Today's News

  • Life's chiaroscuro can sometimes be confusing

    She was one of our brightest stars. Graduating among the top students in our class, a philosophic thinker sparked with the poetry of life, she was a tiny person bedecked with the fourragere that decorated her shoulder and noted her scholarly status.

  • UPDATEWeekend weather watch

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Department has released the following weather statement: The position of Tropical Depression #3 was adjusted to the east at the 11am

    advisory. This correction to the position has shifted the projected track of the

    storm further to the east which lessens the threats to Brunswick County. Discussion

    with staff at the National Weather Service has identified the following potential

    threats for our area: gusty winds when showers come through, rain (estimates are

  • Salmonella reported in Brunswick

    One case of the salmonella strain found across the country in tainted tomatoes has been reported in Brunswick County.

    Assistant health director Fred Michael said this week a doctor recently reported a case of Salmonella Saint Paul, which has been linked to infected tomatoes in other states.

    Nationwide, 1,065 cases have been reported, resulting in 205 people hospitalized and one death. Fourteen cases have been reported in North Carolina.

  • It's a lackluster season for shrimping

    VARNAMTOWN—Rain drizzled down Friday afternoon, underscoring the mood of men lolling around picnic tables at Garland’s Fresh Seafood.

    It wasn’t the summer downpour they were lamenting but the economy, highlighted by idle shrimp boats lined up along the Lockwood Folly River behind them.

    “They’re not even working,” Jackie Varnam, who runs the longtime seafood market with her husband, Nicky, said of the shrimpers or former shrimpers killing time on Garland’s patio overlooking the scenic river.

  • Widow sues murder suspects

    Shannon Bradshaw, the widow of slain Realtor Adam Bradshaw, has filed a lawsuit against two suspects charged with her husband’s murder.

    In the lawsuit filed in Brunswick County Superior Court on June 19, Shannon Bradshaw claims murder suspects Craig Bryant and Lora Moultrie, both 46, forged Adam Bradshaw’s signature on a fraudulent quitclaim deed.

    The quitclaim deed reverted property Adam Bradshaw purchased from Bryant in December 2007 back to Bryant, dated Jan. 31, 2008.

  • Emergency rooms feel brunt of mental health deficiencies

    On a recent Monday, Dr. William Sherrod’s 12-bed emergency department had three beds, or 25 percent of its capacity, occupied with mental illness or detox patients.

    As the hours passed, waiting for their referrals or for a bed to open at a treatment facility, two sheriff’s deputies waited with the patients, as they’re required to do by law.

  • Law enforcement officers get training to learn to deal with mental health issues

    The call comes over the radio—10-73.

    A sheriff’s deputy responds.

    But is the average law enforcement officer’s eight to 12 hours of mental health training enough to properly assess the crisis to which they are responding?

    When someone calls 911 with a suicidal patient or similar crisis, sheriff’s deputies or municipal police officers are the first responders.

    Efforts are under way at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to increase each deputy’s training so they are properly equipped to assess and handle a mental subject.

  • New community mobile crisis unit up and running, assisting seven counties 24 hours a day

    WILMINGTON—Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the mobile crisis management team at Evergreen Behavioral Management is ready to respond to a crisis—immediately.

    Covering seven counties in southeastern North Carolina, including Brunswick County, they’ll respond within two hours, face-to-face, to provide immediate support, services and treatment; crisis response, stabilization and intervention; and crisis prevention.

  • Committee of 100 cataloging skills, training students for the future

    Although they aren’t recruiting industry for their business park anymore, members of the South Brunswick Island Committee of 100 are staying busy with projects designed to help new businesses and train young entrepreneurs.

    Executive director Robert Stinson said this week the committee is putting together a database of skills available in the county’s retirement community so new businesses will have resources to draw on.

  • Commissioners eye solutions for Lockwood's dwindling water quality

    BOLIVIA—If you’ve never heard of bioremediation before, you’re probably not alone.

    Bioremediation enlists bacteria or microbes to destroy hazardous or toxic compounds, including organic waste.

    It’s been around since 1992 but “still hasn’t gone as far as it should,” Joe Robertson, of the Georgia-based Enviremed, explained to Brunswick County Commissioners Thursday afternoon.

    “It’s really bio-augmentation,” Robertson explained.