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  • Commissioners OK animal services transfer to sheriff’s office

    BOLIVIA—Beginning July 1, Brunswick County Animal Services will be under the umbrella of the sheriff’s office.

    On Monday night, Brunswick County commissioners unanimously approved the transfer of the animal services department, which includes both animal control enforcement and managing the animal shelter, to the sheriff’s office from the county’s health department.

  • Veterans fair scheduled for June 15

    The Brunswick County Veterans Service Office would like to invite all veterans to attend the Veterans Health Fair from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Friday, June 15, at St. Luke Lutheran Church.

    The church is at 5869 Ocean Highway West in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Veterans will be able to enroll in VA healthcare, obtain information and discuss health issues with nurses and pharmacists, and talk with their County Veterans Service Officer.

  • Brunswick County's first search and rescue dog remembered

    Sir Bailey of Judah, Brunswick County’s first search and rescue dog, died May 21. Bailey wasn’t an ordinary dog; he set a standard in the county and helped hundreds of people find their lost loved ones.

    Bailey even received congressional recognition for his many years of service when he retired last year after more than 11 years  as a search and rescue dog in Brunswick County.

  • Seaside Bakery gets discovered by the New York Times

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It was just an ordinary late April day for Seaside Bakery owner Carolyn Wright.

    Two customers dropped in the bakery on Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach and said they were lost.

    “A couple came in and asked for directions,” Wright said.

    She gave them the information they requested and just like she does with all her customers struck up a conversation. She shared details of recent wedding cakes she was working on and offered them samples.

  • Sheriff’s captain demoted after single-vehicle wreck

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s captain was demoted Thursday, May 31, the day after he was involved in a single-vehicle wreck in which an “unauthorized” passenger was in sheriff’s vehicle.

    According to sheriff’s office spokesperson Sgt. Del Routh, Sammy Turner has been demoted to lieutenant from his previous rank of captain following Wednesday’s wreck.

    With his demotion, Turner will be relieved of several duties, Routh said.

  • Little damage reported in Beryl’s wake

    Little damage has been reported after Tropical Depression Beryl made its way past Brunswick County Wednesday morning.

    As emergency officials predicted, Beryl’s rains were the main culprits on Wednesday, accounting for several traffic wrecks and a few downed trees.

    Anthony Marzano, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director, said the 911 center received several calls about traffic wrecks, “either vehicles in the ditch or actual wrecks involving more than one vehicle, several of which were on U.S. 17.”

  • National Weather Service predicts nine to 15 named storms this hurricane season

    When hurricane season officially kicks off June 1, the Atlantic Ocean will have already experienced two named storms.

    Tropical storms Alberto and Beryl mark the first time in more than 100 years that two named storms have formed prior to the June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

    Last Thursday, the National Weather Service released its official hurricane season predictions and, despite the early start to the season, forecasters predict an average season.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council meets Monday

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Carol Scott has taken issue with a suggestion the town board wouldn’t have to meet in regular monthly session next Monday night.

    The suggestion came from town administrator Gary Parker at the board’s second day-long workshop of the month last Thursday. Parker suggested the board had covered enough ground during its May 24 and May 15 workshops and said it would be proper to cancel the monthly meeting “because of a lack of business.”

  • Memorial Day weekend business great start for season

    Memorial Day weekend—the traditional start to the tourist season in Brunswick County— kicked off the season with a bang.

    Many business owners said Memorial Day business was brisk over the weekend.

    Steady streams of traffic were evident in the Seafood Capital of Calabash, especially around dinnertime when crowds gathered to wait for tables at local restaurants.

    Mary Keefe, owner of the Yardbird Emporium in the Lowcountry Stores in Calabash, said businesses in her complex had a good weekend.

  • Property sales draw objection from Devaun Park developer

    CALABASH—Devaun Park developer Scott Stewart has taken issue with an independent company selling properties in the upscale neighborhood.

    The formation, purpose and business of the company, Marast LLC, “is a direct breach of Stanaland Stewart Company LLC operating agreement,” Stewart wrote in a May 4 memo to Marast LLC members, solicited members, fellow Devaun Park developer Vaughn Stanaland and real estate sales representative Dennis Major.