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  • Accused heroin trafficker released after posting $6M bail

    A Shallotte man charged in one of Brunswick County’s largest heroin seizures was released on $6 million bail from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Wednesday, Aug. 5.

  • Day treatment program discussions continue

     BOLIVIA — For the last six months, Brunswick County Board of Education members and Brunswick County Schools staff have considered establishing a day treatment program for special needs students.

    Those discussions continued at a Tuesday, Aug. 4, regular school board meeting as assistant superintendent Deanne Meadows told board members the district and a mental health agency have yet to come to terms on a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that would expedite the process of implementing the program.

  • Entrepreneur’s motivation for success born in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County native Rickey Miller moved north to find his calling as a business owner and entrepreneur, but attributes growing up in the Ocean Isle Beach area to making his success possible.

    Miller grew up on Sommerset Road between Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach.

    “Living in Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte made me who I am,” Miller said.

    A 1976 graduate of West Brunswick High School, he went to technical school in Atlanta before finding his first career in West Virginia working in coal mines.

  • County unemployment continues increase, above 7 percent for June

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate has risen nearly one full point in two months, to 7.1 percent in June, since hitting a low of 6.2 percent in April.

    The numbers are up for a second month after rising from a 6.9 percent unemployment rate in May.

    Unemployment in Brunswick County crept back above 7 percent just as it did one year ago when the June 2014 unemployment rate hit 7.4 percent.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

  • Town Creek Park senior site adds to BSRI 2015 projects

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI) is preparing to open a 10th senior site in the county.

    County commissioners approved a request from BSRI at their July 20 meeting for more than $29,000 to fund a nutrition site in the Town Creek Park community building: $2,628 to purchase set-up equipment and $26,580 to operate the site for one year.

    BSRI provides programs and services for Brunswick County residents 60 and older — a population that is estimated at more than 40,000.

  • East end street closings hearing Sept. 8

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials will host a public hearing on commissioners’ intent to permanently close portions of eight streets on the east end of the island for a planned development.

    At their July 14 town meeting, town commissioners unanimously approved a preliminary conceptual plan for the 47-lot, gated development on the east end of the island beyond Shallotte Boulevard.

  • Fort Anderson Confederate flag in need of repair

    Controversy over displaying the Confederate flag has arisen in Southern states following the June 17 massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

    But the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson visitor’s center in Winnabow has had to take down its Confederate flag for another reason: To save it from deteriorating.

    Jim McKee, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson historian, said the flag, which has been on display on a wall in the museum, was ready for an upgraded display with a conservation-grade case.

  • Sunset Beach OKs funding merchants group

    SUNSET BEACH — Following lengthy debate, town council has approved a compromise giving $15,000 to the Sunset Beach Business & Merchants Association for the next four months along with a separate request for proposals (RFP) measure requiring tourism and marketing entities to apply for funding in the future.

    Council also approved a town grant funding policy for nonprofits requiring a 1:1 cash match.

  • Carolina Shores expected to oppose sales tax change

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners is poised to approve a resolution Thursday opposing another sales tax redistribution measure in North Carolina.

    At the board’s monthly workshop Monday, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said while Senate Bill 369 proposing sales tax redistribution was withdrawn, the measure has re-emerged in the state budget.

  • Former Leland police officer makes first appearance on attempted murder charges

     A former Leland police lieutenant accused of leading officers on a high-speed chase last September made his first appearance in Brunswick County Superior Court this week on multiple felony charges, including attempted murder.