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  • County commissioners focus recreation projects at Town Creek Park

    The renovation of Town Creek Park began in September 2013, but commissioners just approved a series of specific projects at the April 21 meeting.

    Jim Pryor, director of the Parks and Recreation department, said he pulled the items from the project before the general contract was awarded to make sure the county received the best bids and the right products for the specific items.

    “I like to say we wanted to get the best bang for our buck,” Pryor said.

  • Moose Ladies’ luncheon benefits youth, senior centers

     SHALLOTTE — Wayne Mims, a member of the Shallotte Moose Lodge, performed his “Shadows of Elvis” routine and everyone loved it.

    Mims sang and danced his way around the crowd like a seasoned professional, drawing smiles and turning the heads of those in attendance at the Shallotte Moose Ladies Luncheon on Wednesday, April 16, at the lodge off Holden Beach Road in Shallotte.

    Mims was the star of the show, and he entertained for a good cause.

  • Pruden’s newest plan would trim 10 minutes from school day

     Brunswick County School Superintendent Edward Pruden presented board of education members a modification to his original proposal for school start times in 2014-2015 during the board’s finance committee meeting Tuesday, April 15.

    Pruden asked the board to consider reversing the existing schedule, which would then require elementary students to arrive first and secondary students to arrive later in the morning.  

  • Cedar Grove community pays tribute to classmate, friend

     CEDAR GROVE — Every year, Cedar Grove Middle School hosts a fundraiser basketball a game that pits the students against the teachers. The students’ team is made up of its Basketball Poets organization, a cross-curriculum program directed by physical education teacher Marty Mentzer.

    The Basketball Poets decided in the months leading up to this year’s game to raise money for a scholarship in memory of John Paul Smith, a Cedar Grove Middle graduate who died last summer when he fell from the bed of a pickup truck.

  • Volunteers thanked at BFA breakfast

     SHALLOTTE — Brunswick Family Assistance Executive Director Fred Stephens called his organization’s volunteer breakfast “one of the highlights of the year.”

    With the help he receives from his volunteers year in and year out, Stephens was especially thankful.

    The Wednesday, April 16, breakfast at Shallotte Presbyterian Church drew more than 50 volunteers.

  • Sex offender arrested on Supply Elementary campus

     A registered sex offender was arrested Monday, April 14, at Supply Elementary School.

    James Travis Fowler, 42, of Columbus County, was arrested and charged with violating terms of being a registered sex offender by being on school property, which is a felony, warrants allege.

    Fowler tried to attend an awards ceremony at the school that day but the school’s electronic visitor verification system alerted officials to his status as a sex offender, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

  • Olympians take center stage at county competition

     CEDAR GROVE — Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt. That’s the saying more than 330 athletes recited at Cedar Grove Park on Thursday, April 17, during the opening ceremony of the Brunswick County Special Olympics.

    Students, staff and volunteers from across the county rallied together for the event, which included the 400-meter relay, the 50-meter dash and the softball toss.

  • Teen Court team brings home top honors in state competition

     BOLIVIA — Let the record reflect Brunswick County’s Teen Court mock trial team is tops in the Tar Heel State.

    The team of eight county high school students traveled to Raleigh April 11-12 for the North Carolina Teen Court Association Mock Trial Competition and earned first place out of 16 counties.

    Lauren Demko, a junior at West Brunswick High School, recently celebrated a birthday and called the first-place finish “the best gift I got.”

  • HEAR4NC poised to promote HOA/POA reform in Raleigh

    SUPPLY — A nonprofit group pushing for homeowners and property owners association reform is getting ready to rally and lobby in Raleigh.

    Members of Homeowners for Education Advocacy & Rights (HEAR4NC) got an update from founder Ole Madsen at a monthly meeting held in a conference room Monday night, April 21, at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.

    Madsen outlined plans for a May 20 rally at the state legislature for House Bills 871 and 883.

  • Carolina Shores board OKs subdivision for medical office

    The Carolina Shores Planning Board has approved subdividing a parcel of land for a proposed medical office complex.

    Approval came at a board workshop April 16.

    The owners of the site had applied for a major subdivision for a medical office building, Carolina Shores Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said.

    The parcel is outside the town’s corporate limits but within the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), Mendenhall said.