Today's News

  • 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

  • Powerlifter Leggett also dominating diabetes

     LELAND—When Austin Leggett won his division in the Push-Pull Challenge May 5 at Gateway Fitness in Leland, it was another successful step in his efforts to set personal bests in powerlifting and to control Type 1 diabetes.

    Leggett, 16, and a rising junior at North Brunswick High School, achieved goals he set in the bench press (230 pounds), the deadlift (400 pounds) and the curl (130 pounds).

    Ryan Strange, co-owner of Gateway Fitness who organized the competition, said Leggett’s powerlifts were noteworthy.

  • Cougars’ Jon Wiley receives James Johnson wrestling award

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—Jon Wiley, South Brunswick High School’s state 3A wrestling champion at 152 pounds, received the 11th annual James Johnson Award Friday in South’s gymnasium in front of the junior and senior classes.

    The award, given by the TakeDown Report, goes to the top senior scholastic wrestler in eastern North Carolina. Martin Fleming is the editor. Neal Dorow, a teacher and coach at Ashley High School, presented the award to Wiley

  • Brunswick County's first search and rescue dog remembered

    Sir Bailey of Judah, Brunswick County’s first search and rescue dog, died May 21. Bailey wasn’t an ordinary dog; he set a standard in the county and helped hundreds of people find their lost loved ones.

    Bailey even received congressional recognition for his many years of service when he retired last year after more than 11 years  as a search and rescue dog in Brunswick County.