Today's News

  • Crown Management submits revised offer to purchase old hospital

    BOLIVIA—Crown Management LLC has come back to the negotiating table to purchase the former Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Crown Management LLC was the sole bidder when commissioners began the upset bid process to purchase the 60-bed former hospital and the 30-plus acres on which it sits last year.

    In April, Crown Management, who announced plans to locate an acute-care psychiatric treatment facility and physiatrist residential facility in the old hospital, withdrew their $1.5 million dollar bid, leaving the county with no viable bidders.

  • Local veteran injured in Afghanistan describes IEDs in region

    Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories about West Brunswick High School graduate Ben McCune, who was injured in Afghanistan when the truck he was in struck an improvised explosive device (IED).

    As Ben McCune recounted his tale of the day more than two years ago the truck he was in struck an improvised explosive device (IED)—breaking his back and killing his beloved platoon sergeant, Carlos Santos Silva—he took time about to talk about IEDs in Afghanistan.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigated the following incidents:

    •Larceny of medication on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia on June 1.

    •Larceny on Whiteville Road in Ash on June 1.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Old Ferry Road in Supply on June 1.

    •Larceny and vandalism on Old Georgetown Road in Calabash on June 1.

    •Felony assault on Ironwood Road in Bolivia on June 2.

    •Fire investigation on Mount Misery Road in Leland on June 2.

  • County budget hearing draws little comment

    BOLIVIA—Despite 196.2 million reasons to comment on the county’s upcoming fiscal year budget, only three people addressed county commissioners during their public hearing on the budget Monday night.

    Last month, Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing presented county commissioners with a $196.2 million budget for the upcoming 2012-2013 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

  • Commissioners OK animal services transfer to sheriff’s office

    BOLIVIA—Beginning July 1, Brunswick County Animal Services will be under the umbrella of the sheriff’s office.

    On Monday night, Brunswick County commissioners unanimously approved the transfer of the animal services department, which includes both animal control enforcement and managing the animal shelter, to the sheriff’s office from the county’s health department.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team

    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 May 28-June 3, special operations set up checkpoints on N.C. 133, Town Creek Road, Frontage Road, Grey Bridge Road, Ocean Isle Beach Road, U.S. 74 on-ramp, Town Creek Road, George II Highway and Shell Point Road.

  • Liquor, liquor everywhere but not a drop to drink

    In case you haven’t heard, President Barack Obama and Co. are headed to the ever-important swing state of North Carolina for the Democrat National Convention this September.

    Charlotte will play host to the DNC beginning Labor Day, and it turns out some local lawmakers are concerned about their resources during their visit to the Tar Heel State.

    It’s not security resources they’re worried about. Their venues are big enough. And there are more than enough restaurants and hotels to give Charlotte a nice little end-of-season economic boost.

  • Veterans fair scheduled for June 15

    The Brunswick County Veterans Service Office would like to invite all veterans to attend the Veterans Health Fair from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Friday, June 15, at St. Luke Lutheran Church.

    The church is at 5869 Ocean Highway West in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Veterans will be able to enroll in VA healthcare, obtain information and discuss health issues with nurses and pharmacists, and talk with their County Veterans Service Officer.

  • South hires Patrick Lawson to coach boys’ soccer

     Patrick Lawson, a seventh-grade social studies teacher at South Brunswick Middle School, is the new head coach of the South Brunswick High School boys’ soccer team.

    “This is my passion,” he said. “I love it.”

    Lawson moved here last year from New Jersey. He had coached two years at a private school and three years at a public school.

    One of his public school teams was 24-2 and reached a south New Jersey championship game but lost in overtime.

  • Before digging in Sunset Beach sand, check out new ordinance—it's the law!

    It's that time of year again in Sunset Beach—expert sand castle builders Steve Goodmuth, Karen Koebel and company are back at the beach digging and creating with sand. Or trying to.

    This year, it's a little different, though.

    Earlier this year, just before the usual beach visitation crowd descends and sand-digging season heats up, Sunset Beach Town Council passed an ordinance regulating hole-digging at the beach.

    Some people thought that was silly