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  • Rouzer speaks on election, reform, more in Calabash

    CALABASH — A roomful of residents brought concerns about health care, veterans’ issues and the upcoming presidential election at a Coffee with Congressman Rouzer event Tuesday morning at a local restaurant.

    Rouzer, R-N.C. 7th District, spoke about House Republicans’ “A Better Way” reform plan in six areas at the Aug. 9 gathering at Dockside Seafood House Restaurant.

  • School board approves 2016-17 budget

    BOLIVIA— The Brunswick County Board of Education members unanimously approved the 2016-17 budget resolution presented to them at a budget meeting Tuesday, Aug. 9.

    Total funds for the upcoming school year are $126,502,595, up $1.3 million, or 4 percent, from the previous school year, based on a second-year funding agreement with Brunswick County. Discussion to renew the agreement will begin in early 2017, school district finance officer Freyja Cahill said. Enrollment is also expected to increase by 162 students, or 1 percent, from last school year.

  • Court upholds insurance commissioner’s ruling

    A three-judge panel upheld the North Carolina Department of Insurance commissioner’s decision to reject a 2014 homeowner’s insurance rate increase sought by the insurance industry.

    North Carolina Court of Appeals Judges Douglas McCullough, Richard Dietz and John Tyson filed a decision Aug. 2 affirming the NCDOI decision.

    In January 2014, the N.C. Rate Bureau requested a 25.6 percent increase in homeowner’s insurance rates across the state.

  • Local residents now have opportunity to ‘adopt’ local cops

    TOWN CREEK — After hearing about the deaths of five Dallas, Texas police officers last month, Tamie Keel knew she had to do something to show her husband, Leland police Sgt. John Keel, and other local law enforcement officers just how much their service and sacrifice mean to eastern North Carolina residents.

    On July 20, Keel posted on a Facebook page for wives of law enforcement officers about bringing the Adopt-a-Cop initiative to Brunswick County.

    “That’s all I had to do, and everybody jumped on it —‘yes,’” she said.

  • Smith receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Not much gets by Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith, especially when she’s running town meetings, but she was surprised when she received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at the Aug. 9 meeting.

    State Rep. Frank Iler, under the guise of presenting a legislative update to the town board, presented the award, one of the state’s highest civilian awards conferred by the governor of North Carolina.

  • County seeks Holden Beach nature park grant funding

    Brunswick County will seek state grant funding to begin building in the Holden Beach nature park.

    Commissioners approved applying for grant funds with a split vote, 3-2, at their Aug. 1 meeting.

    In February, commissioners authorized staff to submit a pre-application grant proposal to the Division of Coastal Management.

  • Sunset Beach Town Councilman Lou De Vita resigns

    With a year left to go in his third term, Sunset Beach Town Councilman Lou De Vita has resigned effective Aug. 31.

    De Vita, 76, submitted a letter of resignation this past Monday, Aug. 8, to officials at Sunset Beach Town Hall, Town Administrator Susan Parker said.

    “Due to changing conditions I cannot longer (sic) devote the amount of time and energy that I feel is required to adequately represent the citizens of this community,” reads De Vita’s letter dated Aug. 7.

  • Brunswick County awarded FEMA funds

    Brunswick County has been awarded $15,232 in federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/ Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

  • One person injured in Shallotte house fire

    One person was taken by ambulance to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington to be treated for injuries after an electrical fire at a Shallotte residence Wednesday, Aug. 3.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said the 911 call for the fire in the 1600 block of Pacific Drive came in at 6:30 a.m.

    The victim, who was not identified, is expected to recover, Garner said.

    Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department, Shallotte Fire Department, Sunset Beach Fire Station and Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department responded to the call, he said.

  • Man to serve more than seven years for trafficking heroin

    A Supply man will serve at least seven years in prison for trafficking heroin two years ago.

    Superior Court Judge Cash Martin convicted 34-year-old Kevin Jermaine Hankins of trafficking 28 or more grams of heroin after a guilty plea Wednesday, Aug. 3, and sentenced him to a minimum of 90 months in prison, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.