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  • State, federal agencies to assess flood damage Wednesday

    The storm has passed. The waters have receded, and now emergency officials are awaiting a federal disaster declaration needed to reimburse local emergency expenses incurred during last week’s four-day flood event.

    Parts of Brunswick County received as much as 22 inches of rain between Monday, Sept. 27, and Thursday, Sept. 30. Brunswick County Schools were let out early Wednesday, and schools were closed Thursday and Friday.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Larceny of medication on Little Shallotte River Road in Shallotte; suspect stole medication from victim’s vehicle.

    •Failure to return rental property and larceny on Southport-Supply Road in Southport; suspect failed to return a U-Haul by return date.

    •Property damage on Bob White Road SW in Supply; suspect put fist through wall in victim’s residence.

  • Commissioners OK new health insurance wellness plan for county employees

    BOLIVIA—Beginning July 1, 2011, county employees, who have long enjoyed the benefit of the county footing the bill for their monthly insurance premiums, will now pay a $30 per month deductible.

    But if employees participate in the county’s Living Well wellness plan, their $30 per month premium will be waived and the county will continue to pay their monthly premiums. County commissioners on Monday night approved the plan 4 votes to 1, with commissioner Marty Cooke dissenting—a move they said has been in the works for more than three years.

  • Meet the Candidates Night set for Oct. 11 at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    A Meet the Candidates Night is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    Just three days before early voting begins Thursday, Oct. 14, Meet the Candidates Night will feature federal, state and local candidates.

    Sponsored by the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association and co-sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, the event is free and open to the public.

  • Ocean Isle Beach founder dies at age 90

    Odell Williamson, founder of Ocean Isle Beach, died Sunday, Oct. 3. He was 90 years old.

    Funeral services are private, according to the obituary, but a "public life and legacy service" will be announced at a later time.

    "It's certainly a sad day for Ocean Isle," Mayor Debbie Smith said. "He's made many contributions to Ocean Isle as well as this end of Brunswick County."

  • Weather watch: Two roads remain closed

    As of Monday morning, two Brunswick County roads remain closed after last week’s flooding.

    Gray Bridge Road in Supply remains closed due to bridge damage sustained in last week’s flooding. According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, Gray Bridge Road will remain closed until at least Oct. 6.

    Governor’s Road near Bolivia also remains closed. According to NCDOT, Governor’s Road may re-open Monday, Oct. 4.

  • Weather Watch: September 2010 flood
  • Brunswick County Schools to reopen Monday

    Brunswick County Schools will reopen Monday, according to a Connect-Ed message sent by school officials at 6:01 p.m. Friday.

    According to the message, classes will resume as normal on Monday. A makeup day is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 11. The makeup day will follow the normal school schedule.

  • Several roads still closed; state of emergency remains in effect

    “Things are much better today,” Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said Friday.

    “We still have some roads that are closed, most notably N.C. 211 at the Lockwood Folly River,” he said.

    Gray Bridge Road will continue to be closed indefinitely because N.C. Department of Transportation officials found damage on the bridge that over washed Thursday afternoon, he said.

    While some roads in the county remain closed, Marzano said most roads have re-opened.

  • Brunswick County Schools closed Friday

    Brunswick County Schools will be closed Friday, Oct. 1, according to a Connect-Ed message from Superintendent Edward Pruden.

    "The school system receives excellent information and guidance from Brunswick County Emergency Services and the National Weather Service," Pruden said. "We can expect 2-3 additional inches of rainfall this evening."

    Pruden said bridge supports "must be inspected by Department of Transportation dive teams before school buses can travel across bridges with assurance."