Today's News

  • The battle at home: Injurred vet returns home to PTSD, alcohol and drug abuse

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about West Brunswick High School graduate Ben McCune, who was injured in Afghanistan when the truck he was in struck an improvised explosive device (IED).

    Ben McCune medically retired from the U.S. Army on May 15.

    But it was a long road to retirement after being injured in Afghanistan when the truck he was in struck a 1,500-pound improvised explosive device (IED) in the Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan.

  • Eric Davis reconsiders, will return as West Brunswick boys’ basketball coach

     Eric Davis has decided to stay at West Brunswick High School to continue to coach boys’ basketball, West athletics director John Floyd said May 29.

    Davis had resigned earlier this month, citing family financial reasons, Floyd said on May 3. When Davis later told his team he had accepted a job at Gaston Day School in Gastonia, there was an emotional reaction.

  • Too Much Sylvia takes the stage at Ocean Isle Beach concert series

    Too Much Sylvia takes the stage this Friday to headline the summer concert series at Ocean Isle Beach.

    From 6:30-8 p.m. this Friday, June 1, Too Much Sylvia will perform in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The family friendly concert series if free, and the public is welcome.

    Over at Holden Beach, Gold Rush will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the pavilion on the end of Jordan Boulevard.

  • Rabon, Iler report back from Raleigh as short sessions convenes for General Assembly

    RALEIGH—Lawmakers are back in Raleigh for the short session of the 2011-2012 biennium of the North Carolina General Assembly.

    The short session convened May 16, and leadership in both the House and Senate has said they hope to be finished by July 4.

    State Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, said he was glad to be back in session, and he and his colleagues were “making significant progress in several key areas.”

  • School bus drivers hours reduced, positions changed

    BOLIVIA—For the first time in the history of the school system, the reduction in force (RIF) policy has been implemented for Brunswick County Schools.

    The move affects 38 full-time bus drivers after board of education members voted last month to revert to a single-bell schedule for the upcoming school year.

    Seventeen employees have been reduced to part-time employment through the RIF, while 20 employees have been hired into part-time custodial, child nutrition and full-time bus driver or teacher assistant positions.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    The following suspects were charged with narcotics violations:

    •Toni Lynette Milliken, 31, of 1175 Beach Drive, Sunset Beach, was charged with possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Morris Watson, 56, of 7292 Carlon St., Longwood, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Owen Eugene Metts Jr., 28, of 2519 High Valley Court, Bolivia, was charged with possession of less than one-half ounce or marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Assault by pointing a gun on Holden Beach Road in Supply on May 26.

    •Assault inflicting serious injury on Holden Beach Road in Supply on May 26.

    •Possession of stolen property on Little Shallotte River Road in Shallotte on May 26.

    •Burglary, larceny and vandalism on Northridge Drive in Supply on May 26; suspect stole a 32-inch flat-screen TV, a PlayStation 3 and $1,200 worth of video games.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

  • Commissioners schedule budget workshops

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have scheduled two upcoming workshops for the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget on June 7 and June 8.

    At their last commissioners’ meeting, Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing proposed commissioners adopt a $196.2 million-budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

    Lawing’s proposed budget maintains the current 44.25-cent property tax rate.

    The $196.2 proposed budget is 2.9 percent more than the current fiscal year’s $190.6 million budget.

  • High school graduations to be streamed online, broadcast on ATMC-TV

    Graduating seniors are gearing up to don their caps and gowns, preparing to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.

    This year, for those who can’t get to Odell Williamson Auditorium on graduation day, family members and loved ones will have several opportunities to watch their favorite senior walk across the stage.

    Graduation commencement ceremonies for all three Brunswick County traditional public high schools are scheduled for Saturday, June 9.