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  • County and college team to offer flight medic prep course

     CAROLINA SHORES — The helicopter landing on one of Brunswick Community College’s satellite campuses Tuesday, March 10, wasn’t by accident.

    Brunswick Community College and county officials welcomed the helicopter — and more than 50 students — from four different states for a flight paramedic preparation course.

  • Leaders discuss ideas, plan to apply for $10K grant

     BOLIVIA — Last June, health professionals and other community leaders convened at the Brunswick County Health Department to discuss Project Lazarus for the first time.

    On Thursday, March 5,  eight months after that initial meeting, a team of Project Lazarus coalition members gathered there again to begin the preliminary stages of applying for a $10,000 grant that would be used to battle the prescription painkiller epidemic in the region.

  • Five fires in nine days kill five people, destroy four homes

     Five Brunswick County house fires in a nine-day span have killed five people and destroyed four homes.

    One of two people burned in a Winnabow house fire Tuesday, March 3, died later that day, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    Michael “Mike” Powell, 51, succumbed to his injuries about 6:30 p.m. at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, Garner said in a news release issued Friday, March 6.

  • Lack of participation in national nutrition program creates $500K deficit

     BOLIVIA — A federal schools nutrition program designed to feed Brunswick County elementary and middle school students at no cost to the student has created a sizable deficit for the local school district. 

    While many students are eating for free through a Community Eligibility Provision, it’s costing the district $500,000, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said during a budget work session Tuesday, March 10.

  • Sunset Beach work session March 17

    Discussion about beach patrol operations is on the agenda of Sunset Beach Town Council’s upcoming monthly work session Tuesday, March 17.

    The session is scheduled for 9 a.m. in the town hall conference room.

    Other agenda items up for discussion include the town budget calendar and adoption, a board of adjustment term expiration appointment, planning board membership structure and a Sunset at Sunset staff member assignment.

  • Fish and Wildlife kills county utilities for Sunset Beach project

    By Brian Slattery and Laura Lewis

    A threat to federal funding has spurred Brunswick County commissioners to rescind a plan to extend water and sewer to a proposed oceanfront development in Sunset Beach.

    At their Feb. 16 meeting, board members revoked a policy to expand utility lines to Sunset Beach West, a controversial 21-lot subdivision developer Sammy Varnam plans to build beyond Mad Inlet at the west end of the Sunset Beach island.

    Varnam said this week he will continue with plans to build Sunset Beach West and have it be self-sustaining.

  • Residents voice concerns about Ocean Isle Beach terminal groin

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ten of 14 people who spoke at a March 3 public hearing expressed concerns about proposed plans to have a terminal groin installed at the east end of Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers environmental impact statement (EIS), the town of Ocean Isle Beach is seeking state and federal permits to allow for the proposed shoreline protection project to help mitigate chronic erosion on the eastern portion of the town’s oceanfront shoreline tying into Shallotte Inlet.

  • Citizens question Sunset Beach appearance requirements

    SUNSET BEACH — Landscaping, or the lack thereof, is creating a problem along 27th Street.

    Sunset Beach resident Jan Harris, speaking at a town planning board meeting last Thursday, March 6, urged the board to take a closer look at language in the town unified development ordinance.

    Harris also distributed photographs of the condos on the island street.

  • Carolina Shores budget retreat is Friday the 13th

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is getting ready for its annual retreat.

    The once-a-year daylong budgetary planning session starts at 9 a.m. Friday, March 13, in town commissioners’ chambers in Carolina Shores Town Hall at 200 Persimmon Road.

    Announcement of the upcoming retreat came at commissioners’ monthly meeting last Thursday, March 5.

    Commissioners will begin preliminary steps toward mapping out and planning the town budget for fiscal 2015-16.

  • Two men accused of sexually assaulting children

    Two Brunswick County accused of sexually assaulting children in separate cases were arrested Thursday, March 5.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 19-year-old Shimon Curtis Hales, of T Street, and charged him with three counts of statutory rape, three counts of sexual offense and three counts of indecent liberties with a child. 

    The incidents, which involve a girl younger than 14 and a girl younger than 16, occurred between Feb. 28 and March 5, warrants show.