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  • House fires leave two families homeless

    Two house fires in two days have left two Brunswick County families homeless.

    The first fire broke out inside an occupied mobile home Sunday afternoon, March 30, at 7084 Old Georgetown Road.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey said the fire was reported at 4:11 p.m. at the single-wide home across the street from a Brunswick County EMS station.

    People inside the home were able to escape, but two puppies died. A third puppy was saved by rescue workers who administered oxygen.

  • Changes under way at Calabash Volunteer EMS

    CALABASH — Change is afoot at Calabash Volunteer Emergency Medical Services.

    One of the changes for the 31-year-old department occurred last October when EMT-1 Mark Powers was appointed chief, replacing Nick Todd who served as chief for a few months, department spokeswoman Amanda King said.

    There are other changes, as well.

    Precept is a newly implemented program for new members-in-training.

  • Bridge replacement near Leland results in road closure

    A bridge replacement project on N.C. 87 near Leland is scheduled to begin Monday, April 7, weather permitting.

    The project to replace the Hood Creek Bridge means N.C. 87 will be closing two miles north of Colon Mintz Road. Motorists can detour the closure by taking U.S. 17 to U.S. 74/76 back to N.C. 87 and vice versa.The North Carolina Department of Transportation advises motorists to use caution while traveling in the area and expect delays.

  • Defense moves to suppress evidence in Grissett murder trial

    BOLIVIA — A judge is considering a motion to suppress evidence in the trial of a man accused of beating an 86-year-old Longwood woman to death with his hands.

    Judge Wayland Sermons, a senior resident judge in the 2nd Judicial District for Beaufort, Hyde, Martin, Tyrell and Washington counties, is presiding over the trial of Richard Hugh Grissett in Brunswick County Criminal Superior Court, which began Monday, March 31. The trial is expected to last about two weeks.

  • Dosher Hospital begins patient care unit renovation

    Dosher Memorial Hospital, 924 N. Howe St. in Southport, has begun the major renovation of its medical/surgical Inpatient Care Unit (ICU).

  • BEMC awards $35,550 in community grants

    Twenty-four projects were selected from a field of nearly 50 applicants to receive funding for their programs from Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.’s Community Grant program. This year’s grants total was $35,550 for projects to be implemented in Brunswick and Columbus counties.

  • Dosher CEO sports beard in ‘Hair for Hope’ challenge

    Sometimes the best ideas are not planned. They just happen in a moment of inspiration. Such was the case with the beard that now occupies the face of Tom Siemers, CEO of Dosher Memorial Hospital.

    It all began one morning in mid-February when Siemers accidentally cut himself shaving. Several days later, the cut got infected and, as the infection grew worse, Siemers paid a visit to Dosher’s emergency department, where he was treated and told he couldn’t shave for at least two weeks.

  • ATMC customers could lose 14 networks Monday

    Viacom International Inc., owner of the MTV Networks group, may remove 14 of its channels from ATMC’s cable TV lineup and the lineups of more than 5 million cable TV customers nationwide at midnight Monday, March 31, according to the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC).

  • Shallotte locksmith faces sexual assault charges

    Deputies have arrested a Shallotte locksmith accused of committing sexual assault, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    David Rodriguez, 52, of Evans Circle SW, was arrested Thursday, March 27, on two counts of second-degree sexual assault in an incident that occurred the previous day.

    Rodriguez “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did engage in a sex offense” with a victim who was “at the time physically helpless,” arrest warrants show.

  • Unemployment numbers rise in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate rose for the third month in a row, reaching 8.7 percent for January 2014.

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

    After a year of steady decreases in unemployment numbers through the end of 2013, the unemployment rate hit a low of 7.7 percent in October.

    Since October, Brunswick County has increased one full point in unemployment numbers.