Today's News

  • Theft may have led to house explosion

    While the cause of an April 20 house explosion on Shingletree Road is officially undetermined, the homeowner said she was told someone had been removing items from the century-old house when the blast occurred.

    Residents in the Farm at Brunswick, Brunswick Plantation and other communities reported hearing the blast and said it shook houses in the area.

    An individual at the site of the home at 500 Shingletree Road went to a South Carolina hospital and possibly a burn center, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

  • Strawberry fields ripe for picking

    Here’s the latest juicy news—it’s strawberry time.

    Just check out the pickings at Indigo Farms and Holden Brothers Produce.

    From now through May and into early June, their strawberry fields are open for pick-your-own gatherings at both popular markets located at the state line on Hickman Road and U.S. 17 south of Shallotte, respectively.

  • Bidders won't be getting local goats just yet

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Wild goats that roam three spoil islands have been granted a reprieve.

    A state plan to have bidders bid next month on how much they’re willing to pay to fetch feral goats on the islands on the seaward side of the Intracoastal Waterway has been cancelled, according to the North Carolina Department of Administration.

  • Board of Education meeting next Tuesday

    Members of The Brunswick County Board of Education will meet for their next regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in the commissioners chambers at the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at the county complex in Bolivia.

    Those wishing to speak during the public comments portion of the meeting need to call ahead to reserve a spot on the schedule. Arrangements can be made through the central office at 253-2900.

  • Survey shows dropout-prevention success of Communities in Schools

    A five-year independent evaluation conducted by ICF International concludes that Communities in Schools (CIS) is the best dropout-prevention program around.

    “Compared with large-scale or well-known dropout-prevention programs reviewed by

    the [U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse], Communities In Schools had the strongest effect on students’ on-time graduation rates,” according to the study.

  • BCC presidential interviews to be completed today; trustees to meet Monday

    UPDATE: Interviews for the president position at Brunswick Community College are scheduled to be completed today, Friday, April 29.

    Dr. Rick L. Garrett, the final candidate, will visit on Friday and meet with the public from 12-1:15 p.m., at the Virginia Williamson Events Center. Garrett is the dean of the Avery Campus at Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine.

  • Law enforcement, GOP leaders back David

    BOLIVIA—Local police chiefs and Brunswick County GOP leaders are throwing their support behind district attorney Jon David in what has become a very public battle with Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly.

    On Friday, April 15, Jolly issued a scathing administrative order, accusing David of financially benefiting a campaign contributor in a pilot traffic court program Jolly called a “scheme.”

    David has called the claims “wildly inaccurate” and asked that the traffic court program be immediately re-instated.

  • ID please: Why it doesn’t matter if birthers are right

    There’s a popular saying in our newsroom we reporters utter more often than others and it has to do with begging for forgiveness being easier than asking permission.

    It usually has to do with needing access to a story or information that may be behind police tape, on private property or even downright shady.

    In politics, this is also the case—you know, the whole shoot first, ask questions later concept.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Unit charged the following suspects last week.

    •Susan G. Wood, 41, of 1472-5 Copas Road, Shallotte, was charged with one count of conspire to traffic opium or heroin, four counts of trafficking opium or heroin, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance, one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance.

  • No suspects, arrests in South Brunswick football star murder

    No arrests have been made in the case of slain South Brunswick High School football star Marcus Hankins.

    The 19-year old high school senior was fatally shot around 1 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at a private party at Brunswick County’s Democratic Headquarters on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller on Tuesday said no arrests have been made in the case, and investigators have no suspects.