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  • Calabash gears up for Beach Drive roadwork in November

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have agreed to milling and paving work on Beach Drive scheduled to take place the week of Thanksgiving.

    Town Administrator Chuck Nance told commissioners at their Aug. 9 meeting work is from the South Carolina line up to the Calabash NAPA store.

    Nance said officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation think they can do the work in two weeks, which means it shouldn’t interfere with the Calabash Christmas parade typically scheduled the first Friday night in December.

  • Brunswick resident donates kidney to lifelong friend

    WILMINGTON — It was a true test of faith, and Joel Johnson wasn’t sure he was up for it.

    So it came as a bit of a surprise when the Brunswick County resident’s longtime friend, Bryan Bernard, called last year from his home in Wilmington to tell Johnson about his failing health and ask if Johnson could help raise funds.

    Then Bernard asked if Johnson could donate a kidney.

    “I said I’m going to help you raise this money,” Johnson recalled. “I got off the phone. I wasn’t down for a kidney.”

  • Shaver named Outstanding County Attorney of the Year

    Brunswick County Attorney Bob Shaver has been named Outstanding County Attorney of the Year by the North Carolina Association of County Attorneys (NCACA).

    The Outstanding Attorney of the Year is given each year to a county attorney in recognition of providing exemplary service to the profession and to the public. Shaver was named the Outstanding Attorney of the Year for 2016 and recognized for the achievement by both the NCACA and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

  • School bond campaign kickoff Aug. 18

    Voters in Brunswick County will answer a $152 million question when they cast their ballots Nov. 8 on whether to approve a bond referendum to benefit Brunswick County Schools.

    The bond would pay for capital improvement projects at each of the district’s 19 schools in an eight-year cycle between 2017 and 2024.

  • Elections board talks one-stop voting

    The Brunswick County Board of Elections discussed one-stop implementation plans for the 2016 General Election during its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 15.
    The one-stop plan must be revisited in light of the recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals that now mandates a 17-day early voting period.

  • Bolivia couple dies in apparent murder-suicide

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office identified a Bolivia couple found dead in an apparent murder-suicide Monday morning, Aug. 15.

    A medical examiner said 54-year-old Helen Ann Santilli and her husband, 60-year-old Richard Albert Santilli, each died of a single gunshot wound at their home in the 400 block of Kingswood Court in Winding River Plantation, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation fish fry Aug. 26

    The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation will host a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at N.C. 130 and 179 in Shallotte, behind the former First Community Bank and next to Hills supermarket, to raise funds for its Sunshine Fund. This fund supports Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office families who suffer tragedies.

  • Bolivia man claims Cash 5 jackpot ticket worth $535,318

    Carl Greggs Sr. of Bolivia is the latest player to beat the odds of 1 in 749,398 to win the Cash 5 jackpot in the drawing Friday, Aug. 12.

    Greggs claimed his prize Monday, Aug. 15, at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $370,708.

    Greggs bought the $1 Quick Pick ticket at Kopp’s Kwik Stop 2 on George II Highway in Southport, matching all five numbers in the nightly Carolina Cash 5 drawing to win the $535,318 jackpot. The winning numbers were: 9-14-19-24-35.

  • Second annual Brunswick County Family Fair is Aug. 27

    Brunswick County has many community resources and program for parents and children. Start off the new school year with information about what is offered to parents and children at the Brunswick County Family Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, the at North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Building N, 25 Referendum Drive in Bolivia.

    The Brunswick County Health Department will also be there to offer immunizations.

    Free school supplies, free Sunset Slush and other giveaways will be offered, as well as vendors and drawings for door prizes.

  • Public utilities announce annual change from chloramines to chlorine in water

    Every summer, Brunswick County and the towns, cities and other utilities that purchase water from Brunswick County implement an annual flushing program.