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  • Sunset Beach tax increase forecast with declining valuation

     SUNSET BEACH — The town of Sunset Beach should expect to see a tax increase just to remain revenue-neutral in the next fiscal year.

    That forecast came last week from town finance director Bonnie Schwerd, speaking at Sunset Beach Town Council’s annual planning session Feb. 17 at Sea Trail Convention Center.

  • Council votes to keep Sunset at Sunset under town domain in face of audit issue

     SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has voted to keep the Sunset at Sunset festival under town domain in the face of an accounting discrepancy that new town finance director Bonnie Schwerd says must be changed to align with state-mandated guidelines.

    The matter came to light at a specially called council meeting Monday afternoon, Feb. 23, in the town hall conference room, when council unanimously approved keeping Sunset at Sunset under the town.

  • Woman embarks on hike to help injured veterans

     Some people hike for fun. Others hike to become one with nature. But Kellie English Bemelmans is hiking to raise money to build specialized homes for disabled veterans.

    The Carolina Beach resident, whose parents live in Brunswick County, will hike the full length of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, 800 miles of land from Mexico to Utah, beginning Sunday, March 1, to raise awareness and money for Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit providing housing to critically injured veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Parent challenges ECHS extracurricular activities policy

     BOLIVIA — The mother of a Brunswick County Early College High School student is upset the Brunswick County Board of Education won’t allow her daughter to play soccer at her home high school.

    Dana Varnam, whose daughter attends the school on the campus of Brunswick Community College, went to the board’s policy and curriculum committee meeting Thursday, Feb. 19, to find out whether her daughter would be allowed to play with the team at West Brunswick.

  • Shallotte jackpot winner claims multi-million-dollar prize

    A single mother from Shallotte has come forward to claim her $188 million Powerball prize, making her the largest jackpot winner in state history.

    Until recently, Marie Holmes of Shallotte supported her four children by working jobs at Wal-Mart, Food Lion, KFC, McDonald’s and Subway. The 26-year-old’s life changed forever when her Powerball ticket matched all six numbers in the Feb. 11 drawing, winning her a third of the $564 million jackpot.

  • Schools, BSRI closed as winter weather event forecast for area Monday into Tuesday

    Local crews are preparing for a winter weather event forecast for Monday night, Feb. 23, into Tuesday, Feb. 24.

    Brunswick County Schools will also be closed Tuesday, schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki announced Monday afternoon.

    It was also announced late Monday that Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. will be closed Tuesday due to inclement weather. Anyone with an emergency food need can call (910) 200-7266, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

  • OIB man faces drug charges after investigation

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested an Ocean Isle Beach man on drug charges after an investigation prompted by complaints and tips from the community.

  • NBHS student accused of threatening to kill teachers, students

    A 16-year-old North Brunswick High School student accused of threatening to kill teachers and students at the Leland school faces a felony charge in Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Tristan Bryan Alderton, of Parsley Lane, on Wednesday, Feb. 18, and charged him with making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Duo accused of robbing Carolina Shores drugstore

    A man accused of robbing a Carolina Shores drugstore with a knife faces felony charges in Brunswick County after his Thursday, Feb. 19, arrest.

    Deputies arrested 39-year-old Luther Stanley and 21-year-old Jennifer Hailey Moreland, both of 4409 N. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, S.C., on various charges a day after Stanley was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and assault on a female, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Brunswick County students on one-hour delay Thursday, Friday

     Brunswick County Schools will operate on a one-hour delay for students on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 19-20, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said in a Feb. 18 news release.