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  • Stay home if you’re sick: Help control spread of the flu

    A Brunswick County resident has died from the flu.

    Fred Michael, Brunswick County Health Service public information officer, said a Brunswick County resident, a male in his 60s, died several weeks ago as a result of the flu.

    He said the man hadn’t had a flu shot.

    The death is among 17 flu-related deaths reported in North Carolina since Oct. 6, 2012.

    According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services 13 of the deaths were in patients 65 and older; two in people ages 50-64; and two in people ages 25-49.

  • New McDonald’s off U.S. 17 expected to open in late-March

    SUPPLY—The walls are up, but the arches of a new McDonald’s restaurant on U.S. 17 at N.C. 211 in Supply will not light up until late March.

    Carla Taylor with M.C. Anderson’s, owner of the fast-food restaurant, said the building could possibly be completed by March 26.

    Brunswick County Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw anticipates a completion date of March 12, but said rain could delay the schedule.

    “There’s been a lot of rain, so you never know,” he said.

  • Kiwanis Club forms to help North Brunswick kids

    LELAND—A new Kiwanis Club has formed in northern Brunswick County.

    Now two-dozen new members are looking to help children in the area.

    The new club was formed by the Southport-Oak Island Kiwanis Club (SOIKC), a group that has been active for 19 years.

    SOIKC member Mike Clune saw the need for a club in northern Brunswick County so he and others began looking for new members who liked a challenge.

  • Brunswick County honors former manager Jerry Lewis with building name

    Brunswick County officials will honor the first modern-era county manager, Jerry Lewis, by dedicating a government building in his name.

    In 1970, Lewis was the county commission’s selection to re-implement the county manager form of government. The county stopped hiring managers in 1929 and let commissioners handle operations.

    Alan Lewis said at the time his father stepped in as county manager he was working as a private engineering consultant. The family also ran two Lewis’ Department Stores in Shallotte—all while raising five kids.

  • Local schools have ‘zero tolerance’ policy on bullying

    Brunswick County Schools has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to bullying.

    That is the message school officials are conveying just a week after a student opened fire in Bakersfield, Calif., high school last week.

    That shooting follows on the heals of the Dec. 14 massacre of elementary students and some adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

  • New school board chair thanks Babson for enduring service

    The Brunswick County Board of Education didn’t have any turnover following the 2012 elections, but there was one change.

    Charlie Miller was voted new board of education chairman at the Dec. 4, 2012, meeting, replacing Shirley Babson.

    On Jan. 8, Miller took time at the start of the first school board meeting of the new year to thank Babson for her years of service.

    “I wanted to salute Mrs. Babson,” he said. “The board was definitely behind (the sentiment.). She’s a very hard worker. She nominated me for chairman.”

  • Kyle Jones loved by many

    While Kyle Jones is being remembered for his dedicated service as a police officer and detective, his family and friends are remembering the man who was their friend.

    Kyle Jones was also a loving father, son, husband, friend, baseball coach, role model and confidant.

    He inherited a love of NASCAR from his late father Jerry Jones.

    Jones’s father, a stock car racing fan, named his youngest son after Richard Petty’s son Kyle and Petty’s brother Maurice: Kyle Maurice Jones.

  • Local law enforcement mourns the unexpected loss of one of their own

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s detective has died, leaving a community mourning for a career lawman and community servant.

    Kyle Jones, 41, was at his Oak Island home on Monday, Jan. 14, when he died suddenly.

    No foul play is suspected, investigators have said. An exact cause of death wasnot  released by press time Tuesday.

    Jones was the youngest son of Barbara Skipper Jones and the late Jerry Windle Jones of Shallotte. Jerry Jones was a former Shallotte mayor and alderman and county commissioners’ chairman.

  • Police, fire and more descend on North Mulberry in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—Brunswick County’s first fatal crash of the year claimed the life of 56-year-old Shallotte resident Don Cordell Bryant on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

    Bryant was involved in a one-vehicle wreck on N. Mulberry Street shortly after 8 p.m. Multiple law enforcement agencies and first responders arrived on the scene within minutes of the call being dispatched.

    According to Sgt. Chris Williams with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Bryant’s vehicle rolled over several times trapping him in the vehicle.

  • Sunset Beach: Public to be part of Sunset Boulevard vision plan

    SUNSET BEACH—The town is ready to move forward with a vision plan for Sunset Boulevard.

    Landin Holland with Holland Consulting Planners of Wilmington said it would involve a two-part public effort. Then work will proceed with town council to document how the plan will unfold regarding the look and feel of the Sunset Boulevard corridor.

    “The goal is to come up with preferences of the public,” Holland said at a Jan. 9 town workshop. “Ultimately, council will decide the appropriate route to take.”