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Today's News

  • County commissioners to establish economic development department

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted to dissolve the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission after members of the EDC’s board of directors resigned their positions,

    As a result, the EDC will be a new county department led by County Manager Ann Hardy as the county begins its search for a new director of the department.

    Jim Bradshaw, the EDC’s executive director, announced he would retire and the EDC would become a contractor to Brunswick County by Oct. 1 at a commissioners’ meeting June 23.

  • Detectives seek Calabash vehicle break-in culprits

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office seeks the community's help in identifying those responsible for a series of vehicle break-ins in and around Calabash.

    Multiple items, including credit cards, were stolen from a vehicle in the Meadowlands neighborhood early the morning of June 11, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued June 30. The credit cards were used to make purchases at various businesses in South Carolina.

  • Shark attack victim continues recovery at children’s hospital

     Two children who were injured in separate shark attacks less than two miles apart more than two weeks ago in Oak Island are recovering from their injuries as fundraisers for each have been established to help offset their medical bills and travel expenses.

    Sixteen-year-old Hunter Treschl, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and 12-year-old Kiersten Yow, of Archdale, lost parts of their left arms during the shark attacks June 14. Yow also suffered significant injuries to her left leg.

  • County sells old hospital property, deal closed Monday

     BOLIVIA — The sale of the old community hospital property has officially closed.

    After the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution at an emergency meeting Friday, June 26, that placed the county in the final stages of the closing process, the county’s attorneys sealed the deal Monday, June 29, Assistant County Attorney Bryan Batton said.

    The closing includes a three-day revocation period before the county can officially receive the $750,000 from Centre Development Co., which purchased the hospital property.

  • 'Worms and Coffee' proprietor Mike Richards dies

    He was a vivid presence who made a difference through his Bolivia store renowned for its “Worms and Coffee.”

    Mike Richards, longtime operator of Midway Trading Post at 3296 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211) next to Midway Road, died June 21 at 70.

    “Nobody expected it,” Richards’ wife Carole said. “He was playing golf the day before he went to the hospital.”

    Richards had been in the hospital seven days before he died.

  • Brunswick election filings set for July 6 through July 17

    Candidate filings for all 19 municipalities in Brunswick County open at 8:30 a.m. next Monday, July 6, and continue through noon Friday, July 17.

    This November will be a little busier for municipal races in Brunswick County compared to even years, county elections director Sarah Knotts said.

    Up for re-election are council, commission or alderman seats in each of Brunswick County’s incorporated towns.

  • Phone scams reported in Brunswick County

     Another telephone scam, in which someone calls residents while posing as a government employee, is making its way through Brunswick County, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    “Basically someone is calling claiming to be from our office and stating that the person failed to appear for jury duty and if they don't pay via a pre-loaded money card (such as a Green Dot card) they will be arrested and jailed,” Flax wrote in a Friday, June 25, news release. “The number showing on caller ID is a 910-465 number.”

  • Calabash woman among those celebrating U.S. citizenship

    CALABASH — She submitted an application to become a United States citizen Jan. 15.

    Five months later to the day, Hungary native Zsuzsanna “Suzy” LaManna became an American citizen after taking the oath of citizenship and passing her naturalization test with flying colors — in vivid American red, white and blue — at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Durham.

  • Project Lazarus coalition discusses drug overdose prevention

     BOLIVIA — More than a year ago, Wilkes County native Fred Brazon welcomed health care professionals and other local leaders from across the southeast region to Bolivia for a presentation about opioid overdoses in Brunswick County.

    Months after Brazon’s presentation, then-Brunswick County deputy health director Fred Michael helped organize a team of coalition members that would lead an effort to combat the issue in the county through Project Lazarus.

  • Sunset Beach reaches settlement with Palm Cove

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has unanimously approved a settlement agreement with owners of 10 lots in Palm Cove at the east end of the island.

    Approval came at council’s monthly meeting this past Monday night, June 29.

    Town Attorney Grady Richardson said highlights of the agreement are to allow a common, privately owned and maintained boardwalk stretching across all 10 lots. The boardwalk will not be on the dunes and will connect to three dune crossovers over the dunes themselves.