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  • Inmate weds before being transferred to Department of Corrections

    BOLIVIA—Luis Miguel Gamboa-Gomez and his new bride Lisa Dismukes accepted their vows of marriage like any other couple during their wedding.

    But, unlike most nuptials, there was no kiss to conclude the ceremony, which Chief Magistrate Martha Bryant officiated just after 5 p.m. Tuesday at the county’s register of deeds office.

    The newlyweds were unable to touch at all during the brief wedding ceremony.

  • Carolina Shores commissioners choose new town seal

    CAROLINA SHORES—Commissioners on Tuesday chose a new town seal that will eventually be adopted for official use.

    A design by town resident Debora Trail was chosen out of four entries that were submitted as part of a town contest.

    Trail’s painted design features a tree and shorebird surrounded by a circle reading, “Town of Carolina Shores, Brunswick County, N.C.”

    U.S. 17 PLAN APPROVED

    Town commissioners also approved a U.S. 17 corridor plan with a few minor changes.

  • New mental health court to debut in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—On Thursday, March 5, Brunswick County Superior Court will have its first session of mental health court. The court’s debut will also be a first for the state, Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis said.

    Lewis, who will preside over the mental health court, said three other mental health courts currently exist in the state—in Guilford, Orange and Mecklenburg counties—but said they are at the district court level.

  • Supply woman killed in early-morning wreck

    A young woman died early Saturday morning after a single-vehicle wreck on Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    Ryan Alea Young, 21, of Egret Court, Supply, was driving an estimated 65 mph north on Stone Chimney Road, when she crossed the center line and lost control of the vehicle, according to a N.C. State Highway Patrol report.

    Around 5:25 a.m., Young’s car ran off the road to the left and struck a bridge, where the car came to a rest. According to the report, Young was taken to Brunswick Community Hospital by Brunswick County EMS.

  • Emergency services to unveil new disaster response plan for special medical needs evacuation

    BOLIVIA—Randy Thompson, director of the county’s emergency services department, wants to ensure everyone in the county, including the 330 residents with special medical needs, are safe during a catastrophic event like a hurricane.

    Special medical needs patients are defined by the emergency services department as people who must be under constant care and attention of medical professionals to survive, including hospital and nursing home patients, residents of extended care facilities and home health patients.

  • Sunset Beach OKs resident's pursuit of 30-year sewer payback plan

    SUNSET BEACH—Carol Scott has a mission—to pursue a 30-year sewer payback plan on behalf of all town residents.

    With project bid time just a month or two away, Scott is down to the wire as she works with Brunswick County in seeking a longer payback period beyond the 10-year plan Sunset Beach Town Council has agreed to.

    Monday, town council voted to support Scott and appropriated $5,000 for the effort to cover mailing costs as residents are petitioned.

  • Commissioners OK $12 million amendment to balance budget

    Brunswick County Commissioners approved a nearly $12 million budget amendment to balance the county’s budget Monday night.

    At the commissioners’ Feb. 16 meeting, county finance director Ann Hardy told commissioners they were looking at an $8-8.5 million budget shortfall for the remainder of the fiscal year. The county’s two biggest revenue sources, ad valorem tax and local option sales tax, have both declined since last fiscal year, and were not expected to meet what was budgeted for the year, she said.

  • ATMC seeks community connections grant applications

    ATMC has begun accepting applications for its 2009 community grants, Community Connections. This program addresses the needs of Brunswick County residents in areas such as emergency and disaster relief, arts and culture, civic service and health and human services.

    In 2009, as a result of an increased need due to the slumping economy, ATMC is increasing the total amount of grant funds to be awarded to $25,000.

  • Restaurant business has its ups and downs; Contreras keeps moving forward

    SOUTHPORT—For Roberto Contreras, the restaurant business is a continuing challenge.

    Right now, he is in the midst of remodeling his Plaza Garibaldi Mexican restaurant in the Walmart shopping center in Southport. He’s also building a restaurant in his native Mexico that some of his family members will manage, and he has plans to open a unique Tex-Mex restaurant in Brunswick County in the near future.

  • Schools on two-hour delay Monday

    Brunswick County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay Monday, according to the Brunswick County Schools Web site.

    Parents should expect a weather update from ConnectED, the schools' automated phone call service, at about 7 a.m. Monday. Check the Brunswick County Schools' Web site for additional updates.

    The National Weather Service predicted a slight chance of snowfall across Brunswick County early Monday morning, but has issued a winter weather advisory across the state.

    Check back for further updates.