Today's News

  • Go ahead and disagree, but be more creative than calling me stupid

    You would think most journalists would cringe when a reader sends a scathing letter to the editor.

    You would think most journalists would want to crawl under a desk when someone openly disagrees with a column or story their heart and soul put into creating.

  • It makes sense for the county to assist nonprofits that provide essential services

    Brunswick County commissioners have a tough job to do again for the upcoming fiscal year. While the economy continues to suffer, the board must determine how it can most efficiently operate county government without making too deep of cuts to essential services.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of the Honorable Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Michelle Caulk adjudicated the following cases during a superior court grand jury session on May 9:

    Allen Bryan Clemmons Jr., 38, of 3690 Roberta Road, Concord; felony breaking and/or entering, larceny after breaking/entering, felony obtain property false pretense.

  • District Court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on May 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10 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, May 4

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Holden Beach property tax value likely to increase

    To achieve a revenue-neutral budget, Holden Beach officials are looking at a 12.7 or 13 percent tax rate per $100 of property value for the coming budget year.

    The current tax rate is 6.9 percent.

    “The revenue-neutral is less than double the current rate,” Mayor Alan Holden said at a budget workshop in town hall Tuesday afternoon. “We’re by no means through studying this thing.”

    Because of the recession, Holden Beach property values fell 45-47 percent during the 2011 revaluation performed by Brunswick County officials.

  • VA signs lease for Brunswick veterans clinic

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., on Monday announced a lease has been signed for the new Veterans Administration (VA) clinic in Brunswick County.

    The clinic is scheduled to open the first week of August.

    “Today we take a huge step forward to the reality of a new veterans clinic in Brunswick County. This new clinic will provide valuable services to the veterans population and honor their commitment and service to the nation,” McIntyre said.

  • West Brunswick routs Eastern Wayne in softball playoffs

    The West Brunswick High School softball team opened the NCHSSA Class 3A state playoffs by routing Eastern Wayne 11-0 in five innings May 17.

    Starting sophomore pitcher Kim Cook gave up one hit in four innings. She hit one batter and struck out two. Reliever Savannah Pridgen gave up one hit and struck out one.

    “Kim did a great job,” West coach Joe Noble said. “Savannah came in and did a great job. (We got) a shutout in the playoffs.”

  • Professional athletes from around country reach out to local boy during his time of loss

    SUPPLY—The last few weeks have been anything but typical for 11-year-old London Chandler Robinson.

    On Wednesday, May 4, he received tragic news that his mother, Heidi Robinson, had fallen 14 stories from a hotel balcony to her death. Two years ago on June 6, London’s father, Mark Walker, passed away from heart complications.

    London lives with longtime family friends Kelley and Tommy Robinson, and they are seeing to it that London keeps a smile on his face.

  • Pastor honored through celebration

    Church honors pastor


    BOLIVIA–Mount Olive Baptist Church in Bolivia is kicking off a series to honor retired pastors in the local area at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, with a service honoring the Rev. Weston Varnum.

    Varnum accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 31. Desiring to become a preacher, he began prayer meetings and was ordained as a minister of the Gospel at Sabbath Home Baptist Church.

    He studied at Piedmont Bible College and then graduated at Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute in 1954.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.


    •Shaqjitta Shanee Jones, 18, of 302 East Oak Island Drive, was arrested for simple assault in the Shallotte Crossing parking lot. After a wreck in the parking lot, police discovered a fight.