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  • One bidder offers $500K for old hospital, 32 acres of land

    BOLIVIA—During the 45-day window in which county officials solicited requests for proposals for the former Brunswick Community Hospital, only one bid was received.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said several healthcare related agencies have expressed interest in the 35-year-old hospital facility, but only one agency submitted a formal bid as of the bid deadline last Tuesday, Nov. 15.

  • Task force recommends elderly exemption for property taxes

    BOLIVIA—A county commissioner appointed task force has recommended commissioners adopt an elderly exemption for property taxes.

    On Monday night, commissioners agreed with the recommendations of the task force and approved a resolution in support of their recommendations.

  • Sheriff shares holiday shopping safety tips

    As the busiest shopping time of the year approaches, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram shares some safety tips for this holiday shopping season.

    Ingram warns that during the holiday shopping season, “criminal activity becomes very active during this time.”

    “Prior to you or your family leaving to go shopping, you should discuss a few safety tips, which will enhance your safety awareness,” Ingram said.

    Ingram offers the following safety tips:

  • Hospital authority OKs assisting county with upkeep of former hospital

    SUPPLY—Even with the lights and most electricity turned off, the utility bill at the former Brunswick Community Hospital runs about $35,000 a month.

    Then, there are the repairs, such as a recent $12,000 bill when the cooling mechanism broke, losing 850 pounds of Freon.

  • New leaders in Carolina Shores get a swearing-in

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town’s new mayor, its newest commissioner and two recently re-elected town commissioners were sworn in during ceremonies Monday.

    New Mayor Walter Goodenough, newly elected town commissioner Bill Brennan and board and re-elected town commissioners Joseph Przywara and John Russo were sworn in by outgoing Mayor Stephen Selby.

    The board also voted to re-appoint Przywara mayor pro tem for the town.

  • Goodenough to be mayor: New leader wants to keep Carolina Shores moving forward

    CAROLINA SHORES—More than six years ago, Walter Goodenough sat in the middle of his street in the Village at Calabash and posed for a newspaper photograph to illustrate his concerns about roads sorely in need of paving.

    Goodenough definitely made a statement.

    Looking back on that day, the newly elected mayor of Carolina Shores had no idea he’d someday become mayor of the town he once took issue with.

    “Absolutely, 100 percent not,” Goodenough said in an interview last week.

  • Grand opening Dec. 1 for BCC's new south-end facility

    Brunswick Community College’s new south-end facility is finally ready for its official opening.

    Grand opening festivities, including a ribbon-cutting and open house, are slated for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. next Thursday, Dec. 1, at the new facility in a converted building on U.S. 17 that previously housed an adult-entertainment club near Carolina Shores.

    The 7,800-square-foot facility, BCC’s newest addition, is described as an ideal site for receptions, banquets, small conferences, lectures, dances and small concerts.

  • Food collections, distribution 'overwhelming' this season

    Just in time for Thanksgiving, local food contributions and subsequent distribution this year are both at an all-time high.

    Mary Pritchard, coordinator of the food pantry for the South Brunswick Interchurch Council, said donations for the annual Thanksgiving distribution have been overwhelming.

    Volunteers with the SBIC pantry, based at Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte, are grateful for food collected at Union Elementary School.

  • County considers options for old Brunswick Community Hospital facility

    SUPPLY—Brunswick County officials are considering their options for what was once Brunswick Community Hospital in Supply.

    When Novant Health opened Brunswick Novant Medical Center in July, Brunswick Community Hospital closed its doors.

    Then, in September, the former hospital on U.S. 17 in Supply reverted back to county ownership.

    Brunswick County commissioners, however, made it clear they did not want an aging and expensive hospital facility on their balance sheet, and Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing opened the hospital up for bid.

  • Community unites to honor a military couple

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The date 11-11-11 comes once every 100 years. This 11-11-11, there was a once-in-a-lifetime wedding for an active-duty military couple.

    Cpl. Jacob Lea Henthorn and Manisha Nicole Westeren of Jacksonville were married at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at Knots Landing on Ocean Isle Beach. Twenty-one area vendors who came together to honor Veterans Day donated the entire wedding, reception and rehearsal.

    The couple was the runner-up in the inaugural Operation Marry Me Military contest started by Alecia Geddings of Oak Island.