Brunswick County commissioners will meet Monday night to talk over money and history. The commissioners will be trying to figure out how to spend $224,000,000, and one highlighted item is $50,000 dollars for a survey to determine the county's historic places. This would be the first time a survey of its kind would be done in the county. Several people in the county, including historical society members, are teaming up to push for the survey. It would determine the historic value of about three to four hundred sites, including cemeteries, churches, and homes. The hope is to get them preserved so they don't get built on, destroyed, or lost within the landscape. That has already happened to a number of sites throughout the county, including gravestones in Holden Beach. Ouida Hewett of the Brunswick County Historical Society said, "When I first started coming over here in the 70s, it was all intact and you could read his epitaph and the brick wall was intact, and everything was here, and over the years it's been desecrated by people." The Brunswick Search and Rescue Team's dogs are used to find graves at old sites. The dogs have detected grave sites as old as 250-years-old. County commissioners vote on the budget on June 16. If money is approved for the survey, county officials would have to determine if they want to bring people in from the state level to help. Tonight's public budget hearing is at 6:30 at the government complex in Bolivia.
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