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  • Belville hires new Public Works/ Parks and Recreation technician

    BELVILLE – Belville filled one open position during the Aug. 25 town meeting, with one more still open.

    That’s 33 percent of the administration in a town with only three full time employees.

    Mayor Mike Allen said Pat Walsh resigned from the Public Works/ Parks and Recreation technician roles earlier in the summer.

    But the vacancy attracted 52 applications from as far away as Pennsylvania.

    “Some applications you would call way overqualified and other were not very realistic,” Allen said.

  • Recognize Emergency Preparedness Month by getting disaster ready

    BOLIVIA — As peak hurricane season nears, Brunswick County Emergency Management officials are reminding residents that now is the time to plan and prepare for emergencies and disasters.

  • Alternating daily lane closures on River Road SE begin Wednesday

    North Carolina Department of Transportation crews are widening River Road from Jabbertown Road to Old Baker Avenue to provide turn lanes onto Rob Gandy Boulevard, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 3. Alternating lane closures will be in place on River Road SE from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Sept. 19.

    The recommended detour route is Dosher Cutoff SE to Southport Supply Road and back to River Road.

    The work is being done to improve safety on River Road SE.

  • Man charged with theft of burned-out truck

    A Winnabow man has been arrested and charged in connection with the theft of a work truck that was later found burned in Leland.

    Jesse Lynn Williams, 27, of 5917 Crabapple Road was charged Wednesday evening, Aug. 27, with larceny of a motor vehicle. He was also charged with possession of stolen goods or property and burning personal property. Williams was arrested at his residence. He is currently being detained in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $25,000 bond.

  • School bus involved in crash in Bolivia

     A Brunswick County school bus was involved in a crash Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 25, schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    The bus, which was not carrying any students, was on the way back to Brunswick County Academy about 5:45 p.m. when it collided with a car on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

    The bus driver, Beverly Clemmons, and taken to Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries, Swencki said.

    The driver of the car also was injured, but no other information was available by 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Section 1 work 'complete' in Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH — Section 1 work in Jaguar’s Lair is complete, a Sunset Beach town councilman says.

    The work has been done in accordance with the subdivision improvement agreement (SIA) for the unfinished Ocean Ridge Phase VI development off Old Georgetown Road, Sunset Beach Town Councilman Wilson Sherrill said.

    That work includes a rock base, curbing, stormwater, water and sewer.

  • BFA launches financial literacy program for clients

    SHALLOTTE — When it comes to helping others learn to help themselves, money management is key.

    That’s the basis for Brunswick Family Assistance’s upcoming financial literacy program, which is scheduled to launch in September for clients of the 33-year-old private nonprofit that provides emergency assistance and other aid to low-income residents through donated money, food and clothing and a dedicated team of volunteers.

  • BCC trustees swear in two newest members

     SUPPLY — The two newest members of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees were sworn in Thursday, Aug. 21, at the group’s monthly meeting.

    Former trustee, state Sen. Bill Rabon, swore in community leaders Dwight Flanagan and Doug Terhune inside the board room at Brunswick Community College.

  • District offers free breakfast and lunch to all K-8 students

     For the first time in the history of Brunswick County Schools, all students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade will eat breakfast and lunch at no cost.

    As a part of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is available nationwide for the first time.

    Brunswick County Schools Nutrition Director Tina Ward said the U.S. Department of Agriculture piloted the program in 10 states before and decided to offer the program to all 50 states for the first time this school year.

  • BCC program notches perfect pass rate for seventh consecutive year

     SUPPLY — The North Carolina State Board of Nursing exam is notoriously difficult — except, apparently, for Brunswick Community College nursing students.

    For a seventh consecutive year, students in the practical nursing program at BCC have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) with a 100 percent rate.

    Led by program director Tanya Mace and lead nursing instructor Shaylene Ball,

    the practical nursing curriculum prepares students to provide nursing care to children and adults.