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  • Former Sunset Beach mayor dies

    Shelton Tucker, who served as mayor of Sunset Beach from 1973 to 1979, died Nov. 14 at age 97 at a health care facility in Wilmington.

    Tucker, a native of the historic riverfront town of Hertford in North Carolina’s “Inner Banks,” was a noted businessman and developer of the Clariday Woods subdivision near Calabash.

  • General elections winners weren’t all Brunswick’s choices

    Marty Cooke, the Brunswick County Board’s incumbent commissioner for District 2 will serve another term following his victory in the Nov. 4 election over John Holleman.

    Cooke, the republican candidate received 24,229 votes (62.17 percent of voters) to defeat the democrat challenger Holleman, who earned 14,742 votes or 37.83 percent of the vote.

    Brunswick County Board of Education

    Two Brunswick County Board of Education seats were up for re-election and voters decided to keep the incumbents in their seats in both races

  • U.S. 17/74/76 bridge foundation construction will cause traffic delays

    A new piece of the construction project on U.S. 17/74/76 will slow traffic with rolling roadblocks, adding to the congestion factors drivers in the North end of Brunswick County should be aware of.

    Wanda James, assistant resident engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation said the contractor, S.T. Wooten, is working ahead of schedule on the widening project on U.S. 17/74/76 between Leland and Wilmington.

  • OIB agree to split flood repair cost with property owners

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH–Ocean Isle Beach officials agreed to help a neighborhood fund a fix for flooding into the streets from backyard retaining ponds.

    At the Nov. 10 council meeting, Town Administrator Daisy Ivey told the board members the staff met with property owners in the Starboard by the Sea development and on the west side of Ashville Street about flooding issues in two retaining ponds around which several homes are built

  • EDC study points to four best spots to push for new retail in Brunswick County

    A Brunswick County Retail Study sponsored by the Economic Development Commission pointed to the best locations in the county to emphasize retail development.

    Jim Bradshaw, Executive Director for the EDC contracted with Retail Strategies of Birmingham. Ala. for the study to identify retail gaps, demographic trends, consumer behavior and attitudes, and opportunities for new retail recruitment.

    Lacy Beasley, Vice President of Business Development at Retail Strategies began the study in May and completed it for release Nov. 3.

  • Community keeps stepping up for Leland boy with brain tumor

    Lathyn Elmer did everything a six year old boy does at a Saturday fall festival – he played all the games, ate more than he should and ran into a friend every time he turned around.

    He did not look like a boy who spent his Friday travelling to Chapel Hill and back for chemotherapy treatment, or who had been sick from the drugs all morning.

    His father, Dusty Elmer and stepmom Stephanie Tatom weren’t sure he would make it to the festival held in his name.

  • School board fires Pruden

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education voted to terminate the contract of Superintendent Edward Pruden during a special called meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12.

    Following a closed session that lasted almost four hours, the board returned to open session. Catherine Cooke made a motion to terminate Pruden’s contract effective Nov. 30, which was supported by Charlie Miller and Shirley Babson.

    Bud Thorsen and board chairman John Thompson cast dissenting votes.

  • West end development reviewed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — A roomful of residents packed town hall but were not allowed to speak as proposed oceanfront development west of Mad Inlet underwent scrutiny last week in Sunset Beach.

    The Sunset Beach Technical Review Committee, much of it composed of town department heads, convened Nov. 6 to review a preliminary subdivision plat for the proposed Sunset West development on a 24.95-acre tract.

    Town building inspector Randy Walters said the proposed subdivision consists of 21 platted lots.

  • Pruden expects termination by school board after special meeting

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said the school board will have a special called meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12, to consider immediate termination of his employment.

    Pruden’s contract with Brunswick County Schools expires June 30, 2015, but an abrupt termination means the board would have to buy out the remainder of his contract.

  • BEMC awards grants to local educators

     SUPPLY — A chance encounter at Kmart 20 years ago will benefit thousands of Brunswick County students during this school year.

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.’s Judy Gore was in line at the store back then when she noticed a schoolteacher paying for her own school supplies.

    Gore had a vision and soon thereafter launched the Bright Ideas program, which awards education grants to educators across North Carolina.