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  • BCC employee fired after being accused of relationship with high school student

    BCC employee fired for having relationship with student

    By Caroline Curran and Rachel Johnson

    Staff Writers

    A Brunswick Community College employee has been fired after being accused of having an improper relationship with a high school student.

    In response to a report received April 26, Dr. Susanne Adams, president of Brunswick Community College, fired 30-year-old IT Technician Josue Juarez, who was hired Sept. 1, 2007. 

  • Brunswick County unemployment continues decline; still in double digits

    RALEIGH—Unemployment is down in Brunswick County for the third consecutive month.

    But at 10.9 percent, Brunswick County’s March unemployment rate is above the state average of 9.6 percent, according to information released last week by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina.

    Brunswick County’s 10.9 percent unemployment rate is down from February’s 12.1 percent unemployment rate, which was down from January’s 13 percent unemployment rate.

  • Ex-husband says wife shot herself in 911 call

    The ex-husband of slain Sunset Beach woman Megan Tysinger told a 911 dispatcher she killed herself.

    “Megan shot herself. She’s gone,” Brandon Tysinger told a dispatcher during the 911 call placed by Megan Tysinger’s next-door neighbor around 11 a.m. Monday.

    Brandon Tysinger told the dispatcher he arrived Monday at his ex-wife’s house at 9063 Sea Lane to drop off their 4-year-old daughter.

  • N.C. Bar Association ranks judicial candidates

    CARY—The North Carolina Bar Association recently released its review of non-incumbent judicial candidates.

    Included in the report are reviews for the four candidates running for district court judge in District 13, which includes Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties. Longtime District Judge Napolean Barefoot is not seeking re-election to the bench, and four local attorneys are running for his seat.

    Though the race is nonpartisan, the judicial race will be on the May 8 primary ballot.

  • 2011 county home sales price was ahead of national average

    SUPPLY—Brunswick County’s average home sales price last year remained above the state average, but dropped from the previous year.

    An update on the housing market was given last week as Realtors, elected officials and candidates mingled at the Brunswick County Association of Realtors’ legislative luncheon. Realtors announced legislative goals.

  • Woody's Grocery: an 80-year legacy in Brunswick County

    Just a few miles from the heart of Shallotte on Holden Beach Road, there is a convenience store filled with local flavor, history and character.

    Eighty years ago, Woody Fulford’s father, Isaiah Fulford, borrowed $25 and started a business that is still in operation today: Woody’s Grocery.

  • Golden Corral breaks ground in Shallotte

    Buffet dinners are back on the table and just months from being a dining option in Shallotte.

    Golden Corral Buffet & Grill officially broke ground on Tuesday afternoon in Shallotte across from Naber Dodge near Wildwood Village off U.S. 17. Bulldozers were hard at work in the background as town officials gathered with the new owners to celebrate the announcement.

    After nearly two years and setting their sights on several locations in Shallotte, Mickey Chance of Chance Hospitality Inc. and his family are bringing Golden Corral to town.

  • Mom, 28, found shot to death inside Sunset Beach home

     SUNSET BEACH—The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting death of a 28-year-old mom.

    Megan Elizabeth Tysinger was pronounced dead Monday at her home at 9063 Sea Lane. Emergency personnel were called to the scene around 11 a.m. Monday, according to Charlie Miller, deputy chief with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Days at the Docks Saturday and Sunday in Holden Beach

    Holden Beach is getting ready to bopple.

    The traditional bopple race is just part of the fun at this weekend’s Days at the Docks festivities in Holden Beach.

    Sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association, this year’s annual festival to kick off the spring season has returned to being a two-day event after taking place for just one day last year.

    It is scheduled for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday under the Holden Beach Bridge. Admission is free, and there’s plenty of free parking.

  • Remembering Capt'n Jack: Tribute paid to seafood market founder

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—If you didn’t know Jack, well, his son and family can tell you all about him.

    Jack Todd, longtime proprietor of his namesake business, Capt’n Jack’s Seafood Market, is being remembered by his family after he died suddenly on April 15.

    Todd, a Jack of all trades with roots that ran deep in Brunswick County, was one of the “greats,” his daughter-in-law Karen Hockett said—“a most selfless, considerate, warm-hearted person who believed in doing all he could so others wouldn’t have to.”