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  • Five-year-old undergoes nightly dialysis treatments while he waits for kidney transplant

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Rather than relying on the kidneys he was born with to function properly, Billy Lawson Jr. must undergo more than eight hours of dialysis each night.

    And he’s only 5 years old.

    Billy—who likes to be called Bill Bill—was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) several months ago when his kidneys failed, his father Billy Lawson said.

  • Brunswick County Board of Education meets next week

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has rescheduled its monthly meeting and will meet next Tuesday.

    The board, which usually meets the first Tuesday of the month, has rescheduled its January meeting for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the commissioners chambers at the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at the government complex in Bolivia.

    A copy of the meeting agenda can be found online at www.bcswan.net.

  • DA David to host three swearing-in ceremonies across district

    Though he was sworn in Jan. 1, the first day of his term as district attorney for the 13th Prosecutorial District, Jon David will have three swearing-in ceremonies in the coming weeks—one in each of the counties that make up the 13th District.

    “I firmly believe this important office belongs to the entire community, not to an individual. As such, I am inviting the community to help celebrate our new administration,” David said.

  • Community input sought for BCC presidential search

    BOLIVIA—Before selecting the next president of Brunswick Community College, the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees wants your input.

    A public forum is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, in the Building A Teaching Auditorium on the Brunswick Community College Campus.

    The public is invited to the forum to share with trustees qualities and characteristics they hope to see in the school’s new president.

  • Brunswick County commissioners to meet Tuesday, Jan. 18

    Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Brunswick County offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 17.  Because county offices will be closed, Brunswick County commissioners have changed their Monday meeting to Tuesday, Jan. 18.

    The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with a closed session, and the regular session will convene no later than 6:30 p.m.

    Brunswick County Commissioners meetings are in commissioners’ chambers in the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • Shallotte businesses receive awards

    On Christmas Eve, the phone rang at three Shallotte businesses to congratulate them on winning awards for their holiday decorations.

    “We notified the winners on Christmas Eve because we thought that was fitting,” said Walt Eccard, Shallotte Alderman and Downtown Shallotte Committee chairperson. For the past few years, the Downtown Shallotte Committee has sponsored, with the involvement of the appearance committee, a Christmas-decorating competition for businesses in downtown Shallotte.

  • Brunswick County to host third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration

    Brunswick County will host its third annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Thursday, Jan. 13.

    The event begins at 2 p.m. in county commissioners’ chambers in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building in Bolivia.

    The event is free and open to the public. Nonperishable food items will be accepted for donation to a local food bank.

  • Register of deeds office: A one-stop shop for passports in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—When Brunswick County Register of Deeds Brenda Mercer Clemmons first took office in December 2008, she immediately began working on a project to make obtaining passports for Brunswick County residents more convenient.

    Last month, she got her wish.

    The Brunswick County Register of Deeds Office is now the only authorized office in Brunswick County where citizens can apply for a U.S. passport. Since it’s a federally authorized passport agency, anyone, not just Brunswick County residents, can apply for a passport at the register of deeds office.

  • Wounded Warrior rep thanks vets for donation

    CALABASH—It was a $3,000 check that came in the nick of time.

    When Calabash VFW Post 7288 decided to give proceeds from its annual golf tournament Nov. 13 to the Wounded Warrior Battalion-East based at Camp Lejeune, the veterans soon learned just how much it was appreciated.

  • Property taxes due Jan. 5 to avoid interest

    It’s that time of year—property taxes are due.

    Wednesday, Jan. 5, is the last day for Brunswick County residents to pay their 2010 property tax bills without accruing interest.

    Beginning Thursday, Jan. 6, 2 percent interest will be applied to delinquent 2010 tax bills. After that, beginning Feb. 1, and the first of every month after that, three quarters of one percent interest will be applied to the outstanding tax balance, Brunswick County Revenue Collector Ken Perry said.