Today's News

  • Church garden gives fresh produce to families in need

     SHALLOTTE — Members of a local church started planting a garden during the spring of 2014. Now they’re enjoying the fruits — and vegetables — of their labor.

    Every Saturday, families in need line up at Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte and wait to receive goods from the food pantry.

    Those goods include fresh produce after New Beginnings Community Church members in Shallotte started a garden to grow vegetables for their fellow Brunswick County residents.

  • North Brunswick Chamber bringing Rice Festival to Belville in September

    North Brunswick County will look to its history to create a new annual event.

    The first Rice Festival is planned for September to recognize the cash crop that helped establish the county.

    W.C. Lanier, owner Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, is organizing the two-day event with the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce.

    The festival will be held at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville park at 580 River Road, just across the street from Belville Elementary, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.

  • Roger Bacon Academy faces ethics complaint, public records requests

     An educational management company that operates a charter school in Brunswick County and has another on the way is risking losing its charter if it doesn’t follow state laws.

    Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) has failed to comply with several public records requests from local media outlets, an infraction punishable by revocation of a charter.

    Baker Mitchell founded RBA, which operates Charter Day School in Leland and has received approval to open South Brunswick Charter School this fall, and is the subject of an ethics complaint filed in May.

  • When is the county’s 250th anniversary party?

    So I hear it’s Brunswick County’s 250th anniversary.

    Well I didn’t hear it but I did read about it — in the Wilmington paper. They seem very excited about Brunswick County’s anniversary over there in New Hanover County.

    I think they think they are going to get cake.

    And if they have enough influence, they will get to decide what flavor it will be.

    I’ve seen that move before, coming from a family with older siblings. That’s a classic move.

  • Community leaders seek to establish Project Lazarus in Brunswick County

     BOLIVIA — What began as a project in Wilkes County a decade ago is sweeping across North Carolina and has officially made its way to Brunswick County.

    Project Lazarus is a secular public health nonprofit established in 2008 in response to extremely high drug overdose death rates in Wilkes County, which was four times higher than the state average at the time.

    Wilkes County native Fred Brazon welcomed health professionals from across the southeast region of the Tar Heel State to Bolivia on Wednesday, June 25, for a presentation on Project Lazarus.

  • Brunswick County under state of emergency as Arthur blows by

    Hurricane Arthur is passing just to the east, paralleling the local coastal area as a Category 1 hurricane with 90 mph winds as Brunswick County remains under a state of emergency. Sustained winds of 40 to 55 mph, with gusts in the 60 mph range along the coast, are forecast for the remainder of Thursday and Thursday night.

  • Cat season: Brunswick County Animal Services inundated with homeless felines

    SUPPLY — Lt. Tommy Tolley led an impromptu tour past cages filled with homeless kittens and cats.

    Feline breeding season has arrived, said the director of Brunswick County Animal Services, walking past assorted cats and kittens in cages in adoption, intake and stray rooms.

    The shelter 429 Green Swamp Road (N.C. 211) is full to feline capacity.

    “Spring and summer are the biggest birthing time of all the cats,” Tolley said. “We knew we were going to get hit hard.”

  • Sunset Beach OKs budget with no tax increase

    SUNSET BEACH — A split council narrowly adopted the town’s proposed $5,865,487 budget for fiscal 2014-2015 with no tax increase Monday night, June 30.

    The town tax rate will remain at 10.5 cents per $100 valuation in the 2014-15 fiscal budget that took effect Tuesday, July 1. The budget garnered the approval of town council members Lou De Vita, Wilson Sherrill and Mike Williams. Council members Terry Johnson and Carol Scott casting dissenting votes.

  • Train show makes stop July 12-13 at Brunswick Plantation

    Model trains aren’t just for kids or Christmastime.

    In the heat of summer, aficionados in the form of the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club (IMRRC) are staging a train show Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days inside Brunswick House at Brunswick Plantation.

    The show will include several operating train layouts in assorted scales including G, O, HO, N, Z and S.

    Members will also be on hand to provide information on locomotives that don’t run and advice on how to get started in model railroading.

  • Leotta's 'Bowl of Rice' released

    Local author Joan Leotta has released her third digital book in the Legacy Honor Series.

    “A Bowl of Rice,” from Desert Breeze Publishing, deals with nurses in Vietnam, Leotta said.

    It focuses on Anna Maria O’Shea, who becomes a nurse to continue her family’s Legacy of Honor. Choosing to stick to her commitment to service, she loses her long-time college love. The pain of war proves stronger than her private heartache.