Today's News

  • Community briefs

    New books at Rourk Library

    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

  • Guest column: Community helps those in need at BFA

    To the editor:

    The sound of weeping is something we hear often at Brunswick Family Assistance. It isn’t easy for some folks to ask for help paying an electric bill or request a box of food. Once independent, hard-working people across all ages and socio-economic levels find it painful to swallow their pride and ask for assistance, something they’ve never done before.

  • We’ve got to get out of this place, if it’s the last thing a tornado lets us do

    My high school graduation had been delayed. That last year of school, snow days—days where snow actually covered the ground make driving dangerous, not just threatened to do so—had put us behind schedule several extra class days. 

    For kids on their way out the door and looking to begin the next chapters in their lives, waiting seemed forever.

  • Sunset Beach: Don’t make access to public records be more difficult

    Thanks to Carol Scott for being a voice of reason on Sunset Beach Town Council.

    The council is considering implementing a policy that would regulate how the town deals with public records requests. 

    Among items included in the proposal is a form that would require each person to provide detailed information including name, contact information and specific public records information requested.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on March 23, 24, 25, 28 and 29 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, March 23

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Drug agents searching for Supply woman

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit served a search warrant at a home on Trace Street in the Civietown Community on April 4.

    After searching the home, drug agents have charged a woman with several drug violations.

  • Leland man sentenced on federal firearms charges

    NEW BERN— A Leland man was sentenced to prison for federal firearms charges.

    According to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson Robin Zier, Christopher Harold Goins, 35, of Leland, was sentenced to 240 months, or 20 years, in federal prison for firearms charges.

  • Landfill expansion draws full-house crowd

    BOLIVIA—Though commissioners were careful to articulate they might not approve a future landfill expansion on the site, they took the necessary steps toward the expansion by approving the potential site’s rezoning Monday night.

    In a 3-0 vote with commissioner Charles Warren absent and commissioner Marty Cooke abstaining, commissioners approved rezoning the land slated to house the expanded construction and demolition landfill from rural residential to industrial general, the only zone that allows a landfill as a permitted use.

  • Commissioners OK patient move for July’s hospital swap

    BOLIVIA—Novant Health has enlisted the help of the county to transport patients when hospital officials open the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center this summer.

    At their regular meeting Monday night, commissioners approved an agreement between Novant Health, the owners of Brunswick Community Hospital and the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center, and Brunswick County, which would allow Brunswick County EMS to transport patients from the old hospital to the new hospital.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested the following suspects last week:

    •Derrick Antonio Daniels, 31, of 7253 Bellamy Road, Longwood, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Drug agents as well as officers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol seized 14.5 grams of marijuana and more than $3,500 from Daniels during a traffic stop on U.S. 17 near Grissettown.