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  • Cigarette butt causes Sunday afternoon fire

    A brush fire broke out in Brunswick County on Sunday afternoon, claiming more than 30 acres and blocking parts of N.C. 211.

    The fire centered between N.C. 211 and Sunset Harbor Road in Bolivia took 11 fire departments and the Forestry Service almost three hours to get under control.

    Portions of the fire continued to smoke and burn on Monday.

    The first fire department on the scene was Sunset Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, followed by St. James Fire Department and the Forestry Service.

  • Dressing for business

    Last week one Shallotte auto parts store manager wore a dress on his day off to deliver auto parts and greet customers.

    He lost a challenge with his employees, and Wednesday was collection day.

    During a tough economy, store managers are seeking ways to increase company morale and sales. One business in Shallotte did just that during December and in early January, the boss had to pay up.

    Justin Garrett, Advance Auto Parts store manager, wanted to find a way to motivate his employees and challenged his sales team.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Lajuan Daniels, 28, of 3166 Rutland Road, Bolivia, was arrested on outstanding warrants from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on two misdemeanor counts.

    •Jesse Lee Campbell, 31, of 2695 Sea Vista Drive, Supply, was charged with trespassing at Walmart.

  • Brunswick County Schools on a two-hour delay Wednesday; Board of Education meeting cancelled

    Updated at 4:58 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11

    Brunswick County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay Wednesday, Jan. 12, according to Superintendent Edward Pruden.

    The Brunswick County Schools Board of Education meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, has been cancelled. No word yet on when the rescheduled meeting will be.


    Brunswick County schools were closed Tuesday, Jan. 11, according to a Connect-Ed call from Superintendent Edward Pruden.

  • Winter weather closings, delays

    Brunswick County Schools are closed Tuesday.

    As of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Holden Beach bridge is closed due to icy conditions. Officials are awaiting NCDOT to re-salt and re-sand the bridge. The bridge reopened at 12:30 p.m.

    Brunswick Community College will open at 11 a.m.

    Brunswick County Schools and offices will be closed Monday in anticipation of wintry weather.

    Brunswick County Governement Complex will be closed Monday due to winter weather.

  • Brunswick County Schools closed Monday

    In anticipation of Monday's projected wintry weather Brunswick County Schools and offices will be closed.

    Superintendent Edward Pruden said although snowfall is not expected to start until later in the morning, the decision was made to close schools because of possible difficulties getting children home safely at the end of the day. The make-up day has been set for Tuesday, Jan. 25.

  • Winter storm warning update: Snow, sleet expected Monday

    A winter storm warning will be in effect for Brunswick County from 6 a.m. Monday through 6 a.m. Tuesday.

    Snow and sleet is expected to fall in the area beginning Monday morning through daybreak Tuesday.

    According to the National Weather Service, precipitation will begin as snow early Monday morning, but it is expected to change to sleet before becoming rain.

    Snow and sleet could accumulate up to about an inch.

    Dangerous travel conditions are expected to develop Monday and linger into Tuesday.

  • Old Sunset Beach bridge disconnected, heads west to mainland

    SUNSET BEACH—Well-wishers watched with nostalgia Friday as the old Sunset Beach bridge was put out of commission and moved down the Intracoastal Waterway toward its new retirement site.

    Around 11:30 a.m., workers with English Construction Co., aided by a tugboat, disconnected and guided the old span out of its half-century-old berth between the mainland and island and drove it a few hundred yards down the waterway.

  • Community members describe desired characteristics of new BCC president

    BOLIVIA—Able to work with and accessible to the community. Appreciative of diversity. Fiscally responsible. Strong morals and values. These are some of the traits community members want the next president of Brunswick Community College to possess.

    The Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees hosted a public forum Thursday at the school, which was open to anyone who wanted to give input on characteristics and traits trustees should look for when selecting the next president.

  • Gore looks back as DA; looks forward to retirement

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part feature series about outgoing district attorney Rex Gore.

    BOLIVIA—Like most careers, former district attorney Rex Gore’s career as the district’s top prosecutor had its ups and its downs.