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  • Video included: '25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' spells F-U-N

    Looking for frolicking fun this weekend? Let Brunswick Little Theatre spell it out for you.

     “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is playing this weekend and next at the Virginia Williamson Events Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    The Tony Award-winning musical follows a group of six students as they compete for the title of county spelling bee champion. The comedic show is suggested for adult audiences only, as some mature situations are addressed.

  • Ground breaks on Brunswick County Hospice Care Center

    BOLIVIA—“I wish I would have called Hospice sooner,” is the most frequently heard comment from patients and their families, Laurie Bystrom, president and CEO of Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center, said.

    Hospice helps patients stay in their homes as long as possible, Bystrom explained. When this is no longer feasible, LifeCare Centers are designed to make patients feel cared for until their last moments. In addition to patient care, Hospice services help family members beyond the passing of their loved ones.

  • Republican seeks to unseat longtime incumbent Hill in House District 20 race

    Republican Tristan Patterson is seeking to unseat longtime Democratic incumbent Dewey Hill in the N.C. House District 20 race.

    District 20 is composed of Columbus County and a portion of Brunswick County.

    Patterson claimed his opponent didn’t attend Monday night’s candidates’ forum at Brunswick Community College as “strictly a political move.”

    Hill, however, said he had to attend a previously scheduled speaking engagement at the same time as Monday night’s forum.

  • Supply man shot Thursday morning

    A Supply man was shot Thursday morning.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley said Jarrell Stanley, 22, was shot once in the abdomen just after midnight, Thursday, Oct. 14.

    Detectives are searching for the suspect or suspects involved in the shooting, April Stanley said.

  • Estimate to repair Holden Beach Pavilion: $80,000

    Holden Beach commissioners took no action after hearing it would cost almost $80,000 to make permanent repairs to the “new” Holden Beach Pavilion.

    In their regular monthly meeting at Town Hall Tuesday night, commissioners seemed stunned at the amount.

    The lowest of bids was $79,354, and the second-lowest was $84,999. The town first hired an engineer to study the problems and propose a permanent fix for the pavilion.

  • DSS board votes to fire longtime director

    BOLIVIA—At a special meeting Monday night, members of the Brunswick County Social Services Board voted 4-0 to fire longtime director Jamie Orrock, who has been on leave since Aug. 11.

    Assistant county manager Steve Stone, who serves as the liaison to the DSS board, said the 4-0 vote came after board members emerged from a 30-minute closed session. Board member Tina Jackson was absent from the meeting.

  • U.S. Senate race fields Republican, Democrat and Libertarian candidates

    Incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., faces competition from a Democrat and a Libertarian in the race for U.S. Senate.

    Burr, of Winston-Salem, is being challenged for his second term in the U.S. Senate by North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, a Democrat, and Libertarian candidate Michael Beitler.

  • Heated congressional race gets personal

    BOLIVIA—The gloves came off Monday night.

    During the first segment of the Meet the Candidates Night, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., and Republican challenger Ilario Pantano came out swinging—with attacks quickly turning personal during the hour-long segment. 

  • Early voting begins Thursday, Oct. 14

    Early voting for the Nov. 2 General Election begins this Thursday, Oct. 14.

    With early voting locations throughout the county and at the Board of Elections office in Bolivia, voters can cast their ballots early from Oct. 14 until Oct. 30.

    The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26.

    Absentee ballots must be delivered to the Brunswick County Board of Elections by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, if delivered by hand, or by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, if mailed. Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2.

  • ADA faces off against a defense attorney for DA

    An assistant district attorney and a defense attorney will face off Nov. 2.

    But it will be on the ballot for district attorney, not in a courtroom.

    Jon David, a Leland Republican who serves as an assistant district attorney in the 5th prosecutorial district, which includes New Hanover and Pender counties, will face off against Harold “Butch” Pope, a Whiteville Democrat and defense attorney.

    It is his experience as a prosecutor that gives him an advantage over his opponent, David said.