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  • County curbside recycling begins in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—All Brunswick County residents can now participate in curbside recycling.

    The county’s new contract with Waste Industries, which took effect July 1, allows for all county residents to participate in curbside recycling if they choose to do so.

    To participate in curbside recycling pick-up, residents must pay an annual fee of $77.04, which includes a 96-gallon recycling cart and pick-up every other week.

  • Veterans’ health events scheduled for July in Shallotte, Oak Island

    Two upcoming veterans’ events have been scheduled for Brunswick County.

    The Brunswick County Veterans Service Office would like to invite all veterans to attend the veterans’ health fair at Shallotte Presbyterian Church on Friday, July 20.

    The health fair will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the church, which is behind Rourk Library at 5070 M.H. Rourk Drive in Shallotte.

  • College student wins $1 million in lottery

    Mikala Fields, a community college student from Oak Island in Brunswick County, says she plans to use the $1 million she won on a 20X The Money ticket to buy a home, a new car and invest for the future.

    She is the first player to win the top prize since the $10 game launched on May 16.

    Fields, who plans to study nursing, was at home on Friday evening when she learned of her big win.

  • Heat index of 110 and higher expected this weekend

    The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued an excessive heat warning, which will be in effect from 9 a.m. Saturday until 8 p.m. Sunday.

    Heat index values may reach between 110 to 115 degrees with temperatures higher than 100 degrees.

    The hottest temperatures and most extreme heat index values will occur in the middle to late afternoon hours each day. The overall highest values will likely occur on Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures are expected to be in the 90s throughout the early part of next week.

  • One dead in afternoon house fire

    A house fire in Leland claimed the life of a 47-year-old woman on Friday afternoon.

    Donna Byrd Hambrick was killed in a fire at 6495 Farm Meadows Drive.

    According to Scott Garner, deputy director of Brunswick County Emergency Services, emergency responders received a call about 10 minutes until 1 p.m. for a structure fire.

    “There was one fatality,” Garner said. “The cause of the fire is still under investigation.”

  • Teen charged with father’s death, DWI in early-morning wreck

     A Lumberton teenager has been charged in the death of her father.

    According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 18-year-old Brianna Galloway of Lumberton has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired. The wreck happened around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, June 28.

    Galloway was driving on Stone Chimney Road in Supply, about 6.3 miles north of Shallotte, when she ran off the road, hit a tree and her vehicle overturned.

    Galloway’s passenger, her father Troy K. Galloway, 41, of Supply, was killed in the wreck.

  • Autopsy shows 3-year-old suffered trauma to chest, abdomen and head

    SHALLOTTE—Three-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister was killed by blunt force injuries to the abdomen.

    The State Medical Examiner’s Office released the official results of Jaronn’s autopsy on Thursday afternoon. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.

  • Several towns have Fourth of July festivities planned

    Independence Day is rapidly approaching. Brunswick County and the surrounding areas offer many ways to celebrate the holiday. There are parades, dancing, live music, food and other festivities including fireworks. Make your plans early and enjoy a relaxing Independence Day with family and friends.

     

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  • Stolen too young: One man’s family speaks out about testicular cancer

    Joseph Anthony Steinbach III was 18 years and 18 days old when he died.

    Joey, as his family called him, bravely battled testicular cancer. Born on June 25, 1985, he died on July 3, 2003. He was a senior at West Brunswick High School and lived in Holden Beach with his family.

    His family will never forget the love he brought to their life and want to spread awareness about the cancer that stole him away.

    “Joey was a super hero on earth,” said Mary Steinbach, his mother.

  • Help the county’s children in need by volunteering or packing a backpack

    Brunswick Family Assistance is looking for volunteers to donate time or resources to change the lives of Brunswick County youth.

    There are several opportunities for the community to get involved. One way is to serve youth breakfast and/or lunch through the summer food service program. Volunteers are also needed to transport children to and from the sites.

    The program, now in its second full week, served more than 2,100 meals the first week.