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  • Island right-of-way abandonment on Sunset Beach agenda Monday

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council is poised to discuss Monday night an idea for the North Carolina Department of Transportation to relinquish to the town Main Street and Sunset Boulevard rights-of-way on the island.

    NCDOT district engineer Anthony Law is scheduled to speak at the 7 p.m. Dec. 3 meeting, which starts at 6:45 p.m. with a 15-minute work session at town hall.

  • Second degree murder conviction in 2010 DWI death

    A verdict of second-degree murder and a sentence of 15 to 18.75 years were delivered in Brunswick County court on Friday afternoon.

    Daniel Harrison Brennick, 25, has been convicted of second-degree murder, felony death by vehicle and DWI and sentenced to 180 to 225 months in jail.

    Brennick killed Satu Harris, 38, on May 7, 2010 when his vehicle crossed the centerline and hit Harris head on. The prosecution presented testimony showing Brennick was driving erratically prior to the collision.

  • Suspects sought in armed robbery

    Brunswick County deputies are on the lookout for two armed-robbery suspects.

    At 5:44 a.m. Thursday, deputies were dispatched to the scene of an armed robbery reported at Winner's World, 10200 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores.

    Suspects are described as black males, one with a heavy build, weighing about 270-300 pounds with no mask. The other suspect is described as tall and slim, weighing about 170 pounds with a mask covering his face.

    After taking an undetermined amount of cash, both suspects left in a car in an unknown direction. 

  • Rouzer concedes to McIntyre

    North Carolina Republican Sen. David Rouzer has conceded this year’s 7th-District Congressional election to Democratic incumbent Mike McIntyre.

    Rouzer officially conceded Wednesday night following a recount of the Nov. 6 race in the 12 counties composing District 7, including Brunswick County.

    “Now that the recount has been completed and the tally of votes is

  • County’s fire insurance districts due for updates

    At a Nov. 19 meeting, Brunswick County commissioners approved a plan to revise fire insurance districts.

    Coverage of service areas for fire or emergency calls will not be affected by the changes, said fire marshal Scott Garner. However, the insurance districts will be reshaped in an effort to improve residents’ insurance rates.

  • County water and sewer contracts will require preferred brands

    Contractors who want to work on Brunswick County’s water and sewer projects will now work off a preferred brands performance list.

    Engineering director Bill Pinnix updated board members at the Nov. 19 Brunswick County meeting on the county staff’s effort to comply with state law.

    The preferred brands list ensures key components of water and sewer projects are standardized,” Pinnix said.

  • County employee payroll information now available online

    Brunswick County employees will find their employment information online beginning Nov. 29.

    During the Nov. 19 county meeting, finance director Ann Hardy presented commissioners with a preview of services that will be available on the Brunswick County website, www.brunsco.net.

    The $31,000 project was approved as part of funding for professional services in October 2009. Moving information online is expected to save the county $10,000 a year on costs for printed material, including 1,000 monthly pay stubs and an annual W2 form.

  • Great white shark tracked off Brunswick coast

    A tagged great white shark has been tracked off the coast in Brunswick County.

    The 16-foot-long adult shark, named Mary Lee, is being tracked by the Global Shark Tracker for Ocearch, a nonprofit ocean research group.

    Mary Lee weighs 3,456 pounds and was first tagged at Cape Cod, Mass., on Sept. 17 and then released.

    Since then, she has journeyed along the East Coast, traveling south toward Florida in October and November before heading back north in the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Brunswick County seeks $500,000 grant for construction projects

    Brunswick County will pursue a half million dollars for construction projects from North Carolina’s Community Development Block Grant program.

    Louise McGarva, Brunswick County’s community development administrator, presented the projects to county commissioners at the third and final public hearing at the Nov. 19 meeting.

    McGarva said the application date for CDBG project grants for 2013 is Nov. 30.

    The county intends to use part of the money, $150,000, to install an elevator at the new Shallotte Senior Center.

  • Brunswick County merges sewage treatment with Ocean Isle Beach

    BOLIVIA—After five years of negotiations, Brunswick County and Ocean Isle Beach have agreed to merge their sewer systems.

    “Sometimes slow and steady wins the race,” Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce told county commissioners at the Nov. 19 meeting after the two sides reached an agreement to transfer Ocean Isle Beach’s wastewater treatment plant to the county.