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  • Brunswick County dodges backlog of food stamp requests

    New steps are being taken to get food stamps to North Carolina residents in need, though Brunswick County hasn’t experienced a backlog like many of its neighboring counties.

    This summer, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) updated the North Carolina Families Accessing Services through Technology, or NC FAST, software system. It serves as a one-stop shop to deliver social services and Medicaid benefits for more than one million North Carolinians, according to a release from DHHS.

  • School bus kids need safer roads

     Video footage shared during an Oct. 8 meeting of community leaders shows just how close Brunswick County came to mourning the death of one of its children this fall.

    “We showed a video from one of the cameras we have on one of our buses,” Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said. “Three cars passed a bus, and an elementary school student was nearly hit.

    “That certainly got everybody’s attention.”

  • Downed trees draw ire in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Trees being cut down by a contracted crew in the new town park have sparked outrage from residents who apparently aren’t aware the work was approved months ago, town officials said.

    In the past week, The Brunswick Beacon and town officials have been contacted by concerned residents who complained taking down the trees is unnecessary.

  • Planned protest plugged in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — A planned protest by Jaguar’s Lair property owners has been quashed because it fails to meet town guidelines.

    The protest had been planned before the next Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Monday, Nov. 4, at Sunset Beach Town Hall.

  • Rezoning proposal includes clarification in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is poised to address a rezoning change with a few clarifications.

    Those clarifications were outlined by town administrator Mike Hargett at the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners meeting Oct. 10 regarding a proposal to rezone the Marlowtown Road community in the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction from residential R-8 to manufactured home II (MFH II) to allow for mobile homes.

  • Season heats up with three more election forums

    As election season heats up, election forums are slated in the coming week prior to the Nov. 5 municipal elections in Brunswick County. The following events are scheduled in Holden Beach, Sunset Beach and Calabash.

    Holden Beach

    The Holden Beach Property Owners Association will have a meet the candidates night at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Holden Beach Town Hall.

    A quorum of Holden Beach town commissioners will be present. All six Holden Beach candidates are running unopposed.

  • Missing Southport woman found safe

    A 29-year-old Southport woman who had been missing since Thursday night was found safe Tuesday, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Emilie Elaine Gabriel left her home on Sanderling Drive, but it was not known where she was headed.

    Investigators were concerned because he requires prescription medications, and it was not known whether she had them with her.

  • Supply man sentenced for assaulting mother

    A Supply man has been sentenced to at least three years in prison for assaulting his mother, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.

    Michael Bazen Jr., 28, pleaded to assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury and assault by strangulation.

    Superior Court Senior Resident Judge Ola Lewis sentenced him Oct. 9 to serve 36 to 56 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections, the maximum sentence for his charges.

  • Ash man accused of shooting at tow truck, driver

    An Ash man is accused of firing a 12-gauge shotgun at a tow truck driver who tried to repossess his truck Thursday, Oct. 10.

    James Lee Spivey, 39, is charged with two counts of discharging a weapon into occupied property, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault by pointing a gun and two counts of injury to personal property, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office reports show.

    Spivey fired at a tow truck operated by Gary Smith of Rosak’s Towing and Recovery, according to arrest warrants. Smith was not injured.

  • Missing teen found

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday afternoon missing teen Alexis Parker, 16, of 2626 Jackson St. in Supply, has been safely located. She was reported missing Saturday morning.