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  • Human services consolidation bill passes third reading in state Senate

    RALEIGH—A bill to consolidate local heath and human services boards passed its third reading in the state Senate last week.

    Senate bill 433, the local human services administration bill, passed its third reading in the Senate 40 votes to 9 votes last Thursday, April 28.

    After a first reading in the House, the bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Human Services, assistant county administrator Steve Stone said.

  • Fallen officer memorial scheduled for May 9

    SHALLOTTE—The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office Annual Peace Officer Memorial Day Ceremony will be in Brunswick County for the first time next week.

    Larry Prince, father of slain Boiling Spring Lakes police officer Mitch Prince, said he expects more than 1,000 people at the annual event.

    “The state has a memorial service every year, usually right around this time. It moves around the state. Last year, they asked me where I would like it to be, and I said Brunswick County,” Prince said.

  • Taco Bell opening Monday

    SHALLOTTE—“I want a chalupa, a burrito, a Crunchwrap Supreme and two soft tacos with hot sauce.”

    These words will be heard in Shallotte on Monday as Taco Bell officially comes to town.

    The highly anticipated opening of the new Taco Bell location on Main Street in Shallotte has been announced for 5 p.m. Monday, May 9.

    While the opening is technically a soft opening, they expect to be busy. A grand opening event will be planned for the near future.

  • Mother of slain football star pleads with the community for help

    SOUTHPORT—Surrounded by her mother and father, Joyce Hankins pleaded with the community to come forward with information about the shooting death of her son Marcus Hankins.

    During a Monday morning press conference at Southport Town Hall, Hankins asked anyone with information that might help solve the shooting death of her son to come forward.

  • VIDEO: Brunswick Beat for April 27, 2011




    Much of Brunswick County has remained dry but windy today, however, the National Weather Service has extended the tornado watch for Brunswick County through 8 p.m. Thursday.

    Storms and accompanying tornadoes that wrought destruction and death Wednesday in Alabama and other portions of the South are moving northeast toward our area. Several tornado warnings have been issued throughout the day for nearby counties, including neighboring Columbus.


  • DSS board joins health board in opposing human services consolidation bill

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services have joined the county’s health board in opposing a bill pending in the General Assembly that could consolidate the two boards.

    At their meeting Tuesday night, members of the county’s DSS board adopted a resolution opposing Senate Bill 433, the local human services administration bill.

    Senate Bill 433 was introduced March 29 by State Sen. Fletcher Hartsell Jr., a Republican from Concord.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office ACE Roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Shallotte tackles 2011-2012 budget

    The detailed process of going line item by line item to balance a budget for the town has begun. Shallotte aldermen met last Wednesday to begin the process.

    The first budgets analyzed by the board were for the governing body and administration.

    Maria Gaither, finance director, led the board through a line-by-line expenditure report comparing requested funds to last year’s budget.

    “I am very impressed with the department heads so far and the cuts they have made,” Gaither said.

  • Community Watch group learns about Project LifeSaver

    Are you a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Down syndrome, autism or other brain-related disorders? Do you fear your loved one may wander away one day?

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office in association with the Pilot Club of South Brunswick Islands is reaching out to the community to get more people involved in Project Lifesaver, a rescue program for individuals with wandering syndrome.