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Today's News

  • Help the homeless

    In Brunswick County there are signs the economy is beginning to recover.
    Some homes are selling. Some new construction is under way. Tourists are coming to the area.
    But as times are slowly improving, there are still plenty of people right here in Brunswick County who are struggling.
    Groups like Brunswick Family Assistance are strapped trying to find ways to extend its services to people of all ages.

  • Sykes wins District 3 county commission race

    BOLIVIA—Pat Sykes has won the Republican nomination for District 3 county commission.

    In a four-person GOP race, Sykes defeated Dosher Trustee Joe Agovino, former Southport Alderman Jwantana Frink and incumbent county commissioner Charles Warren for the District 3 Republican nomination.

    “I’m very excited. I’m glad to be able to serve the people of Brunswick County. I’m looking forward to it in January,” Sykes said.

  • Voter turnout tops 30 percent

    BOLIVIA—Elections officials are reporting strong voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary election.
    Of Brunswick County’s 79,600 registered voters, 25,395 voters cast their ballots in this Primary Election, which is a 31.88 percent voter turnout. That’s up over the May 2010 primary election, which had a 20 percent voter turnout.
    Brunswick County Elections Director Greg Bellamy said this year’s turnout was not comparable to 2010 because 2010 didn’t have a presidential election.

  • Trojans lose 7-0 in soccer playoffs

     The West Brunswick High School girls’ soccer team gave up a goal in the first 30 seconds and a goal in the last 90 seconds of the first half as it lost 7-0 May 8 to West Carteret in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state soccer playoffs.

    The Trojans finish the season 12-7-1. West Carteret is 11-7.

    Carteret led 3-0 at the half, scoring its second goal in the first four minutes.

  • County commissioners to outsource food services

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners plan to outsource the county’s food services for an estimated savings of $800,000 a year.

    At a workshop last Wednesday, May 2, commissioners heard proposals from several private companies that responded to the county’s request for proposals to take over the food services at the county. It includes retail cafeteria sales, inmate meals and meals for Brunswick County Senior Resources Inc.

  • School start times set for next year

    BOLIVIA—School officials have released the school start times for the upcoming school year.

    Since the board of education voted last month to return to a single-bell schedule from the staggered-start schedule used this year, the school day for students will once again change.

    The instructional day will begin at 8 a.m. for elementary school students and end at 3 p.m.

    For middle school students, their instructional day will begin at 8:10 a.m. and end at 3:10 p.m.

  • N.C. General Assembly’s short session convenes May 16

    Lawmakers are gearing up to go back to work.

    The short session of the 2011-2012 biennium of the North Carolina General Assembly will convene in Raleigh on Wednesday, May 16.

    Both the House and the Senate will be back in session at noon on May 16.

  • County commissioners approve construction and demolition contract

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have approved a contract to transport up to 50 percent of the county’s construction and demolition waste stream to Waste Industries.

    Brunswick County Operations Services Director Stephanie Lewis said Waste Industries offers transfer and disposal services for construction and demolition waste through the county’s transfer station at the Brunswick County landfill in Bolivia. Lewis said Waste Industries has agreed to haul and dispose construction and demolition waste at a rate of $38 per ton with no fuel surcharge.

  • What to expect from the upcoming short session in Raleigh

    I doubt any of you have noticed or paid particular attention to this detail, but whenever I write about the North Carolina General Assembly’s short session, I use quotation marks when using “non-controversial” as the powers-that-be like to describe it.

    Non-controversial? What does that even mean?

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Larceny and forgery on Valley Drive in Calabash on May 6.

    •Larceny from a motor vehicle on River Road in Leland on May 4; suspect stole victim’s iPad 2 from vehicle.

    •Fraud on Galloway Road in Bolivia on May 4.

    •Vandalism on Ash-Little River Road in Ash on May 4; suspect cut hole in ATMC’s perimeter fence.