Today's News

  • School board members OK personnel lists

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education approved personnel changes after its May 1 closed session.

    Under administrative retirements, the board approved the retirement of Tina Child as assistant principal at Bolivia Elementary School, effective July 1.

  • Third person rescued from mud at park ramp since July

    Leland Fire Rescue Department personnel have pulled three people from mud at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park boat ramp since July.

    The most recent incident happened April 28 when a group of people on a boat attempted to drive up the boat ramp at and ran aground because of the mud, Fire Chief John Grimes said.

    A man jumped out to free the boat, but got stuck. Another man got out of the boat to help him and got stuck briefly, too, but was able to get back to the boat before Leland Fire Rescue personnel arrived.

  • Bolivia felon accused of selling cocaine

    A Bolivia felon is accused of selling cocaine last year.

    Rashen Georgell Bellamy, 26, of Old Ocean Highway was arrested May 3 and charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and four counts of selling or delivering cocaine.

    Warrants show Bellamy sold .3 grams of cocaine Aug. 14 and sold .4 grams of cocaine Aug. 17.

    He was booked and released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $75,000 bail May 3.

  • Roam + River bloggers traverse Brunswick County

    Stefani Jacoby and Johnny Brooks, aka bloggers Roam + River, left March 19 from the Atlanta area to visit every state they can in a 1996 refurbished Dodge Ram van.


    They’re both 25.

    They have the least amount of responsibilities.

    It’s time.

    Last week, their travels brought them to Brunswick County. Their journey together began after they met in 2011 as students at Georgia College & State University, or GCSU (“Not the University of Georgia,” they both clarify), in a dorm study room.

  • Paws-Ability donates to three groups

    Paws-Ability founder and president Janie Withers, right, presents checks to Trish Kelly of Cat Tails, Rescue Animals Community Effort (R.A.C.E.) and Adopt An Angel at Paws-Ability’s recent monthly meeting.

  • Brunswick County Teen Court places fourth in state

    The Brunswick County Teen Court Mock Trial team placed fourth in the 20th North Carolina Teen Court Association State Mock Trial Competition in April in Concord.

    Student volunteers competed as attorneys, clerks, and bailiffs against twenty other counties from around the state. Brunswick County Teen Court students practiced their roles for three months prior to the state competition. Teen Court attorney mentors John Kelso and Nancy Adelis spent time mentoring, training, and prepping the students for the mock trial competition.

  • Panel addresses opioid crisis

    The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce holds a discussion on the opioid crisis in Brunswick County in April. Kathryn Lawler, Hypnosis By Professionals, organized and moderated the event for the chamber.

  • Medication disposal event a success

    A total of 3,680 pounds of medication and 30,000 sharps were collected at April 28’s medication disposal event hosted by New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington at sites in Brunswick, New Hanover and Columbus counties, including NHRMC Brunswick Forest in Leland and Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia.

  • Operation Medicine Drop collects record number of potentially dangerous medications

    Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced that the 2018 statewide Operation Medicine Drop/Take Back event was the most successful medication take-back campaign held in North Carolina since coordinated take-back efforts began in 2010.

    In total, a record 32,247 pounds of unused prescription medications were delivered to a state-approved incinerator to be destroyed May 2. The number of pills collected during this year’s event equals approximately 24.2 million dosage units.

  • Customers discover new Leland restaurants

    LELAND — A few businesses that opened in Leland in the spring will spend the summer establishing themselves with a new customer base because they are all new to northern Brunswick County.

    Panera Bread Co. came over from Wilmington so customers don’t have to, opening at 2024 Olde Regent Way in front of the Harris Teeter shopping center.

    Manager Jeremy Spencer said the new restaurant opened March 22 “but people are still learning that we’re here.”