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Today's News

  • Brunswick County announces hiring of new county manager

    Brunswick County has named Pender County Manager Randell Woodruff as the new county manager. Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy is retiring, effective

    Nov. 1.

    Hardy has worked as county manager since 2005. Prior to her appointment to the county manager’s post, she worked with the Brunswick County Schools system beginning in 1995.

    The July 26 announcement followed two executive sessions on July 23 and July 24. The board will officially announce Woodruff’s hiring at the next regularly scheduled meeting, Monday, August 5.

  • Brunswick Sheriff’s Foundation fish fry Aug. 22

    The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation will have its annual fundraising fish fry 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, in front of the emergency services building at the Bolivia Government Complex on Old Ocean Highway.

    This fund supports Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office employees who experience hardship.

    Meals will consist of flounder, potato salad, coleslaw and bread for $8 per person. Takeout is available as is delivery to certain areas for large orders.

  • Peace, love and music showcased at SoundStock 2019

    A half-century ago this date (Aug. 15), hundreds of thousands of young festival-goers along with a lineup of noteworthy performers converged on a farm in Bethel, N.Y., to launch three days of peace, music and history.

    Tina Smith was a youngster growing up in the rural Brunswick County community of Ash, hardly aware of the massive event 700 miles to the north.

  • ‘We’re racing against the clock to save lives’: An ER doctor’s take on the opioid epidemic

    Editor’s note: This week’s column is part of an ongoing series highlighting the issues Brunswick County faces in the opioid crisis. Dr. Ryan Jordanhazy is not a member of the Substance Use and Addiction Commission. 

    By Dr. Ryan Jordanhazy

    Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center ER Medical Director

    The opioid crisis is something emergency rooms nationwide deal with every day. Some areas are more affected than others, but I have seen opioid misuse and overdoses everywhere I have worked.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Aug. 7-11 2019

    Aug. 7

    Julian Wyatt Hester, 18, of Ash Little River Road, Ash, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of marijuana less than .5 ounce.

    Elania Addisson Burns, 16, of Susan Drive, Shallotte, charged with consumption of alcohol younger than 18 years old.

    Aug. 8

    Derek Craig Leighton, 33, of Royal Poste Road, Sunset Beach, arrested on outstanding habitual felony warrant.

    Aug. 11

    Trespassing reported; subjects fishing in the Riverside neighborhood on the island.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    Two mystery plants at once! These two species will serve nicely for a consideration of what we call a “genus.”

    The modern concept of the genus as a taxonomic category began coming into play amongst botanists in the late 17th century. Briefly, a genus was recognized (and still is) as a convenient way to group closely related species. The dictionary definition of this word suggests “group” or “kind,” generally involving the notion of close relationships among its constituent members.

  • Creating your energy in a troubled world

    By Linda Arnold

    Now hear this: You and you alone are responsible for the way you feel. Even with everything going on in our world. Random acts of violence, and the uncertainty they create, can knock you off your block. So what can you do?

    Physics lessons

    You may not think you’re applying physics in your daily life. You absolutely are, though. I took Physics 125 in college, although it was a photography course. And that’s the mirror image I want to demonstrate.

  • A Second Look: Surprises arrive when life is viewed from the perspective of midwifery

    Life, like midwifery, is more art than science; even if or when we attempt to convince ourselves this is not an accurate analysis. I came to this conclusion experientially. It was also derived unexpectedly from my reading, “The German Midwife” by Mandy Robotham.

  • Why is my dog’s skin so greasy?

    Dear Dr. Ward: I’ve been enjoying your series on skin diseases in pets. I’ve got a problem I hope you can help me with. My Roscoe has developed really oily, almost greasy skin the past few months. I bathe him regularly, but it keeps coming back. He doesn’t seem to scratch much, but he’s leaving little fatty spots wherever he lies, especially on our couch. My husband is beginning to complain that Roscoe has a “weird smell.” What do you think it is and what can I do to help him?  

  • More ideas and information on butter beans

    Last week’s column on butter beans has inspired many more questions, ideas and information.