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Today's News

  • Commissioners deny manager’s plea for $11,000 personnel policy revision

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have denied county manager Marty Lawing’s request to hire a consultant to review the county’s 16-year-old personnel policy manual. 

    Lawing wanted to hire an outside consultant to review and draft an updated personnel policy for $11,000, because he said no county department head had adequate time to devote to the project.

    Lawing said the county previously formed a committee to review the document and to draft a new policy, but the committee was unable to come up with a workable document.

  • Town Creek Park improvements, Leland senior center pushed back to 2013-2014 budget

    BOLIVIA—Two capital projects won’t make it into the county’s 2012-2013 fiscal year budget after all.

    Commissioners reconsidered two capital projects—Town Creek Park improvements and a new senior center in Leland—at a budget workshop Thursday, June 7. But neither will be in the proposed $196.2 million budget when commissioners vote on it at their next meeting June 18.

    Instead, the projects will appear on the 2013-2014 fiscal year’s budget.

  • Click it or Ticket yields 10,288 violations

    A recent Click It or Ticket campaign resulted in 10,288 statewide citations for seat belt and child safety seat violations.

    The campaign, which ran from May 21 through June 3, was conducted in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

    In Brunswick County, officers wrote 1,485 citations during the campaign.

    Officers conducted 76 checkpoints, which resulted in 84 total driving while impaired (DWI) arrests. Of the 84 DWI arrests, 12 drivers were younger than 21 years old, while 72 drivers were older than 21.

  • Sunset Harbor man arrested for assault

    A Sunset Harbor man has been arrested for assaulting a man with a flashlight.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh, Christopher Lane Wood Hodge of 636 Harbor Road, Bolivia, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

    Routh said around 12:26 a.m. Saturday, June 2, sheriff’s deputies and K-9 units were dispatched to Ironwood Road in Sunset Harbor.

  • CIS awards 23 scholarhips to area students

    Communities in Schools (CIS) has awarded 23 $1,000 scholarships to Brunswick County students this year, and five are the first in their family to attend college. This brings the total amount of scholarships awarded by CIS to more than $100,000.
    Early College High School graduate Shanice Newkirk received a $1,000 scholarship donated by Dinah Gore.

  • Business briefs

    Top producers honored with dinner
    Century 21 Sunset Realty recognizes its staff for their achievements for the past year and its top producing agents at a company dinner.
    Office awards are presented to Vicki Griffith, Debbie Kinlaw, Hugh Munday, Gaye Kerr, Duane Lewis, Ruby Mew, Alice Noonan, Brad Vanderburg, John Clegg, Arnold Sanchez and Dave Nelson.
    Top Producer was Hugh Munday and Gaye Kerr and Dave Nelson both received an Award of Excellence.

    Dosher’s Stanley named ACHE Fellow

  • Nursing staff honored for program

    The nursing staff at the Brunswick County Health Department was presented an award from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners at a recent board meeting.
    The 2011 Outstanding County Program Awards in Human Services was given to the nurses for their innovative immunization work with the Brunswick County Schools. The purpose of the health department’s School-based Influenza Vaccination Program is to increase vaccinations among school-aged children in Brunswick County.

  • Sutton earns volunteer award

    In observance of National Volunteer Week, Volunteer Columbus! presented the annual Columbus Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service during a ceremony April 25 at the Cooperative Extension Service. Any individual, group or organization in Columbus County whose volunteer activities benefit the community or the state of North Carolina in a substantial, important or unique way was eligible for this award.

  • Slime molds popping up on irrigated lawns

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    A few homeowners have recently asked me about gray powdery stuff showing up in small areas of their lawns. This slime mold on turf looks like burnt wood ashes that have been scattered in small spots on a lawn.
    Those of you lucky enough to get a few sporadic showers or who have irrigated lawns may notice these slimy areas.
    Hopefully, rain will arrive soon to relieve us of this extended drought. When it does, slime mold may pop up on more lawns.

  • Refresh in June, Iced Tea Month

    June is Iced Tea Month. After checking several references, I couldn’t find out who made this declaration or how long it’s been around. But does it matter, especially here the South where iced tea is frequently the beverage of choice? We don’t really need a special month to celebrate this popular beverage.
    Statistics show Americans now drink more tea than the British and approximately 85 percent of that is iced tea.
    As with many foods and beverages, there are many stories of how iced tea got started.