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Today's News

  • Supply woman killed in early-morning wreck

    A young woman died early Saturday morning after a single-vehicle wreck on Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    Ryan Alea Young, 21, of Egret Court, Supply, was driving an estimated 65 mph north on Stone Chimney Road, when she crossed the center line and lost control of the vehicle, according to a N.C. State Highway Patrol report.

    Around 5:25 a.m., Young’s car ran off the road to the left and struck a bridge, where the car came to a rest. According to the report, Young was taken to Brunswick Community Hospital by Brunswick County EMS.

  • Emergency services to unveil new disaster response plan for special medical needs evacuation

    BOLIVIA—Randy Thompson, director of the county’s emergency services department, wants to ensure everyone in the county, including the 330 residents with special medical needs, are safe during a catastrophic event like a hurricane.

    Special medical needs patients are defined by the emergency services department as people who must be under constant care and attention of medical professionals to survive, including hospital and nursing home patients, residents of extended care facilities and home health patients.

  • Sunset Beach OKs resident's pursuit of 30-year sewer payback plan

    SUNSET BEACH—Carol Scott has a mission—to pursue a 30-year sewer payback plan on behalf of all town residents.

    With project bid time just a month or two away, Scott is down to the wire as she works with Brunswick County in seeking a longer payback period beyond the 10-year plan Sunset Beach Town Council has agreed to.

    Monday, town council voted to support Scott and appropriated $5,000 for the effort to cover mailing costs as residents are petitioned.

  • Commissioners OK $12 million amendment to balance budget

    Brunswick County Commissioners approved a nearly $12 million budget amendment to balance the county’s budget Monday night.

    At the commissioners’ Feb. 16 meeting, county finance director Ann Hardy told commissioners they were looking at an $8-8.5 million budget shortfall for the remainder of the fiscal year. The county’s two biggest revenue sources, ad valorem tax and local option sales tax, have both declined since last fiscal year, and were not expected to meet what was budgeted for the year, she said.

  • Hurry up, spring!

    It’s 35 degrees in March. By the weekend, it’s expected to reach 70.

    I would celebrate, but I’m afraid the meteorologists will start calling for snow if I do.

    Everyone knows that by mid-February, we Southerners are ready for the warm weather.

    And we want it to stay warm. Otherwise, our delicate systems are upset and we get sick for a week.

    Think I’m exaggerating? As I’m writing this, I’m home with a sick daughter who is rubbing her nose red and is unable to breathe.

  • ATMC seeks community connections grant applications

    ATMC has begun accepting applications for its 2009 community grants, Community Connections. This program addresses the needs of Brunswick County residents in areas such as emergency and disaster relief, arts and culture, civic service and health and human services.

    In 2009, as a result of an increased need due to the slumping economy, ATMC is increasing the total amount of grant funds to be awarded to $25,000.

  • Preparing meals for one or two, Part I: Preparation and planning

    When it’s just you or the two of you, it can be a real challenge preparing meals when you were used to preparing for an army, as my wife can attest.

    What works well for many of us is making a large casserole and eating half and freezing the other half. You can also divide it into two smaller baking pans. Bake one right away and wrap and freeze the other, leaving you with leftovers for another day.

  • Rate increases should have had more public discussion

    Elected officials representing Brunswick County and other coastal communities have joined together to fight against what many are calling unfairly high homeowners’ insurance rate increases for this and other North Carolina beach communities.

    Their push, including bills introduced in the North Carolina House and Senate, has been fueled by the outrage of many coastal residents who feel the 29.8 percent coastal insurance increase is too high, too unfair and done without enough public input.

  • Woman arrested for theft in Sunset Beach

    Woman arrested for theft in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Local police reported a woman was arrested last week for shoplifting and larceny.

    Michelle Marie Robinson, 48, of Little River, S.C., was charged in connection with the theft from Transit Damage Freight.

    Sunset Beach police also investigated the theft of mail reported by a resident in Sandpiper Bay.

     

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week.

    •Police charged Jerry Wayne Simmons Jr., 38, of 42779 Babson Road, Ash, with driving while impaired at the intersection of Whiteville Road and Ruby Way. He was taken to Brunswick County Detention Center.