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the state’s longest-serving legislator, state Sen. R.C. Soles, for allegedly shooting a man who was on his property Sunday.

    Soles, a Tabor City attorney, represents Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties in the state senate.

    District Attorney Rex Gore said around 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, two men entered Soles’ gated Tabor City property.

  • Blackwater Outlaws to play at national rally

    Local “swamp rock” band Blackwater Outlaws, based in Ash, are scheduled to play at the Friends of America Rally on Labor Day, Sept. 7, in Holden, W.Va., alongside such venerable “outlaw” musicians as Hank Williams Jr. and John Rich of the country duo Big and Rich.

    “We’re very excited,” said band member Travis Norris. “I’m kind of at a loss for words over how excited we are.”

  • Anti-annexation rally planned for Aug. 29

    Outside Midway Trading Post at the corner on N.C. 211 and Midway Road—property now being sought for annexation by the town of St. James—will be the site of a local anti-forced annexation rally Saturday morning.

    Trading post owner Mike Richards, whose store is in an area the town of St. James wants to annex, helped organize the event, along with other activists including scheduled host Curtis Wright, a local radio personality.

    The rally is set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, and will include anti-annexation speakers and performances by a bluegrass band.

  • Unable to untangle twisted phone cord web

    They say if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

    Well, it may be a minuscule task, but it’s one I have yet to conquer.

    Never have I ever been able to keep a phone cord untangled. I can’t explain it, but every cord on every phone I touch turns into a tangled web in a matter of minutes.

    The cord I have on my phone right now is being held down by a bottle of Wite Out, my Rolodex and the phone base. Only days after getting a new phone cord, the top part right by the receiver connection began to twist.

  • Regional model helps structure school support staff

    A newly constructed regional model for Brunswick County Schools’ support staff is intended to provide better resources to students and families.

    Jessica Swencki, director of the exceptional children program, said a regional model is used in districts across the state and has proven to be efficient.

    “What we do know is research says comprehensive student service systems will assist schools in closing the achievement gap, because what it does is basically helps to ensure that every child is going to have the opportunity to have their needs met,” she said.

  • Literacy Council to host 20th annual Adult Spelling Bee

    If you can spell words like “aficionado” and “doppelganger,” you might have what it takes to win the 20th annual Adult Spelling Bee.

    Hosted by the Brunswick County Literacy Council, the annual spelling bee will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Virginia Williamson Event Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Teams consist of two people, and the entry fee is $200 per team. Proceeds will go toward the operation and services of the Literacy Council.

  • Economic impact of domestic visitors increases .2 percent in 2008

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority has announced that visitors to and within Brunswick County spent $392.83 million in 2008, an increase of .2 percent over 2007.

    Brunswick County continues to rank ninth in North Carolina in travel and tourism economic impact.

    The statistics are from the “2008 Economic Impact Of Travel On North Carolina Counties.” The U.S. Travel Association prepared the study for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development.