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  • Superintendent resigns from position

    First reported at 7:26 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. Updated 8:55 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee voluntarily resigned from her position Thursday night.

    At a specially called meeting, board chairperson Bud Thorsen announced McGee and the board came to a "mutual agreement," and McGee's resignation would be effective Jan. 31.

  • Children's entertainer Roger Day performs Saturday at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    Back by popular demand, entertainer Roger Day will perform in a concert presented by Smart Start of Brunswick County at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Admission is free with donation of nonperishable food items. Proceeds will be donated to Brunswick Family Assistance.

    Day is renowned for writing and singing award-winning children’s music, taking inspiration from The Beatles, U2 and even The Clash.

  • Report on fatal parasail incident to be complete in March

    The U.S. Coast Guard’s investigation into the August parasailing incident on Ocean Isle Beach that resulted in the deaths of two women is scheduled to be complete in March, the lead investigator reports.

    Lt. Chester Warren of the U.S. Coast Guard stated recently once his report is complete, he will forward it to the USCG’s Fifth District Commander for “additional review, analysis and endorsement to ensure my findings are accurate and complete.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Celebrating MLK: Brunswick County remembers the dream

    BOLIVIA—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the same age as local TV reporter Tim Pulliam when King ignited the civil rights movement, the 26-year-old keynote speaker of last week’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration said.

    “We have to see his vision through,” Pulliam said. “We have to do the same thing with our goals.”

  • Local organizations collecting donations for Haiti relief efforts

    The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday, Jan. 12, took down Hope Orphanage in the Fontmara Area between Port-au-Prince and Carrefour. Extensive damage to the building left about 60 children homeless.

    “Just shock,” Deborah Blythe, pastor of Liberty Tabernacle in Shallotte, said of the earthquake. “And just I knew it would be devastating to the people over there because the conditions are so bad anyway that this has to be just horrific.”

  • Brown to speak Jan. 28 at 101 Stone Chimney Place

    He’s been a teacher, counselor, freelance writer, Realtor, business coach and small business owner. In fact, there probably aren't many hats Bruce Brown hasn’t worn in his more than 40 years in the working world.

    These days, Brown, a resident of Brunswick Forest, is a broker with Coldwell Banker Seacoast Realty in Leland and and the owner of Quantum Business Coaching.

  • Commissioners hold off on recycling decision

    BOLIVIA—It’s back to the drawing board for bringing countywide recycling to Brunswick County.

    After hearing a cost analysis from about proposed countywide recycling with Waste Industries, county commissioners instructed county manager Marty Lawing to solicit more bids.

    “There’s a lot of interest, as you heard tonight. It’s the right thing to do environmentally, but financially, if there’s no incentive to reduce your [Municipal Solid Waste] costs, it’s tough,” Lawing said.

  • Commissioners OK resolution in support of VA clinic in Brunswick

    BOLIVIA—With Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman Bill Sue calling it a “no-brainer,” county commissioners on Tuesday approved an amendment to a previous resolution in support of converting Brunswick Community Hospital to a Veterans Affairs clinic once the new hospital is built.

    County commissioners approved a similar resolution at their Oct. 5, 2009, meeting, but felt the need to amend the resolution after the announcement by U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., that the VA would spend up to $95 million to build a new VA clinic in the Wilmington area.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: BHO receives grant for housing outreach for essential workers

    They’re the people who make the county run—teachers, police officers, nurses, government employees—and Brunswick Housing Opportunities President Resea Willis wants to make sure they know about their home-buying options.

    Brunswick Housing Opportunities recently received a grant for housing outreach for the community’s essential workers.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: SOUPER-BOWL SATURDAY

    CALABASH—It’s down to the wire, as pottery students and chefs in southern Brunswick County heat up for the first Soup-er Bowl this Saturday at Shallotte Presbyterian Church.

    “This is pottery in action,” Cindy Hewett, president of the South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club, said last week as students in Jane Truesdale’s class threw and shaped clay in the studio at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery.

    It also is pottery with a mission.