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Today's News

  • Longtime state representative retires from Raleigh; focuses on future, businesses

     WHITEVILLE—After 20 years in politics, state Rep. Dewy Hill, D-Whiteville, is retiring.

    Well, not exactly.

    Hill is not seeking re-election to the General Assembly, but the Whiteville business owner has no plans of settling down in his business ventures any time soon.

    “There’s life after Raleigh,” Hill joked during a recent interview in his Whiteville-based business headquarters.

  • Hospital authority takes steps to dissolve

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Hospital Authority have begun the process to dissolve the board.

    Authority members have been tasked with overseeing the operations of the former Brunswick Community Hospital since it was first built in 1977 until last July, when Novant Health opened Brunswick Novant Medical Center, replacing Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Also in July 2011, authority members reverted the ownership of the 74-bed hospital and its 30-plus acres to the county.

  • New traffic pattern for N.C. 87 north

    Officials with North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) have realigned the intersection of U.S. 17 and N.C. 87, creating a new traffic pattern.

    According to NCDOT, the intersection was realigned Monday, July 16, from the former N.C. 87 to Old Town Creek Road just north.

    The new intersection, at U.S. 17 and Old Town Creek Road, was opened to motorists Monday afternoon.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Team roundup

    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.

    From July 9-15, special operations deputies issued 85 total traffic citations and charges.

  • Brunswick County crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents:

    •Vandalism on Palm Street and Main Street in Navassa on July 13; suspect damaged passenger side of victim’s van.

    •Assault on a female and communicating threats on Long Beach Road SE in Southport on July 13.

    •Larceny on Main Street in Shallotte on July 13; suspect stole victim’s laptop computer.

    •Simple physical assault near Woods Court in Bolivia on July 13.

  • School system to implement facilities master plan

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools officials are moving forward with a comprehensive facilities master plan that goes beyond traditional bricks-and-mortar.

    Steve Miley, director of operations for Brunswick County Schools, said board of education members approved a consulting firm at their last meeting July 10 to assist with the plan.

  • Commissioners seek review of county’s jobs, salaries

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have agreed to address a salary increase for county employees.

    At their meeting Monday, July 16, commissioners approved a comprehensive review of the county’s jobs, salaries and benefits. They also agreed to address salary increases, which were not included in the county’s 2012-2013 fiscal year budget, which began July 1.

    Commissioners have scheduled a workshop for 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, to discuss options for a salary increase for county employees.

  • Sheriff’s detectives investigate shotgun death in Ash

     ASH—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a shotgun death, which they have preliminary determined was “accidental.”

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh, deputies responded to a home at 1228 Ash-Little River Road around 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 16.

    When deputies arrived, they found Wendall Padgett, 49, who suffered a shotgun wound to his left side. Padgett was taken to Sea Coast Hospital in Little River, S.C., where he was pronounced dead.

  • West wins final home game in CCSSL regular season

     Playing its last home game of the Central Carolina Summer Scholastic League, West Brunswick beat Laney 15-7 July 16 and improved to 12-0.

    West trailed 6-5 entering the fifth inning but scored six runs after a two-out error. On a 3-2 count with the bases loaded, Hunter Howard hit a three-run double that gave West a 10-6 lead.

    In the sixth, Chandler Taylor doubled home two runs. Markel Jones hit a two-run inside-the-park home run to left field, extending the lead to 15-6.

  • Brunswick beats Columbus in Dixie Boys Baseball state tourney

    Brunswick County won its first two games in the Dixie Boys Baseball state tournament, beating Dallas 9-2 on Saturday and Columbus County 3-1 on Sunday.

    Columbus played its first game on Saturday and beat Kannapolis 11-0.