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  • OrthoWilmington breaks ground for new office along U.S. 17 in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE — OrthoWilmington broke ground on a new medical office along U.S. 17 on Friday, May 20.

    The building will consolidate the OrthoWilmington offices from Supply and Sunset Beach in one location, Drs. Thomas Kelso and Michael Marushack said.

    Kelso and Marushack bought the property before merging their medical office, Orthopaedic Specialists, which included five physicians and three to four physicians assistants, with OrthoWilmiington in 2015.

  • State election board to hear protest May 31

    The state Board of Elections will consider the protest of Brunswick County’s District 4 County Commissioner primary Tuesday.

    The NCBOE will hold a public meeting at 1 p.m. May 31 in its boardroom at 441 N. Harrington St. in Raleigh.

    Alan Lewis brought the protest of the March 15 Republican primary election results to the Brunswick County Board of Elections May 4. The three-member BCBOE voted unanimously to send the protest to the state.

  • TSB releases report on March helicopter crash

    The National Transportation Safety Board released its report on a March 23 helicopter crash at Cape Fear Regional Jetport near Southport in which a man suffered minor injuries.

    The flight instructor, Jessica Ward, who is also the owner of High Tides Helicopters on the property, said the student pilot was asked to do multiple "pickups and set downs" on a grass area at the airport.

  • Holden Beach board approves town noise ordinance

    HOLDEN BEACH — The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners officially approved the town’s noise ordinance that has been in the works, pending one change.

    The four newest Holden Beach town commissioners — John Fletcher, Kim Isenhour, Peter Freer and Ashley Royal — introduced ordinance changes immediately after taking their seats on the board Dec. 8, along with Ken Kyser, the only re-elected commissioner, and approved the majority of the changes at a special called meeting Dec. 16.

  • From Holden Beach to Haiti: Couple holds garage sale to benefit orphanage

    HOLDEN BEACH — Sometimes, interruptions in life are a good thing.

    That’s what Suzanne and Tim Roseberry, of Holden Beach, soon realized after learning about an orphanage in Bon Repos, Haiti, and how they could help the 27 children living there from hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away.

    “We’re thankful for the interruption,” Tim said. “We’re thankful for God for stopping us long enough and saying ‘Hey, these kids need help.’”

  • School bus involved in May 20 accident

    A Brunswick County Schools bus was involved in an accident Friday, May 20.

    No students were on board at the time and no injuries were reported, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

     Trooper T.D. Wheeler of the North Carolina State Highway said the school bus was turning left at U.S. 17 and Smith Avenue when was it was sideswiped by another vehicle. He said neither driver was injured.    

  • Brunswick Coalition moves two billboards

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Coalition decided on two new locations for its billboards geared toward prescription drug abuse prevention.

    The billboards are at 2618 Ocean Highway, a tenth of a mile south of Royal Oak Road in Shallotte, and 7270 U.S. 17 just south of N.C. 87 in Leland. The billboards will move to 5433 Main St. just south of Sellers Street in Shallotte, and at 101 N.C. 87 E. 600 feet east of U.S. 17 in Winnabow.

  • District presents $152M bond plan to school board

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County School administrators presented their long-range plan for the proposed $152 million bond referendum to the Brunswick County Board of Education, along with the recommended project list by school.

    District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said Tuesday morning’s presentation was held so administrations could secure the school board’s approval before they forward the information to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners. All school board members except Charlie Miller attended.

  • Shallotte police charge man in prescription forgery

    A Lumberton man is accused of forging a prescription for oxycodone in Shallotte.

    Shallotte police arrested 34-year-old Angus Locklear, 34, of Terrance Drive was arrested May 18, eight days after he entered CVS pharmacy on Main Street in Shallotte and presented a pharmacy employee with a handwritten prescription for 120 30mg oxycodone tablets, which is included in schedule II of the state Controlled Substances Act, a warrant shows.

  • SB 875 passes Senate committee in Raleigh

    RALEIGH — A controversial bill to de-annex three portions of Sunset Beach was approved by a Senate committee following a hearing Tuesday in Raleigh.

    Senate Bill 875 Town of Sunset Beach/Deannexation, introduced by District 8 Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, was approved by the Senate Committee on State and Local Government after parties on both sides of the issue, including Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts, spoke at a midday hearing in the Legislative Office Building.