Today's News

  • Second member resigns from county DSS board in one month

    BOLIVIA—The roster of the county’s Social Services board is dwindling.

    On Aug. 15, longtime board member Moses Stanley resigned from the board when he accepted a job in the superior court judge’s office. The county’s code of conduct, adopted by commissioners last December, prohibits county employees from serving on elected or appointed boards.

    Then last week, Tina Jackson resigned from the board, bringing the current roster of the five-member board to three.

  • Local activists submit petition to commissioners about judicial assistant position

    BOLIVIA—Two local activists have taken issue with a recent budgetary move by county commissioners that allowed Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis to fund a position in her office.

    At their July 5 meeting, county commissioners unanimously approved a request Lewis made to transfer funds from her special court programs to fund a judicial assistant position, which she said was lost through reduction in force by the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts.

  • Tropical depression becomes Tropical Storm Katia

    The National Hurricane Center is now tracking Tropical Storm Katia.

    As of the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. update, the storm was 720 miles west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands.

    The update said Katia “continues to strengthen over the eastern tropical Atlantic,” but the storm poses no threat to land at its current location.

    Maximum sustained winds are 60 mph, and she is tracking west-northwest at 20 mph.

    Forecasters expect Katia to be upgraded to a hurricane by Wednesday.

  • Commissioners approve interest-free payment plans for water tap fees

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners recently approved interest-free payment plans for property owners to connect to the county’s water system.

    At their Aug. 15 meeting, commissioners unanimously approved the payment plans, which are available interest-free for one, two or three years.

    The plan was brought about because many people were opting not to tap onto the county’s water system, citing the cost to do so, Brunswick County Finance Director Ann Hardy said.

  • Too prepared for Hurricane Irene? They’re kidding, right?

    Just in time for football season, I’m taking a line from Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano’s Facebook page: “It’s Monday morning…and everyone’s a quarterback.”

    Yes, Anthony, I’m sure they are.

    He, of course, is referring to the interesting human phenomenon of Monday-morning quarterbacking—the rare condition in which everyone has an opinion (usually of the would’ve, should’ve could’ve variety) about how the game should have been played.

  • Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested the following suspects last week:

    •Tamara Maria Kelly, 33, of 1950 Old Ocean Highway Lot 22, Bolivia, was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Joseph Phillip Watkins, 46, of 1221 Easy St., Bolivia, was charged with four counts of trafficking opium or heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Watkins was taken to the detention center, where he was placed under a $100,000 secured bond.

  • Sheriff’s helicopter credited for finding Alzheimer’s patient

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of the sheriff’s office helicopter Air One, rescued a missing subject in a thick wooded area of Ocean Isle Beach Sunday evening.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said around 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28, deputies responded to a home on East Northwind Drive in Ocean Isle Beach in reference to Gary Lynn Bragg, 72, who failed to return to his residence.

    Bragg, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, had been gone since about 4 p.m. that day.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Shooting into an occupied dwelling and property damage on First Street in Shallotte; suspect shot into victim’s residence while the victim was in the home. A Honda Civic and a couch were damaged from the shots.

    •Littering on Stone Chimney Road in Supply; suspect put three iron golf clubs in victim’s yard.

  • School make-up day set for Oct. 10

    School district officials have scheduled a make-up day for last Friday’s school closing.

    After first planning to release students early in preparation for Hurricane Irene’s arrival, school officials cancelled school on Friday, Aug. 26.

    Monday, Oct. 10, will serve as the student make-up day for the Aug. 26 closure.


  • No change in Brunswick’s double-digit unemployment in July

    RALEIGH—Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for July remained at 10.3 percent.

    June’s unemployment rate was also 10.3 percent, according to information provided by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina.

    July’s 10.3 percent unemployment rate is a slight decrease from the July 2010 unemployment rate of 10.4 percent.

    Of Brunswick County’s labor force of 51,012 workers, 5,233 were unemployed in July, according to ESC estimates.