Today's News

  • District court docket for Aug. 1-5, 2016

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 1, 2, 4 and 5 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, Aug. 1

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones:

  • Shaver named Outstanding County Attorney of the Year

    Brunswick County Attorney Bob Shaver has been named Outstanding County Attorney of the Year by the North Carolina Association of County Attorneys (NCACA).

    The Outstanding Attorney of the Year is given each year to a county attorney in recognition of providing exemplary service to the profession and to the public. Shaver was named the Outstanding Attorney of the Year for 2016 and recognized for the achievement by both the NCACA and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

  • Brunswick County market remains consistent

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market demonstrated consistent strength with healthy numbers in July. While sales dropped slightly from 2015, 2016 has yielded consistent, strong numbers month over month, according to the most recent statistics from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

  • School bond campaign kickoff Aug. 18

    Voters in Brunswick County will answer a $152 million question when they cast their ballots Nov. 8 on whether to approve a bond referendum to benefit Brunswick County Schools.

    The bond would pay for capital improvement projects at each of the district’s 19 schools in an eight-year cycle between 2017 and 2024.

  • Elections board talks one-stop voting

    The Brunswick County Board of Elections discussed one-stop implementation plans for the 2016 General Election during its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 15.
    The one-stop plan must be revisited in light of the recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals that now mandates a 17-day early voting period.

  • Bolivia couple dies in apparent murder-suicide

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office identified a Bolivia couple found dead in an apparent murder-suicide Monday morning, Aug. 15.

    A medical examiner said 54-year-old Helen Ann Santilli and her husband, 60-year-old Richard Albert Santilli, each died of a single gunshot wound at their home in the 400 block of Kingswood Court in Winding River Plantation, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • Bolivia man claims Cash 5 jackpot ticket worth $535,318

    Carl Greggs Sr. of Bolivia is the latest player to beat the odds of 1 in 749,398 to win the Cash 5 jackpot in the drawing Friday, Aug. 12.

    Greggs claimed his prize Monday, Aug. 15, at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $370,708.

    Greggs bought the $1 Quick Pick ticket at Kopp’s Kwik Stop 2 on George II Highway in Southport, matching all five numbers in the nightly Carolina Cash 5 drawing to win the $535,318 jackpot. The winning numbers were: 9-14-19-24-35.

  • Public utilities announce annual change from chloramines to chlorine in water

    Every summer, Brunswick County and the towns, cities and other utilities that purchase water from Brunswick County implement an annual flushing program.

  • Any respectable kitchen needs these essential herbs and spices

    For those who aren’t quite sure what the difference is between herbs and spices, most herbs come from grassy plants and spices from barks or seeds. Another distinction is that herbs tend to grow in temperate climates, while most spices come primarily from tropical regions.

    But in this day and age, “spice” has also come to mean all dried plant seasonings, including spices, herbs, blends and dehydrated vegetables.

  • Peeling away the vegetative layers of your garden

     Sam Marshall, Horticulture Agent

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center


    Whether you are a seasoned veteran or are just venturing into gardening in southeastern North Carolina, most of us would agree that a diverse yard is visually more appealing.

    Plants in bloom at different times of the year offer us a change in scenery throughout the season and plants of different sizes and heights add visual and textural interest to a landscape that can lend itself to the aesthetic as well as to the functional.