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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Two injured in weekend shooting

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested one suspect and are searching for a second believed to be involved in a weekend shooting that injured two people.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh said sheriff’s deputies responded to a home at 2528 Blue Marlin St. SW in Supply around 12:48 a.m. Sunday, May 20.

    When the first deputy arrived on the scene, a neighbor told the deputy that two people—29-year-old Jose Aguire, and Francheska Rivera Rodriguez, 23—had been shot.

  • Three Cougars win silver at state meet

      GREENSBORO—South Brunswick had three runner-up finishes Friday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state track and field meet at N.C. A&T University.

    Senior Lexus Hankins was second in the discus throw, sophomore Colin Minor was second in the shot put and junior Carmen Hilliard was second in the 1,600-meter.

  • Free vessel safety checks are available

    To recognize the start of Safe Boating Week May 19-25, the North Strand Sail and Power Squadron will be offering free vessel safety checks at local marinas on Saturday, May 19. Starting at 9 a.m., teams of certified examiners will be walking the docks and the points where boats go in the water at various local marinas in Little River and North Myrtle Beach, S.C., including Grand Dunes and Barefoot Marina.

  • ROCAME has regional jamboree

    ROCAME had its annual regional jamboree on April 21 at Cape Fear Community College (North Campus) in Wilmington. Middle school and high school students from Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Pender and Whiteville City school systems competed in math and science events.
     Middle school winners
    Write It Do It: Arian Garner and Victoria Beatty, Leland Middle (LMS), first place; Myyah Brown and Jameshia Sapps, Shallotte Middle (SMS), third place.