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  • Commissioners gearing up for 2010 Census

    BOLIVIA—With the 2010 U.S. Census just around the corner, Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday agreed to establish a Complete Count Committee to ensure Brunswick County’s census data is accurate.

    County manager Marty Lawing said county officials have been meeting with regional Census officials “to try to improve the response.”

    During the last census in 2000, Brunswick County had a response rate of 47 percent, which was less than the national average of 67 percent and less than the statewide average of 64 percent.

  • Shallotte man arrested for drug possession, manufacturing and trafficking

    A Shallotte man has been arrested and charged with multiple drug charges, including trafficking opium or heroin.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Steve Lanier said drug agents arrested 49-year-old Eddie Thomas Shoe, of 1329 Bricklanding Road, on Dec. 1 after serving a search warrant at Shoe’s home.

    Drug agents seized more than $1,800, five firearms, a Ford F-150 truck and 55 prescription pills, including Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone and Suboxone, Lanier said.

  • Tough times: Dealing grief, loss during the holidays

    The reason most people love the holiday season can be the cause of grief and depression for those who have lost loved ones or are struggling with depression during the season.

    Jean Roney, bereavement counselor with Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter, said help is available for those struggling with grief and depression during the holidays.

  • Term limits discussed, not adopted by county commissioners

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners opted not to limit terms of people serving on commissioner-appointed boards and committees.

    At their regular meeting Monday night, commissioners voted against the measure to impose term limits on certain county boards 4 votes to 1 vote, with commissioner Charles Warren dissenting.

    County attorney Huey Marshall said the committees and boards up for discussion were those without state-mandated terms or term limits.

  • Healthcare amendment process under way in Senate

    Senators have offered several motions and amendments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    Senate healthcare debates are “In the amendment process right now,” David Ward, press secretary for U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said.

    Ward said senators have “taken up amendments from both sides of the aisle.”

    Calling it a “notoriously slow process,” Ward couldn’t offer a timeline on the amendment process.

  • Local law enforcement lauds start of local MADD chapter

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram knows firsthand the impact drunk driving has on families.

    Ingram, whose brother was killed by a drunk driver, said programs like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are beneficial to communities as they raise awareness of how drunk driving affects peoples’ lives.

    Stacey Manning, managing editor of The Brunswick Beacon, is organizing an effort to start a Brunswick County chapter of MADD. The first meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.’s community room on U.S. 17.

  • Commissioners OK interim sewer agreement with Ocean Isle Palms

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners approved an interim sewer agreement with Ocean Isle Palms on Monday.

    The agreement allows for deferred construction of a pump station at Ocean Isle Palms; instead allowing developer Mark Saunders to obtain construction permits before completion of the pump station.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Train show drawing festive weekend crowds

    Model trains of all sizes are pulling into the station—the Grissettown-Longwood Fire Station, that is—as the department’s fourth annual Christmas Train Show continues 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

    The annual yuletide whistle-stop at the rural fire station has grown since the first one in 2006, when a couple of model railroads were set up on tracks in a training room.

    Now, trains overtake the entire station as hundreds turn out to view them.

  • Annual Toy Run to benefit 85 children

    The Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts will make a 75-100 mile poker run and then spend the afternoon shopping at Walmart with local kids in need of some Christmas cheer on Dec. 12.

    The annual Brunswick County Motorcycle Toy Run will begin with registration from 7:30-11 a.m., followed by the bike ride at 11:30 a.m., according to organizer Jerome Munna.

    The winner of the best poker hand will win a two-night, three-day stay compliments of Ocean Isle Inn at Ocean Isle Beach.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Brunswick Nature Park to open Friday, Dec. 5

    An old timber plantation between Belville and Southport off N.C. 133 has been revived as Brunswick County’s newest park, Brunswick Nature Park.

    Spanning more than 900 acres with Town Creek meandering through the property, Brunswick Nature Park is the county’s first park focused on passive recreation—walking, hiking, watching wildlife or just taking in nature.

    The park’s first phase is scheduled to open Friday, Dec. 5, weather permitting, parks and recreation director Jim Pryor said.