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Today's News

  • Belville makes zoning changes for potential H2GO water treatment plant

    BELVILLE — Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO was denied a zoning change in Leland to build a water treatment plant, so it brought its proposal to Belville.

    At the December board meeting Monday night, Dec. 15, Belville commissioners approved a set of text amendments to provide for and regulate a reverse osmosis water facility in the town’s Industrial District.

    The board voted unanimously, 3-0. Commissioner Pat O’Bryant was not in attendance.

  • Students build training equipment for K-9 unit

     LELAND — First Sgt. Brian Chism recently told a group of students that K-9 officers, or police dogs, do much more than sniff for drugs.

    The dogs must also be able to conduct searches for evidence in small rooms, leap 6-foot-tall fences, scale walls and perform other tasks that allow the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to be most effective.

    The training of the dogs requires wooden structures officers use to hone the dogs’ agility skills.

  • Beach consortium reorganizes board after Caswell Beach fund complaint

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The Brunswick Beaches Consortium took the first steps to reorganize after former chairman, Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons, was removed from representing his town.

    Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith ran the Dec. 11 BBC meeting.

    “I feel this organization has been very beneficial to the communities of Brunswick County. Working together we accomplish more than working separately,” she said.

  • Local leaders hold ‘I Can’t Breathe’ rally

     BOLIVIA — The killing of two unarmed black men by white police officers and grand jury decisions to not indict those officers has sparked protests, demonstrations and other rallies across the country.

  • County prepares for infectious diseases outbreak

     SOUTHPORT — If Ebola makes its way to Brunswick County, emergency services director Brian Watts wants to make sure the region is prepared.

    Part of that preparation took place Tuesday morning, Dec. 16, as county officials converged at Brunswick County’s No. 4 EMS base on Committee Drive in Southport to train employees in the event an emerging infectious disease such as Ebola reaches the district.

  • Brunswick board approves land sale to state for $300,000

    Brunswick County commissioners have approved the sale of 397.85 acres to the state for $300,000.

    The land is east of River Road SE (NC 133) near the entrance road to Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal.

    County Attorney Huey Marshall said the county was preparing to sell the property to the Nature Conservancy with funding from Pittman-Robertson Land Acquisition Grant.

  • AVID students aid charities during holidays

     SHALLOTTE — Students at Shallotte Middle School were in the giving spirit last week.

    A group of students in the school’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program took part in a “Pay It Forward” initiative that will benefit several local charities and families this holiday season.

    As part of the AVID coursework, seventh- and eighth-grade students research community organizations and decide which program they’d like to assist during the holidays with a financial donation.

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate lowest in years at 6 percent

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate decreased to 6 percent in October, beating the two-year low of 6.3 percent unemployment reached in April.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The county unemployment rate dropped six-tenths of a point from September, the same rate as the state unemployment rate, which decreased from 6.1 percent to 5.5 percent.

  • Homeschool students donate books to backpack ministry

     SUPPLY — While toy chests fill up during the holiday season, so will bookshelves for several local children thanks to a service project by a home school group.

    Brunswick County Homeschool Activity Group (BCHAG) hosted a “Milk and Bookies” party Friday, Dec. 12, at Sharon United Methodist Church in Supply, where more than 30 students donated books of all varieties that will be given to students from low-income families throughout the county.

    Lisa France, whose ninth-grade son Mark is part of the homeschool group, organized the event.

  • ‘Bottle Man’ passes away at 66

     Walking into Wal-Mart on Main Street Shallotte will never be the same.

    A staple for years and years at the entrance of the store near the Subway restaurant, 66-year-old Roy Leon McCall has passed away.

    McCall died Sunday, Dec. 14, at his Shallotte residence, according to his obituary.

    Those who knew him spoke of his love for wrestling and his bottles and cans collection. But his bright smile is what they said they’ll remember most about him.

    Family friend Nordis Hewett Smith wrote a heartfelt tribute about McCall.