Brunswick County bus driver fired for driving over washed-out road

The new buses, with seat belts standard, will begin serving students at all grade levels in August. Courtesy images.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — The county Board of Education approved the dismissal of a bus driver after an incident captured on film Tuesday morning. According to spokeswoman Jessica Swencki, Board of Education members approved a motion to dismiss Marsha Bellamy McMillian after she circumvented barricades on Highway 133 in Brunswick County earlier today. McMillian was filmed by […]

Brunswick Soil and Water Conservation Director recognized for receiving national award

BOLIVIA — Mamie Caison, Brunswick County’s longtime Soil and Water Conservation District Director, was recognized by the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners last week for receiving the National Conservation District Professional Award. The award is presented annually by the National Conservation District Employees Association to recognize professionalism and dedication in the people behind the nation’s conservation district […]

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Missing Brunswick teen believed to be with 25-year-old ex-boyfriend in Virginia

Mackenzie Gail Rogers

UPDATE: On Wednesday, April 12, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office announced that Mackenzie Gail Rogers had been found and was safe. BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a missing teen suspected of being with her 25-year-old ex-boyfriend. Mackenzie Gail Rogers, 17, was last seen on Friday at her home […]

New bill would effectively stall controversial Brunswick County water project

H2Go headquarters

BRUNSWICK COUNTY —The reverse osmosis water treatment plant proposed by the H2G0 water and sewer agency would be put on hold by a new bill filed in the General Assembly this week. HB 587, a bipartisan bill filed by Deb Butler (D) and Frank Iler (R), both representing Brunswick County, would require additional government approval for […]

Less active Atlantic hurricane season predicted

Hurricane Isaac hit the U.S. Coast on Aug. 28, 2012. Photo courtesy of the NOAA.

FORT COLLINS, Colorado – The first group of weather prognosticators issued predictions for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season, which runs from June 1-Nov. 30 each year. Colorado State University hurricane researchers are predicting a slightly below-average Atlantic hurricane season in 2017, citing the potential development of El Niño as well as recent anomalous cooling in […]

Wilmington economic developers formalize agreement on cross-county collaborative opportunities

WILMINGTON — A formal agreement between Brunswick County and Wilmington Business Development will improve the coordination of economic development services across county and municipal lines. Leaders of both entities recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that outlines collaboration and joint initiatives. “Job creation opportunities don’t stop at county boundaries, and neither should economic development […]

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The History of the Oak Island Lighthouse

There is no spiral staircase as found in most older lighthouses, but instead a series of ships ladders with a total of 131 steps to the lantern gallery level. (PCD file photo by Cory Mannion)

OAK ISLAND — The automated Oak Island Lighthouse was completed in 1958 at a total cost of $110,000.00, to replace the manned lighthouse at nearby Bald Head Island. The lights are 169 feet above the water and can be seen from 16 miles, although the actual structure is actually only 153 feet tall. The lighthouse stands […]

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Southport Garden Club supports student success at Brunswick Community College

BOLIVIA — Members of the Southport Garden Club presented the Brunswick Community College Foundation with a $1,000 scholarship donation during their March meeting to support a deserving Horticulture or Turfgrass Management student at Brunswick Community College (BCC). The group, led by President Tish Hatem, met at Southport Presbyterian Church to celebrate spring and enjoy a […]

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Cape Fear’s first toilet bowl is aflush with history

An 18th Century toilet bowl is now on display at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site. (Photo by Christina Haley.)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Plunge into history with Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson’s newest exhibit, a colonial-era toilet bowl now on display at the site’s museum. This circa 1760s artifact is possibly the first archaeological evidence of indoor plumbing in the lower Cape Fear region, according to Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site Manager Jim McKee. It’s the […]

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