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  • High school graduations to be streamed online, broadcast on ATMC-TV

    Graduating seniors are gearing up to don their caps and gowns, preparing to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.

    This year, for those who can’t get to Odell Williamson Auditorium on graduation day, family members and loved ones will have several opportunities to watch their favorite senior walk across the stage.

    Graduation commencement ceremonies for all three Brunswick County traditional public high schools are scheduled for Saturday, June 9.

  • Brunswick County unemployment dips for Memorial Day weekend

    County unemployment rates were released Friday, May 25, on the eve of the traditional start to tourist season.

    Brunswick County’s 9.7-percent unemployment for April is down from March’s 10.9-percent unemployment rate. It’s also down from the previous April, which had a 10.8-percent unemployment rate.

    Unemployment rates are documented and released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

  • Tropical Depression Beryl expected to impact Brunswick County Wednesday morning

    Tropical Depression Beryl is expected to impact Brunswick County on Wednesday morning.

    As of the 5 p.m. National Hurricane Center update Tuesday, May 29, Tropical Depression Beryl was moving northeast at about 8 mph. A gradual increase in forward speed was expected throughout the night on Tuesday, after press time for this paper.

    The center of Tropical Depression Beryl was expected to close in on South Carolina’s coast early Wednesday, and move back over the Atlantic waters by midday Wednesday.

  • St. James to open its gates to feature 32 homes to tour

    ST. JAMES—If you’ve ever wondered what’s inside the gated town of St. James, this weekend is an opportunity to find out.

    Real estate sales are up this year in St. James, and the sales and marketing team wants to open the gates to show the public what the town has to offer.

    From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26, and again from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 27, visitors are invited to tour 32 homes and condominiums during an open house weekend.

    It’s free and the public is welcome.

  • Parking, paths reviewed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Parking and bike-and-pedestrian trails are still foremost topics in Sunset Beach.

    Consultant Fred Burchette with Kimley-Horn & Associates of Cary spoke at a town council workshop May 15 about the scope of a parking study for the island.

    Town administrator Gary Parker said once that is determined, “we will negotiate a price accordingly.”

    Town councilwoman Carol Scott said there was an issue of making sure there was recognition the island is 2.5 miles long.

  • Duty, honor, courage and country

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about West Brunswick High School graduate Ben McCune, who was injured in Afghanistan, when the truck he was in struck an improvised explosive device (IED).

    March is an eventful month for U.S. Army Spc. Ben McCune.

    This past March, his wife gave birth to their first child. The previous March, he and his wife Chelsea were married.

  • Trip with a mission: Church group returns to aid hurricane victims

    For a second time, a mission group from Sunset Beach has ventured north to aid residents still trying to recuperate from last year’s damages from Hurricane Irene.

    A group of 16 people from Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach first went to aid people in the village of Aurora last November.

  • Memorial Day weekend events

    Calabash VFW

    Calabash Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7288 will have a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday, May 28.

    Featured speaker will be Sgt. Maj. Chuck Jarrell, a highly decorated member of the United States Army Special Operations Command who has served our country in uniform for 27 years.

    “As the VFW national commander wrote recently, we must show respect for losses that must never be forgotten,” said Frank Richardson, who does publicity for the Post.

  • Since start of Iraq War, two Brunswick County soldiers have perished

    Two.

    That’s how many soldiers from Brunswick County have lost their lives since the start of the Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to Anita L. Hartsell, department head and Senior Veterans Service Officer for the Brunswick County Veterans Services Office in Bolivia.

    The soldiers are:

    •Corporal Aaron Forbes from Oak Island. Forbes died Dec. 28, 2005, from an improvised explosive device (IED) attack at the age of 24.

  • Sister pays tribute 45 years after brother killed in Vietnam

    Some of the newspaper clippings have yellowed, spread out on the dining room table at Tammy Cully’s home on Goose Creek Road.

    A plastic box is filled with letters her late brother, Kenneth Gore, regularly sent home before he was killed at 18 in Vietnam.

    Next to the letters, a Muriel Cigar box contains lots of old photos of her brother and the life he had in Brunswick County before he decided to join the Army.

    To this day, 45 years after her brother’s death, Cully hasn’t forgetten her older brother.