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  • Board names Oates schools’ associate superintendent

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Jerry Oates as Brunswick County Schools associate superintendent.

    Beforestarting with the district as executive director of human resources in July 2015, Oates served as assistant principal at New Hanover High School and principal at Lakeside High School, Mosley Performance Learning Center and Williston Middle School, according to a district news release.

  • Court of Appeals panel hears two local cases in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA— The Brunswick County Courthouse served as the location for a special North Carolina Court of Appeals session Tuesday to commemorate the court’s 50th anniversary.

    Among those who attended were students, lawyers and court personnel, in addition to the general public.

  • Legislation, education address opioid crisis

    SUPPLY — While the opioid epidemic cannot be solved within this decade, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said, work is being done toward turning the tide. 

    Stein spoke about the crisis, and what the government is doing about it, during the Brunswick County Opioid Task Force’s Sept. 20 meeting. Its members are law enforcement officers, faith-based community representatives, medical and treatment providers, and many others throughout the county. 

  • Family farms strive to adapt to changes in rural marketplace

    Sam Bellamy steered a tractor into the barnyard at Indigo Farms at high noon last Friday and was soon greeted by a cacophony of hinnies, roosters and geese flocked beside a nearby pond.

    The Indigo farm animals, he said, were once again “making a joyful noise.”

    In the background, horses and hinnies grazed in a fenced area. Inside the Indigo Farms Produce Market, employee Rita Estrada waited on customers amid displays of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, just in time for the first day of fall.

  • Tapas & Tour on Greenlands Farm menu Oct. 7

    An afternoon of good food, conversation, homestead living and the freshly prepared cuisine of Chef Melon Corsini highlight Greenlands Farm’s Annual Fall Tapas & Tour from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.

    The afternoon begins with delicious tapas prepared by Corsini featuring ingredients grown right on the renowned family farm at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia.

    Fine wine and craft beer are chosen by a local wine connoisseur and are available for purchase by the glass or bottle.

  • Brunswick County Emergency Services included in swift water and flood rescue award

    North Carolina has received the international Higgins and Langley Award for Outstanding Achievement in Swift Water Rescue for the coordinated local, state and federal response in October 2016 to Hurricane Matthew.

    One of the agencies contributing to the Hurricane Matthew rescue effort recognized by the Higgins and Langley board was Brunswick County Emergency Services.

  • League of Women Voters to sponsor candidate forums

    The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear is sponsoring a series of candidate forums for certain Brunswick County municipal elections before Election Day, Nov. 7.

  • Calabash Town Hall Day set for Oct. 6

    The public is invited to meet local service providers as Calabash Town Hall Day takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road across from Calabash Town Hall.

    Highlights include the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office with its singing quartet, animal protective services, IMPACT unit, detention officer, telecommunicator, volunteer services and ACE unit.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council to meet Oct. 2

    Sunset Beach Town Council is scheduled to address park rules, a 12-foot easement for Twin Lakes Restaurant, Palm Cove appeal hearings and the Medcalf Drive roadway at members’ upcoming meeting Monday, Oct. 2, in the town hall meeting room at 700 Sunset Blvd. N.

    The session starts with a 6 p.m. closed session to consult with Town Attorney Grady Richardson on pending litigation and to receive legal advice, followed by a work session at 6:45 p.m., which is open to the public.

    The regular meeting with regular agenda items follows at 7 p.m.

  • Sykes appointed to NACo committees

    Brunswick County commissioner Pat Sykes has been appointed to serve as Homeland Security Subcommittee vice chairwoman for the National Association of Counties (NACo) Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee and a member of the NACo Immigration Reform Task Force and Military Services Committee.

    Sykes previously was named a member of the NACo Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee, the Veterans Military Services Committee and the Immigration Reform Task Force in 2016.