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Today's News

  • Student shares testimony during CIS celebration kickoff

     BOLIVIA — Communities In Schools of Brunswick County made quite the impact on West Brunswick High School student Paige Lowery.

  • 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.

  • Council votes to keep Sunset at Sunset under town domain in face of audit issue

     SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has voted to keep the Sunset at Sunset festival under town domain in the face of an accounting discrepancy that new town finance director Bonnie Schwerd says must be changed to align with state-mandated guidelines.

    The matter came to light at a specially called council meeting Monday afternoon, Feb. 23, in the town hall conference room, when council unanimously approved keeping Sunset at Sunset under the town.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Movie magic delivers reality checks
  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we had less activity than normal because of the weather in the Raleigh area, we had no vote sessions in the House of Representatives and few votes in the Senate, and we were able to put more work behind the scenes into some of the bills we hope to file and pass.

  • Water plant plans are clear

    It was last June when Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO approached Leland Town Council about rezoning property on Chappel Loop Road so it could become the site of a reverse osmosis plant. In July, H2GO officials took Leland council members and Mayor Brenda Bozeman on a tour of such a plant in Kill Devil Hills so they could see firsthand what H2Go’s plant would be like.

    The Leland board ultimately denied the request based on public misgivings over potential chemical, noise and light pollution and other disruptions to residential areas.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 10, 11, 12, 13 and 16 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Tuesday, Feb. 10

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Daniel Thurston and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Thyme to remember

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    I was sorting through my spice cupboard looking for some thyme. It got me thinking about that 1960s recording by Simon and Garfunkel. The real name of the song is “Scarborough Fair,” but most of us remember it for the melody line of “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.” (I bet you’re humming it right now!)