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  • Sunset Beach working to buy boat ramp, park site

    SUNSET BEACH—The town is proceeding with negotiations to buy a 5-acre tract near the Intracoastal Waterway for a future boat ramp and park.

    Following a closed session after their monthly meeting Monday night, town council authorized town administrator Gary Parker to proceed further with negotiations to buy the site.

    “The issue is timing your acquisition with a grant application and awarding of funds,” Parker said at a specially called meeting last Wednesday, July 29, to discuss buying the site between Crabby Oddwaters and Twin Lakes restaurants.

  • Wreck on U.S. 17

    Emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon on U.S. 17 in front of Brunswick Community Hospital. A Lincoln Town Car driven by Frances Brown of Supply was exiting the hospital driveway when it collided with a northbound Toyota Tacoma truck driven by Sara Rhodes of Supply. Brown, Rhodes and a passenger in Rhodes’ truck were treated and released at the hospital. Brown was charged with failure to yield the right-of-way, N.C. State Trooper C.S. Thompson said. 

  • Fitness 4 Fun

    Summer days are coming to an end; school begins later this month. How have children in Brunswick County spent their final days of freedom?

    Some have focused on fitness, and participated in Fitness 4 Fun summer camps at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College.

    The four-day camps, separated into programs for boys and girls, incorporated fitness activities as well as healthy lifestyle habits.

  • SRO discussion continues amidst budget crunch

    One Brunswick County School begins this week, and the county budget has yet to be set.

    With the opening of a new middle school, an extra school resource officer (SRO) needs to be hired, and another $80,000 needs to be factored into the budget.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Police Department receives federal grant

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach is one of 10 southeastern North Carolina to receive a grant from the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). The department will receive $145,288, which will be used to hire one new officer and cover his/her salary for three years.

  • Early College High School starts school year with all four classes for first time

    The school year begins this week for Brunswick County Early College students. They head back to school Thursday, Aug. 6.

    This is the first year the school will operate with students in grades 9-12. Since opening with only a freshman class and about 80 students in 2006, principal Vicky Snyder said beginning the school year with 286 students in all four grades has been a journey.

    “What it means to me is that we have really come a long way,” she said. “It was a dream, and now it has become a reality.”

  • Retirement living community to break ground in Ocean Isle Beach

    A groundbreaking will be later this month on a site that will soon be home to Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle, a retirement living community with assisted services.

    Built by Ridge Care, a company that claims to offer “residential senior living alternatives,” Arbor Landing will provide seniors 55 and older four apartment styles ranging from studios to two-bedrooms. For increased security, all apartments are accessible from inside entrances. Apartments will include large, private baths and kitchenettes.

  • Department of Justice visits Board of Education on minority concerns

    A representative from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) spent several hours Friday at Brunswick County Schools, after receiving complaints about minority treatment within the district.

    Board chairwoman Shirley Babson said Walter Atkinson, from the DOJ, spent about two hours Friday explaining concerns he received from the Brunswick County community.

  • Unemployment rate increases slightly; state program aims to retrain workers

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate grew slightly in June, up from 10.8 to 11 percent. Officials are hoping that will change when local job seekers apply for a state program that pays tuition and fees to retrain them for new careers.

    Brunswick County’s Employment Security Commission (ESC) Director, Eli Smith, said recently that, in June, more high school and college students began seeking employment, adding to the number of jobseekers that outnumber the available jobs.

    “The availability has not kept pace with the number of people,” Smith said.

  • Tipping fees increased at county landfill

    A trip to the county landfill became more expensive Monday night after county commissioners approved increases to the county’s tipping fees.

    After a public hearing, commissioners OK’d the increases, which affect solid waste, construction and demolition, shingles and mobile homes.

    Brunswick County Operations Services Director Stephanie Lewis said the tipping fees for solid waste, construction and demolition, asbestos and mobile homes increased to $56 per ton from its current rate of $49 per ton.