Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From March 20-27, K-9 deputies issued 16 citations and made nine drug arrests.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Alexander James Stonebrook, 17, of 3548 Aycock Court, Leland, was charged with possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •John Daniel Thompson, 42, of 347 Cape Fear Blvd., Wilmington, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Countywide curbside recycling up in the air

    Countywide curbside recycling in Brunswick County is still up in the air.

    Brunswick County officials had hoped one of the county’s legislative delegates would have introduced a local bill allowing the county to levy a solid waste and recycling fee by Wednesday, March 30, the deadline to enter a local bill in the General Assembly.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Unit searched a residence at 641 Sandy Bluff Drive in Supply on March 24.

    During the search, drug agents seized 366 grams of marijuana, 19 Alprazolam pills, one Hydrocodone pill, eight firearms including several assault rifles and more than $1,000 in cash.

  • Commissioners discuss reduction in force, employee compensation

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have begun to discuss a less-than-desirable method to balance the county’s budget—employee layoffs.

    For the past several budget years, the county has employed a reduction of force through attrition policy, meaning most positions are not filled once someone retires or resigns. Many vacant positions have been eliminated, but the county has been able to avoid active layoffs, Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said at Friday’s budget retreat.

  • County considers changing to self-insured

    In an effort to combat rising healthcare costs and to take advantage of the county’s wellness program, Brunswick County Commissioners are considering switching to a self-insured plan for employee healthcare coverage.

    Brunswick County Human Resources Director Debbie Barnes told commissioners at their two-day budget retreat last week to keep their current plan with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the county would have to absorb an $860,000 or 9.3 percent increase.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office ACE Roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • DSS members ask for, but refuse to participate in, meeting with commissioners

    BOLIVIA—First, they asked for the meeting with county commissioners.

    But now, members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services refuse to attend the meeting they requested—unless, that is, they can bring their terminated attorney Gary Shipman to the meeting.

    Assistant county manager Steve Stone, who serves as the county’s liaison between the DSS board and the county administration, said Shipman could attend the public meeting, but commissioners would not entertain Shipman being part of the meeting.

  • Value of Sunset Beach park property goes up more than 50 percent

    SUNSET BEACH—While most property values went down, county valuation of a 5.22-acre waterway site being eyed for a future park by town officials has increased by more than half.

    Just across the street, the value of a 1.1-acre waterway site where the town’s future boat ramp is be built went down, from $1.5 million to $1.4 million, according to county tax records.

  • Sunset Beach to consider public records policy, request form

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council is scheduled to consider a proposed public records request policy, including a “request form” that is not required by state statutes, at its upcoming monthly meeting Monday, April 4.

    A proposed policy up for consideration was “tweaked” in conjunction with the town attorney from a policy “in another local government in North Carolina” and is based on state statutes, according to information prepared by town administrator Gary Parker.

  • Longwood man cited for out-of-control fire across state line

    CALABASH—A Longwood man has been cited for an out-of-control trash fire that broke out last week in Little River, S.C., and spread across the state line into North Carolina, endangering homes in the Carolina Shores North community.

    James M. Saunders of Longwood was ticketed by the South Carolina Forestry Commission.