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  • Sunset Beach developer Gore dies at 82

     The man who played an integral role in the development and incorporation of Sunset Beach has died.

    Ed Gore, 82, died in his sleep Wednesday morning, July 16.

  • Bulkhead installation to restart Holden Beach park construction

    HOLDEN BEACH — A yearlong wait for a recreation park across the street from the Holden Beach Town Hall is almost over.

    At the July 8 town board meeting, Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett said the park work will begin once a bulkhead along the waterfront is completed.

    Hewett told the town commissioners the contractor hired to install the bulkhead is making headway.

    “It’s not done yet but we are pleased with the progress,” Hewett said.

  • Holden Beach water lines have more than a few good years left

    HOLDEN BEACH — Town officials received good news about the lifespan of water pipes on the island and the potential cost of their upkeep.

    Shane Lippard of Right Angle Engineering provided commissioners with the results of a water system study at the July 8 town meeting.

    “We sent three pieces of pipe off for an evaluation of their condition because the manufacturer’s warranty was for 36 years, and we have reached that point,” Commissioner Dennis Harrington said.

  • Without N.C. tax-free weekend, Brunswick shoppers to head south

    While North Carolina legislators decided 2013 would be the last year of the tax-free weekend, Brunswick County shoppers can still take advantage of the tax savings — in South Carolina.

    The sales-tax free holiday returns Aug. 1-3 but what it saves Brunswick residents in taxes it might cost them in gasoline.

    The tax holiday was signed into law in 2001 by then-Gov. Mike Easley but was eliminated as part of the Tax Reduction Act in 2013.

    The House passed the act by a vote of 77-38. The state Senate passed it by a vote of 32-17.

  • Holden Beach opens dog park on Scotch Bonnet Drive

    HOLDEN BEACH – Holden Beach’s ribbon cutting for a new dog park turned into a doggiepalooza, as dozens of dog owners brought their pals to check out the new facility.

    Dolly and Louis Mitchell attended the ribbon cutting for the new dog park with Ninja, their border collie/lab mix rescue dog.

    Dolly Mitchell said she appreciated having a dog park closer to home.

    “The closest dog parks were the one in Shallotte and one at Myrtle Beach,” Dolly Mitchell said.

  • Economic development leaders receive a lesson in incentives

    LELAND — Brunswick County economic development officials learned a lesson in the changing methods to attract industry from a consultant who selects sites for them.

    Brunswick County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Jim Bradshaw invited Chris Lloyd, a consultant with McGuireWoods Consulting infrastructure and economic development, to speak to the EDC board Thursday, July 10, at the Brunswick Community College’s Leland Center.

    Lloyd said his work as a site selector more often requires him to be a site eliminator.

  • Former sheriff involved in struggle before death

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died in the New Hanover County jail Saturday afternoon, July 12, following a physical altercation with jailers, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said.

    Hewett, 51, was arrested Wednesday, July 9, on a possession of a firearm by a felon charge, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was in custody at the New Hanover County jail after an initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington on Thursday, July 10.

  • Superintendent to resign after coming school year

     BOLIVIA — After 16 hours over a span of three weeks, the Brunswick County Board of Education finalized the superintendent’s evaluation.

    However, it was Superintendent Edward Pruden’s announcement following the completion of the evaluation that caused the biggest stir inside the administrative offices of Brunswick County Schools on Tuesday, July 15.

    At the end of the 2014-15 school year, Pruden informed the board, he will resign.

  • Defining prescription painkiller misuse and abuse

     Editor’s note: This is the second story in a six-part biweekly series examining the prescription painkiller problem in Brunswick County. The first story in this series was published July 3.   

      

    There’s a fine line between misuse and abuse. But both can be deadly.

    Brunswick County leaders are working to combat a growing problem of prescription painkiller misuse and abuse.

  • Schools operations staff holds annual conference

     BOLIVIA — While at times the Brunswick County superintendent and board of education garner much of the attention in the school system, they’d be the first to tell you the operations staff makes the whole school system work.

    The district’s primary goal is to prepare college and career-ready students, but the goal can’t be achieved without clean schools, healthy meals, safe bus rides and much-needed maintenance.