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Today's News

  • Jordan named to lead Communities In Schools

    Bonnie Jordan has replaced Nancy Lamb as executive director of Communities In Schools of Brunswick County.

    Jordan served as interim executive director after Lamb resigned from the position Sept. 16.

    In a previous interview, Jordan declined to say whether Lamb’s resignation was related to the announcement of the cancellation and reinstatement of CIS’ fee-based before and after-school programs at Southport, Belville and Town Creek elementary schools in August 2016.

  • District court docket for Dec. 28 and 30

     The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 28 and 30 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.

     

    Wednesday, Dec. 28

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Samantha Wescott:

  • It’s a new year, sleep it off

    We’re 12 days into the New Year, so the time for resolutions may have passed.

    Or the time for putting resolutions into practice, getting bored and breaking them may have come and gone.

    Regardless, this is my first chance to speak to many of you in 2017, so I want to pass along my recommendation for a resolution that will benefit you and me.

    I only have the one resolution to propose and you can take it or leave it at any time during the year. Really, it is my New Year’s gift to you, so if you want to re-gift it, feel free.

  • You decide: How do we solve our economic growth mystery?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Like many academics, I find pleasure in endeavors most would call boring. So when I pour over numbers on government websites or dusty statistical volumes, my wife gleefully says, “Get a life!”

  • On Campus with BCC: Launching businesses through support, mentoring

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    In February 2016, Brunswick Community College officially opened its Brunswick County Business and Industry Incubator. The incubator, a partnership between BCC and the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission, was funded by the Golden Leaf Foundation, U.S. Economic Development (EDA) and BCC. The mission of the incubator was to provide a venue for emerging and growing businesses as well as to offer the resources necessary to expand, create new jobs and grow the local economy.

  • Shining a spotlight on our do-gooders

    Last Thursday night, I headed up to Leland again to attend the first meeting of 2017 for the Northern Brunswick County Services Coordinating Council.

  • Blood shortage imperils community

    The American Red Cross anticipates fewer blood donations during the holidays and pleads accordingly for all available donors to give what they can when they can each winter. But bad weather in other parts of the country combined with bad timing and seasonal illnesses to create a blood shortage that puts us in crisis right now.

    The Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors after about 37,000 fewer donations were given in November and December than expected, including nearly 950 in the Carolinas Blood Services Region, which includes Brunswick County.

  • Surf City man dies after fall in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — A Surf City man died over the weekend in Holden Beach after falling from a balcony into a Dumpster.

    Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne identified the man 58-year-old William Niederberger on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 10.

    Emergency crews were dispatched about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, to a rental home at 413 Ocean Blvd. W. and discovered Niederberger’s body in the receptacle beneath one of the building’s two front balconies, Brunswick County medical examiner Dr. Mark Hanna said.

  • Brunswick County reports untreated wastewater spill

    Brunswick County Public Utilities reported a discharge of untreated wastewater Monday, Jan. 9, from a 10-inch force main across the street from 9097 Timber Lane in Leland, according to a county news release.

    The leak occurred from 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. with repairs completed at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10.

    It is believed about 40,000 gallons reached the underground drainage system which leads to Sturgeon Creek with an additional 10,000 gallons removed by Vac-truck.

  • Brunswick Coalition talks Medicaid transportation

    Brunswick County Social Services director Catherine Lytch provided a refresher on Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) to the Brunswick Coalition during its Jan. 9 meeting.

    The Brunswick Coalition was established when county leaders, including health directors, nurses, community volunteers, substance abuse counselors and student interns from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington gathered two years ago to establish a community initiative targeting drug abuse, especially prescription misuse, in Brunswick County.