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  • Sheriff fires detention officer who released wrong inmate

    The detention officer who Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said released the wrong inmate from jail has been fired.

    Rosher Rodriquez-Aguilar, 27, was released from the Brunswick County Detention Center around 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. But Rodriquez-Aguilar, who was arrested for failure to appear Sept. 17, was not supposed to be released, Ingram said.

    He remains at large.

  • Deputy health director: H1N1 vaccines expected this week

    Health officials are working to identify all the individuals in Brunswick County who qualify for the first dose of H1N1 flu vaccine, which the county is expected to receive from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention this week.

    Deputy health director Fred Michael expects the county will receive about 9,000 shots. But with about 17,000-18,000 people or more already identified within the H1N1 vaccine priority groups, Michael said the health department would have to determine who is a priority within the priority groups.

  • Across the aisle: Hagan on healthcare

    Editor's note: This is the third in a series of stories focused on healthcare reform and other issues before Congress.

    As a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., will cast several votes on healthcare reform before the final version of a bill ends up on President Barack Obama’s desk.

  • Commissioners, school board liaisons to meet

    It began when county commissioner Charles Warren suggested county commissioners freeze funding to the Brunswick County Board of Education until they “get their acts together.”

    Now, liaisons from the board of education, chairwoman Shirley Babson and Bud Thorsen, are set to meet with commissioners’ liaisons, chairman Bill Sue and Scott Phillips. The meeting is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Brunswick County Board of Education Central Office in Bolivia.

  • Commissioners endorse VA clinic in Brunswick County

    When the new Brunswick Community Hospital opens its doors in the summer of 2011, ownership of the current hospital facility and its land will revert back to Brunswick County.

    The future of the facility remains unknown, but on Monday, commissioners endorsed a resolution in support of converting the hospital to a Veterans Affairs clinic.

  • Former sheriff's early release could be even earlier through community corrections setting

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett went from living in a gated estate off Holden Beach Road to a jail cell at Butner Federal Correction Facility when he reported to federal prison last November.

    Soon, Hewett could assume a new address—at community corrections setting, more commonly known as a halfway house.

  • Brunswick County Intercultural Festival this Sunday

    The fifth annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival will be from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, on the Odell Williamson Auditorium grounds at Brunswick Community College.

    This year's festival will display a variety of music and performers as well as an International Pavilion, which will feature residents of Brunswick and surrounding counties sharing their heritage and cultures from a variety of countries across the world.

  • Habitat boater makes Brunswick County stop during six-month trip from Ohio to Florida

    HOLDEN BEACH—It isn’t every day a man on a six-month boating trip rows through Brunswick County.

    That’s why local resident Tammy Jo Bellamy was so eager to meet Tom Kotula, an experienced oarsman who’s in the middle of a boating venture on behalf of Habitat for Humanity.

    “You cannot imagine my excitement when I saw them come under the Holden Beach bridge,” Bellamy said this week, recalling the day just a week ago when Kotula and his rowing partner, Steve Glowacki, finally paddled into town.

  • Aldermen debate pros, cons of park grant

    The state has awarded the town of Shallotte more than $400,000 to build a park on land next to Wildwood Village.

    At Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting, the aldermen learned, however, that it will cost them more than $200,000 to build an access road to the property, and the owner who is donating the land is asking for numerous concessions the board hadn’t previously discussed.

  • Prosecution, defense spar over the man behind the badge

    Who is Ronald Hewett?

    His attorney says the man who served Brunswick County as sheriff for 14 years is a family man—a man of character and integrity.

    But assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Duffy argued in federal court Monday there are two Ronald Hewetts—the public persona, who shook everyone’s hands and never shied from a TV camera—and the man who existed within the walls of the sheriff’s office.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office argued Hewett used deputies as his personal work force, stifled investigations and harassed employees.