Today's News

  • Livingston Taylor makes beautiful music at next BCCOWA concert

    Yes, he’s James Taylor’s younger brother.

    Livingston Taylor, who headlines the next BCCOWA Performing Arts Series concert at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College, is also an acclaimed musician and mentor in his own right.

    Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at 13, launching a 50-year career encompassing performance, songwriting and teaching.

  • You decide: how can we address our transportation issues in North Carolina?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My wife retired a dozen years ago after working three decades as an elementary school teacher. Her daily routine now involves a trip to the nearest wellness facility for exercise as well as conversation — hopefully not at the same time. One thing she chronically complains about is increased traffic in Raleigh compared to her working days. She says Raleigh has too many people and too few roads.

  • Wanted: differences of opinion and civil discourse

    We recently published a letter to the editor lamenting how few letters we publish share conservative views.

    Contrary to what some readers may believe, it bothers me, too — but I can’t force anyone to write letters to the editor, let alone ones that espouse a particular ideology.

    The time has come for me to reiterate points I made in my column published Aug. 30, 2016:

  • Drop in holiday DWIs indicates progress

    The Governor’s Highway Safety Program announced the holiday “Booze It & Lose It” impaired driving prevention and enforcement campaign, which ran Dec. 14 to Jan. 2, showed a drop in total driving while impaired arrests compared with last year’s campaign.

    A news release said 2,029 DWI arrests were reported across all 100 counties over the course of this year’s three-week holiday campaign; last year, there were 2,528 DWI arrests.

  • Leland buys more land for Sturgeon Creek Park

    LELAND — Town council members have agreed to buy more land to create Sturgeon Creek Park.

    At their Jan. 17 meeting, council members authorized Town Manager David Hollis to complete the purchase of two properties along South Navassa Road to add to the planned park.

    They voted unanimously, 5-0, to move ahead with an agreement to purchase the lots at 142 and 150 South Navassa Road from Douglas and Tammy Turley and agreed to offer $300,000 for the properties.

  • Private businesses considered for Leland tourism grant program

    LELAND — The Leland Tourism Development Authority board began preparing for the fiscal year 2019-20 budget at its Jan. 16 meeting.

    TDA board members began the discussion by reviewing their goals, which include promoting tourism to Leland by increasing awareness of the town as a destination, attracting family travel as well as corporate meetings and conventions, group travel and outdoor activities.

    One of the efforts the TDA has pursued is a brand campaign to increase awareness of Leland by contracting with Colonial Marketing.

  • Park the Cadillac, take the Malibu

    At their Jan. 7 meeting, county commissioners considered, for about 10 minutes, a proposal by commissioner Randy Thompson to video stream and record their meetings.

    The discussion did not go Thompson's way as the idea, just to consider taking their show live, was shot down 4-1.

    All other commissioners — Mike Forte, Frank Williams, Pat Sykes and Marty Cooke — couldn’t see where there was a need as there was neither a great deal of public interest nor a good reason to spend the money.

  • Pilot Club of South Brunswick Islands


    President: Bridget Weston

    Secretary/treasurer: Nicole Varnam


    Email pcsbislands@gmail.com or look for Pilot Club of the South Brunswick Islands on Facebook

    The Pilot Club of South Brunswick Islands, chartered in 1985, has assisted county residents with special medical needs as well as community support.

  • Grant could bring 238 jobs to Navassa

    Brunswick County commissioners were expected to approve a resolution Tuesday night that could help bring 238 jobs to Navassa from New Jersey.

    The resolution is in support of applying to the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Rural Development Building Reuse Grant to cover part of the cost to renovate the former US Marine Building at 100 Quality Drive.

  • Inmate dies after suicide attempt

    A Brunswick County Detention Facility inmate who attempted suicide in his cell died Tuesday.

    Dustin Lynn Kinlaw, 26, was booked in the jail Friday, Jan. 18, on possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of marijuana and two counts each of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of heroin, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.