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  • Parking, paths reviewed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Parking and bike-and-pedestrian trails are still foremost topics in Sunset Beach.

    Consultant Fred Burchette with Kimley-Horn & Associates of Cary spoke at a town council workshop May 15 about the scope of a parking study for the island.

    Town administrator Gary Parker said once that is determined, “we will negotiate a price accordingly.”

    Town councilwoman Carol Scott said there was an issue of making sure there was recognition the island is 2.5 miles long.

  • Duty, honor, courage and country

    Editor’s note: This is the first 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).

    March is an eventful month for U.S. Army Spc. Ben McCune.

    This past March, his wife gave birth to their first child. The previous March, he and his wife Chelsea were married.

  • Trip with a mission: Church group returns to aid hurricane victims

    For a second time, a mission group from Sunset Beach has ventured north to aid residents still trying to recuperate from last year’s damages from Hurricane Irene.

    A group of 16 people from Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach first went to aid people in the village of Aurora last November.

  • Memorial Day weekend events

    Calabash VFW

    Calabash Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7288 will have a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday, May 28.

    Featured speaker will be Sgt. Maj. Chuck Jarrell, a highly decorated member of the United States Army Special Operations Command who has served our country in uniform for 27 years.

    “As the VFW national commander wrote recently, we must show respect for losses that must never be forgotten,” said Frank Richardson, who does publicity for the Post.

  • Since start of Iraq War, two Brunswick County soldiers have perished

    Two.

    That’s how many soldiers from Brunswick County have lost their lives since the start of the Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to Anita L. Hartsell, department head and Senior Veterans Service Officer for the Brunswick County Veterans Services Office in Bolivia.

    The soldiers are:

    •Corporal Aaron Forbes from Oak Island. Forbes died Dec. 28, 2005, from an improvised explosive device (IED) attack at the age of 24.

  • Sister pays tribute 45 years after brother killed in Vietnam

    Some of the newspaper clippings have yellowed, spread out on the dining room table at Tammy Cully’s home on Goose Creek Road.

    A plastic box is filled with letters her late brother, Kenneth Gore, regularly sent home before he was killed at 18 in Vietnam.

    Next to the letters, a Muriel Cigar box contains lots of old photos of her brother and the life he had in Brunswick County before he decided to join the Army.

    To this day, 45 years after her brother’s death, Cully hasn’t forgetten her older brother.

  • Sheriff's Office gets set to take over Brunswick County Animal Shelter

    SUPPLY—If all goes according to what’s proposed, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office may soon be new overseer of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter.

    Initial approval came at a Brunswick County Environmental Health Board meeting last week.

    It will now be up to Brunswick County Commissioners to give ultimate approval at their upcoming meeting June 4.

  • Six graduate from Mental Health Treatment Court

    BOLIVIA—Since the program began in 2009, 168 people have gone through Mental Health Treatment Court in Brunswick County.

    But not everyone has graduated. 

    Only 21 people have successfully completed the program and graduated—six of whom graduated last Thursday, May 17.

  • No tax increase in manager’s $196.2 million proposed budget

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing has recommended a county budget with no tax increase for the upcoming fiscal year.

    At Monday night’s county commissioners meeting, Lawing made his annual budget presentation to commissioners; proposing a $196.2 million county budget with a 44.25-cent property tax rate.

    The 44.25-cent rate for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, is the same as the current fiscal year’s tax rate. A homeowner of a $250,000 home, for example, would pay $1,106.25 on their tax bill, Lawing said.

  • Stanley, health department recognized for flu immunization program with schools

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Health Director David Stanley and members of the health department have been recognized for their efforts to immunize all Brunswick County Schools students.

    During Monday’s county commissioners meeting, Stanley and health department staff received an award from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, the 2011 Outstanding County Program Award in the human services category for their school-based influenza vaccination program.

    The program has been recognized statewide and nationally for its innovation.