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  • Old bridge house gets a lift

    SUNSET BEACH—The old pontoon bridge house has finally moved to the mainland.

    Friday, a crane lifted the two-story white house from a barge on the Intracoastal Waterway and moved it up the hill to a vacant lot on Shoreline Drive to join the old bridge that was moved last week.

    Members with the Old Bridge Preservation Society, which has launched a fundraising effort to convert the bridge into a museum, said they couldn’t be happier as the house was deftly lifted through oak trees, over the old bridge and placed into position next to it.

  • Trustees seek state advice regarding presidential search

    BOLIVIA—Finding the right president for Brunswick Community College is like a puzzle.

    “The most important part of the puzzle is you,” Scott Ralls, president of the North Carolina Community College System, told the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees Wednesday.

    Ralls spoke to the trustees during their monthly meeting. He told trustees he could answer questions regarding the presidential search process but would be “slow to give advice,” as he does not know the college or community well enough.

  • Board of education members announce settlements

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education announced several settlements following a closed session last Wednesday night.

    Among the settlements was a mutual release and settlement between the Brunswick County Board of Education and Wayne Rice, owner of Unique Laser Connections of Carolina.

    The board settled with Rice for $30,000, according to the settlement document provided by Kathleen Tanner Kennedy, the board’s legal counsel.

  • Pilot in SC crash had home in Sunset Beach

  • Fire closed portions of 179 Wednesday afternoon

    A house fire at 1123 Brick Landing Road (N.C. 179) closed a portion of the road for several hours Wednesday afternoon.

    According to witnesses on the scene a passing motorist first noticed the fire. Neighbor Ricky Babson said a woman stopped her car in his driveway and ran frantically towards his residence. She told him the house two doors down was on fire.

    “We have four or five fire extinguishers from our boats and we grabbed those and started to put the fire out,” Babson said.

  • Pedestrian hit in Coastal Drug parking lot listed in fair condition

    A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the Coastal Drug parking lot on Main Street in Shallotte on Wednesday morning.

    A 2004 Ford struck Supply resident Margie Kenney Mooney, 78, a few minutes after 10 a.m.

    According to the accident report filed by the Shallotte Police Department, Mooney was attempting to park her vehicle in the Coastal Drug parking lot when the accident occurred.

  • County considers radio system overhaul

    BOLIVIA—Commissioners have given Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano the green light to move forward with a plan to overhaul the county’s radio system.

    Marzano has come under fire and received pressure to overhaul the system from local fire officials to change the county’s SmartLink radio system and what many people consider its impediments.

  • Motion to keep the hardship financing program narrowly fails

    A motion to extend the county’s water and sewer hardship financing program for low-income customers failed at the Brunswick County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.

    During commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 18, a motion to extend the program failed with just two of the five commissioners voting for the proposal, which means the county’s program is not in compliance with state statute.

  • Commissioners OK reimbursement agreement with limitations

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a reimbursement agreement ordinance to allow the county to enter into reimbursement agreements with specific limitations.

    Commissioners first addressed the ordinance at their Dec. 6 meeting to consider the construction of two super streets on U.S. 17 near the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center, scheduled to open in summer of 2011.

    But commissioners previously expressed concerns the proposed ordinance opened the door to any public or private agency that wants to be reimbursed by the county.

  • Community meeting set to discuss construction and demolition landfill expansion

    A community meeting has been scheduled to discuss the proposed construction and demolition landfill expansion project.

    The meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, will be at the Brunswick County Utility Operations Center on Greywater Road, behind Lockwood Folly Park.

    The public is invited to attend.

    Commissioners first tabled the construction and demolition landfill expansion project in November 2010, after a public hearing drew considerable opposition.