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  • Potential buyer restarts upset bid process for county hospital

    County commissioners agreed Sept. 3 to accept a $750,000 offer for the former Brunswick Community Hospital property.

    But the potential agreement is just the first step in the process of selling the hospital, which has fallen through in the past.

    County Manager Ann Hardy said Excel Medical Development Group made the offer on the 32.308-acre site, which includes the 75,000-square-foot hospital facility.

    Hardy added the purchase would not include doctor’s offices close to the road.

    The company has to make an initial deposit of $37,500.

  • 911 center management change moves new building closer to sheriff’s office

    After moving responsibility for 911 calls to the sheriff, county commissioners decided at their Sept. 3 meeting a new 911 call center building should be built next to the sheriff’s office.

    The central communications department includes 911 dispatch, Viper radio maintenance and technical support. The division was formerly under the supervision of Anthony Marzano, emergency management director.

    A new 911 center, planned as a 10,000-square-foot stand-alone building, was intended to be built right behind the current Emergency Operations Center.

  • Duke Energy selects Navassa site for industrial development program

    Duke Energy Progress has chosen a 220-acre tract along the Cape Fear River in Navassa, N.C., to participate in the utility’s 2013 Site Readiness Program to prepare the location for potential industrial development.

    Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program is designed to help communities served by the utility compete for new investments and jobs.

  • Jaguar's Lair still a hot topic in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Loud voices and table-pounding ensued as Sunset Beach Town Council debated the status of Jaguar’s Lair at Monday night’s monthly meeting.

    While Mayor Rich Cerrato said property owners still can’t get mortgages and construction loans to build, other council members defended the progress that has been made on infrastructure work.

  • Paving contract approved for Carolina Shores Drive

    CAROLINA SHORES — A paving contract for Carolina Shores Drive has been approved by the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners.

    At their Sept. 5 meeting, commissioners approved hiring low bidder Palmetto Corp. for the capital improvement project.

    Work includes resurfacing Carolina Shores Drive, replacing culverts and drainage improvements in the Arden Drive area, resurfacing the entrance road next to Country Club Road and resurfacing a cul-de-sac across from Golfview Court.

  • Brunswick singer Brandon Bailey working way to top of Nashville competition

    It’s taken an audition and more than a little talent for Brunswick County’s Brandon Bailey to compete in Nashville.

    Bailey, 26, has been to Nashville and is on his way back this week to continue competing on “American Country Star,” a weekly contest at Music City’s Silver Dollar Saloon.

    Live performances have been taking place onstage at the Nashville venue every Monday night, with the Ash resident remaining in the running as the contest narrows down to September’s semi-finals.

  • State Health Department encourages flu shots

    With flu cases already appearing in the state, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos is encouraging all North Carolinians to protect themselves by getting the flu vaccine.

  • North Carolina’s reported crime rate down again in 2012

     The index crime rate, violent crime rate and property crime rate have all dropped in Brunswick County, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced in a Sept. 5 news release.

    The index crime rate is the total number of violent crimes and property crimes. Brunswick County had a rate of 3.463.9 in 2011 while the number dropped to 3,259.5 in 2012.

    The rate for violent crimes dipped from 210.5 to 156.7 from 2011 to 2013. The property crime rate dropped from 3,253.4 to 3,102.8.

  • Leland man files federal lawsuit against town, former police

     A Leland man has filed a federal lawsuit against the town of Leland and two of its former police officers who arrested him two years ago.     


  • BCSO chaplaincy program offers staff, citizens comfort

     While the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office uses many instruments to protect and serve the public, Sheriff John Ingram implemented a chaplaincy program in May 2012 to serve his staff.