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  • Crown Management withdraws bid for hospital purchase

    Crown Management, the only entity to bid on the purchase of the former Brunswick Community Hospital, has withdrawn its offer.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said Crown Management, who announced plans to locate an acute-care psychiatric treatment facility and physiatrist residential facility in the old hospital, withdrew its $1.5 million dollar offer on April 11.

  • County budget to be presented at May 21 commissioners meeting

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County administration officials are working to prepare the upcoming fiscal year’s budget to present to Brunswick County commissioners.

    Assistant county manager Steve Stone said he, finance director Ann Hardy and county manager Marty Lawing were in the process of meeting with the county’s department heads to discuss their budget requests.

  • State unemployment rate drops to 9.7 percent in March

    RALEIGH—North Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percent to 9.7 percent in March, down from February’s revised rate of 9.9 percent.

    According to the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina, the number of unemployed North Carolinians decreased by 12,092 workers to 451,657.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From April 16-22, special operations set up checkpoints on Varnamtown Road, McLamb Road, Cherry Tree Road, Ocean Isle Beach Road, Mount Misery Road, Village Road and the U.S. 74 on-ramp.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Burglary, larceny and vandalism on Benton Road in Supply on April 19; suspect stole candy, three bicycles and two calculators from Supply Elementary School.

    •Larceny on Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach on April 20; suspect stole a couch and a love seat from the Habitat for Humanity Resale Store.

  • Four Republicans vie for District 3 nomination

    SHALLOTTE—Four Republican candidates want a shot at representing the Southport/Oak Island area on the Brunswick County Board of County Commissioners.

    Three of those Republicans want to oust current District 3 county commissioner Charles Warren, who was elected to his first four-year term back in 2008.

    Joe Agovino, Jwantana Frink, Pat Sykes and Warren are all seeking the GOP nomination for county commissioner.

  • Two vie for District 5 GOP commissioner nomination

    SHALLOTTE—Longtime county commissioner and current chairman Bill Sue is not seeking re-election this year, and two Republicans would like to succeed him on the board.

    Former Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey and former 7th Congressional District Republican Party Chairman Frank Williams are both seeking the GOP nomination for county commissioner for District 5, which covers the northern portion of Brunswick County.

  • Early voting under way in Brunswick County

    Early voting is under way in Brunswick County. Early voting began Thursday, April 19, at the Brunswick County Board of Elections in Bolivia and at three satellite locations throughout Brunswick County.

    Poll workers reported steady voting turnout on Thursday, the first day of early voting.

    Election Day for the 2012 primary election is Tuesday, May 8.

    Dates, times and locations for early voting are as follows:

    Brunswick County Board of Elections Office, 75 Stamp Act Drive, Building H, Bolivia

  • Shallotte seniors may have a new building to call home

    Big and exciting changes are in the works for Brunswick County Seniors.

    Recently seniors in Brunswick County rejoiced at the reopening of the Ash Nutrition Site and participated in the move of the Supply Nutrition Site to the Lockwood Folly building.

    This week an even bigger change is being discussed.

    While it’s not finalized, Brunswick County Senior Resources Inc. recently appeared before the Shallotte Planning Board to work on a zoning and parking plan for a new senior center.

  • Shallotte talks candidly with Mark Saunders

    SHALLOTTE—A special committee formed at the April aldermen meeting met with Mark Saunders of The Coastal Companies last Wednesday to see if they could work together.

    The town is in a position to call a bond on The Coastal Companies for failure to complete infrastructure work in the Rivers Edge community. After numerous attempts to communicate with The Coastal Companies, aldermen were prepared to discuss calling the bond when Saunders contacted the town requesting to talk.