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Today's News

  • County tax base sees 28 percent dip in values

    BOLIVIA—The 2011 countywide property revaluation is in the home stretch, and property owners are expected to receive their property values in the coming weeks.

    Brunswick County’s preliminary tax base is valued at $24 billion, down some $9.5 billion from the current fiscal year’s tax value of $33.6 billion.

    Properties hit the hardest in this year’s tax revaluation were vacant land and properties closest to Brunswick County’s oceanfront and waterways.

  • DSS board members to begin interviewing director candidates

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services have begun to review applications for the department’s next director.

    Since board members voted to fire longtime DSS director Jamie Orrock in October, Neil Walters has been serving as interim DSS director, overseeing day-to-day operations of the department as well as reviewing candidates with board members.

    Last Wednesday, Feb. 16, board members called a special meeting to go into closed session to review applications.

  • Fifth annual Brunswick Beacon Health Expo set to unfold Feb. 26

    SHALLOTTE—The Brunswick Beacon is hosting the fifth annual Health Expo on Saturday, Feb. 26.

    The health expo, set to unfold from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Brunswick High School, is free and open to the public.

    Christy Williamson, Brunswick Beacon advertising sales representative, said the Beacon has been sponsoring the event for the past five years because there was a need in the community.

    Each year, the event continues to increase in size, Williamson said. Last year’s health expo drew a crowd of more than 600 people.

  • 12 county wrestlers qualify for state

     

     

     

    Three county wrestlers won regional championships in the state-qualifier matches Friday and Saturday.

    West Brunswick junior Ronnie Dellinger, South Brunswick junior Luwolf Sanderson and South Brunswick junior Jon Wiley won championships. They wrestled in the Class 3A Regional at South Central High School.

    In all, 12 county wrestlers qualified for the NCHSAA state meet this weekend in Greensboro. To qualify, wrestlers had to finish in the top four in their weight class.

  • BCC basketball teams win

     Lattrell Royster made two free throws with 13.7 seconds left as the Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team beat Denmark Tech 78-75 Saturday.

    After Royster’s free throws, the Panthers missed a 3-pointer and a rebound in the last home game of the season to be played on Walter Shaw Court at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center.

  • Emergency responders battle large brush fire Saturday afternoon

    Several area fire departments are on the scene of a fast moving, large brush fire near Old Georgetown Road and N.C. 904 Saturday afternoon.

    The video below, taken from a mobile phone, shows the smoke moving across portions of Old Georgetown Road, which was shut down for some time Saturday.

    Check back for more details later.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED North’s Tylan Kelly signs with SCC

     LELAND—North Brunswick High School senior baseball player Tylan Kelly signed a letter of intent Feb. 18 with Southeastern Community College.

  • North’s girls finish second in conference tourney

     The North Brunswick High School girls’ basketball team fell behind 17-0 and never recovered in a 61-41 loss to East Bladen on Feb. 18 in the championship game of the Waccamaw 2A/3A Conference basketball tournament.

    For North (18-6), Tyera Fisher finished as the high scorer (24 points) in the game on Walter Shaw Court at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center.

  • 'Showtime at the Apollo' takes stage next weekend at WBHS

    It’s “Showtime at the Apollo” at West Brunswick High School.

    The theater department’s third annual Black History month production showcases a performance timeline of headlining acts of the Apollo Theater in Harlem, N.Y. The production includes singing, comedy, dancing and visual history of the theater and popular events in American history throughout the decades.

    “We like to do different things every year,” Jennifer Negron, theater arts instructor, said.

  • Woman charged in wreck involving state trooper

    SUPPLY—A Sunset Beach woman has been charged with failure to yield in a wreck that closed portions of U.S. 17 last Friday morning.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. T.W. Pope, around 7:49 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18, Virginia Coats, 65, of Sunset Beach, was entering U.S. 17 from Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Pope said Coats, who was driving a 2005 GMC pickup truck, failed to yield to highway patrol trooper J.M. King, who was traveling north in a 2010 Dodge Charger patrol vehicle.