Today's News

  • Calabash Town Hall Day to talk about the weather

    CALABASH—Now that its Independence Day Celebration is in the bag, the town is gearing up for another event—its annual Town Hall Day next week.

    This year’s event, set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. next Friday, July 27, at town hall on Persimmon Road, will focus on the weather—specifically storm history and hurricane preparedness, town clerk Kelley Southward said.

    The event was announced at the July 10 town board of commissioners meeting.

  • Commissioners OK grant to begin Town Creek Park renovations

    WINNABOW—Brunswick County commissioners recently approved a grant, which will allow for a face-lift for one of the county’s most used parks.

    At their meeting July 2, commissioners approved the $359,354 grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.

    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Director Jim Pryor said the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) would match the grant contracts for the state, bringing the total scope of the work to $756,704.

  • Obama’s ‘chicken and egg’ argument bad for business, the country

    With $1 billion and counting in his war chest and everything else available in his political arsenal, our campaigner-in-chief has once again sets his sights on the free market.

    I’m not sure why President Barack Obama continues to attack the tenants of capitalism, other than to distinguish himself from his opponent, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, who is the poster child for free market success.

    First, Obama attacked big, bad private equity as a jab at Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital.

    Now, he’s going after the little guy.

  • Longtime state representative retires from Raleigh; focuses on future, businesses

     WHITEVILLE—After 20 years in politics, state Rep. Dewy Hill, D-Whiteville, is retiring.

    Well, not exactly.

    Hill is not seeking re-election to the General Assembly, but the Whiteville business owner has no plans of settling down in his business ventures any time soon.

    “There’s life after Raleigh,” Hill joked during a recent interview in his Whiteville-based business headquarters.

  • Hospital authority takes steps to dissolve

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Hospital Authority have begun the process to dissolve the board.

    Authority members have been tasked with overseeing the operations of the former Brunswick Community Hospital since it was first built in 1977 until last July, when Novant Health opened Brunswick Novant Medical Center, replacing Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Also in July 2011, authority members reverted the ownership of the 74-bed hospital and its 30-plus acres to the county.

  • New traffic pattern for N.C. 87 north

    Officials with North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) have realigned the intersection of U.S. 17 and N.C. 87, creating a new traffic pattern.

    According to NCDOT, the intersection was realigned Monday, July 16, from the former N.C. 87 to Old Town Creek Road just north.

    The new intersection, at U.S. 17 and Old Town Creek Road, was opened to motorists Monday afternoon.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Team roundup

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From July 9-15, special operations deputies issued 85 total traffic citations and charges.

  • Brunswick County crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents:

    •Vandalism on Palm Street and Main Street in Navassa on July 13; suspect damaged passenger side of victim’s van.

    •Assault on a female and communicating threats on Long Beach Road SE in Southport on July 13.

    •Larceny on Main Street in Shallotte on July 13; suspect stole victim’s laptop computer.

    •Simple physical assault near Woods Court in Bolivia on July 13.

  • School system to implement facilities master plan

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools officials are moving forward with a comprehensive facilities master plan that goes beyond traditional bricks-and-mortar.

    Steve Miley, director of operations for Brunswick County Schools, said board of education members approved a consulting firm at their last meeting July 10 to assist with the plan.

  • Commissioners seek review of county’s jobs, salaries

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have agreed to address a salary increase for county employees.

    At their meeting Monday, July 16, commissioners approved a comprehensive review of the county’s jobs, salaries and benefits. They also agreed to address salary increases, which were not included in the county’s 2012-2013 fiscal year budget, which began July 1.

    Commissioners have scheduled a workshop for 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, to discuss options for a salary increase for county employees.