Today's News

  • Jadyn Parker sets state record

    Staff Report

    The sons of two former outstanding Brunswick County athletes are showing signs they may have outstanding athletic careers, too.
    Jadyn Parker, 10, and Brandyn Johnson, 12, are the sons of Irene (Johnson) Parker, a West Brunswick High School graduate who was a state champion in the triple jump, and Carl Parker Jr., a former basketball star at South Brunswick High School who had a stellar career at the College of William & Mary.

  • Stevens takes on official role as president of Brunswick Novant Medical Center

    BOLIVIA—Shelbourn Stevens is a hands-on leader.

    Since being named interim president of Brunswick Novant Medical Center in March and after formally accepting the promotion in June, Stevens says transitioning from senior director of operations to hospital president has been “seamless.”

    But you won’t find him chained to his desk.

    “You’ll find me out in the units,” Stevens said about his leadership style.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on June 22 and 25 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Friday, June 22, DWI court

    Judge Thomas V. Aldridge Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutor Jamie Turnage and courtroom clerk Heather Jesina:

  • Town officials—past and present—break ground on new Leland Town Hall

    LELAND—Though it’s only 23 years old, the town of Leland is about to move into its second official home.

    Town officials—past and present—gathered last Friday, June 29, behind the town’s current town hall, to break ground on a new $9.9 million town hall.

    The 44,000-square-foot, two-story facility will house the town’s administration and police departments. Town hall will also feature a 3,000-square-foot council chambers, with room for 175 people to attend town meetings.

  • Leland man charged with illegally transporting, disposing contaminated oil

    U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker recently announced a federal grand jury has returned a 19-count criminal indictment on Benjamin Franklin Pass and P&W Waste Oil Services Inc. of Leland.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the indictments charge Pass with offenses surrounding unlawful transportation, storage and disposal of contaminated oil, a violation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

    “We must be ever vigilant in the protection of our precious environment.  This prosecution demonstrates that commitment,” Walker said.

  • Program makes recycling a countywide option

    Brunswick County has a growing problem—its trash.
    While we’re blessed to be a county where people want to live, with a growing population comes a number of quality-of-life headaches, like what do we do with all the stuff residents and visitors throw away?
    As of July 1, the county has a new alternative—a fee-based, countywide curbside recycling program.
    Some of the county’s municipalities offer curbside recycling, but those who live in unincorporated areas—or in towns without recycling—were left with few options.

  • Planet Fun a stellar place for all ages

    Shallotte now has its own celestial venue for convivial pursuits.

    Planet Fun, at 349 Whiteville Road, is an especially cool place to be this summer.

    Kidz Camp is now under way, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the 50,000-square-foot, non-smoking family entertainment center.

    Monday Madness, 4-10 p.m., offers unlimited bowling, laser tag, mini-golf, inflatables and selected arcades.

  • Man defrauds with fake child cancer story


    SHALLOTTE—His story pulled on the heartstrings, getting people to open their purse strings.

    According to Shallotte detective Ed Marti, Jeremy Craig Stanley, 36, of 1657 Stanley Cove Way, Shallotte, was going around town asking people to give donations to a 3-year-old child with cancer.

    Stanley claimed to be working with Open Door Ministries church in an effort to raise funds to help pay for a child’s medical expenses. He claimed the child had late-stage cancer.

  • Commissioners accept upset bid for old hospital; process begins again

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have accepted an upset bid for the purchase of the former Brunswick Community Hospital.

    At their meeting Monday, July 2, commissioners accepted the $1,575,050 bid from Jacobs Real Estate Advisors LLC and Katierich Asset Management LLC to purchase the former 60-bed hospital facility and the 30-plus acres on which it sits.

    Commissioners voted four votes to one to accept the bid, with commissioner Charles Warren dissenting.

    Their decision now re-starts the clock on another round of upset bids.

  • GOP overrides Perdue’s budget veto late Monday night

    RALEIGH—For the second consecutive year, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed the state’s budget crafted by the Republican-led legislature.

    And for the second consecutive year, the Republican majority was able to secure enough votes to override her veto.

    Perdue vetoed the $20.2 billion budget Friday, June 29, and lawmakers were scheduled to vote to override her veto Monday evening, July 2. A three-fifths majority is required to override a gubernatorial veto.