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Today's News

  • Sister pays tribute 45 years after brother killed in Vietnam

    Some of the newspaper clippings have yellowed, spread out on the dining room table at Tammy Cully’s home on Goose Creek Road.

    A plastic box is filled with letters her late brother, Kenneth Gore, regularly sent home before he was killed at 18 in Vietnam.

    Next to the letters, a Muriel Cigar box contains lots of old photos of her brother and the life he had in Brunswick County before he decided to join the Army.

    To this day, 45 years after her brother’s death, Cully hasn’t forgetten her older brother.

  • Sheriff's Office gets set to take over Brunswick County Animal Shelter

    SUPPLY—If all goes according to what’s proposed, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office may soon be new overseer of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter.

    Initial approval came at a Brunswick County Environmental Health Board meeting last week.

    It will now be up to Brunswick County Commissioners to give ultimate approval at their upcoming meeting June 4.

  • Six graduate from Mental Health Treatment Court

    BOLIVIA—Since the program began in 2009, 168 people have gone through Mental Health Treatment Court in Brunswick County.

    But not everyone has graduated. 

    Only 21 people have successfully completed the program and graduated—six of whom graduated last Thursday, May 17.

  • There’s some good news in Brunswick County budget, real estate

    I’m beginning to think I’m writing some of the same stories year after year. I guess I am.

    On Monday night, for the sixth time in as many years, I sat in county commissioners chambers as Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing unveiled the county’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Has it really been six years?

    Six years. Where has the time gone?

    Seriously, where did it go?

    I’m not sure where the time went, but I do know that the times have changed.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

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

    •Vandalism on Green Hill Road in Leland on May 18; suspect damaged victim’s mailbox.

    •Burglary and larceny on Hazelnut Trail in Holden Beach on May 18; suspect stole copper pipe and a boat anchor.

    •Larceny on Marina Drive SE in Bolivia on May 18; suspect stole a small refrigerator, a large refrigerator, a DVD player, a Lazy Boy, a sofa, a wooden end table, a white lamp and a wicker patio set.

  • No tax increase in manager’s $196.2 million proposed budget

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing has recommended a county budget with no tax increase for the upcoming fiscal year.

    At Monday night’s county commissioners meeting, Lawing made his annual budget presentation to commissioners; proposing a $196.2 million county budget with a 44.25-cent property tax rate.

    The 44.25-cent rate for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, is the same as the current fiscal year’s tax rate. A homeowner of a $250,000 home, for example, would pay $1,106.25 on their tax bill, Lawing said.

  • Stanley, health department recognized for flu immunization program with schools

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Health Director David Stanley and members of the health department have been recognized for their efforts to immunize all Brunswick County Schools students.

    During Monday’s county commissioners meeting, Stanley and health department staff received an award from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, the 2011 Outstanding County Program Award in the human services category for their school-based influenza vaccination program.

    The program has been recognized statewide and nationally for its innovation.

  • Commissioners OK contract to outsource food services, cafeteria operation

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved a contract to outsource its food services and cafeteria for an estimated savings of more than $873,000 in the first year.

    Commissioners voted four votes to one, with commissioner Charles Warren dissenting, to approve a contract with ARAMARK to take over the entire food services operation at the county, which includes retail cafeteria sales, inmate meals and meals for Brunswick Senior Resources Inc.

  • Blue Dogs coming to Sharky’s on Ocean Isle Beach for Memorial Day weekend

    CHARLESTON, S.C.—In 25 years of performing, Blue Dogs, a Charleston-based band, has released nine CDs and two DVDs.

    Now, they’re coming to Ocean Isle Beach.

    This Sunday, May 27, Blue Dogs is scheduled to perform at Sharky’s on Ocean Isle Beach.

    At 9 p.m., they will take the stage at Sharky’s, just over the bridge on Ocean Isle Beach.

    Blue Dogs are known for their Americana and country-rock sound.

    There’s no cover to hear the tunes of Blue Dogs, who will play until midnight.

  • State’s unemployment rate drops to 9.4 percent in April

    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point to 9.4 percent in April.

    April’s rate was down from the state’s March unemployment rate of 9.7 percent, according to the numbers recently released by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina.

    The number of unemployed North Carolinians in March decreased by 12,686 people to 439,368.