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  • Governor vetoes GOP budget; lawmakers poised to override veto

    RALEIGH—It looks as if N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of GOP lawmakers’ budget may be short-lived.

    On Sunday, the first-term Democrat governor vetoed the GOP-led budget. But Republicans were quick to announce they had the numbers to override Perdue’s veto.

    In her veto announcement, Perdue accused the legislature of “turning its back on our schools, our children, our longstanding investments in education and our future economic prospects.”

  • Commissioners schedule final budget workshop

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have scheduled one final budget workshop before adopting the fiscal year 2011-2012 operating budget.

    The workshop was scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, in the Brunswick County Commissioners Chambers at the county complex in Bolivia.

    Commissioners are expected to adopt the $190 million operating budget at their next regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 20.

    The 2011-2012 fiscal year begins July 1.

  • Brunswick Novant Medical Center to open July 31

    SUPPLY—Hospital officials have announced the official opening of Brunswick Novant Medical Center.

    Brunswick Community Hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said the 78-bed hospital will open to the public Sunday, July 31.

    The new Brunswick Novant Medical Center is on U.S. 17, about three miles north of the current hospital facility on the southbound side of U.S. 17, at 240 Hospital Drive NE in Bolivia.

  • Jolly urges state’s high court to toss out DA’s complaint

    RALEIGH—Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly has appealed to North Carolina’s high court to throw out District Attorney Jon David’s traffic court appeal.

    Jolly claims David doesn’t have the right “to an administrative traffic court or administrative traffic court days,” in his response filed in the North Carolina Supreme Court on June 8.

  • Investigator finds no discrimination against commissioner

    BOLIVIA—Case closed.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Sgt. Mark Francisco has found no evidence of discrimination—internally by sheriff’s deputies or by fellow commissioners—against county commissioner Charles Warren.

    Warren filed a police report last Tuesday, June 7, claiming racial harassment and discrimination by Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies, as well as fellow commissioners Scott Phillips and Bill Sue.

  • Brunswick Beat for June 8, 2011
  • Bank robbery in Holden Beach

    Shortly before 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 a suspect robbed the Waccamaw Bank in Holden Beach. Detectives are on the scene. Check back for additional details as they become available. A photo of the suspect is expected to be released shortly.

  • Calabash restaurant readies for re-opening following fire

    CALABASH—Six months after a devastating fire, Capt. John's Seafood House is getting ready to re-open soon.

    The fourth-generation eatery on the Calabash waterfront sustained major damages after a fire attributed to a faulty fish-tank light broke out when the eatery was closed on the night of Nov. 30.

    A team of workers was busy Thursday painting the exterior of the restored eatery and readying the inside, which looks much the same as it did previously, but with new furnishings and light fixtures.

  • Three Confederate graves discovered in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—Three brothers, three Confederate soldiers and the first mayor of Shallotte were all laid to rest in a recently rediscovered cemetery in Shallotte.

    The Leonard Cemetery behind Thomas Drugs on Main Street is the final resting place of many influential former Shallotte residents.

    There are 32 marked graves dating from 1872-1953. Some are hard to read as the headstones are broken.

  • Firemen set a Supply house ablaze

    SUPPLY—There was smoke in the air last Friday night, and it was on purpose.

    Area firemen set fire to a home off of Coastal Drive in Supply as a part of a live burn training exercise.

    The house, donated to the county for training purposes, was in the Supply fire district. Prior to burning the house, firefighters extensively prepared the site for the burn. The house had to be stripped and inspected for asbestos, and all items were removed. Hay and wood were used to fuel the fires.