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  • Increased access to health-care providers prompts county health clinic closure

    Brunswick County announced it will close its adult health clinic by June 1.

    The changing face of Brunswick County in the past decade made the county adult health clinic unnecessary, health department director David Stanley said.

    “There have been big changes from 10 years ago until now,” he said.

    The adult health care clinic began operating about 10 years ago to provide additional access to health care in the county by offering screening, diagnosis and management of health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

  • Cumbie to serve as BCAR interim CEO after Candler’s resignation

     SUPPLY — Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR) Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Director Cynthia Cumbie will serve as the organization’s interim CEO following the resignation of Steve Candler.

    Candler resigned effective May 28 to take a similar position in Bozeman, Mont. He has served as BCAR CEO since 2005.

  • Local leaders discuss ways to create funding source for beach projects

     SUPPLY — The Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR) announced earlier this year that one of its legislative goals was to establish a dedicated funding source to beach nourishment and renourishment projects.

    The organization took its first step in that direction Monday, May 4, as local leaders convened at 101 Stone Chimney Place to discuss how Brunswick County could contribute in establishing a beach management program for the Tar Heel State’s coastal communities. 

  • West students rally to make Relay for Life a success

     SHALLOTTE — On the 2015 Brunswick County Relay for Life web site, survivors were given the opportunity to share stories about their courageous fight.

    “I will proudly walk the Survivors Lap at Relay for Life this year,” one survivor wrote.

    “This is me, and I am a survivor,” wrote another.

    Those cancer survivors and more took center stage at Brunswick County’s annual Relay for Life event Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, at M.H. Rourk Stadium on the campus of West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

  • Sunset Beach looking at tax hike to at least 16 cents

    SUNSET BEACH — A majority of town council has indicated it favors increasing the town tax rate at least 5½ cents, to 16 cents per $100 of valuation.

    The informal poll came at the board’s last workshop April 29 before the proposed fiscal 2015-2016 budget public hearing at council’s upcoming monthly meeting next Monday night, May 11.

  • Animal advocates teach Petucation at Jessie Mae

    It was no ordinary school day when Ronna Sue Graham and “Miss Di,” her Welsh corgi/pit bull mix therapy dog, showed up for fourth-grade classes last week at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School.

    Graham and her dog were among volunteers who have been taking part in hour-long Petucation classes at the elementary school in Ash.

  • No tax increase planned in Calabash

    CALABASH — Town taxpayers can expect to see no new property tax increase in their bills for fiscal year 2015-16.

    That’s what the Calabash Board of Commissioners have indicated as it convened for its final scheduled budget workshop last Wednesday, April 29.

  • Ash man pleads guilty to assaulting officer, rape and kidnapping charges dismissed

     Rape and kidnapping charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement that will send an Ash man to state prison for at least three years.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced 32-year-old Richard Tremaine Gore to 41 to 77 months in the N.C. Department of Correction after he pleaded guilty April 23 to assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, possession of firearm by a felon and fleeing to elude arrest.

  • Brunswick Business Incubator slated to open in August

     LELAND — Seven years ago, Jim Bradshaw and others shared a progressive idea to launch a business and industry incubator in Brunswick County.

    Now, his dream is well on its way to becoming a reality as Brunswick Community College officials announced last week the incubator would be open in the middle of August.

  • Crews repair broken water main in Holden Beach

     Some Holden Beach residents were without water for nearly two hours Tuesday, May 5, as public works crews repaired a broken water main.

    The water main in the area of Ocean Boulevard West and Salisbury Street broke sometime before noon Tuesday and was repaired just after 1 p.m., town officials confirmed.

    The break affected 409-427 Ocean Blvd. W. and all properties on Salisbury Street, town manager David Hewett said.