Today's News

  • Sunset Beach bridge opens to pass-holders

    The bridge to the Sunset Beach island will be opened to hurricane pass-holders only starting at noon Sunday, Sept. 16.

    "We urge residents to use extreme caution when traveling from outlying areas due to inland flooding," a town press release advises. "Travel currently is extremely hazardous."

    Citizens are advised to check tims.ncdot.gov/tims/ for the most up-to-date information regarding road closures.

  • Brunswick County offices, courthouse, schools closed this week

    Brunswick County government offices, courthouse and schools will be closed Monday, Sept. 17, through Friday, Sept. 21, because of hazardous conditions from Hurricane Florence.

    "Safety is the No. 1 priority," schools spokesman Daniel Seamans noted in a press release issued Saturday afternoon.

    He encouraged the public to follow instructions from Brunswick County officials, including the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Brunswick County Government, and Brunswick County Emergency Services and said information will be updated as needed.

  • Leland explains special assessment district plan, hires new attorney

    LELAND — Leland officials added an extra informational meeting to their schedule Sept. 6 to recap for residents the process the town is using in partnership with Brunswick Forest developers to fast-track another phase of the neighborhood.

    The town received a request for a Brunswick Forest Special Assessment District (SAD) from Jeff Earp’s Funston Land & Timber LLC, developer of Brunswick Forest, to build infrastructure for 1,600 undeveloped acres on U.S. 17 west of the Sunny Point Railroad tracks.

  • District Court docket for Aug. 20-24, 27, 29-31

    The following cases were adjudicated over nine days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 29, 30 and 31 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, Aug. 20

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Troy M. Cronk and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham-Evans:

  • Do not let litter trash our county

    Before Hurricane Florence decided to head for our coastline this week and make a mess, state and local officials were encouraging residents to clean up the litter in their communities.

  • Importance of candidate forums to democracy cannot be overstated

    By Carol Roberts and Barbara Burrell

    Guest Columnists

    Voting is a fundamental right and for nearly 100 years the League of Women Voters (LWV) has assisted citizens in exercising that right. LWV believes all eligible voters should have an equal opportunity to exercise their right to vote. As a nonpartisan organization, the League cannot tell people for whom to vote, nor can it endorse candidates or provide funding for campaigns. The League does advocate for policies that ensure our elections remain free, fair and accessible.

  • Exploring time travel and its implications

    By Don Price

    Guest Columnist

    Imagine, if you will, you wanted to experience the wonders of time travel. You have been reading about the writers of our constitution and decided you really would like to experience life in their history-making environment.

    Or, suppose you have been dreaming about a future where technology has advanced to the point where cell phones are a part of ancient history, and you wanted to enjoy all those wonderful benefits available at that time.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Summer ends now; now, barbarous in beauty ...
                                    — Gerard Manley Hopkins

  • Gratitude for ‘the three B’s’ in life

    By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    My heart is so full.

    I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on my life over the past several weeks as I prepared to be inducted into the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame.

    I’m deeply honored by this recognition. And it was hard to condense my thoughts into a brief acceptance speech.

    What came up for me was extreme gratitude for all the people in my life — and the events along the way that seemed like random loose threads, yet were woven into a rich tapestry.

  • Life is rediscovered at a pool party

    Come to the party … a pool party to celebrate whatever needs to be celebrated. Come and be with us. Celebrate the “us-ness” we are before it’s too late to remember it or too soon forgotten. Pray for sunshine to add a glow to our presence. Pray for a hold-back on rain which might evoke tears. Pray in thanksgiving for pools, parties, and people to love.