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    Much of Brunswick County has remained dry but windy today, however, the National Weather Service has extended the tornado watch for Brunswick County through 8 p.m. Thursday.

    Storms and accompanying tornadoes that wrought destruction and death Wednesday in Alabama and other portions of the South are moving northeast toward our area. Several tornado warnings have been issued throughout the day for nearby counties, including neighboring Columbus.


  • DSS board joins health board in opposing human services consolidation bill

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services have joined the county’s health board in opposing a bill pending in the General Assembly that could consolidate the two boards.

    At their meeting Tuesday night, members of the county’s DSS board adopted a resolution opposing Senate Bill 433, the local human services administration bill.

    Senate Bill 433 was introduced March 29 by State Sen. Fletcher Hartsell Jr., a Republican from Concord.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office ACE Roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Shallotte tackles 2011-2012 budget

    The detailed process of going line item by line item to balance a budget for the town has begun. Shallotte aldermen met last Wednesday to begin the process.

    The first budgets analyzed by the board were for the governing body and administration.

    Maria Gaither, finance director, led the board through a line-by-line expenditure report comparing requested funds to last year’s budget.

    “I am very impressed with the department heads so far and the cuts they have made,” Gaither said.

  • Community Watch group learns about Project LifeSaver

    Are you a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Down syndrome, autism or other brain-related disorders? Do you fear your loved one may wander away one day?

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office in association with the Pilot Club of South Brunswick Islands is reaching out to the community to get more people involved in Project Lifesaver, a rescue program for individuals with wandering syndrome.

  • Artist dies two weeks after show

    Two weeks after his art debuted at a Calabash gallery, 76-year-old Jakobus “Co” Bungener quietly passed away.

    “It was very peaceful,” Bonnie Longworth, activities director at Shallotte Assisted Living, said of Bungener’s passing last Friday night.

    “He just closed his eyes and went to sleep,” Longworth said.

  • Brick Landing Plantation golf course auctioned for $660,000

    A property appraised at more than $8.5 million in 2010 sold at auction for $660,000 Tuesday.

    It was standing room only as more than 125 people packed the clubhouse at Brick Landing Plantation golf course awaiting the start of the auction. So many residents and potential bidders arrived that onlookers spilled from the clubhouse’s main room down hallways into adjoining rooms. Some even peered in from windows on the clubhouse’s back porch.

  • St. James Flea Market set for Saturday

    Got an itch to browse for bargains?

    The 13th annual St. James Flea Market just might be the answer.

    It’s set to take place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. this coming Saturday, April 30, at the Bolivia campus of Brunswick Community College.

  • Physical assault investigated at Carolina Shores Town Hall

    CAROLINA SHORES—A reported incident of simple physical assault involving the town administrator and deputy town clerk at Carolina Shores Town Hall last month is marked “unfounded” and “closed/cleared” on a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office report.

  • Theft may have led to house explosion

    While the cause of an April 20 house explosion on Shingletree Road is officially undetermined, the homeowner said she was told someone had been removing items from the century-old house when the blast occurred.

    Residents in the Farm at Brunswick, Brunswick Plantation and other communities reported hearing the blast and said it shook houses in the area.

    An individual at the site of the home at 500 Shingletree Road went to a South Carolina hospital and possibly a burn center, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.