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Today's News

  • 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.

  • From Holden Beach to Haiti: Couple holds garage sale to benefit orphanage

    HOLDEN BEACH — Sometimes, interruptions in life are a good thing.

    That’s what Suzanne and Tim Roseberry, of Holden Beach, soon realized after learning about an orphanage in Bon Repos, Haiti, and how they could help the 27 children living there from hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away.

    “We’re thankful for the interruption,” Tim said. “We’re thankful for God for stopping us long enough and saying ‘Hey, these kids need help.’”

  • 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.

    Swenckis aid 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.

  • State election board to hear protest May 31

    The state Board of Elections will consider the protest of Brunswick County’s District 4 County Commissioner primary Tuesday.

    The NCBOE will hold a public meeting at 1 p.m. May 31 in its boardroom at 441 N. Harrington St. in Raleigh.

    Alan Lewis brought the protest of the March 15 Republican primary election results to the Brunswick County Board of Elections May 4. The three-member BCBOE voted unanimously to send the protest to the state.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • SB 875 passes Senate committee in Raleigh

    RALEIGH — A controversial bill to de-annex three portions of Sunset Beach was approved by a Senate committee following a hearing Tuesday in Raleigh.

    Senate Bill 875 Town of Sunset Beach/Deannexation, introduced by District 8 Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, was approved by the Senate Committee on State and Local Government after parties on both sides of the issue, including Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts, spoke at a midday hearing in the Legislative Office Building.

  • 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.

  • Holden Beach asks county to ‘co-sign’ financing

    BOLIVIA — Holden Beach is seeking Brunswick County’s help to receive financing for a multi-million dollar beach management project.

    The town’s Central Reach beach project would place up to 1.31 million cubic yards of sand along 4.1 miles of Holden Beach shoreline, stretching from 240 Ocean Blvd. E. to 781 Ocean Blvd. W.

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett told county commissioners May 16 the town needs their help to start the beach renourishment project by the end of the year.

  • Shallotte trio arrested after drug investigation

    Three Shallotte residents face drug charges after a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigation that began in April.

    Sabrina Lavonne Brewer, 27; Carly Sue Turbeville, 38; and David Carl Marlow Sr., 54, were arrested May 25 after agents seized four bags of heroin and needles from their residence on Tyron Road, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.