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  • Safety concerns continue at Sunset Beach bridge intersection

    SUNSET BEACH—John Tice was driving toward Shoreline Drive West.

    The other driver was at Shoreline Drive East when he pulled out in front of Tice, causing Tice to T-bone the other vehicle.

    “He never stopped,” said Tice of the wreck Aug. 1 at the mainland intersection and entrance to the new Sunset Beach high-rise bridge.

    “It’s lucky nobody was hurt,” Tice added.

    Drivers, Tice said, are “constantly pulling out to try to beat the traffic” at that intersection.

  • Jennies Branch? Jinny's Branch? Nope, now it's Sauce Pan Creek

    ‘Jinny’s Branch’ exists no more, at least in signage.

    As of Aug. 9, signs at a bridge on N.C. 179 previously designating “Jinny’s Branch” have been replaced with new ones marking “Sauce Pan Creek.”

    Katie Hite, traffic engineer for NCDOT Division 3, said her department was notified by Brunswick County that the official naming of that water feature had been revised.

    “Therefore, we changed to be in accordance with that,” Hite said last week.

  • Brunswick County Animal Shelter can't use Saturday volunteers

    The Brunswick County Animal Shelter will continue to suspend its Saturday operating hours, despite the offer of a nonprofit animal rescue group to provide volunteers.

    Members of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) submitted a written proposal last month to David Stanley, director of the Brunswick County Health Department.

    The proposal, described by RACE founder and organizer Cheri McLain as a “fiscally neutral mitigation,” was for RACE volunteers to staff the animal shelter from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays free of charge to the county.

  • County agrees to fund Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday agreed to shell out $112,500 to fund their portion of a $450,000 dredging project for the Lockwood Folly Inlet.

    The county’s share was contingent upon the towns of Oak Island and Holden Beach each agreeing to appropriate $56,200 for their share of the project.

    Oak Island Mayor Betty Wallace and Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett both said their town councils had agreed to commit the funds, and asked commissioners to approve their share as well.

  • School officials encourage parents, students to attend open houses

    Brunswick County Schools start times

    Elementary schools: 7:45 a.m.- 2:50 p.m.

    Middle schools: 8:50 a.m.- 3:55 p.m.

    High schools: 8:55 a.m.- 3:50 p.m.

    For more information on school start times and bus pick-up times, visit www.bcswan.net.

    It’s that time of the year again—back-to-school-time.

  • Discrimination complaint against county dismissed

    RALEIGH—Officials with the North Carolina Human Relations Commission have found no evidence Brunswick County engaged in discriminatory practices regarding residents of the Shingle Tree Acres community near Carolina Shores.

    The commission has dismissed the matter.

  • DA files brief in Supreme Court; judge has until Aug. 31 to respond

    RALEIGH—As the battle over administrative traffic court continues to wage between District Attorney Jon David and Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly, the next venue will be in front of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

    State Supreme Court justices will hear the matter Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Raleigh.

    David recently said he has had “very little communication with Judge Jolly on that issue,” regarding traffic court, when Jolly issued an administrative order halting the court.

  • Sue honored with Order of the Long Leaf Pine

    Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman Bill Sue on Monday was presented with the state’s highest civilian honor as he was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

    A surprise to Sue, the honor was presented by state Rep. Frank Iler.. State Sen. Bill Rabon was also on hand for the event. He presented Sue with a North Carolina flag that once flew over the capital building in Raleigh.

  • Brunswick Beat for Aug. 10, 2011
  • Board of education to consider forming community engagement committee

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education member John Thompson pitched to fellow board members creating a communications and community engagement committee.

    At a special called meeting Tuesday night, Thompson said he hoped the committee would “Find a way to connect with the broader public in as many ways as we can, including our business community and church communities.”

    Church and civic involvement with the school system “is sort of at an all-time high right now,” Thompson said, citing programs like Teen Court and Peer Court.