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  • Fire destroys vacant Bolivia home

    An early morning fire destroyed a vacant Bolivia home Thursday, Sept. 7.

    No one was injured.

    Fire crews arrived at a fire at 1221 Zack St. at 2 a.m. and cleared the scene about 6:30 a.m., Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    Garner said the cause of the fire was ruled undetermined.

    Sunset Harbor & Zion Hill, Supply Volunteer and St. James fire personnel also responded.

  • Brunswick County Academy named one of America’s Healthiest Schools

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Academy is one of only 13 North Carolina schools and one of only 323 United States Schools named to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2017 list of “America’s Healthiest Schools”—and it’s not the first time.

  • NAACP lauds Hewett, Warren as latest honorees

    They’ve been involved in the community for decades. To this day, they still are with no plans to retire.

    Longtime Brunswick County residents Bernest Hewett and Charles Warren were lauded Saturday night as the latest honorees at the Brunswick County Branch of NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet.

    Hewett, 69, received the local chapter’s 2017 Service to the Community Award.

    The Brunswick County native previously served as president of the combined branches of Brunswick, Cedar Grove and Southport NAACP Chapters 5452.

  • Sunset Beach delays park rules consideration again

    SUNSET BEACH — Heated debate including accusations and name-calling ensued as Sunset Beach Town Council once again addressed then postponed consideration of park rules and uses at the Sept. 5 meeting.

    In recent months, concern about park fees has arisen as it came to light the four owners of the for-profit Waterfront Markets LLC paid just a $25 permit fee to have weekly use of Sunset Beach Town Park for their Waterfront Market at Sunset Beach for 24 weeks.

  • Carolina Shores sets state of emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Irma

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners convened an emergency session last week to go over emergency plans as Hurricane Irma moved toward the United States.

    They also adopted a resolution ratifying a state of emergency for the town.

    The board’s monthly workshop and an economic development council meeting scheduled this past Monday, Sept. 11, were also canceled in anticipation of hazardous weather posed by the approaching storm.

  • Shallotte prepares for riverfront development

     SHALLOTTE — Shallotte has received a $250,000 Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) grant for its riverwalk project, Mayor Walt Eccard told town aldermen at their Sept. 5 meeting.

    At last month’s meeting, the board indicated it wanted to begin moving forward on the project by the first of the year because the town will cover the cost of the riverwalk.

    An added incentive for businesses to consider becoming part of the Shallotte riverfront may be the recent installation of FOCUS fiber optic communications by ATMC.

  • Leland man dies in Friday morning single-vehicle fire
  • Test shows no West Nile Virus found in Brunswick County

    After conducting a confirmation test, the State Laboratory of Public Health determined there was no West Nile Virus in a pool of mosquitoes collected in central Brunswick County on Aug. 28, according to a county news release issued Monday, Sept. 11.

    The State Laboratory notified Brunswick County on Sept. 8 the virus was found in the pool of mosquitoes, which were of a type not known to bite humans. Out of an abundance of caution, Brunswick County released the information to residents the same day.

  • Horseplay Farms to host military, first responder appreciation day Sept. 16

    Horseplay Farms will honor military and first responders Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at an event open to all.

    The day will open with a flag-raising and dedication ceremony at 11:30 a.m. There will be food, drinks, live music and games to celebrate the occasion. A farm tour, horsemanship demonstration, dunk tank, bounce house, face painting and even a wacky pony photo booth are among the activities.Live music by Pistol Hill, a beer tent by Check Six Brewery, a bake sale and raffles will round out the event.

  • State agencies study use of drones for collision reports

    The N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the NCDOT Photogrammetry Unit have studied the feasibility of using drones to create 3D models of collision scenes, and the findings could signal good news for motorists.