Today's News

  • BCC trustees choose Dr. Gene Smith as new president

    BOLIVIA—In a unanimous vote after a closed session during their regular meeting Thursday night, the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees chose Dr. Gene Smith for the position held by Dr. Susanne Adams, the college’s first female president.

    Adams announced in February she will retire in January. Smith will assume the position Jan. 2. Trustee chair Alan Holden said Smith has already been advised of his hiring and has accepted the position.

  • ‘Miracle doctor’ helps blind see eSight high-tech light

    CALABASH — No one was taking vision for granted when Dr. Mary Sedgwick, wearing her new eSight electronic glasses, walked into the meeting room at the Calabash Fire Department last Thursday with her Leader Dog Lucy guiding the way.

    Fifteen years ago, Sedgwick told the roomful of attendees, including people with sight and blindness issues, she was a practicing OB-GYN.

    “I had vision problems with my optic nerve and had to go out from practicing,” said the Asheville resident.

  • Environmentalist wraps up cross-country bike ride in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — Mario Cristiani first got the idea of biking across the country to bring environmental education to others at his Silicon Valley job’s philosophy group. Cristiani, of San Jose, an employee of Varian — a radiation oncology treatments and software maker — told his fellow philosophers he was wanting to make a trip across the United States to make people aware of their impact on the environment, but wasn’t sure how to do it.

  • Sunset Beach to send out dredging letters

    SUNSET BEACH — Town Council last week approved sending out a letter about island dredging and its estimated costs to all residents.

    Approval at council’s Nov. 5 meeting came following months of discussion and debate on how to proceed when costs aren’t definite.

    Interim Town Administrator Hiram Marziano said it’s “legal to put a number, but I’m not sure you should” for reasons cited by council members. He said a potential amount could be included.

  • Town sues Carolina Shores POA for liens on lots

    The town of Carolina Shores has filed a lawsuit against the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association claiming the POA illegally placed liens on two town-owned lots.

    The action filed Oct. 16 in Brunswick County Superior Court states a lien in the amount of $395 plus costs was placed July 5 for an unpaid 2018 assessment on a town lot at 64 Carolina Shores Parkway.

    The POA filed a second lien of $6,495 on July 17 for an unpaid assessment on a town lot at 96 Persimmon Road.

  • Annual banquet focuses on hunger and homelessness

    SHALLOTTE — The Brunswick County Homeless Coalition hosted its seventh annual Hunger and Homeless Banquet in Shallotte to share information about poverty-related problems and their impact on Brunswick County.

    The Nov. 10 event was held as part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 10-18.

    Brunswick County commissioner Mike Forte presented organizers with a resolution that was approved at the August county board meeting proclaiming Brunswick County recognizes Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and the efforts of the BCHC.

  • More than 57 percent of county’s voters cast ballots in general election

    While election controversies continue to play out elsewhere, Brunswick County’s election is expected to wrap up on schedule Friday.

    The Brunswick County Board of Elections will certify the Nov. 6 midterm election numbers during its post-election meetings Nov. 16.

    County Board of Elections director Sara Knotts said board members will meet at 9:30 a.m. that day to review about 120 absentee ballots and 746 provisional ballots.

    The four board members will meet again at 11 a.m. Friday to canvass the ballots and sign off on the results as accurate.

  • Navassa Superfund site already marketable

    NAVASSA — While there is still work to be done to prepare the Navassa Superfund site for redevelopment, town officials learned Nov. 8 they could start work on rezoning the location to insure the development they want comes there.

    Superfund site officials said they are still testing 368 soil samples and 53 monitoring wells, but a clear idea of what could be used for new development is coming into focus.

  • Thompson chosen to lead NCACC Environment Steering Committee

    Brunswick County Board of Commissioners vice chairman Randy Thompson has been selected chairman of the NCACC Environment Steering Committee.

    The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Environment Steering Committee helps shape the NCACC’s policies on laws and administrative rules that involve the environment or environmental protection. Steering committees also help review legislative goals submitted by NCACC members, make recommendations and take action on the submitted goals.

  • BFA Christmas program walk-in day Nov. 17

    Brunswick Family Assistance is holding a walk-in day from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 17 for the Christmas program at both offices: in Shallotte at 4600-10 Main St. and in Leland at 324-I Village Road.

    Clients must bring proof of income and expenses for the application process.

    Clients must have a Medicaid card, Social Security card or birth certificate to prove custody of the children entering the program. Having all necessary paperwork makes processing eligibility a quick process. Clients should expect it to take 30 to 45 minutes.