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  • Post 68 improves to 10-0

    When Ryan Hill led off the game with a home run, it was a sign of things to come as Post 68 routed Hampstead 17-2 in an American Legion baseball game Monday.

    The victory at Hampstead—whose high school varsity finished second in the Class A state championship series—kept the Brunswick County team unbeaten (10-0).

    Hill finished 4-for-5 with a double and the home run. Two other Post 68 players also homered. Elliot Swain hit a grand slam. Ben Maggard hit a three-run home run.

  • Shrimp boat sinks, spills fuel in Varnamtown

    VARNAMTOWN—An old shrimp boat sank in this Brunswick County seafood town last week, spilling fuel into the Lockwood Folly River that required cleanup and a likely citation by the U.S. Coast Guard.

    The 70-foot-long boat, Second Joy, sank last Wednesday night, boat owner Albert Stanley said.

    “I wasn’t expecting it,” Stanley said as he waited out the cleanup with a few other residents Monday inside Robinson’s Seafood near the dock where his boat tipped over on its port side toward the channel.

  • Local African-American activists rejoice about historic presidential election

    Growing up in Brunswick County in the 1950s, the idea of an African-American presidential candidate seemed like a far-off dream for young black men like Joe Butler and Bernest Hewett.

    Educated in segregated schools, they sat in secondhand desks passed on from the white schools. There was no high school in the southwestern end of the county so going to high school meant temporarily boarding in Southport or Whiteville.

  • Forums help county get ready for hurricane season

    It’s no secret Brunswick County has a history with hurricanes.

    Though it has been several years since residents have endured the wrath of a powerful storm like Floyd or Fran, officials at Brunswick County Emergency Services know the possibility exists.

    That’s why they hosted last week’s hurricane forums to prepare Brunswick County’s towns and residents for the possibility of inclement weather.

  • Brunswick County TDA, York receive state tourism awards

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority has received a top honor at the Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina’s (DMANC) annual conference in Asheville.

    On June 2, the DMANC presented its 2007 Destination Marketing Achievement Awards. The Brunswick County TDA received the top award in the large-size bureau publication category for the 2008-2009 Brunswick County Visitors Guide, a printed promotional piece to encourage tourism in the area.

  • First 'Brunswick Cares' to aid replacement home projects June 19

    Jayne Mathews is hoping enough volunteers care to help with assorted housing projects during the first “Brunswick Cares” next Thursday.

    The June 19 event, a day of projects to aid residents of eight county-built replacement homes, is slated for the morning hours—8 a.m. to noon—at various home sites in Brunswick County.

  • Commissioners discuss budget, health insurance

    The Brunswick County Commissioners have decided to send letters to county employees seeking input on what kind of health insurance they would prefer, to increase the prices of meals sold to Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. and to increase the water rate for wholesale customers.

    The commissioners met in a budget workshop Monday afternoon to discuss the proposed 2008-2009 budget and make possible changes.

  • Minimum housing ordinance debated in Calabash

    CALABASH—Following debate, Calabash commissioners Tuesday night approved empowering the town planning and zoning board to develop a minimum housing ordinance.

    “There are some dwellings here in Calabash that are hardly livable, and yet we have no authority under our own ordinance to take any action,” commissioner Cecelia Herman said. “Therefore the planning and zoning board would like the board of commissioners to charge them with writing an ordinance on minimum housing.”

  • Calabash cancels fire services discussion, meets in closed session

    CALABASH—Town commissioners last week canceled a specially called meeting to discuss “fire services.”

    The session scheduled for Friday, June 6, was called two days earlier by Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons.

    When commissioners convened for the meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, Clemmons announced the discussion had been removed from the agenda upon the advice of a consulting attorney.

  • Holden Beach commissioners get look at new budget

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year keeps the town tax rate at 6.9 cents per $100 valuation, but the water rate will go up by 20 cents.

    Hewett presented his proposed $12,601,747 budget to Holden Beach commissioners last Wednesday during a budget workshop in the chapel fellowship hall.

    Holden Beach gets its water from the county. It would be the first rate hike in the water bill in several years.