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  • Lincoln Elementary’s White named regional principal of the year

     LELAND — Molly White deflected the attention she received after she earned one of the highest honors a school administrator can achieve.

    Last week, White, principal of Lincoln Elementary School, was named the North Carolina Southeast Region Principal of the Year and will compete for the state title against seven other finalists.

    Students and staff surprised White with a celebration of her accomplishment just after 2 p.m. in the school’s bus parking lot Friday, Dec. 18.

  • Overdose reversal medication saves lives in Brunswick County

     BOLIVIA — More than 100 lives have been saved in the last two months in Brunswick and New Hanover counties thanks to a powerful overdose reversal medication.

    Robert Childs, of the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, said these lives couldn’t have been salvaged had it not been for naloxone, a synthetic drug that blocks opiate receptors in the brain and reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

  • Emergency services plans mass casualty training exercise

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Emergency Services will host a mass casualty incident exercise at the movie theater in Shallotte on Jan. 30.

    Emergency services director Brian Watts announced the upcoming exercise at the Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting Dec. 10.

    Watts said the exercise will involve an inadvertent hazardous materials exposure.

    “We do that type of exercise once a year. This is a little different,” he said.

  • OIB board to settle bike path design in January

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle officials will take another month to finalize plans for a bike path along West First Street.

    At the Dec. 8 board of commissioners meeting, members gave tentative approval to the layout proposed for the multi-use path, with direction to send letters informing First Street property owners of the effect the path will have.

  • OIB board to make final decision on First Street bike path design in January

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH–Ocean Isle officials will take another month to finalize plans for a bike path along West First Street.

    At the Dec. 8 town meeting, board members gave tentative approval to the layout proposed for the multi-use path, with direction to send letters informing First Street property owners of the affect the path will have in front of their houses.

  • Holden Beach board dedicates parcourse to Decker

    Holden Beach’s outgoing commissioners’ final act as board members was to dedicate the town’s parcourse to parks and recreation board member Tom Decker, who died of cardiac arrest Nov. 11.

    Before retiring to Holden Beach, Decker was a collegiate All-American football player and standout running back for the State University of New York at Cortland and earned all-state honors on the baseball team. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills and played two seasons for the Hamilton Tiger Cats in the Canadian Football League, winning a Grey Cup in 1962.

  • BCAR releases data for November 2015

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate sales are slowing down as the cooler weather rolls in and the holiday season gets under way, but the county saw more home sales this November than during the same month in 2014.

    Additionally, the average sales price continues to increase every month, according to the most recent statistics from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

  • Brunswick Shoreline Protection seeks more defined role

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The Brunswick Shoreline Protection group stepped back from talk of creating a county-level beach management position to take the lead on coastal issues.

    The alliance includes former Brunswick Beaches Consortium members from Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach, Holden Beach and Brunswick County government who chose to continue working together on beach protection issues, without operating under a written agreement as the consortium did.

  • H2GO board’s old guard resists reverse osmosis plant review request from new members

    LELAND — The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board’s two new commissioners, Jeff Gerken and Trudy Trombley, were sworn in at the Dec. 8 meeting and stuck to their campaign promise to pump the brakes on a reverse osmosis water plant project.

    Once the new H2GO members were seated, Gerken added an agenda item to suspend further funding of the plant and schedule a review and discussion of the project for the January 2016 meeting.

  • Election filing period enters final week

    Potential candidates have one more week to file for the March 15, 2016 primary election.

    Election filing kicked off at noon Dec. 1 and continues until noon Monday, Dec. 21.

    Brunswick County Board of Commissioners

    Jim Medlin of Oak Island filed Dec. 1 for the Brunswick County District 3 commission seat held by incumbent and fellow Republican Pat Sykes of Southport, who filed Dec. 7 to run for re-election. Democrat William C. Flythe of Southport joined the race Dec. 8.