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  • Commissioners give themselves $1,000 bonuses

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioner Phil Norris said he didn’t realize he was voting himself and his fellow commissioners a bonus when they approved a one-time bonus for all full-time county employees last month.

    But Norris also said this week he didn’t see any reason to take the issue up again.

    “It’s a done deal. I think it’s fair. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” Norris said.

  • Brunswick County unemployment continues to decrease

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate continued its downward trend in October, but it continues to hover at the state unemployment average and above the national average.

    County-by-county unemployment rates were released last week, and Brunswick County’s unemployment rate decreased for the second time in as many months. Brunswick County’s October unemployment rate was 10.4 percent, down from 10.6 percent in September and 10.8 percent in August.

  • Fire destroys two Holden Beach homes

     

    HOLDEN BEACH—An early morning fire destroyed two homes and damaged four more on Holden Beach on Tuesday. Several boats were also destroyed or damaged.

    The fire, which lit up the pre-dawn sky over Holden Beach, is the largest of the year in Brunswick County.

    “When I looked over the bridge (on the way), it looked like a volcano,” said a firefighter who was one of the first to arrive.

  • Two missing girls

    The Leland Police Department needs your help in locating two missing juveniles. Yadira and Mireya Ibarra Barajas are listed as runaway juveniles and are believed to be in the area, if you have seen either of these girls please contact the Leland Police Department Investigations Division at (910) 332-5004.

  • Two missing girls

    The Leland Police Department needs your help in locating two missing juveniles. Yadira and Mireya Ibarra Barajas are listed as runaway juveniles and are believed to be in the area, if you have seen either of these girls please contact the Leland Police Department Investigations Division at (910) 332-5004.

  • Two missing girls

    The Leland Police Department need your help in locating two missing juveniles. Yadira and Mireya Ibarra Barajas are listed as runaway juveniles and are believed to be in the area, if you have seen either of these girls please contact the Leland Police Department Investigations Division at (910) 332-5004.

  • Holiday ‘Booze It & Lose It’ campaign under way statewide

    The Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign is under way across North Carolina.

    N.C. Transportation Secretary Gene Conti recently announced state and local law enforcement officers are geared up for this year’s holiday “Booze It & Lose It” event, which began Saturday, Dec. 3, and runs through Jan. 2, 2012.

    Checkpoints and stepped-up patrols will increase across North Carolina in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the roads.

  • New Sunset Beach Mayor Cerrato to be sworn in Monday night

    New Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato will be sworn in Monday night.

    Cerrato, along with town councilmen-elect Wilson Sherrill and Mike Williams, will be sworn in during ceremonies at the monthly Sunset Beach Town Council meeting, which starts at 7 p.m.

    A 6:45 p.m. workshop precedes the meeting, to take place at Sunset Beach Town Hall on Sunset Boulevard.

  • New town commissioner sought in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Wanted: willing candidate(s) interested in serving as a town commissioner.

    The town of Carolina Shores has issued an open-recruitment call to residents as it seeks to fill the unexpired board term left vacant after former town commissioner Walter Goodenough was elected mayor in the Nov. 8 election. It’s an opportunity for interested residents to take part in the town’s governing body, according to a notice issued Nov. 22 by the town.

    The vacant seat is for a remaining two years of a four-year term.

  • Ellen fought like a girl, woman and a mother

     There was one thing Ellen Wemyss Granade fought for more than life—her boys.

    All three of them—her two sons, Garrett and Eli, and her husband, Grant.

    Ellen grew up on “the hill” next door to her grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins on a farm off of Four Mile Road in Ocean Isle Beach.