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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.

  • 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.

  • Commissioners co-sign Holden Beach project

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners unanimously approved Tuesday a precedent-setting agreement to co-sign Holden Beach’s financing for a multi-million dollar beach management project.

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett brought the financing proposal to commissioners at their May 16 meeting and the board brought it back for discussion at Tuesday’s budget workshop.

  • 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.

  • Tropical Storm Bonnie welcomes 2016 hurricane season early

    Brunswick County received a preview of hurricane season with the formation of Tropical Storm Bonnie on Saturday, a day after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its hurricane season prediction for 2016.

    Bonnie made landfall just east of Charleston, S.C., Sunday morning, May 29.

    The National Weather Service office in Wilmington said the National Hurricane Center downgraded Bonnie to a tropical depression later Sunday and a post-tropical cyclone Monday.

  • Goodwill to have groundbreaking in Carolina Shores

    The town of Carolina Shores invites the public to a groundbreaking ceremony for Goodwill Industries at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 2, at Emerson Bay Drive off Persimmon Road at U.S. 17.

    The site for the future Goodwill facility is across from South Brunswick Medical Center.

    Parking will be available on the roadside of Emerson Bay.

  • 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.

  • Belville reduces fire department contribution

    An unanticipated cost at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park fishing pier led Belville board members to cut back on funding for the Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department.

    At Belville’s May 23 town meeting, budget discussions led into revisiting the fire department funding donation the board had approved for fiscal year 2016-17.

    Commissioners agreed to provide $22,500 for the Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department budget workshop March 19.

  • 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.

  • 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.