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  • Hearing on landfill expansion continued until March

    BOLIVIA—A hearing to consider whether to allow county officials to expand its existing construction and demolition landfill will continue once again next month.

    After eight hours of continuing testimony Monday, members of the Brunswick County Planning Board have recessed the hearing until 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 14.

    The March hearing will be the fifth time planning board members will meet to hear testimony to determine if they will grant the county the special exception permit needed to move forward with the landfill expansion.

  • Sex offender registry application available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

    RALEIGH—A new iTunes application allows anyone to track and view registered sex offenders in North Carolina by using a mobile device.

    The North Carolina Department of Justice recently unveiled an application, or app, to view the North Carolina Sex Offenders Registry on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

    Users can also track registered sex offenders with the same app.

    North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said the sex offender registry app has been downloaded by more than 18,000 people since it went live Jan. 31.

  • Commissioners to have annual budget retreat this week

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners will have their annual budget retreat this week.

    Commissioners have scheduled the two-day workshop for 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, and from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. Both budget sessions will be in the second-floor conference room in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • Sheriff’s sergeant cleared in shooting; returns to work

    BOLIVIA—District Attorney Jon David said a sheriff’s deputy who used deadly force during a domestic dispute last December was justified in the shooting.

    On Monday, David released his opinion following a State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) investigation into Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brian Tully.

    David cleared Tully in a Dec. 26 shooting, saying, “Tully’s actions were justified and the need for deadly force was authorized.”

  • Candidate filing open for 2012 election

    BOLIVIA—And they’re off.

    Candidate filing for the 2012 election is under way. Filing began at noon Monday, Feb. 13, and runs until noon Wednesday, Feb. 29.

    The 2012 primary election will be Tuesday, May 8, and the General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

    Several candidates arrived at the Brunswick County Board of Elections on Monday to file for their respective offices.

    County contests are already proving to be crowded fields.

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  • Holden Beach to receive federal, state funding for beach nourishment

    Holden Beach will receive $637,383 in federal and state funds under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Program.

    Of the amount allotted, $447,960 will be directed to beach renourishment and $189,423 will be directed to beach grass and sand fencing.

    Holden Beach was hit hard by Hurricane Irene, and these funds will be used to help the community make repairs to the damages that were incurred by the storm.

  • BCC: Teaching the world to farm fish

    Every day the water splashes as thousands of mouths are fed.

    Students at Brunswick Community College aren’t just sitting at their desks—they are getting their hands wet as they learn the skills to become fish farmers.

    The hands-on aquaculture program has garnered so much interest during the last few years, educators decided to open the course this spring semester to continuing education students—and its gone global.

  • New Greenpeace ‘Rainbow Warrior’ flagship in Southport this weekend

    The new Greenpeace "Rainbow Warrior" flagship will be in Southport this weekend. The custom-built vessel has recently arrived from Europe and is one of the most advanced sailing ships in the world.

    The ship will be open for public tours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and again on Sunday, Feb. 12.

  • Former Broadway set designer directing, crafting BLT show this week

    When it comes to the theater, Paul Bertelsen, 85 years young, just keeps on going.

    Brunswick Little Theatre has hit a high note with the former Broadway set designer, who is directing and creating the set for the upcoming Neil Simon play, “Barefoot in the Park.” It opens Thursday at Playhouse 211.

    Last week, Bertelsen and production assistant director Chris Walters were busy building the set at BLT’s Scenic Studio on Holden Beach Road. In the evening, they were heading up to the theater on N.C. 211 for play rehearsal.

  • Board nixes mayor's idea to split from Sunset at Sunset

    SUNSET BEACH—A proposal by Mayor Richard Cerrato that the town think about separating from the Sunset at Sunset Festival was shot down by town council Monday night.

    Cerrato, speaking at the town board’s pre-agenda workshop, said he would like to see the idea placed on the agenda for the board’s upcoming Feb. 21 retreat.