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  • Three fires in 24 hours keep Brunswick County firefighters busy

    Brunswick County firefighters spent a busy Monday and Tuesday battling three residential fires. For two families their homes were a total loss and a third was contained to the chimney area of the home. One person was transported to the hospital.

    According to Scott Garner, Brunswick County Fire Marshal, the first fire came in the afternoon hours on Monday at Pinecliff Drive in Leland.

  • Winter storm warning in effect through Sunday evening

    As snow approaches the area, a winter storm warning has been issued for Brunswick County. The warning will be in effect though Sunday evening.

    The National Weather Service (NWS) has indicated snowfall, with possible accumulation, could happen Saturday night into Sunday. One to two inches of snow accumulation is possible before the system moves out of the area Sunday afternoon. Higher accumulation totals may be possible inland away from the coast.

  • Fired DSS director sues women who made sexual harassment claims against him

    The saga continues.

    Jamie Orrock, the former Department of Social Services director who was fired amid allegations of sexual harassment, has now sued the women who accused him of harassment.

    On Monday, Dec. 20, Orrock filed a lawsuit in Brunswick County Superior Court against Celia Lienau, Rebecca Ring and Sharon Billingsly for claims of libel, slander, defamation and civil conspiracy.

    The three defendants had all previously claimed Orrock had sexually harassed them in the past. Orrock claims their statements led to his termination as DSS director.

  • Tax increase would be required for countywide curbside recycling

    BOLIVIA—For countywide curbside recycling to be a feasible option in Brunswick County, commissioners would have to raise the tax rate to fund the collection.

    Assistant county manager Steve Stone delivered the news to commissioners at a workshop Monday afternoon.

    Stone said a recent legal opinion from the North Carolina School of Government determined the county could not levy a recycling fee.

  • Opposition mounts in landfill expansion project

    BOLIVIA— There’s a general consensus of “not in my backyard” among residents who live in the neighborhood near the proposed construction and demolition landfill expansion project near Bolivia.

    So much so that commissioners once again put off voting on the project, instead opting to host a community meeting for neighboring residents potentially affected by the landfill.

    Commissioners first tabled the project in November, after a public hearing drew considerable opposition.

  • U.S. population jumps to 308 million

    Officials with the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday released the results of the 2010 Census, and the U.S. population now tops 308 million people.

    According to Census officials, the official resident population of the United States as of April 1 was 308,745,538 people, a 9.7 percent increase compared to the 2000 Census.

    North Carolina’s population increased 18.5 percent, up 1.48 million people from 8 million to 9.5 million residents.

  • People line up for Christmas distribution with Brunswick Family Assistance

    By 7:30 a.m., people started lining up in the cold last Thursday to receive food and toys.

    Brunswick Family Assistance has provided this year for 948 families in need, said Lora Freeman, BFA’s assistant program manager. Freeman and festively clad volunteers greeted clients at the old Movie Gallery storefront Dec. 16 in Shallotte where toys were being distributed, including 12 bicycles that went out on lottery.

    Those family numbers include 1,022 seniors and children BFA assisted this year.

  • Commissioners OK school funding agreement for next two fiscal years

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved an agreement to continue funding Brunswick County Schools for the next two fiscal years.

    The new agreement for fiscal years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 provides schools with 36.5 percent of property tax proceeds collected after the county subtracts all general fund debt services.

  • Commissioners schedule public hearing for reimbursement ordinance

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners scheduled a public hearing for a proposed reimbursement agreement ordinance for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.

    Commissioners first addressed the proposed reimbursement agreement ordinance at their Dec. 6 meeting to consider the construction of two super streets on U.S. 17 near the future Brunswick County Medical Center, scheduled to open in summer of 2011.

    But commissioners previously expressed concerns the proposed ordinance opened the door to any public or private agency that wants to be reimbursed by the county.

  • Eighteen teachers receive national board certification

    Brunswick County Schools can add another 18 nationally board-certified teachers to its count.

    According to a press release from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), 18 teachers from schools across the county have earned their 2010 National Board Certification.