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  • Across the aisle: Hagan on healthcare

    Editor's note: This is the third in a series of stories focused on healthcare reform and other issues before Congress.

    As a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., will cast several votes on healthcare reform before the final version of a bill ends up on President Barack Obama’s desk.

  • Commissioners, school board liaisons to meet

    It began when county commissioner Charles Warren suggested county commissioners freeze funding to the Brunswick County Board of Education until they “get their acts together.”

    Now, liaisons from the board of education, chairwoman Shirley Babson and Bud Thorsen, are set to meet with commissioners’ liaisons, chairman Bill Sue and Scott Phillips. The meeting is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Brunswick County Board of Education Central Office in Bolivia.

  • Commissioners endorse VA clinic in Brunswick County

    When the new Brunswick Community Hospital opens its doors in the summer of 2011, ownership of the current hospital facility and its land will revert back to Brunswick County.

    The future of the facility remains unknown, but on Monday, commissioners endorsed a resolution in support of converting the hospital to a Veterans Affairs clinic.

  • Former sheriff's early release could be even earlier through community corrections setting

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett went from living in a gated estate off Holden Beach Road to a jail cell at Butner Federal Correction Facility when he reported to federal prison last November.

    Soon, Hewett could assume a new address—at community corrections setting, more commonly known as a halfway house.

  • Brunswick County Intercultural Festival this Sunday

    The fifth annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival will be from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, on the Odell Williamson Auditorium grounds at Brunswick Community College.

    This year's festival will display a variety of music and performers as well as an International Pavilion, which will feature residents of Brunswick and surrounding counties sharing their heritage and cultures from a variety of countries across the world.

  • Habitat boater makes Brunswick County stop during six-month trip from Ohio to Florida

    HOLDEN BEACH—It isn’t every day a man on a six-month boating trip rows through Brunswick County.

    That’s why local resident Tammy Jo Bellamy was so eager to meet Tom Kotula, an experienced oarsman who’s in the middle of a boating venture on behalf of Habitat for Humanity.

    “You cannot imagine my excitement when I saw them come under the Holden Beach bridge,” Bellamy said this week, recalling the day just a week ago when Kotula and his rowing partner, Steve Glowacki, finally paddled into town.

  • Aldermen debate pros, cons of park grant

    The state has awarded the town of Shallotte more than $400,000 to build a park on land next to Wildwood Village.

    At Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting, the aldermen learned, however, that it will cost them more than $200,000 to build an access road to the property, and the owner who is donating the land is asking for numerous concessions the board hadn’t previously discussed.

  • Prosecution, defense spar over the man behind the badge

    Who is Ronald Hewett?

    His attorney says the man who served Brunswick County as sheriff for 14 years is a family man—a man of character and integrity.

    But assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Duffy argued in federal court Monday there are two Ronald Hewetts—the public persona, who shook everyone’s hands and never shied from a TV camera—and the man who existed within the walls of the sheriff’s office.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office argued Hewett used deputies as his personal work force, stifled investigations and harassed employees.

  • Hearings shed light on fatal parasailing incident

    WILMINGTON—Passengers aboard the boat Tied High during a parasailing incident that killed two women Aug. 28 on Ocean Isle Beach testified last week about what they saw and heard during the terrifying ordeal.

    Also testifying was Barrett McMullan, president of North Carolina Watersports, which operates the only parasailing business on the island; Thomas Pavozan, the captain of the boat during the ride; deckhand Christopher Eckert and a meteorologist from the National Weather Service.

  • Decision on Obama's education speech reached through e-mail, phone calls

    The decision about whether Brunswick County students would be allowed to watch President Barack Obama’s education speech on Tuesday, Sept. 8, was reached after board members discussed the issue through e-mail and phone calls. The board did not have a meeting about it based on advice from its legal counsel, according to board chairwoman Shirley Babson.