Today's News

  • DHHS adds risk level recommendations for drinking water testing

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a report on health effects of PFOS and PFOA, part of a group of compounds including GenX known as PFAS, that includes proposals for revised minimum risk levels for PFOS and PFOA and new minimum risk levels for PFHxS and PFNA.

    In June 2017, Brunswick County Public Utilities and county officials learned GenX and other PFAS compounds were found in the Cape Fear River, the source of the county’s drinking water.

  • NWS offers additional hurricane season information

    Wilmington-based meteorologists from the National Weather Service followed up on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s May 24 hurricane season forecast with a June 15 report on hurricane activity near the Brunswick County coast.

  • Firefighters perform smoke alarm canvass as state fire deaths rise

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Tommy Moore, Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department’s new assistant chief, thought he and fellow firefighters would be lucky Saturday if they installed just two of the 24 alarms they received via the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

    They installed 18.

    Moore, firefighter Blake Ingram and volunteer Kevin Dempsey Sr. canvassed homes on Eastbrook Avenue just off N.C. 179 starting at 9 a.m. as part of a statewide effort to reduce fire fatalities.

    North Carolina had 83 fire deaths in 2017.

  • Shallotte man facing heroin charges held on more than $1M bail

    A Shallotte man facing felony heroin charges is being held on $1,100,000 bail at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit agents arrested Robert Lawrence Bridgers, 52, of Kingfisher Drive on June 15 and charged him with conspiring to sell or deliver heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, trafficking heroin, maintaining a dwelling used for selling heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • District court docket for June 13 and 15


    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on June 13 and 15 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.


    Wednesday, June 13

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Sarah B. McPherson and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham-Evans:

  • Some problem insects like it hot

    The third week of June is usually when summer arrives with a vengeance. This is the first “typical” weather thing that has happened this year. Days of close-to-triple-digit temperatures have all of us looking for relief at the beach or somewhere climate controlled. 

    While we may be struggling with the heat, some of our problem insects— azalea lace bugs, bagworms and Japanese beetles — are loving the hot life.

  • Is it safe to eat eggs?

    With an egg recall still fresh in our minds, you may be wondering if it’s safe to eat eggs again. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the recent outbreak from Rose Acre Farms in Dare County is over. Forty-five people were infected with Salmonella in 10 different states. Overall, 11 people were hospitalized and, luckily, no deaths were reported. The company recalled more than 200 million eggs.

  • Fireworks, thunderstorms and noise phobias in pets

    Happy Fourth of July!While I hate to rain on your parade (or fireworks celebration), this noisy holiday can prove particularly problematic for pets.

    Firework fears, thunderstorm anxiety and noise phobias (fear of loud noises) affect an estimated 42 to 50 percent of all dogs. This compares with 14 to 10 percent of dogs who suffer from separation anxiety. Making matters worse, about 85 percent of dogs with fear of noises also experience some degree of separation anxiety.

  • Could you be in a codependent relationship and not know it?

    By Linda Arnold


    “I do so much for you, and THIS is the thanks I get?” “I hardly have any time for myself.”

    Sound familiar? There’s a lot of give and take in relationships. If you constantly find yourself on the short end of the stick, though, there may be an unhealthy undercurrent.

  • Three men sentenced as habitual felons on drug charges

    Three men were sentenced in Brunswick County Court as habitual felons after pleading guilty to drug charges in separate cases.

    William Daniel Bowman Jr., 35, of Wilmington pleaded guilty to possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin. Cumberland County Judge Claire Hill sentenced him to spend between 44 and 65 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction.