Today's News

  • Widow sues murder suspects

    Shannon Bradshaw, the widow of slain Realtor Adam Bradshaw, has filed a lawsuit against two suspects charged with her husband’s murder.

    In the lawsuit filed in Brunswick County Superior Court on June 19, Shannon Bradshaw claims murder suspects Craig Bryant and Lora Moultrie, both 46, forged Adam Bradshaw’s signature on a fraudulent quitclaim deed.

    The quitclaim deed reverted property Adam Bradshaw purchased from Bryant in December 2007 back to Bryant, dated Jan. 31, 2008.

  • Emergency rooms feel brunt of mental health deficiencies

    On a recent Monday, Dr. William Sherrod’s 12-bed emergency department had three beds, or 25 percent of its capacity, occupied with mental illness or detox patients.

    As the hours passed, waiting for their referrals or for a bed to open at a treatment facility, two sheriff’s deputies waited with the patients, as they’re required to do by law.

  • Law enforcement officers get training to learn to deal with mental health issues

    The call comes over the radio—10-73.

    A sheriff’s deputy responds.

    But is the average law enforcement officer’s eight to 12 hours of mental health training enough to properly assess the crisis to which they are responding?

    When someone calls 911 with a suicidal patient or similar crisis, sheriff’s deputies or municipal police officers are the first responders.

    Efforts are under way at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to increase each deputy’s training so they are properly equipped to assess and handle a mental subject.

  • New community mobile crisis unit up and running, assisting seven counties 24 hours a day

    WILMINGTON—Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the mobile crisis management team at Evergreen Behavioral Management is ready to respond to a crisis—immediately.

    Covering seven counties in southeastern North Carolina, including Brunswick County, they’ll respond within two hours, face-to-face, to provide immediate support, services and treatment; crisis response, stabilization and intervention; and crisis prevention.

  • Committee of 100 cataloging skills, training students for the future

    Although they aren’t recruiting industry for their business park anymore, members of the South Brunswick Island Committee of 100 are staying busy with projects designed to help new businesses and train young entrepreneurs.

    Executive director Robert Stinson said this week the committee is putting together a database of skills available in the county’s retirement community so new businesses will have resources to draw on.

  • Commissioners eye solutions for Lockwood's dwindling water quality

    BOLIVIA—If you’ve never heard of bioremediation before, you’re probably not alone.

    Bioremediation enlists bacteria or microbes to destroy hazardous or toxic compounds, including organic waste.

    It’s been around since 1992 but “still hasn’t gone as far as it should,” Joe Robertson, of the Georgia-based Enviremed, explained to Brunswick County Commissioners Thursday afternoon.

    “It’s really bio-augmentation,” Robertson explained.

  • Proposed animal welfare changes agreeable with local department

    Brunswick County has no issues with animal welfare rules slated to be voted on by the state General Assembly this Thursday.

    Richard Cooper, director of Brunswick County Animal Services, said the local shelter meets the new guidelines.

    Proposed changes have been on the agenda of the Brunswick County Board of Health for discussion for the past couple of monthly meetings, including Monday night.

  • Proposed rule changes to affect Brunswick beaches

    Up and down the North Carolina Coast, officials with the Coastal Resources Commission and the Division of Coastal Management had public hearings for input on the proposed change to oceanfront setback rules this week and last.

    Brunswick County had its turn Monday night, but if you couldn’t make it out to the public hearing, there is still time to be heard.

    The final public hearing is slated for 5 p.m. July 24 at the CRC’s regular meeting at the Holiday Inn Brownstone, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

  • Planning board approves rezoning, special exception

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board approved two map amendments and a special exception at their regular meeting Monday night.

    Board members approved a request to rezone 7.18 acres off Pirate Shores Drive, Patrick Street, Dal Street, and Shane Street of Seashore Road near Holden Beach to medium-density residential from high-density residential.

    Also approved was a request to rezone 8.17 acres on Barnhill Road off U.S. 17 near Shallotte to industrial general from rural residential. The associated land-use map amendment was also approved.

  • County EDC launches new strategies to recruit, retain businesses

    Despite the slow economy, the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission has seen an increase in prospects looking to locate in the county and is beefing up its efforts to attract industry here and expand existing businesses.

    EDC director Jim Bradshaw said recently the commission is in talks with three industrial prospects including two boatbuilding companies. Two local boat plants, Southport Boat Works and U.S. Marine, recently announced layoffs due to decreasing sales.