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  • Hey, y’all, student scholarships are main course for Deen’s Oct. 15 visit to BCC

    Excitement is stirring the fall air in anticipation of Southern cooking queen Paula Deen’s approaching visit to Brunswick Community College.

    The fundraising event, with proceeds to benefit the Foundation at Brunswick Community College, will feature Deen in a meet-and-greet with the public next Saturday, Oct. 15, on BCC’s main campus in Supply.

    Deen will be the featured guest at a VIP luncheon and will also entertain, judge and answer questions afterward at a chef’s cook-off at Odell Williamson Auditorium from 1-2 p.m. 

  • Town events site still being debated in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioner John Russo says the town has never celebrated a national or patriotic holiday, which he says is the idea behind having a town events center.

    A facility like that would enable the town and its residents to do so, he said, speaking at Monday’s town commissioners workshop.

    Every other town around them celebrates one of those holidays, he said.

    “We should be able to do one or two,” he said. “That would be a starting point to see if people are willing to want to celebrate our freedom.”

  • ‘Project Soccer’ likely to choose S.C. location

    BOLIVIA—Though the final selection has yet to be announced, officials say it doesn’t look good for Brunswick County to be home to “Project Soccer.”

    Believed to be the German tire manufacturer, Continental Tire, according to Associated Press reports, N.C. Sen. Bill Rabon said Brunswick County’s hopes to be selected as the site were “pretty much over.”

  • Congress OKs extension for flood insurance program until Nov. 18

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congress has temporarily extended The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until Nov. 18.

    The program was set to expire Sept. 30, and if the program lapses in November, the National Association of Realtors estimate 1,300 potential real estate closings per day could be delayed or stopped across the country.

    On Sept. 26, members of the U.S. Senate passed a temporary extension of the program until Nov. 18 by a 79-to-12-vote margin.

  • Flu shot clinics under way in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Health Department began its flu shot program Sept. 24, and public health officials say the program is in full swing.

    Fred Michael, deputy health director, said this year is the first time in about five years the health department has taken flu shots to so many different locations in the community.

    The health department is also allowing walk-ins with no appointments this year, Michael said.

  • Commissioners OK starring role for former hospital

    BOLIVIA—What once starred as Brunswick Community Hospital will have a different starring role in an upcoming feature film.

    Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved a contract with Vertebra Newman Film Co. to use the vacant hospital facility on U.S. 17 in Supply to film “Arthur Newman, Golf Pro,” between Oct. 5 and Oct. 15.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said the film company agreed to pay the county $2,000 per day of filming at the hospital, and $500 per day for set-up and breakdown of the movie sets.

  • Parade of Homes to unfold next weekend in Brunswick County

    The Brunswick County Homebuilders Association’s annual Parade of Homes unfolds Oct. 14-16, and then again Oct. 21-23.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Parade hours are 10 a.m.- 5p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Homes on the Parade of Homes in St. James are not available for viewing Fridays. Homes in St. James can be viewed from noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  • Brunswick County ACE roundup

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From Sept. 26-Oct. 2 ACE deputies issued 58 total arrests and citations, including eight driving while impaired charges.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Sean Ranier Delmore, 45, of 80 Cedar Tree Lane, Calabash, was charged with driving while impaired.

    •Wesley Stuart Gescat, 38, of 130 Block House Road, Bolivia, was charged with driving while impaired.

  • Longwood murder suspect, accessory suspect in custody

    BOLIVIA—Both suspects charged in connection with Sunday’s fatal shooting in Longwood are in custody.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson deputy Del Routh said Alfred Lamont Butler turned himself in to authorities Wednesday evening.

    Authorities had been searching for several days for Butler, who was charged with the murder of Sherman A. Daniels, who was fatally shot Sunday, Oct. 2, at a Carlon Road home in Longwood.

  • Oak Island woman killed in fatal wreck at Shallotte intersection

    SHALLOTTE—An Oak Island woman was killed Monday after a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 17 and Main Street in Shallotte.

    According to N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. T.D. Wheeler, Joseph David Fancher, 45, was driving an Ameritech Ambulance south on U.S. 17 around 9:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3.

    Fancher failed to stop at the red light at the intersection and his ambulance collided with Sarah Elizabeth Allen, 19, of Oak Island, who had the right of way, Wheeler said.