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  • Road worker injured after being hit by a vehicle on job site

     A road construction worker was injured in a traffic collision early Monday morning, June 29, at a job site on N.C. 133 in Southport.

    An employee of Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc., based in Atlanta, was working during road construction when a vehicle struck him, the company’s communications specialist Christy Barger wrote in an email to the Beacon.

    “A third party vehicle traveling through the worksite struck the employee, causing multiple injuries,” Barger wrote.

  • School board approves principal, assistant principal changes

     Three weeks after approving several personnel changes that changed leadership at six Brunswick County Schools, the Brunswick County Board of Education approved eight additional personnel moves following a human resources and finance committee meeting June 23.

    Five Brunswick County elementary schools will welcome new administrators to their respective campuses during the 2015-16 school year, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki wrote in a news release.

  • Shark attack victim continues recovery at children’s hospital

     Two children who were injured in separate shark attacks less than two miles apart more than two weeks ago in Oak Island are recovering from their injuries as fundraisers for each have been established to help offset their medical bills and travel expenses.

    Sixteen-year-old Hunter Treschl, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and 12-year-old Kiersten Yow, of Archdale, lost parts of their left arms during the shark attacks June 14. Yow also suffered significant injuries to her left leg.

  • Project Lazarus coalition discusses drug overdose prevention

     BOLIVIA — More than a year ago, Wilkes County native Fred Brazon welcomed health care professionals and other local leaders from across the southeast region to Bolivia for a presentation about opioid overdoses in Brunswick County.

    Months after Brazon’s presentation, then-Brunswick County deputy health director Fred Michael helped organize a team of coalition members that would lead an effort to combat the issue in the county through Project Lazarus.

  • Leland police seek information about golf course damage

    Leland police are asking for assistance from anyone who has information about recent damage to Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest golf course, off U.S. 17.

    Officers think someone drove on the course, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage, sometime early Sunday morning, June 28. The course, opened five years ago, was ranked No. 11 among the best courses to play in North Carolina in 2014 by Golfweek magazine, according to its website, capefearnational.com.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 371-1100.

  • EDC board members resign, recommend county department

    Brunswick County Economic Development Commission and Corporation board members have resigned their positions and recommended the establishment of a county economic development department.

  • Man arrested, charged in Southport robbery

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 44-year-old man accused of robbing a Southport business less than an hour after the crime was reported Monday, June 23.

    A man walked into Tobacco Road Outlet just after 3 p.m. and demanded cash from the clerk, threatening her with bodily harm, and fled according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    The clerk was not injured and the robber got away with $217, a warrant shows.

  • County in the final stages of selling old hospital property

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Commissioners have approved a resolution at an emergency meeting Friday afternoon that has placed the county in the final stages of the closing process for the sale of the old community hospital property.

    During the meeting Friday, June 26, commissioners voted unanimously to pass a resolution to confirm the sale of the property that formerly was home to Brunswick Community Hospital to Centre Development Company, formerly Excel Medical Development Group.

  • Children continue shark attack recoveries

    A teenager who lost most of his left arm during a shark attack June 14 off the coast of Oak Island has been released from a Wilmington hospital, while a 12-year-old who lost part of her left arm and leg during a separate shark attack that day is recovering from her injuries at a Chapel Hill hospital.

    Sixteen-year-old Hunter Treschl, of Colorado Springs, Colo., has been released from the hospital in good condition, just four days after being maimed during a shark attack early near a public beach access at 55th Avenue on Oak Island.

  • Supply brothers accused of trafficking LSD

     Two brothers from Supply are accused of trafficking LSD in Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested 29-year-old Seth Anthony Lupek and 27-year-old Tobias Ian Lupek on June 16 after a search of their Woodard Road residence.

    The Lupeks each have been charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule I controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of trafficking LSD.