Today's News

  • Residents honored with state awards

    When it comes to people who are dedicated to serving and preserving all things great about North Carolina, Brunswick County has a lot of which to be proud.

  • District Court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 4, 8 and 9 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.

    Thursday, Aug. 4, DWI court

    Judge Nancy C. Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutor Elizabeth Prince and courtroom clerk Heather Jesina:

    James David Campeau, PG DWI level 3.

  • Sunset Beach woman arrested for hit-and-run

    A woman has been charged with hit-and-run following a traffic incident at the intersection of highways 904 and 179.

    Molly Allred Thomas, 29, of 1712 Angier St., Sunset Beach, was charged with hit-and-run and having no insurance on Aug. 14 following the Aug. 8 incident.

    Other incidents logged by the department include:

    •Edward Paprota, 32, of Fort Mill, S.C., was charged with failure to yield.

    •Christian Michael Fuller, 30, of Meadville, Pa., was charged Aug. 12 with going the wrong way on a one-way street.

  • 'Never forget': Design, wine commemorate 10th anniversary of Sept. 11

    With the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaching, metal artist David McCune was inspired to create something to remind Americans never to forget.

  • Sunset Beach council debates annual report to send to citizens

    SUNSET BEACH—Town councilwoman Carol Scott has issues with an eight-page draft “annual report” newsletter the town is planning to send out soon to residents.

    “There’s a lot of information in this that I think is self-serving rather than informative,” said Scott, speaking at council’s monthly workshop Tuesday. “It could be whittled down to four pages.”

    Scott said the report needs to use facts “as opposed to convincing people” that the tax rate is a bargain and revenue-neutral.

  • Safety concerns continue at Sunset Beach bridge intersection

    SUNSET BEACH—John Tice was driving toward Shoreline Drive West.

    The other driver was at Shoreline Drive East when he pulled out in front of Tice, causing Tice to T-bone the other vehicle.

    “He never stopped,” said Tice of the wreck Aug. 1 at the mainland intersection and entrance to the new Sunset Beach high-rise bridge.

    “It’s lucky nobody was hurt,” Tice added.

    Drivers, Tice said, are “constantly pulling out to try to beat the traffic” at that intersection.

  • Jennies Branch? Jinny's Branch? Nope, now it's Sauce Pan Creek

    ‘Jinny’s Branch’ exists no more, at least in signage.

    As of Aug. 9, signs at a bridge on N.C. 179 previously designating “Jinny’s Branch” have been replaced with new ones marking “Sauce Pan Creek.”

    Katie Hite, traffic engineer for NCDOT Division 3, said her department was notified by Brunswick County that the official naming of that water feature had been revised.

    “Therefore, we changed to be in accordance with that,” Hite said last week.

  • Brunswick County Animal Shelter can't use Saturday volunteers

    The Brunswick County Animal Shelter will continue to suspend its Saturday operating hours, despite the offer of a nonprofit animal rescue group to provide volunteers.

    Members of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) submitted a written proposal last month to David Stanley, director of the Brunswick County Health Department.

    The proposal, described by RACE founder and organizer Cheri McLain as a “fiscally neutral mitigation,” was for RACE volunteers to staff the animal shelter from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays free of charge to the county.

  • County agrees to fund Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday agreed to shell out $112,500 to fund their portion of a $450,000 dredging project for the Lockwood Folly Inlet.

    The county’s share was contingent upon the towns of Oak Island and Holden Beach each agreeing to appropriate $56,200 for their share of the project.

    Oak Island Mayor Betty Wallace and Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett both said their town councils had agreed to commit the funds, and asked commissioners to approve their share as well.

  • School officials encourage parents, students to attend open houses

    Brunswick County Schools start times

    Elementary schools: 7:45 a.m.- 2:50 p.m.

    Middle schools: 8:50 a.m.- 3:55 p.m.

    High schools: 8:55 a.m.- 3:50 p.m.

    For more information on school start times and bus pick-up times, visit www.bcswan.net.

    It’s that time of the year again—back-to-school-time.