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  • VIDEOS INCLUDED: Breazeale, Pantano battle for GOP nomination for Congress to represent Brunswick County

    Two men—both Iraq War veterans and both seeking the GOP nomination for Congress—squared off last week at the GOP’s 7th Congressional District Candidates’ Forum at the Brunswick County Republican Party’s headquarters in Supply.

    Will Breazeale, who won the GOP nomination in 2008, but lost to incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre, was joined by Ilario Pantano, a newcomer to the national political scene.

    Both candidates talked about their respective military experience, healthcare reform and national security.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's deputies in helicopter rescue two lost women

    Two women lost in the woods last week were rescued by sheriff’s deputies after being spotted by the sheriff’s office helicopter.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer April Stanley said two women, 76-year-old Nora Milligan and 55-year-old Kathy Fairchild, were walking their dogs on the dirt roads off Benton Road in Supply when they became lost in woods around 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 24.

  • Two people killed after collision on Old Georgetown Road

    A head-on collision killed two Brunswick County men Thursday on Old Georgetown Road.

    William Stanley, 85, of 1084 High Point Ave., Calabash, was traveling north on Old Georgetown when he ran off the road, swerved back onto the road, crossed the center line and struck the vehicle drive by Robert Gurganus, 77, of 556 Lizmore Place, Ocean Isle Beach, according to Trooper M.R. Strangman of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

    Stanley was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:25 a.m.

  • CRC finds terminal groins feasible

    SUNSET BEACH—According to members of the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission (CRC), terminal groins are feasible and have been proven to be effective as erosion control measures.

    Members voted 8-5 Thursday during a meeting at Sea Trail Resort and Conference Center in Sunset Beach to submit a recommendation to the N.C. General Assembly that terminal groins, if used in conjunction with beach nourishment, can be feasible. But because of the individuality of inlets, terminal groins require site-specific analysis.

  • Sharon UMC’s new building to open Easter Sunday

    What started out as an unheated log cabin schoolhouse serving as a church in 1825 has transformed into Sharon United Methodist Church on Holden Beach Road.

    The church has seen its share of buildings over the years, and now, on Easter Sunday, if all goes according to plan, the church’s members will have their first services in a new, larger building. It has been made possible by the generosity of the congregation and years of planning.

  • County, town governments can't call bonds on stalled projects until 2011

    Shallotte officials say they want to help owners of land that is now unusable because developers haven’t completed the infrastructure. A state law, however, has placed a hold on calling bonds to allow the projects to be completed.

    That’s not good news for the 60-plus property owners in uncompleted phases of Rivers Edge in Shallotte, several of whom recently asked the town board for assistance. The group learned at a board meeting the state law had tied the town’s hands.

  • Brunswick County dips to 38th fastest-growing county in the country

    Once the 14th fastest-growing county in the country, recent U.S. Census estimates rank Brunswick County as the 38th fastest-growing county in the country.

    U.S. Census population estimates released March 23 show Brunswick County as the 38th fastest-growing county in the nation with an estimated 107,062 people in July 2009. Compared to an estimated 73,107 people in April 2000, Brunswick County’s population increased by 33,955 people, or 46.4 percent in the 10-year period.

  • Convicted sex offender eligible for parole

    A Brunswick County man sentenced to life in prison in 1988 for first-degree sex offense is eligible for parole in 2013, according to the North Carolina Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission.

    According to the commission, David A. Bullard, 59, will be eligible for parole March 17, 2013, through the commission’s Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP).

  • McIntyre, VA official to visit Brunswick County next week

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., will be in Brunswick County next week, joined by VA Deputy Undersecretary for Health Operations and Management William Schoenhard.

    The visit, McIntyre said, is for McIntyre and Schoenhard to tour Brunswick Community Hospital—a site McIntyre supports converting to a future VA facility once Novant Health moves into the new hospital, slated for summer 2011.

  • General Assembly to decide whether to lift ban on terminal groins

    Previously not allowed in North Carolina, the General Assembly will decide if it will make an exception to the hardened structures ban and allow the construction of terminal groins along the coastline.

    Or elected members may decide to keep the current ban in place.

    The General Assembly enacted Session Law 2009-479 in August, which instructed the Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) to conduct a study to determine the feasibility and advisability of terminal groins as erosion control devices and report back its findings by April 1.