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  • Local veteran injured in Afghanistan describes IEDs in region

    Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories about West Brunswick High School graduate Ben McCune, who was injured in Afghanistan when the truck he was in struck an improvised explosive device (IED).

    As Ben McCune recounted his tale of the day more than two years ago the truck he was in struck an improvised explosive device (IED)—breaking his back and killing his beloved platoon sergeant, Carlos Santos Silva—he took time about to talk about IEDs in Afghanistan.

  • County budget hearing draws little comment

    BOLIVIA—Despite 196.2 million reasons to comment on the county’s upcoming fiscal year budget, only three people addressed county commissioners during their public hearing on the budget Monday night.

    Last month, Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing presented county commissioners with a $196.2 million budget for the upcoming 2012-2013 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

  • Commissioners OK animal services transfer to sheriff’s office

    BOLIVIA—Beginning July 1, Brunswick County Animal Services will be under the umbrella of the sheriff’s office.

    On Monday night, Brunswick County commissioners unanimously approved the transfer of the animal services department, which includes both animal control enforcement and managing the animal shelter, to the sheriff’s office from the county’s health department.

  • Veterans fair scheduled for June 15

    The Brunswick County Veterans Service Office would like to invite all veterans to attend the Veterans Health Fair from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Friday, June 15, at St. Luke Lutheran Church.

    The church is at 5869 Ocean Highway West in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Veterans will be able to enroll in VA healthcare, obtain information and discuss health issues with nurses and pharmacists, and talk with their County Veterans Service Officer.

  • Brunswick County's first search and rescue dog remembered

    Sir Bailey of Judah, Brunswick County’s first search and rescue dog, died May 21. Bailey wasn’t an ordinary dog; he set a standard in the county and helped hundreds of people find their lost loved ones.

    Bailey even received congressional recognition for his many years of service when he retired last year after more than 11 years  as a search and rescue dog in Brunswick County.

  • Seaside Bakery gets discovered by the New York Times

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It was just an ordinary late April day for Seaside Bakery owner Carolyn Wright.

    Two customers dropped in the bakery on Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach and said they were lost.

    “A couple came in and asked for directions,” Wright said.

    She gave them the information they requested and just like she does with all her customers struck up a conversation. She shared details of recent wedding cakes she was working on and offered them samples.

  • Sheriff’s captain demoted after single-vehicle wreck

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s captain was demoted Thursday, May 31, the day after he was involved in a single-vehicle wreck in which an “unauthorized” passenger was in sheriff’s vehicle.

    According to sheriff’s office spokesperson Sgt. Del Routh, Sammy Turner has been demoted to lieutenant from his previous rank of captain following Wednesday’s wreck.

    With his demotion, Turner will be relieved of several duties, Routh said.

  • Little damage reported in Beryl’s wake

    Little damage has been reported after Tropical Depression Beryl made its way past Brunswick County Wednesday morning.

    As emergency officials predicted, Beryl’s rains were the main culprits on Wednesday, accounting for several traffic wrecks and a few downed trees.

    Anthony Marzano, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director, said the 911 center received several calls about traffic wrecks, “either vehicles in the ditch or actual wrecks involving more than one vehicle, several of which were on U.S. 17.”

  • National Weather Service predicts nine to 15 named storms this hurricane season

    When hurricane season officially kicks off June 1, the Atlantic Ocean will have already experienced two named storms.

    Tropical storms Alberto and Beryl mark the first time in more than 100 years that two named storms have formed prior to the June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

    Last Thursday, the National Weather Service released its official hurricane season predictions and, despite the early start to the season, forecasters predict an average season.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council meets Monday

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Carol Scott has taken issue with a suggestion the town board wouldn’t have to meet in regular monthly session next Monday night.

    The suggestion came from town administrator Gary Parker at the board’s second day-long workshop of the month last Thursday. Parker suggested the board had covered enough ground during its May 24 and May 15 workshops and said it would be proper to cancel the monthly meeting “because of a lack of business.”