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  • County accepts LIEAP assistance applications

    Brunswick County is accepting applications for LIEAP at the Building B Annex (back of the Social Service building) at the county government complex in Bolivia, Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    The LIEAP, or Low Income Energy Assistance Program, provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible families offset winter heating expenses. The household’s total countable income for the base period must be equal to or less than 130 percent of the current poverty level, and the household’s total resources must be $2,250 or less.

  • King holiday events set for Jan. 15 and 16

    The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee announced programs and activities for the King Holiday celebration Jan. 15 and 16 in Southport.

    On Sunday, Jan. 15, a Memorial March will begin at 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the ILA Union Hall at 10th and Lord streets in Southport.

  • Southport man county’s sixth lottery winner in 2016

    Peter Miller of Southport said the $217,608 he won playing Carolina Cash 5 will be used to enjoy retirement and share with his five grandchildren.

    “I’m going to keep playing,” Miller said as he claimed his prize money at lottery headquarters Thursday, according to a North Carolina Education Lottery news release. “I don’t think the lottery has a memory. Every day is a new day.”

    Miller was buying gas at the Murphy Express on North Howe Street when he decided to buy three Quick Pick tickets for the Dec. 21 Cash 5 drawing.

  • Brunswick County Schools operate on normal schedule Monday

    Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said schools will operate on a normal system Monday, Jan. 9.

    National Weather Service updated information on Sunday shows a high of 39 degrees Fahrenheit with a low of 22 degrees Fahrenheit for Monday. Wind chills throughout the entire day could be as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit with north winds 5 to 8 mph. On Tuesday, Jan. 10 temperatures will rise significantly to a high of 57 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 48 degrees Fahrenheit. There will be a 20 percent chance for precipitation.

  • Sheriff’s office: Southport teens located safely

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said two teenagers reported missing Tuesday, Jan. 3 have been safely located. and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children are reporting a sighting of two Southport teens last seen Jan. 3. Fourteen-year-old Macayla Wallace and her boyfriend, 16-year-old River Boyd, were last seen Tuesday morning at South Brunswick High School.

  • Sheriff’s office warns residents of malware scams

    BOLIVIA — A local man is driving back and forth between the Carolinas. He’s ecstatic: He just bought a home for himself, he’s got it financed and he’s received information from his closing attorney on where to wire the money for the home.

    He completes the transfer and waits for his attorney to tell him she’s received the funds. She emails him to let him know she’s not received them.

  • Wedded bliss: Sunset Beach couple celebrates 70th anniversary

    SUNSET BEACH — It began with a walk home that turned into a walk down the aisle.

    Seventy years later couple 88-year-old Ben Williams and 87-year-old Dorothy “Dottie” Williams say they’re continuing to navigate their lives together with a love that  has not faded.

    The pair first met when Ben was 12 and Dottie was 11 at a place that served as the town hangout for the kids of Warren, Pa. — the roller rink.

  • H2GO water plant wastewater permit public hearing Jan. 12

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality public hearing regarding the proposed H2GO reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment plant will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland.

    Speaker registration will begin at 5 p.m. Seating capacity for events at the LCAC is around 230 people.

  • County unemployment above 6 percent for November

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate rose to 6.3 percent for November after remaining steady at 5.9 percent through September and October.

    The unemployment rate was almost a point below the rate for November 2015, when Brunswick County had 7.2 percent unemployment.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    According to the NCDOC, Brunswick County had 3,030 unemployed workers out of a labor force of 48,391 for November.

  • Leland purchases body cameras for use in 2017

    The new year will see Leland police officers add body cameras to their uniform.

    Leland officials approved an increase in the 2016-17 tax rate in part to fund the hiring four new patrol officers and three new detectives. The town also planned to add new patrol cars and detectives’ vehicles.

    Leland Police Chief Mike James said the budget plan for new officers included adding body cameras.