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  • Commissioners to ask General Assembly for authority to levy recycling fee

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have approved a resolution asking members of the local General Assembly delegation to give commissioners authority to levy a fee for countywide recycling.

    Steve Stone, assistant county manager, said North Carolina law allows municipalities to levy a solid waste or recycling fee, but not counties.

    For the county to implement countywide curbside recycling, a local bill would have to be approved in the general assembly giving the county the authority to do so.

  • Stone Chimney Road re-opening postponed until March 31

    SUPPLY—According to North Carolina Department of Transportation, Stone Chimney Road is expected to re-open for traffic March 31.

    The road was closed for repair to three bridges in August, and work was originally scheduled to be completed by Nov. 29, 2010.

    But in December it was announced the road would remain closed for a total 195 days, rather than the previously estimated 120 days.

    Most recently, it was announced the road would re-open for traffic Feb. 16.

  • Brunswick County VA Outreach Clinic to open by spring/summer 2011

    The good news is Brunswick County’s Veterans Affairs Community Outreach Clinic is set to open by late spring or early summer.

    The bad news is Brunswick County Veterans Services Director Anita Hartsell said she’s received no word on where the clinic will be.

    While progress is being made on bringing the much-needed clinic to a county with an estimated 15,000 veterans living in it, Hartsell has been left in the dark on many of the details about the clinic, most notably its location.

  • County tax base sees 28 percent dip in values

    BOLIVIA—The 2011 countywide property revaluation is in the home stretch, and property owners are expected to receive their property values in the coming weeks.

    Brunswick County’s preliminary tax base is valued at $24 billion, down some $9.5 billion from the current fiscal year’s tax value of $33.6 billion.

    Properties hit the hardest in this year’s tax revaluation were vacant land and properties closest to Brunswick County’s oceanfront and waterways.

  • DSS board members to begin interviewing director candidates

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services have begun to review applications for the department’s next director.

    Since board members voted to fire longtime DSS director Jamie Orrock in October, Neil Walters has been serving as interim DSS director, overseeing day-to-day operations of the department as well as reviewing candidates with board members.

    Last Wednesday, Feb. 16, board members called a special meeting to go into closed session to review applications.

  • Fifth annual Brunswick Beacon Health Expo set to unfold Feb. 26

    SHALLOTTE—The Brunswick Beacon is hosting the fifth annual Health Expo on Saturday, Feb. 26.

    The health expo, set to unfold from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Brunswick High School, is free and open to the public.

    Christy Williamson, Brunswick Beacon advertising sales representative, said the Beacon has been sponsoring the event for the past five years because there was a need in the community.

    Each year, the event continues to increase in size, Williamson said. Last year’s health expo drew a crowd of more than 600 people.

  • Emergency responders battle large brush fire Saturday afternoon

    Several area fire departments are on the scene of a fast moving, large brush fire near Old Georgetown Road and N.C. 904 Saturday afternoon.

    The video below, taken from a mobile phone, shows the smoke moving across portions of Old Georgetown Road, which was shut down for some time Saturday.

    Check back for more details later.

  • 'Showtime at the Apollo' takes stage next weekend at WBHS

    It’s “Showtime at the Apollo” at West Brunswick High School.

    The theater department’s third annual Black History month production showcases a performance timeline of headlining acts of the Apollo Theater in Harlem, N.Y. The production includes singing, comedy, dancing and visual history of the theater and popular events in American history throughout the decades.

    “We like to do different things every year,” Jennifer Negron, theater arts instructor, said.

  • Woman charged in wreck involving state trooper

    SUPPLY—A Sunset Beach woman has been charged with failure to yield in a wreck that closed portions of U.S. 17 last Friday morning.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. T.W. Pope, around 7:49 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18, Virginia Coats, 65, of Sunset Beach, was entering U.S. 17 from Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Pope said Coats, who was driving a 2005 GMC pickup truck, failed to yield to highway patrol trooper J.M. King, who was traveling north in a 2010 Dodge Charger patrol vehicle.

  • Five-year-old dialysis patient dies of cardiac arrest

    Last Tuesday night, Billy Joe Lawson Jr. made a promise to his mother.

    “That night, I said, ‘Bill Bill, you promise me you won’t ever leave home. You promise you never leave me,’” Myra Lawson said. “He said, ‘I promise.’”

    That night, the 5-year-old who was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) several months ago when his kidneys failed, unexpectedly passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest.