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  • County agrees to match $2.8 million for BCC facility expansion

    County commissioners made an agreement with the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees Monday to pay half the cost, $2,857,000, for a building to expand nursing and medical assisting program classrooms.

    Brunswick Community College offers six allied health study programs including Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), Practical Nursing (PN), a PN to ADN bridge program, Phlebotomy, Medical Assisting, and Physical Therapy Assisting. 


  • Sunset Beach sales revenue loss estimated at $58,000

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach stands to lose $58,000 in sales tax revenue if the state legislature approves Senate Bill 126 sales tax redistribution.

    That’s what Sunset Beach Mayor Robert Forrester said at Monday night’s town council meeting, adding he had signed a letter generated by mayors to send to state legislators voicing their opposition.

    Another measure to raise the fire fee limit could also affect the town and create better neutrality so Sunset Beach would no longer be subsidizing properties that aren’t in the town, Forrester said.

  • Carolina Shores aims for same tax rate, $50,000 sales tax cut

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners will consider on first reading Thursday a proposed budget calling for a neutral tax rate, plus a $50,000 cut in the wake of a state bill expected to reduce sales tax income.

    At the board’s monthly workshop Monday, May 1, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall outlined details in the proposed $2.1 million 2017-18 fiscal budget that takes effect July 1.

  • Sunset Beach mayor seeks support against involuntary de-annexation

    As state Sen. Bill Rabon’s bill to de-annex a Sunset Beach senior rental complex stalls in a state committee, Sunset Beach Mayor Robert Forrester is seeking support from his colleagues to oppose efforts like Rabon’s in the future.

    Senate Bill 289, filed March 15 in Raleigh by Rabon, R-Southport, proposes de-annexing Sunset Creek Commons, a 72-unit rental complex for ages 55 and older at 1401 Seaside Road, from the town of Sunset Beach. The bill passed first reading March 16 and was referred to the Senate Committee on Rules and Operations, which Rabon chairs.

  • Group launches BEAT for environmental issues; weather cancels May 5 press conference

    A newly forming countywide environmental group has chosen the name of an already existing nonprofit.

    At their first meeting last Wednesday, April 26, members chose the moniker Brunswick Environmental Action Team (BEAT), chosen because it’s the name of an existing but inactive organization that already has nonprofit status.

    “We even have $50 in the bank,” said BEAT founder Jan Harris.

    A capacity crowd of about 30 people from around the county showed up for the two-hour session in a meeting room at Hickmans Crossroads Library.

  • Relay for Life on track for Friday at WBHS

    Relay for Life of Brunswick County kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, May 5, on and around the track at West Brunswick High School at 550 Whiteville Road (N.C. 130).

    This year’s annual relay will be a six-hour event, concluding at midnight.

    Highlights include an opening ceremony celebrating everyone who's been affected by cancer, followed by survivors’ and caregivers’ laps and luminaria and closing ceremonies.

  • Free pesticide container disposal day

    A pesticide disposal collection day is scheduled in Brunswick County on Wednesday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The collection site will be at the Brunswick County Extension Office, 25 Referendum Drive, Bldg. N in Bolivia. There is no charge to the public for this service.

    Any pesticides (insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, etc.) in original containers and clearly labeled will be accepted. Products with unknown identities, products that are unlabeled, products not in pesticide containers, and household hazardous materials such as paint will not be accepted.

  • Two Supply residents face drug conspiracy charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested two Supply residents accused of conspiring to sell prescription painkillers.

    Patrick Michael Cooney, 62, of Captain’s Wheel Avenue, and Betty Lou Small, 67, of Indian Street, were arrested April 18 and each charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or delivers and schedule II controlled substance, conspiracy to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession.

  • New Sunset Beach police chief on the job

    SUNSET BEACH — Right on time, new Sunset Beach Police Chief Kenneth Klamar arrived to begin his new job with the town last Thursday, April 20.

    Klamar was hired by the town in March after serving the past eight years as chief of the Perkins Township Police Department in Sandusky, Ohio, where he worked his way up the ranks after launching his career in law enforcement in 1995.

  • Meet new Sunset Beach police chief May 10

    New Sunset Beach Police Chief Kenneth Klamar would like to invite the public to a meet-and-greet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in the Sunset Beach Town Hall Council Chambers at 700 Sunset Blvd. N.

    The public is invited to attend anytime during this window to meet Klamar.