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  • Brunswick dropout rates fall

    SHALLOTTE—Students at Brunswick County Schools are saying yes to staying in school, according to the latest dropout data released last week. 

  • Community rallies to fix hurricane-damaged road

    Crumbled asphalt and caution tape comprise a vivid portion of spillway road in the Sunset Lakes community that was severely damaged last October by Hurricane Matthew.

    The damage is so severe, residents whose homes are north of the Medcalf Lake spillway in the Sunset Lakes community haven’t been able to drive across since the storm hit Oct. 8.

  • Sunset Beach to consider gazebo contract, cabanas Feb. 6

    Sunset Beach Town Council will consider a contract for a reduced-size covered seating area, aka gazebo or picnic shelter, at its upcoming meeting Monday night, Feb. 6.

    At their Jan. 9 meeting, council members approved a 20-by-20-foot metal structure with an asphalt roof to be located south of the restrooms in Sunset Beach Town Park. The cost is to be covered by state matching grant funding through the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF).

  • Carolina Shores seeks volunteers Feb. 2

    The town of Carolina Shores is inviting interested residents and business owners to a volunteer kick-off meeting for 2017, scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the town hall boardroom at 200 Persimmon Road.

    The town is interested in engaging with stakeholders to achieve collaboration in the following areas:

    Environmental management — trees, beautification, solid waste/recycling, water quality. Teams that need volunteers are:

    1. Tree resource management — volunteer to be a tree resource manager/inspector

  • Fledging group pursues animal rights legislation

    A newly forming animal-rights group convened in Shallotte last week to address legislative issues it hopes to pursue at the state level.

    Kimberly Sherwood, volunteer coordinator for the fledgling local chapter of Advocates for Animal Rights (AFAR), led discussion on puppy mill legislation introduced in Raleigh during the Jan. 23 session at Golden Corral in Shallotte.

  • Line break prompts boil water advisory

    Brunswick County Public Utilities issued a boil water advisory Monday, Jan. 30, for customers on the N.C. 211 corridor between Midway and Long Beach roads including, but not limited to, the town of St. James, The Regency, Arbor Creek, Abbington Oaks and West Trace.

    The areas experienced periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system because of a main line rupture caused by construction work. Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

  • NHRMC restricts visitation to protect against flu spread

    With an increase in flu cases being reported in the region, New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) is taking steps to limit its spread within hospital facilities and the community. In addition to restricting those with flu symptoms from visiting patients, NHRMC is asking community members to refrain from taking children to any NHRMC hospital facility unless it’s for the child’s treatment.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks info on Supply break-in, assault

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are offering a $1,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for a recent home invasion and assault in Supply. 

    Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said just before midnight on Jan. 22, two men, both estimated to be 6 feet tall and weight between 150 and 160 pounds broke into a home located in the 2900 block of Old Ferry Connection Road. One of the men had a firearm and assaulted one of the victims who were home at the time of the break-in.

  • Three men charged in vehicle break-in sprees

    Three men accused of stealing items from vehicles in Brunswick County face more than 50 charges each.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested Christopher Shawn Dufrasne, 18, of Northeast 62nd Street in Oak Island; Cameron Kyle Kirkham, 22, of Pickerell Drive in Southport; and Roy Edward Patterson III, 27, of Sweet Bay Drive in Southport on Friday, Jan. 20.

  • Holden Beach Central Reach Project may finish ahead of schedule

    HOLDEN BEACH — Should the Central Reach Project be completed early, Holden Beach may be able to use the dredges in place to replace 100 cubic yards of sand lost as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

    Town Manager David Hewett said about 20,000 cubic yards of sand — the length of a football field and six feet deep — a day are being placed with an estimated completion date for the project late February or early March.