Shallotte mayor home after hospital stay

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Shallotte Mayor Gerald Long returned home July 3 from several weeks in the hospital recovering from bleeding ulcers and two mini-strokes, he said this week.

Long said he will find out if he can attend the next town board meeting this week during his doctor’s appointment.

“I’m basically homebound now,” he said. “It’s certainly a privilege to be back home and to be out of the hospital. Hopefully, I’ll be getting back to doing some of the things I used to do.”

Long receives physical therapy three days per week, and it is set to continue for another three or four weeks.

Long said the town has fared well while he was in the hospital, and if he can’t return to his office immediately, he knows the town officials will continue to do well.

Mayor Pro Tem Buddy Kelly has been standing in for Long at meetings and other town functions. He said this week he enjoyed it, but he’s ready for the mayor to return to his post.

“I’ll be glad when he comes back to work,” Kelly said. “I enjoyed doing it, but it’s not really my job. He’s about ready to get back, and we’ll welcome him.”