Local News

  • County fire administrator Smith receives EFO Program Certificate

    Brunswick County Fire Administrator Malcolm Smith has completed the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program, a four-year program from the National Fire Academy for fire officers that focuses on how to exercise leadership when addressing difficult or unique problems within communities.

    The selective program consists of four courses, each the equivalent of an upper division baccalaureate or graduate level course, completed over a four-year period as well as an Applied Research Project. Smith is one of only a few to complete the program and obtain the credential.

  • Coalition to launch its inaugural County Care Fair

    The Brunswick Wellness Coalition (BWC) is launching its inaugural County Care Fair, rotating between three Wal-Mart locations in Brunswick County: Monday, July 16, in Leland; Thursday, Aug. 16, in Southport; and Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Shallotte.

    The fair will take place at each location from 5 to 8 p.m. and will offer a wide range of health screenings, education and kid-friendly activities. There will also be grocery store tours and giveaways.

  • Oyster shell bagging June 27 in Sunset Beach

    The North Carolina Coastal Federation invites volunteers to help bag oyster shells Wednesday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to noon in Sunset Beach.

    Volunteers will meet at the main fire station and fill mesh bags with oyster shells to help build a living shoreline in the Intracoastal Waterway at Sunset Beach Town Park. Volunteers will also cut, tie, lift and stack oyster bags.

    This event is best suited for adults, organized groups and supervised children 12 and older and will accommodate a wide range of physical abilities.

  • ‘An Evening with Sam Quinones’ scheduled Aug. 23

    The Brunswick County Treatment Court will present ‘An Evening with Sam Quinones,’ author of “Dreamland,” the true tale of America’s opiate epidemic, on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

    This is a free event. The first 250 attendees will receive a free copy of “Dreamland” (one per family).

  • VA Whole Health Workshop set for July 31

    A VA Whole Health Workshop is scheduled for July 31 at 1 p.m. at Wilmington VA Health Care Center (WHCC), Room 1026 at 1705 Gardner Road in Wilmington.

    Whole Health recognizes the patient as a whole person and helps support his or her unique needs, said Dr. Sita Kanithi, a clinical psychologist who supervises Fayetteville VAMC’s Peer Support Specialists.

  • OIB planning board to meet July 17

    The Ocean Isle Beach Planning Board will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, at the Betty S. Williamson Meeting Hall at 3 W. Third St. on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The board meets the third Tuesday of the month.

    Call 579-2166 for more information.

  • State honors county’s water treatment plant

    The N.C. Division of Water Resources recently honored 69 water treatment plants, including Brunswick County’s, for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards.

    The division’s Public Water Supply section awarded the facilities the prestigious N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award, which is part of a state effort to enhance the performance of existing surface water treatment facilities.

  • Belville seeks to fill vacancy on park and recreaction board

    The town of Belville is accepting applications from citizens who are interested in serving on the Belville Parks and Recreation Board.

    The appointee will begin serving on the board in July to fill a vacancy until the term ends in January 2019.

    Applications are available online at townofbelville.com under the Town Forms tab or at Belville Town Hall, 63 River Road, Belville. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The submission deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday, June 21.

  • BCC announces accreditation of machining program

    LELAND— Brunswick Community College is one of the only 300 organizations from a pool of about 2,000 nationwide to receive National Institute for Metalworking Skills accreditation for its Computer-Integrated Machining Program.

    BCC employees, former students and those working in Brunswick County’s metalworking industry gathered June 14 at BCC’s Leland Center to announce and celebrate the honor.

  • Wilmington man sought on assault, theft charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man wanted on assault inflicting serious injury, financial card theft and larceny of a motor vehicle charges.

    Michael Tyrone Loyde, 50, of North Ninth Street faces the charges in a June 12 incident at home on Highwood Court in Leland.

    Tyrone is described as a 5-foot 9 black man and may be driving a gray 2008 Nissan Altima.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Ryan Newman 880-4866.