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  • Mayor not convinced Speaker of the House supports terminal groin legislation

    Whether N.C. Speaker of the House Joe Hackney will allow Senate Bill 832 to be heard on the House floor during the General Assembly’s short session is anyone’s guess.

    Debbie Smith, Ocean Isle Beach mayor, and Harry Simmons, Caswell Beach mayor, made a final attempt to convince Hackney to let the bill out of committee last week but left without an answer.

    “He did not make any commitments once again as to whether he would let it go to the floor or not,” Smith said.

  • ‘Constant weathering’ cause of Holden Beach deck collapse

    Town officials believe “constant weathering” led to the deck collapse that injured seven people in Holden Beach last Thursday.

    According to Timothy Evans, the town’s director of planning and inspections, the deck is original to the house, at 479 Ocean Boulevard West. The house was built in 1979.

    A letter Evans wrote to town manager David Hewett stated the collapse was due to “the detrimental corrosive environment” found in coastal areas.

  • West Brunswick principal announces retirement

    George Kelley, principal of West Brunswick High School, has decided to retire effective Aug. 1.

    Kelley, a 34-year educator, has been principal since 2007, and previously spent eight years as principal of Bunn High School.

    During his time at West Brunswick, Kelley said he is extremely proud of the increase in test scores. Last year’s Adequate Yearly Progress report showed students were performing at a 94.1 percent proficiency rating.

  • Brunswick County TDA receives two state awards

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) has been awarded two Destination Marketing Achievement awards from the Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina (DMANC).

    The awards were presented at a ceremony June 7 at the Tourism Leadership Conference, a joint annual meeting of DMANC and the North Carolina Travel Industry Association (NCTIA), at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Conference Center in Sunset Beach.

  • Sunset Beach Family Medicine closes doors

    Sunset Beach Family Medicine has closed its doors effective June 11, and patients are now receiving letters informing them of the decision.

    Sunset Beach Family Medicine was part of Novant Medical Group. According to Novant spokesperson Amy Myers, officials met with the practice’s physician, Lori Church, last week and “made the decision not to continue [Novant’s] partnership with the practice.”

    “As a result, the decision was made to close the practice,” Myers said.

  • Board agrees to modify newly adopted uniform policy for Leland Middle School

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Education will allow Leland Middle School to try its own modified dress code for a one-year trial period.

    Although board members voted to adopt a uniform policy for the school earlier this month, principal Patricia Underwood approached the board last week and asked for a revision.

    The board voted to allow students to wear jeans on designated spirit days. Underwood initially requested students be allowed to wear jeans daily.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Seasonal jobs drive unemployment rate down

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped from 11.9 to 10.3 percent between March and April, mainly due to seasonal hiring, according to employment officials.

    Eli Smith, director of the Brunswick County office of the N.C. Employment Security Commission, said traditional summer jobs are still available including housekeeping and restaurant work.

    While there are still not enough jobs to keep up with demand, Smith said many longtime jobseekers are more receptive to considering job opportunities they may have overlooked in the past.

  • Two killed in early morning wreck in Supply

    Two are dead after a single vehicle wreck in Supply early Sunday morning.

    According to Sgt. Timothy Daniels of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Hermilio Galarza Vargas, 23, of Supply, and another passenger died after being ejected from a 1999 Pontiac that wrecked on Boones Neck Road in Supply at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Daniels said the vehicle was traveling south when it ran off the road, struck a tree and rolled over several times.

  • Weather Alert: Heat advisory in effect Monday

    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Brunswick County from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday.

    The combination of temperatures in the 90s to near 100 degrees with high humidity will create potentially dangerous conditions, according to NWS. The heat index, which measures how hot it actually feels, may reach between 105-107 degrees.

    Heat-related illnesses may be possible as a result. Those who must go outside, are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids and to stay out of the sun. 

  • Seven injured after beach house deck collapses

    Seven people were injured Thursday after a deck collapsed on a house at Holden Beach.

    Just before 5 p.m. Thursday, Brunswick County 9-1-1 received a call about a deck collapsing on a home at 479 Ocean Boulevard West. When emergency crews arrived, it was reported seven people had been injured.

    According to Brunswick County EMS, three people were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, one person was taken to Brunswick Community Hospital and three others declined medical attention.