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  • UPDATE: Brunswick VA clinic opening pushed back

    UPDATE: Anita Hartsell, Brunswick County’s Veterans Services Director, announced Monday “unforeseen delays” have caused the clinic’s opening to be pushed back.

    Originally scheduled to open Monday, Hartsell said VA officials were still “getting the new facility prepared for the opening.”

    An opening date has not been announced.

  • Shallotte police officer, girlfriend arrested for insurance fraud

    A Shallotte Police officer and his girlfriend have been arrested on insurance fraud charges.

    Shallotte Police Detective Sgt. Eric King, 35, and his girlfriend Leah Rasa Cunningham, 41, both of 1450 Grace Road, Southport, were arrested following a multi-agency insurance fraud investigation.

    They were each charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretences, according to N.C. Department of Insurance officials.

    Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause said King was on paid administrative leave from the department.

  • Lightning-sparked fire heavily damages home near Holden Beach

    A fire sparked by lightning heavily damaged a three-story house near Holden Beach late Monday night.

    The house, at 3802 Somerton St. in the Seascape community at Holden Plantation, sustained major fire damage on the roof and third floor, said Tri-Beach Fire Chief Doug Todd.

    The first and second floors of the house have some water damage from the fire reported at 12:17 a.m. Tuesday.

    Todd said the owners of the house were able to safely evacuate, and there were no injuries.

  • Lightning-sparked fire damages three-story house near Holden Beach

  • House members approve state House district maps

    RALEIGH—Members of the North Carolina House of Representatives on Monday approved new maps outlining state House districts.

    State Rep. Frank Iler, an Oak Island Republican representing District 17, said house members approved the new maps 68 votes to 50 votes, with two Democrats joining the Republican-led majority during Monday afternoon’s house session.

  • Statewide unemployment for June at 9.9 percent

    RALEIGH—North Carolina’s unemployment rate for June was 9.9 percent.

    Individual county unemployment rates will be available next Friday, July 29, according to a press released issued by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina on Friday morning.

    Brunswick County’s May unemployment rate dipped down to 9.9 percent, down from 10.3 percent in April. It was also a decrease from the May 2010 unemployment rate of 10.5 percent.

    The Wilmington metro area unemployment rate for May was 9.6 percent, or 17,084 unemployed workers.

  • New map puts Brunswick County (mostly) back together for state House district

    It’s like a game of musical chairs, but with voting maps.

    The North Carolina General Assembly released yet another round of proposed redistricting maps Wednesday evening.

    The proposed state House District 17 brings most of Brunswick County back into one district. Last week, maps released split Brunswick County and various precincts and towns, including Southport, Oak Island, Town Creek and Sunset Harbor voting districts.

    These districts were placed into District 18, which includes most of downtown Wilmington.

  • Brunswick Beat for July 21, 2011
  • Seven of 19 Brunswick County schools meet AYP

    BOLIVIA—Seven of Brunswick County’s 19 public schools have met the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) benchmark.

    On Thursday morning, Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden revealed the scores, part of the federal mandate No Child Left Behind, for the 2010-2011 school year.

    Four of the county’s 10 elementary schools met AYP, while six elementary schools did not meet the standard. Jessie Mae Monroe, Town Creek, Union and Waccamaw all met AYP, while Belville, Bolivia, Lincoln, Southport, Supply and Virginia Williamson did not.

  • Board of education adopts $109 million budget

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday

    approved a $109 million budget for Brunswick County Schools.

    Board members OK’d the budget adopted four votes to one vote, with board member Bud Thorsen voting against the budget.

    Jessica Swencki, spokesperson for Brunswick County Schools, said the budget was in better shape than originally expected. State funding reductions were $2.1 million, far better than the $5.2 million reduction board members expected, Swencki said.