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Today's News

  • County schools, charter school group settle civil suit

     Brunswick County Schools has reached a more than $60,000 settlement following a civil lawsuit filed in 2011 by a nonprofit that operates two public charter schools in Brunswick County.

    Charter Day School Inc. (CDS) claimed Brunswick County Schools owed it money that was withheld since the 2011-12 school year, according to the suit.

    The two sides reached a settlement Thursday, Sept. 3, when Brunswick County Schools and Charter Day School Inc. officials agreed Thursday, Sept. 3, the Brunswick County Board of Education will remit $605,379 to CDS by Sept. 20.

  • Residential real estate sales, average prices increase

    By Sam Hickman and Laura Lewis

    Staff Writers

    The housing market in Brunswick County continues to trend in a positive direction, according to data released last week by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate sales and average sales price increased “considerably compared to the previous year,” Brunswick County Association of Realtors CEO Cynthia Cumbie said in an Aug. 27 news release.

  • District recognizes distinguished employees at celebratory board meeting

     SUPPLY — For the first time in Brunswick County Schools history, district staff hosted a regular scheduled monthly meeting at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    While most board meetings on the first Tuesday of each month give district staff and board members an opportunity to discuss business, Sept. 1’s meeting was a celebration of the county’s distinguished employees for 2015-16.

  • Southport names 18-year force veteran and native police chief

     Gary Smith knows Southport and its police department.

    He thinks those two factors will assist him as he recently took over as the city’s new police chief.

    Smith, an 18-year-veteran of the Southport Police Department, served as acting chief since July 16 and stepped into the chief’s position upon Jerry Dove’s retirement, which took effect Sept. 1. Dove originally announced a retirement date of Oct. 1, but moved it up one month to because he is a mayoral candidate for Southport in November’s general election. 

  • Public hearing on Holden Beach terminal groin set for Sept. 24

    Holden Beach is one step closer to building a terminal groin after the Army Corps of Engineers released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the project.

    The corps will receive comments on the DEIS, which was published Friday, Aug. 28, for 45 days. The end of the comment period is Oct. 13.

    The corps has scheduled a hearing to receive public comments at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at Holden Beach Town Hall, 110 Rothschild St.

  • ‘Hands Across the Border’ checking station nets 10 DWI arrests

     CAROLINA SHORES — A traffic checkpoint at the North Carolina and South Carolina state line netted 10 driving while impaired arrests Friday night, Aug. 28, and Saturday morning, Aug. 29.

    Led by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the “Hands Across the Border” checkpoint took place on U.S. 17 at the state line. One of the sheriff’s office’s Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Units (or BATMobile) was at the site.

  • Representatives discuss rail plan in northern Brunswick County

    Wilmington is seeking support from northern Brunswick County communities for its plans to relocate a CSXT railroad line.

    Wilmington city councilwoman Laura Padgett met with Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman, mayor pro tem Pat Batleman, Town Administrator David Hollis and other town staff, Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis and Belville town commissioner Pat O’Bryant on Thursday, Aug. 27, to explain the plans.

  • Trio indicted in Caswell Beach break-in

     Three people accused of breaking into a home and stealing a television from a home on Caswell Beach in June were indicted Aug. 18.

    Matthew Dillon Vaczy, Ginny Ann Kelly and Lamont Lee Proctor were each indicted on charges of second-degree burglary, larceny after breaking and entering and injury to real property, Superior Court records show.

  • Health care providers prepare for flu season

    Health care providers have begun rolling out their flu vaccination programs before the official arrival of fall.

    Susan Stanley, a registered nurse for the Brunswick County Health Services Department, spoke with members of the Belville town board Aug. 24 about Belville’s flu clinic scheduled for October.

    The health department will offer three types of flu vaccine: a regular seasonal flu shot, a seasonal flu mist and a high dose flu vaccine for people 65 and older.

  • Expansion under way at Brunswick Family Assistance

    SHALLOTTE — Fred Stephens had mixed feelings as he stood in the newly expanded headquarters of Brunswick Family Assistance last week.

    “I hate the thought of expanding services, but really still 7.1 percent (of Brunswick County residents) are unemployed,” said Stephens, BFA’s executive director.

    He added between 3,900 and 4,000 people have seasonal low-paying service-industry jobs, and a lot don’t have health insurance.