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Today's News

  • Harsh winter weather forces closings in Brunswick County

     Many Brunswick County organizations and facilities were closed Tuesday, Feb. 24, and into the following day as more freezing rain and ice fell in the southeastern region of North Carolina.

    The National Weather Service in Wilmington warned residents of hazardous driving conditions caused by a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain, NWS meteorologist Josh Weiss said in the latest threat assessment released Feb. 24.

  • Parent challenges ECHS extracurricular activities policy

     BOLIVIA — The mother of a Brunswick County Early College High School student is upset the Brunswick County Board of Education won’t allow her daughter to play soccer at her home high school.

    Dana Varnam, whose daughter attends the school on the campus of Brunswick Community College, went to the board’s policy and curriculum committee meeting Thursday, Feb. 19, to find out whether her daughter would be allowed to play with the team at West Brunswick.

  • Customers voice opposition to H2GO water plant plan

    BELVILLE — Water customers who attended a Feb. 19 meeting at Belville Elementary would rather have the state tear down H2GO than pay for the construction of a water treatment plant.

    That was the reaction from more than 100 customers who came to the meeting organized by Ralph Maggio, a resident of Magnolia Greens who began questioning the need for H2GO’s planned reverse osmosis water plant after learning about it at a January informational meeting in his neighborhood.

  • Relatives sentenced for aiding inmate’s escape

     The mother, stepfather and uncle of a Southport man accused of escaping from the Brunswick County Detention Facility pleaded guilty to charges related to the incident.

    Katherine Carter, Earl Carter and Robby Hewett were all accused of helping 23-year-old William Hewett in his alleged escape from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Jan. 29.

  • Leland allows alcohol sales at five community events

    LELAND — Three out of four Leland commissioners approved a proposal to offer alcohol at five community events in the town park in the spring and summer.

    But it was a decision the fourth commissioner, Jane Crowder, “vehemently opposed.”

    In December 2013 the town council amended the code of ordinances to allow consumption and possession of malt beverages and unfortified wine on town property under certain circumstances with council approval.

  • Woman embarks on hike to help injured veterans

     Some people hike for fun. Others hike to become one with nature. But Kellie English Bemelmans is hiking to raise money to build specialized homes for disabled veterans.

    The Carolina Beach resident, whose parents live in Brunswick County, will hike the full length of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, 800 miles of land from Mexico to Utah, beginning Sunday, March 1, to raise awareness and money for Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit providing housing to critically injured veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Belville agrees to put ABC revenue back into store expansion

    BELVILLE — Belville officials will take less revenue from one of the town’s ABC stores to pay for its expansion sooner than later.

    In January, ABC board chairman Joe Henson told town commissioners of plans to expand the Waterford store.

    Henson said ABC Store 1, on River Road, has room for merchandise and customers but ABC Store 2, on Olde Waterford Way, is too small to display all the products they keep in stock. So ABC Store 2 is expanding into an open suite next to the current location.

  • School board revises instructional materials challenge process

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education tweaked a pair of policies concerning instructional materials and parental review of instruction materials during a policy committee meeting Thursday, Feb. 19.

    A pair of book challenges during the 2013-14 school year prompted the minor changes to Policy 3205, Selection of Media and Supplementary Materials, and 3210, Parental Review of Instructional Resources, Media and Materials.

  • Medicaid funds will allow Social Services improvements without budget increase

    When budget talks start, department heads usually struggle with increasing staff and updating technology in the same year, but the Department of Social Services will be able to do both without asking for additional county funding in 2015-16.

    David Stanley, executive director of the county’s health and human services department, which oversees health and social services, recently told Brunswick County commissioners an increase in Medicaid funding will cover upgrades in the social services.

  • Sunset Beach tax increase forecast with declining valuation

     SUNSET BEACH — The town of Sunset Beach should expect to see a tax increase just to remain revenue-neutral in the next fiscal year.

    That forecast came last week from town finance director Bonnie Schwerd, speaking at Sunset Beach Town Council’s annual planning session Feb. 17 at Sea Trail Convention Center.