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Today's News

  • State election board denies new primary

    The state Board of Elections denied Tuesday a new Brunswick County’s District 4 County Commissioner Republican primary election.

    The NCBOE voted 4-1 after a public hearing May 31 in Raleigh.

    State Board of Elections chairman A. Grant Whitney Jr., secretary Rhonda Amoroso and board member Joshua Malcolm, all Republicans, and Democrat board member James Baker voted to deny the election. Democrat board member Maja Kricker cast the dissenting vote.

  • Sunset Beach closes fire station because of mold

    Sunset Beach Fire Station No. 2 at 7149 Old Georgetown Road has been closed until further notice because of mold.

    Town Administrator Susan Parker sent out a memo about the closure to town council members Tuesday.

    Parker said Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey plans to schedule a test to determine the type of mold in the four-year-old building and type of remediation.

  • Sunset Beach calls special meeting on Senate Bill 875

    The next steps in response to Senate Bill 875 will be addressed at a special called Sunset Beach Town Council meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 2, at town hall council chambers.

    Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts called the meeting last Thursday after the controversial bill was approved by the Senate Committee on State and Local Government on May 24.

  • Posthumous Purple Heart for a World War I hero

    CALABASH — Ninety-eight years after a teenage hero died in World War I in 1918, his great-nephew paid tribute to him on Memorial Day 2016.

    Nearly a century ago, 16-year-old Robert Anthony Strzempek II, the son of Polish immigrants living in Scranton, Pa., lied about his age so he could join the Army on April 27, 1917, and fight in the First World War in Europe.

    Strzempek was killed in action in Cierges, France, on Oct. 18, 1918, two weeks before the armistice that ended the war was signed.

  • Man, son die in Sunset Beach Jet Ski accident

    By Laura Lewis and Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writers

    SUNSET BEACH — A Georgia man and his son died after their Jet Ski struck the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Fishing Pier on the Intracoastal Waterway in Sunset Beach on Friday afternoon, May 27.

    The Brunswick County Coroner’s Office said John Wernowsky, 51, of Acworth, and his 10-year-old son, Jake, died of blunt force trauma injuries. Efforts to revive them after their watercraft struck the pier about 2:15 p.m. were unsuccessful.

  • Brunswick County Schools update 2016-17 dress code

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved the dress code for the upcoming school year at its May 24 curriculum/policy committee meeting, school district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    Swencki said the dress code has been part of an ongoing dialogue for several months after a student dress code advisory panel of at least two representatives from all five high schools came together to offer suggestions for improvement.

    One of the main changes to the dress code is the removal of the uniform from Brunswick County Academy’s dress code.

  • Moody’s affirms Brunswick County’s GO bond rating at Aa2

    Moody’s Investors Service has affirmed Brunswick County’s Aa2 general obligation bond rating, noting the county has a “very high quality credit position.”

    Moody’s ratings announcement also notes the county’s “robust” financial position and “small pension burden with an exceptionally low debt liability. The county has a very strong economy and tax base overall.”

  • SBHS senior dies in Wednesday morning traffic collision

    A South Brunswick High School senior has died following a two-vehicle collision Wednesday, May 25.

    Lily Beatini, 18, was on her way from the Southport area on N.C. 87 near Cougar Road to the school at the time of the accident, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki and Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said. 

    Shirley said the preliminary investigation shows Beatini lost control of her 2001 Chevrolet Suburban, overcorrected, crossed the center line and was immediately struck by a waste industries vehicle.

  • K9 unit assists in drug arrest at Shallotte traffic stop

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K9 assisted in the arrest of an Ash man on drug charges after a traffic stop May 24.

    Deputies pulled over 28-year-old Rishaud James Bellamy, of Pea Landing Road NW, who was driving a Kia Optima at U.S. 17 and Main Street in Shallotte, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    They seized 68 grams of MDMA, or ecstasy, from Bellamy’s vehicle, along with MDA, or Sally, which was discovered by Deputy Quisto Moore’s K9, Dickey, who alerted his trainer to the scent of the drugs, Flax said.

  • District presents $152M bond plan to school board

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County School administrators presented their long-range plan for the proposed $152 million bond referendum to the Brunswick County Board of Education, along with the recommended project list by school.

    District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said Tuesday morning’s presentation was held so administrations could secure the school board’s approval before they forward the information to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners. All school board members except Charlie Miller attended.