Today's News

  • You decide: Frequently asked national debt questions

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    When I take questions after the scores of presentations I make across the state each year, there is one question I can always count on: What is the country going to do about the national debt? I certainly understand the concern with the national debt now more than $20 trillion, and no end in sight. Indeed, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) forecasts the national debt will rise to more than $90 trillion by 2047.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    In the North Carolina General Assembly last week, committees were in full swing and some were making the news. My only committee that met in Raleigh was the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform.

  • Don’t put off preparing for the worst

    By Jennifer Stuart

    Guest Columnist

    When I prepare wills and other advance directives for clients, they often mention how long they have been putting off this task. Even as an attorney, I long procrastinated on preparing these documents for myself. It’s nobody’s idea of a fun way to spend an afternoon. But one excuse people often use to avoid this task needs to be addressed because it’s based on a faulty assumption.

  • Another year older, but apparently not any wiser

    Just a few days before my birthday last week, another one of my infamous migraine headaches knocked me for a loop. Even though the pain had me sobbing and hysterical, I tried to convince my parents I’d be OK and would see a doctor as soon as I felt well enough to drive. My mom was still recovering from a bout of the crud and I didn’t want them to worry.

  • Sunset Beach’s updated cabana ordinance confounds

    Sunset Beach Town Council members are within their rights to restrict beach cabanas as they see fit on behalf of the citizens they are elected to serve.

    But their March 5 vote to prohibit commercial cabana vendors and rental enterprises from erecting or removing cabanas for customers on the beach leaves too many residents, vacationers and business owners scratching their heads ... again.

    Some still argue that cabanas are not only unsightly, but also take up too much real estate on Sunset Beach, the smallest of Brunswick County’s beaches.

  • District court docket for March 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9


    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on March 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, March 5

    Judge Jason C. Disbrow presided over the following cases with prosecutor Alisha Benjamin and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones:

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports

    Released at 12:52 p.m. March 20, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement


  • N.C. Education Lottery Commission picks new executive director

    The N.C. Education Lottery Commission on March 13 named M. Mark Michalko, a 30-year gaming industry veteran with both U.S. lottery and international gaming experience, as the new executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery.

    The appointment of Michalko, vice president and managing director of International Game Technology’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, came as the commission concluded a search to replace Alice Garland, who is retiring at the end of March after more than seven years as executive director.

  • Williams represents county at NaCo Legislative Conference

    Brunswick County Board of Commissioners chairman Frank Williams represented Brunswick County at the recent National Association of Counties (NaCo) Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

    “This conference provided an excellent opportunity to learn from county leaders from across the nation, secure face time with Congressman Rouzer and key legislative staffers who represent us on Capital Hill, and discuss key issues facing Brunswick County,” Williams said in a news release.

  • Pasta for Paws March 26

    Paws-Ability will host Pasta for Paws at Twin Lakes Restaurant in Sunset Beach on Monday, March 26, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children.

    Buffet offering will include pasta with three sauces (vodka, meat sauce, Alfredo), lasagna, bread, salad, dessert and a drink.

    Tickets are available at paws-ability.org.