Today's News

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 21 and 26 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, Nov. 21

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Heather Jesina:

  • West Brunswick completes sweep of West Columbus

     CERRO GORDO—The West Brunswick boys’ basketball team completed a season sweep of West Columbus by beating the Vikings 61-49 Dec. 4.

    The Trojans led 19-4 after the first quarter, but the Vikings rallied by hitting 3-pointers—nine for the game—and cut the lead to 44-42 entering the final eight minutes. West Brunswick then outscored the Vikings 8-0 in taking a 53-42 lead with 4:38 left and went on to the victory.

  • Sheriff to speak in Carolina Shores on Thursday

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is making progress on issues of law enforcement, town officials say.

    Town officials recently met with sheriff’s officials, and Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram is supposed to speak at the town board of commissioners upcoming monthly meeting at 3 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 6.

    The sheriff’s office is as committed to “providing the level of service as they’ve always provided to the town,” said town administrator Mike Hargett, speaking at the board’s monthly workshop Monday morning at town hall.

  • Sunset Beach work session Dec. 11

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have a work session at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the town hall conference room.

    Council is expected to take action during this work session.

    Scheduled agenda items include a pier-head alignment discussion involving the planning board and Holley Snider of the Division of Coastal Management.

  • Veteran recalls Pearl Harbor Day on its 71st anniversary

    CAROLINA SHORES—Art Paige clearly remembers Dec. 7, 1941.

    It was his first day on the job as a Marine recruit returning to base at Camp Lejeune. Then the announcement came over the radio.

    The Japanese had just bombed Pearl Harbor, launching World War II.

    “As soon as I got [to the base], I was given live ammunition and told to stand guard on the beach,” recalled the 90-year-old, seated in his home last week in his Marine uniform that still fits.

  • Sunset Beach approves new agreement for Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH—Following a closed session Monday, Sunset Beach Town Council has unanimously approved a new agreement with Coastal Companies, developer of unfinished Jaguar’s Lair, contingent on the bonding company endorsing the agreement.

    The new agreement sets new terms for required improvements for Phase VI Section 1, and agrees “to continue to negotiate the terms for sections 2A, 2B and 2C” in the subdivision that have not been completed.

  • Calabash debates financial management

    CALABASH—Debate has ensued about the town’s finances and how they’re being handled.

    At a special called meeting Nov. 29, town commissioner Daria Buccilli claimed $35,000 is “out of balance” in town accounts.

    Town clerk Kelley Southward said some information hasn’t been entered into the system, which is being done now by town staff.

    Buccilli cited problems with payroll, taxes and a BB&T charge card.

  • Tax-exempt financing approved for Calabash Fire Department

    CALABASH—The Calabash Fire Department should be closer to construction of a new station as the county and towns it serves consider and approve resolutions for $1.5 million in tax-exempt financing.

    Brunswick County approved a resolution in June. Calabash approved a resolution at a special called meeting Nov. 29.

    The intent of the resolution was to help the fire department close on a loan for its new station at the corner of Persimmon and Thomasboro roads, where the old station was dismantled in early November.

  • Celebrate Christmas at the Old Bridge on Monday night

    SUNSET BEACH—The old Sunset Beach bridge may be retired, but it’s still lighting up the holiday season.

    For the second year, the preserved span will be the scene of holiday festivities with Christmas at the Old Bridge, a seasonal celebration slated for 5-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10.

    The Old Bridge Preservation Society is inviting the public to participate in an evening of caroling, Christmas treats and entertainment at the old bridge, which will be decked out in holiday finery at 109 W. Shoreline Drive.

  • SOLD OUT: Willie Nelson & Family perform Friday at BCC

    BOLIVIA—It isn’t every day Willie Nelson rolls into town.

    But come this Friday, the legendary singer and his family are on the road again, making their first bus stop ever at Brunswick Community College to fulfill a sold-out 7:30 p.m. gig in Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    “We are sold out,” auditorium manager Mike Sapp said last week of ticket status in the 1,500-seat auditorium where history will be made when Nelson performs his first-ever Brunswick County concert on Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7.