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  • Commissioners approve skyway resolution for northern route; officially terminate OIB park contract

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners support the northern route for the proposed Cape Fear Skyway, which would connect Brunswick and New Hanover counties.

    At their last meeting Jan. 19, commissioners approved a resolution, with commissioners chairman Bill Sue calling the northern route, “the best alternative they’ve come up with yet.”

    “I would recommend strongly this board approve the concept of the northern route,” Sue told his fellow commissioners. “If we don’t do something now, we’re going to be stymied.”

  • Top Easley aide, attorney indicted by federal grand jury

    Former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley has been charged with no wrongdoing, but a top aide in his administration and former assistant has been indicted on 51 criminal counts by a federal grand jury.

    On Thursday, Jan. 21, a federal grand jury returned a 51-count indictment on Charles Ruffin Poole, 37, of Raleigh, charging him with extortion, bribery, aiding in racketeering, mail fraud, money laundering and monetary transactions in criminally derived property, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

  • Shallotte aldermen select Pease to fill Kelly's term

    Shallotte aldermen have selected election runner-up Michael Pease to fill the unexpired term of Buddy Kelly, who was elected mayor in November.

    During Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting, alderman Alan Lewis nominated Pease to fill the seat. Alderman Jimmy Bellamy seconded the nomination.

    Alderman Walt Eccard nominated former alderman John Kinlaw, who ran unsuccessfully for the mayor’s seat in the November election.

  • Hospital authority chairman on VA facility, other uses for hospital

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about the needs of veterans in Brunswick County and examining the possibility of a VA facility in Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County Commissioners have thrown their full support behind converting Brunswick Community Hospital to a Veterans Affairs facility once Novant Health opens the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center and vacates the current facility.

    But the decision is not up to them.

  • Tracking candidates: Hill to defend seat; Tabor city Republican to challenge him

    Longtime state representative Dewey Hill has announced he plans to seek his 10th term in the N.C. General Assembly.

    Hill, a Whiteville Democrat, announced Tuesday he planned to run for re-election for House District 20, which represents Columbus County and a portion of Brunswick County.

  • Property owners sue developer, employees for real estate, mortgage schemes and racketeering

    Property owners in Ocean Ridge Plantation have sued one of Brunswick County’s biggest real estate developers for real estate fraud, mortgage fraud and racketeering.

    More than 60 property owners in Ocean Ridge Plantation have filed a lawsuit against Mark Saunders, president and CEO of the Coastal Companies, the parent company of Ocean Ridge Plantation.

  • Brunswick County resumes use of animal euthanasia gas chamber



    Brunswick County has resumed use of an animal euthanasia carbon monoxide chamber, a health department official said Tuesday.

    David Stanley, Brunswick County director of environmental services, which oversees animal services, said the chamber passed state inspection by an industrial hygienist last Friday.

    Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey said the chamber was activated this week to euthanize animals that cannot be safely euthanized by injection (EBI).

  • Superintendent resigns from position

    First reported at 7:26 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. Updated 8:55 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee voluntarily resigned from her position Thursday night.

    At a specially called meeting, board chairperson Bud Thorsen announced McGee and the board came to a "mutual agreement," and McGee's resignation would be effective Jan. 31.

  • Children's entertainer Roger Day performs Saturday at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    Back by popular demand, entertainer Roger Day will perform in a concert presented by Smart Start of Brunswick County at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Admission is free with donation of nonperishable food items. Proceeds will be donated to Brunswick Family Assistance.

    Day is renowned for writing and singing award-winning children’s music, taking inspiration from The Beatles, U2 and even The Clash.

  • Report on fatal parasail incident to be complete in March

    The U.S. Coast Guard’s investigation into the August parasailing incident on Ocean Isle Beach that resulted in the deaths of two women is scheduled to be complete in March, the lead investigator reports.

    Lt. Chester Warren of the U.S. Coast Guard stated recently once his report is complete, he will forward it to the USCG’s Fifth District Commander for “additional review, analysis and endorsement to ensure my findings are accurate and complete.”