Today's News

  • Fire commission sends standards to county commissioners

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Fire Commission finished creating department standards at a May 24 meeting for county commissioners to consider accepting in June.

    Three of the five county commissioners will already be familiar with the recommendations from serving on the fire commission. Randy Thompson joined Mike Forte as county representatives to the commission after Pat Sykes resigned during a May 10 budget meeting.

    Sykes at first made a motion to dissolve the fire commission, stating it completed its job, and direct staff to perform a funding review.

  • H2GO to add Brunswick Family Assistance to customer donation program

    LELAND — Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board members agreed to add Brunswick Family Assistance to ITS Operation Round Up Program at the May 22 meeting, held at the Leland commissioners’ meeting room.

    Stephanie Bowen, BFA executive director, gave a presentation at H2GO’s April 17 board meeting at the invitation of Commissioner Trudy Trombley.

  • Federal judge: Chemours must allow outside water testing

    A federal judge ruled that The Chemours Co. must allow outside testing of potentially contaminated water.

    Chemours is the maker of GenX, the contaminant that was found the Cape Fear River, which provides the raw water the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the Brunswick County Utilities Department uses for drinking water.

  • NOAA promotes preparedness as 2018 hurricane season begins June 1

    A named storm formed before the beginning of the hurricane season for a fourth consecutive year, but Brunswick County was more concerned with heavy Memorial Day rains that set records in some areas.

  • District court docket for May 14, 15, 16 and 17


    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on May 14, 15, 16 and 17 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, May 14

    Judge W. Fred Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor Troy M. Cronk and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham-Evans:

  • Swains to celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

    Whit and Betty Swain of Sunset Beach will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary June 4. Married at the United States Naval Academy’s chapel on graduation day 1958 when Whit was commissioned into the Air Force, they have enjoyed their life together as they took on the responsibilities of family and the military life with all that entails, moving 22 times in 35 years of service.

  • Leland man cleared of charges in stabbing case

     Leland man accused of stabbing two people last year has been cleared of the charges against him.

    Judge C. Ashley Gore voluntarily dismissed simple assault resisting a public officer and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon against 55-year-old Norman Marshall Gore of Malmo Loop Road on May 15.

    Gore was arrested Dec. 16 and initially charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Warrants show he stabbed a woman with a pencil three times, puncturing her skin, and stabbed a man with a butter knife, puncturing his skin.

  • Whole grain brown rice has many health benefits

    Grains are the foundation of a healthy diet and most dietary guidelines suggest at least three servings of whole grains daily. Yet, less than 10 percent of Americans eat three servings daily and most of us eat an average of less than one serving per day.

    Did you know all white rice actually starts out as brown rice? A milling process removes the rice’s husk, bran and germ, increasing the shelf life of white rice. But in doing so, this process also removes much of its nutrition, including fiber, vitamins and minerals.

  • State ABC Commission fines two county businesses

    The North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission recently fined two Brunswick County businesses.

    Midway Seafood on Midway Road in Bolivia is required to pay the state a fine of $3,000 by June 8 or serve a 30-day suspension of its permit to sell alcohol for selling malt beverages Jan. 22-30to a person younger than 21, state ABC Commission documents show.

  • Message in a bottle found at Holden Beach helps heal grief

    Katie Lynn Bell of Benton, La., celebrated her 18th birthday March 17, 2017, and was looking forward to graduating in a few months. But Bell died in a two-vehicle collision March 25, 2017, just south of her hometown.

    News of her death and a celebration of her life extended around the country. One of Bell’s favorite singers, Katy Perry, even tweeted a tribute to her.

    Her death prompted her friend Cassidy Williams of Panama City, Fla., to let the world know about Bell and her legacy in a unique way: with a message in a bottle.