Today's News

  • Memorial Day services draw crowds in Calabash

    CALABASH—Crowds turned out to remember those who died defending America at four Memorial Day ceremonies.

    The first one took place Sunday at Nocha White American Legion 503 on what is traditionally the date of the original Memorial Day, post Chaplain Ben Lee said.

    The post had another ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, the official Memorial Day, as did Calabash VFW Post 7288. A third, joint ceremony organized by the town, with participants FDNY and Marine Corps League, also took place at Calabash Fire Department.

  • BCC celebrates opening of Center for Economic and Workforce Development

    LELAND—Judith Petterson, director of Brunswick Community College’s nurse’s aides program, will be the first to tell you of the need for more nurse’s aides in the workforce and the first to show off the program’s brand new classroom and lab at the college’s Center for Economic and Workforce Development.

    The BCC Leland Center received a complete renovation and facelift using $500,000 of the $30 million bond funds county voters approved in 2004 and is now the Center for Economic and Workforce Development.

  • Shallotte sets hearing on budget, electronic gaming fees

    Shallotte aldermen are considering a 2010-2011 budget that keeps the tax rate at 27 cents and an ordinance charging $1,000 per machine at all Internet sweepstakes businesses beginning in the upcoming budget year.

    The board voted unanimously at Tuesday night’s meeting to set a public hearing for 6 p.m. June 22 on a proposed $3.8 million budget that would hold the tax rate. In addition to the general fund budget, the budget ordinance also includes a water/sewer enterprise fund totaling nearly $3.37 million.

  • Checking out high-flying reading

    I was so looking forward to my recent economy-flight trip to Tennessee, when I could finally buckle into one of the cheap seats and delve into a little light reading.

    I’d packed light, too, with a new copy of “Oprah,” the afternoon TV talk-show billionaire queen who needs no last name or unauthorized biography by Kitty Kelley to live her best life.

    For weeks I’d tried reading Kelley’s latest gossip-tome at home before taking off, but my own less-than-perfect life kept getting in the way.

  • Officials break ground on International Logistics Park

    BRUNSWICK/COLUMBUS COUNTY LINE—Government and business officials from across the county, region and state braved the rain and mud to celebrate the groundbreaking of the International Logistics Park of North Carolina Tuesday morning.

    The 1,000-acre park is a unique venture between Brunswick and Columbus counties and the state.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested the following suspects last week. All information is from a drug enforcement unit press release.

    •On May 26, drug agents executed a search warrant on Heron Point Road in the Bent Tree community near Ocean Isle beach, where they seized about 1.6 ounces of “high grade” marijuana, heroin and related drug paraphernalia. The marijuana seized from the home carries an estimated street value of more than $1,500.

  • Soles introduces third controversial bill for Brunswick County



    First, it was a bill to split the 13th Prosecutorial District.

    Then, it was a bill to expand pension benefits for district attorneys, followed by a bill to again split the already-split 13th Judicial District.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Larceny on Cambridge Street in Bolivia; suspect stole medication from victim’s home.

    •Assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault on a female on Mount Misery Road in Leland; suspect stabbed victim in the leg.

  • Nonprofit funding cut in trim county budget

    BOLVIA—At a recent budget workshop, Brunswick County commissioners voted to increase the recommended funding for several nonprofit agencies, but overall nonprofit funding is down due to a tighter-than-normal county budget.

    Assistant county manager Steve Stone serves on a committee appointed to consider nonprofit agencies’ funding requests and recommend how much each agency receives to county commissioners.

  • Caudill convicted of first-degree murder; sentenced to life in prison without parole

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County jury on Tuesday convicted 21-year-old Joshua Caudill of first-degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

    Assistant district attorney Lee Bollinger said the jury deliberated for about one hour and 20 minutes Tuesday afternoon before returning the guilty verdict for Caudill’s role in the 2007 murder of Phillip Cook.