Every death due to COVID-19 is one too many. Every job lost is also one too many. Every bankruptcy is one too many, and every business that permanently closes its doors due to coronavirus is one too many. Every suicide borne out of depression or anxiety spawned by COVID-19 is one too many. The COVID-19…

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On May 1, Governor Cooper appointed District Court Judge Jason C. Disbrow to serve as Superior Court Judge in Judicial District 13B, which serves Brunswick County. Disbrow fills the vacancy created by the passing of former Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis. Since 2015, he has served as a District Court Judge of North Carolina’s 13th…

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by Frank Williams COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, has dominated news coverage and virtually all other conversation over the past two weeks. The state and federal governments have issued guidance and, in some cases, sweeping executive orders to protect against the spread of this virus. How to Approach COVID-19 Some are completely disregarding…

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The Oct. 21, 2019 board of commissioners meeting was a bittersweet one. That night was Ann Hardy’s final meeting as our county manager. Our board passed a resolution in her honor, and Representatives Deb Butler and Frank Iler presented her with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. I rarely get emotional during meetings, but…

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BOILING SPRING LAKES – A Brunswick County culvert damaged by Hurricane Florence will be replaced this month. Beginning Oct. 16, N.C. Department of Transportation crews will have intermittent lane closures on River Road (N.C. 133) in both directions as crews prepare to replace the failed culvert. Then, at 8 a.m. on Oct. 21, a section…

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As part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s annual bridge inspection, a Wilmington bridge will close for up to four nights in a row beginning Sunday. On Sept. 29, the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge will close at 9 p.m. and reopen the following day at 5 a.m. The bridge will close again Monday night and…

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[September 13, 2019] — Brunswick County Commissioner Frank Williams was installed as 1st Vice President of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) during the association’s annual conference, held Aug. 22-24, 2019 in Guilford County. The other newly installed officers are President Kevin Austin of Yadkin County, President-elect Ronnie Smith of Martin County and Second…

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Sept. 1, 2019 — Less than a year after Hurricane Florence inflicted its devastating wrath on Brunswick County, another major hurricane is staring us down: Dorian. As of this writing, Dorian is an extremely powerful Category 5 hurricane — tied for the second-strongest wind speed in Atlantic basin history — and is barreling through the…

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. [August 28, 2019] – More than 350 county commissioners, county officials and staff, state leaders and others gathered in Guilford County August 22-24, 2019 for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ (NCACC) 112th Annual Conference. Yadkin County Commissioner Kevin Austin ascended to the role of NCACC during the business Session of…

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JULY 3, 2019 — Brunswick County Commissioner Frank Williams was the keynote speaker at the N.C. 4th of July Festival Naturalization Ceremony on July 3, 2019 in Southport. During the ceremony approximately 74 people from 35 nations became United States citizens.

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