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  • New bid for old hospital accepted

    BOLIVIA—It may not be the first bid for the old hospital, but it is the largest one to date.

    At $1.75 million, the offer from East Coast Lands One LLC is the highest one made for the 75,000-square-foot hospital facility and its 32.308 acres.

    “It is more than the last offer,” said county manager Marty Lawing during Monday’s commissioners meeting.

  • How big can you build it? Commissioners answer that question and more at meeting

     

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners tackled the issue of accessory structures Monday night during a long debate.

    They eventually voted against planning board recommendations and modifying the amendment.

    Commissioners took on the wording of the amendment that read “the total square footage of all accessory structures (associated with residential uses) located on the parcel must be less than the total square footage of all primary structures located on that parcel.”

  • Criminal charges filed in parasailing deaths

    Criminal charges have been filed in the 2009 parasailing deaths of two women in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Thomas Povozan, captain of Tied High, is facing federal charges for his involvement in a parasailing incident that claimed the lives of Cynthia Collins Woodcock, 60, of Kernersville and Lorrie D. Shoup, 56, of Granby, Colo. It happened on Aug. 28, 2009.

    Povozan has been charged under the Seaman’s Manslaughter Act, which is intended to hold seafarers criminally responsible for a maritime accident resulting in death.

  • Seniors helping seniors event

     

    An event designed for seniors and their caregivers is planned for 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Last year the Seniors Helping Seniors and Their Caregivers event was in Southport. This year the event is in Carolina Shores. It will be at the South Brunswick Islands Center on the Brunswick Community College satellite campus. The address is 9400 U.S. 17.

    Event organizers said it is an opportunity to learn what services are available and to help build a better network of services to support people as they age.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Felony larceny on Causeway Drive; suspect took a jewelry case filled with rings out of the Eagles store.

    Mike Malcolm, 31, of 8025 Footpath Road, Leland, was charged with felony larceny.

    Assault on a female on Raeford Street; subject struck victim in face.

  • Town park still a hot topic for Sunset Beach

    Landscape architect Greg Lambert with consultant Withers & Ravenel once again summarized recent survey results and two proposed concepts for the Sunset Beach Town Park at Monday night’s council meeting.

    He reiterated 1,859 controlled surveys were returned by citizens, which he said at council’s Sept. 18 work session was a record 35 percent return rate of those sent out.

  • Brunswick rescue groups assist with puppy-mill rescue

    Members of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) of Brunswick County are assisting with rescued puppy-mill dogs from South Carolina.

    RACE founder/president Cheri McLain said 21 dogs were brought to Shallotte on Monday to be checked in and provided with foster care by RACE volunteers.

    McLain said the rescue was the result of a puppy-mill raid more than two weeks ago in Edgefield County, S.C., about 70 miles southwest of Columbia.

  • Mount Pisgah Baptist church celebrating 250th anniversary

    SUPPLY—It’s the oldest Missionary Baptist church in Brunswick County and it’s believed to be one of the three oldest Baptist churches in North Carolina.

    In fact, Mount Pisgah Baptist Church on Mount Pisgah Road is celebrating its 250th anniversary this coming Sunday, Oct. 7.

    The Rev. Tim Lynch said the congregation will celebrate with a special service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. The service will include membership recognition, special singing by Sammy and Helen Thomas, a 250-year tribute video and a special sermon from Lynch.

  • Utilities work outlined in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Residents interested in connecting to county water will pay an $1,800 tap fee.

    Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce, speaking at a Carolina Shores town commissioners workshop Monday, said the county has no mandatory connection requirement except for new construction, and availability fees no longer exist.

    “As long as you have a properly functioning well, you do not have to [connect],” said Pierce, who presented an update on a sewer improvements project and water-service extensions.

  • Calabash EMS 'godmother' still busy at thrift shop

    CALABASH—Edith Correll has been a fixture at the Calabash EMS Thrift Shop for close to a quarter of a century.

    “She’s the longest-serving volunteer,” part-time shop employee Loretta Todd said as Correll showed Todd another needlepoint she’d recently made, this one for a granddaughter who’s getting married this month.

    Todd said she’d only been working at the shop for seven years.

    “She’s catching up to me,” Correll said, chuckling.