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  • Commissioners chairman declares state of emergency in Brunswick

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman Bill Sue declared a state of emergency for Brunswick County around 3 p.m. Thursday.

    Anthony Marzano, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director, said Sue signed the emergency declaration because Brunswick County was to be added to the federal and state disaster declarations.

  • TRACKING EARL: Latest updates and advisories

    Video added

    UPDATE: All Brunswick County Schools after-school activities scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 2, have been cancelled. The JV football game scheduled for Thursday night has been canceled and rescheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. The varsity football game is still on schedule for Friday night.

    Brunswick County Schools' Friday schedule returns to normal, according to school offcials as of 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

  • Tourism officials say summer was off to slow start, made some progress

    The beaches are still dotted with umbrellas; people are still lining up for ice cream at the local parlors, and traffic is still slower on the bridges, but tourist season is about to officially wrap up in Brunswick County.

    Has this season been busier than last year? Some local business owners are saying yes, although it did get off to a slow start.

    Mitzi York, executive director of the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority, said June was about 1.6 percent below last year, although the months of January through May were better than 2009.

  • Coastal Horizons receives funds from Reynolds trust

    Coastal Horizons Center, which recently opened an office in Shallotte, has been awarded $137,500 from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. The funds are to be used to hire a family nurse practitioner and case manager to help provide primary care services for patients.

    “We’re giving priority to chronic conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which is what we see often with our clients who come in. They have a multitude of illnesses,” Coastal Horizons CEO Margaret Weller-Stargell said recently.

  • Diverse culture, heritage represented at upcoming Intercultural Festival

    The diverse cultures and people that make up Brunswick County will be celebrated this year as part of the annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival.

    The event, which is set for noon-5 p.m., Sept. 11, will be on the grounds of the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia. The event’s theme is “Bringing the World to Brunswick County.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Kindergarten — Their first day

    ASH—The bell rang at 8 a.m., officially marking the first day of kindergarten.

    At 8:05 a.m., one 5-year-old announced he did not want to listen to the morning story.

    At 8:12 a.m., another decided she wanted chicken nuggets and ketchup, unaware that’s not on the day’s menu.

    At 8:16 a.m., another little girl decided to color the dog on her paper green.

    8:29 a.m.: “Hey, can we go outside and play on the swing set?”

    By 8:30 a.m. two students had already to the bathroom and back.

  • UPDATED: DSS board takes no action on suspended director

    UPDATE: The private investigator hired by the county’s social services board to investigate DSS director Jamie Orrock, who has been on leave since Aug. 11, has cost the county more than $3,000.

    According to an invoice filed with the county Aug. 31, the county owes PDS Investigations $3,300 for three hours of document/questionnaire development, six hours of travel to Bolivia, 20 hours of investigative interview services and four hours for a final report.

  • Category 4 Hurricane Earl not expected to make landfall in Brunswick County

    Its name is Earl.

    A Category 4 Hurricane, Earl had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph as of the 6 p.m. National Weather Service briefing Tuesday, Brunswick County Emergency Service Director Anthony Marzano said.

    “We are expecting the storm to weaken. It will most likely be a Category 3 when it begins to impact the coastal waters of North Carolina,” Marzano said.

    “We are currently expecting that it will stay off shore. It continues to slide ever so slightly west,” he said.

  • Brunswick residents attend Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally in D.C.

    A lone bagpiper arose in a sea of people and began to play the hymn “Amazing Grace.”

    Then more bagpipes, followed by the low singing of people joining in the chorus until the entire crowd sang in unison—it was a scene Mary Wayne said she wouldn’t soon forget.

    While in Washington D.C. for conservative commentator’s Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally, Wayne, one of 14 Brunswick County residents who traveled to the rally with the South Carolina-based Carolina Patriots, said she was overwhelmed with that moment.

  • Living history: Register of Deeds electronically restores county’s marriage certificates

    BOLIVIA—Amid a months-long project to electronically restore and save the county’s fragile, aging marriage certificates, some more than 100 years old, Brunswick County Register of Deeds Brenda Mercer Clemmons happened upon something unexpected—her great-grandparents’ marriage certificate.

    Clemmons began the project after she found county marriage certificates from 1867-1962 folded and tucked away in a filing cabinet.