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  • Back-to-school time is rapidly approaching and 178 students are still in need

    With mid-July heat and sunny skies, it’s hard to think about preparing for back to school, but one local organization is doing just that.

    Brunswick Family Assistance is in the midst of its annual Christmas in July program where it assists local parents with preparing their children for back to school.

    This year 228 students registered for assistance; last year the program served 118 students.

    The program serves Brunswick County children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

  • New fire station in Supply

    SUPPLY—It’s been a long time coming, but a new Supply Volunteer Fire Department firehouse is finally under construction.

    The fire station at 47 Southport Supply Road in Supply is undergoing a serious facelift. According to fire chief Bill Bailey, the firehouse was built in 1975 and had a few issues.

    “They built up [N.C.] 211 so much over the years that the road sat 18 inches higher than the fire station. Every time it rained it flooded out the bays,” he said.

  • Fireworks stops spark concern in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The owner of an island vacation rental company has complained to the town police chief about pre-Fourth of July stops that tied up traffic and upset vacationers.

    Former town councilman Ron Watts, owner of Sunset Properties, sent town police chief Lisa Massey an email on the Fourth of July stating he had received several complaints from paying guests regarding police checks on the island as they returned from having dinner out the previous night.

  • Community meetings start Thursday in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has scheduled a series of public meetings in its assorted communities to discuss issues with residents.

    The goal of the meetings, scheduled from July 19 to Sept. 14, is “to expand communications with town residents and property owners.”

    The first meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, for residents of the Regency and Colony I and II.

  • Community meetings start Thursday in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has scheduled a series of public meetings in its assorted communities to meet and discuss issues with residents.

    The goal of the meetings, scheduled from July 19 to Sept. 14, is “to expand communications with town residents and property owners.”

    The first meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, for residents of the Regency and Colony I and II.

  • Calabash Town Hall Day to talk about the weather

    CALABASH—Now that its Independence Day Celebration is in the bag, the town is gearing up for another event—its annual Town Hall Day next week.

    This year’s event, set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. next Friday, July 27, at town hall on Persimmon Road, will focus on the weather—specifically storm history and hurricane preparedness, town clerk Kelley Southward said.

    The event was announced at the July 10 town board of commissioners meeting.

  • Commissioners OK grant to begin Town Creek Park renovations

    WINNABOW—Brunswick County commissioners recently approved a grant, which will allow for a face-lift for one of the county’s most used parks.

    At their meeting July 2, commissioners approved the $359,354 grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.

    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Director Jim Pryor said the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) would match the grant contracts for the state, bringing the total scope of the work to $756,704.

  • Longtime state representative retires from Raleigh; focuses on future, businesses

     WHITEVILLE—After 20 years in politics, state Rep. Dewy Hill, D-Whiteville, is retiring.

    Well, not exactly.

    Hill is not seeking re-election to the General Assembly, but the Whiteville business owner has no plans of settling down in his business ventures any time soon.

    “There’s life after Raleigh,” Hill joked during a recent interview in his Whiteville-based business headquarters.

  • Hospital authority takes steps to dissolve

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Hospital Authority have begun the process to dissolve the board.

    Authority members have been tasked with overseeing the operations of the former Brunswick Community Hospital since it was first built in 1977 until last July, when Novant Health opened Brunswick Novant Medical Center, replacing Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Also in July 2011, authority members reverted the ownership of the 74-bed hospital and its 30-plus acres to the county.

  • New traffic pattern for N.C. 87 north

    Officials with North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) have realigned the intersection of U.S. 17 and N.C. 87, creating a new traffic pattern.

    According to NCDOT, the intersection was realigned Monday, July 16, from the former N.C. 87 to Old Town Creek Road just north.

    The new intersection, at U.S. 17 and Old Town Creek Road, was opened to motorists Monday afternoon.