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  • Community Watch group learns about Project LifeSaver

    Are you a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Down syndrome, autism or other brain-related disorders? Do you fear your loved one may wander away one day?

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office in association with the Pilot Club of South Brunswick Islands is reaching out to the community to get more people involved in Project Lifesaver, a rescue program for individuals with wandering syndrome.

  • Artist dies two weeks after show

    Two weeks after his art debuted at a Calabash gallery, 76-year-old Jakobus “Co” Bungener quietly passed away.

    “It was very peaceful,” Bonnie Longworth, activities director at Shallotte Assisted Living, said of Bungener’s passing last Friday night.

    “He just closed his eyes and went to sleep,” Longworth said.

  • Brick Landing Plantation golf course auctioned for $660,000

    A property appraised at more than $8.5 million in 2010 sold at auction for $660,000 Tuesday.

    It was standing room only as more than 125 people packed the clubhouse at Brick Landing Plantation golf course awaiting the start of the auction. So many residents and potential bidders arrived that onlookers spilled from the clubhouse’s main room down hallways into adjoining rooms. Some even peered in from windows on the clubhouse’s back porch.

  • St. James Flea Market set for Saturday

    Got an itch to browse for bargains?

    The 13th annual St. James Flea Market just might be the answer.

    It’s set to take place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. this coming Saturday, April 30, at the Bolivia campus of Brunswick Community College.

  • Physical assault investigated at Carolina Shores Town Hall

    CAROLINA SHORES—A reported incident of simple physical assault involving the town administrator and deputy town clerk at Carolina Shores Town Hall last month is marked “unfounded” and “closed/cleared” on a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office report.

  • Theft may have led to house explosion

    While the cause of an April 20 house explosion on Shingletree Road is officially undetermined, the homeowner said she was told someone had been removing items from the century-old house when the blast occurred.

    Residents in the Farm at Brunswick, Brunswick Plantation and other communities reported hearing the blast and said it shook houses in the area.

    An individual at the site of the home at 500 Shingletree Road went to a South Carolina hospital and possibly a burn center, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

  • Strawberry fields ripe for picking

    Here’s the latest juicy news—it’s strawberry time.

    Just check out the pickings at Indigo Farms and Holden Brothers Produce.

    From now through May and into early June, their strawberry fields are open for pick-your-own gatherings at both popular markets located at the state line on Hickman Road and U.S. 17 south of Shallotte, respectively.

  • Bidders won't be getting local goats just yet

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Wild goats that roam three spoil islands have been granted a reprieve.

    A state plan to have bidders bid next month on how much they’re willing to pay to fetch feral goats on the islands on the seaward side of the Intracoastal Waterway has been cancelled, according to the North Carolina Department of Administration.

  • Board of Education meeting next Tuesday

    Members of The Brunswick County Board of Education will meet for their next regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in the commissioners chambers at the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at the county complex in Bolivia.

    Those wishing to speak during the public comments portion of the meeting need to call ahead to reserve a spot on the schedule. Arrangements can be made through the central office at 253-2900.

  • Survey shows dropout-prevention success of Communities in Schools

    A five-year independent evaluation conducted by ICF International concludes that Communities in Schools (CIS) is the best dropout-prevention program around.

    “Compared with large-scale or well-known dropout-prevention programs reviewed by

    the [U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse], Communities In Schools had the strongest effect on students’ on-time graduation rates,” according to the study.