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  • Belville commissioner matches funds raised at Founder’s Day

    BELVILLE¬ — Belville Commissioner Joe Breault has a challenge for visitors to the town’s Founder’s Day, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 2 at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park.

    Last May, the town organized its first Founder’s Day event in seven years. It brought in an old West chuck wagon to prepare full meals, provided by The Easy Does It Ranch of Wilmington.

  • Senate bill proposes taking sales tax out of local hands

    In 2013, Brunswick County and its towns were divided on the method for distributing sales tax.

    In 2015, they may need to work together to keep the state from making changes.

  • Sing along with movie musicals at Frank Theaters

    SHALLOTTE — Frank Theaters Coastal Stadium 10 is about to burst into song.

    A four month-long series will bring a different sing-along movie to the Shallotte theater every Tuesday night.

    “It is something for spring and summer,” manager Patrice Stanley said.

    Sing-alongs were planned to begin in March, but a delay in film delivery canceled the presentation of “Mama Mia.”

    Shows will run the first Tuesday of each month April through July.

  • School officials, detectives address system network hack

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools officials and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an unknown hacker who has disrupted the school district’s Internet connectivity.

    In a news release issued March 25, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said members of the school district’s technology department are working to identify and mitigate distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) issues impacting the system’s network since schools began the spring semester in January.

  • Testimony begins in trial of man accused of killing Shallotte 3-year-old

     BOLIVIA — After more than a week of jury selection, testimony began Tuesday, March 31, in the first-degree murder trial of a 29-year-old man accused of killing a 3-year-old Shallotte boy more than three years ago.

    A 14-person jury was seated after a selection process that began March 23 in Brunswick County Superior Court for the trial of Montey Andrea Murray of Wilmington, who faces first-degree murder and felony child abuse charges in the March 2012 death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

  • Business picking up on south end

    New business and development have started to pick up on the south end of Brunswick County. Following is a roundup of new things going in and around the towns of Calabash, Carolina Shores and Sunset Beach.

     

    Calabash

    Since November, the town of Calabash has issued licenses for the following businesses, town clerk Kelley Southward said:

  • Questions surround Sunset Beach council 'rep' on terminal groin

    Sunset Beach residents questioning a terminal groin for Ocean Isle Beach have also begun to ask why Sunset Beach Town Councilman Wilson Sherrill is listed as a project review team representative for his town in the groin environmental impact statement.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers document lists and identifies Sherrill as a Sunset Beach town councilman, though he was never appointed by Sunset Beach to serve on the PRT committee.

  • Chicken truck fire shuts down highway

    An engine fire on a truck carrying boxes of frozen chickens shut down portions of U.S. 74/76 in Leland on Monday afternoon, March 30. No one was injured.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said the driver of the tractor-trailer was headed east about a mile from Columbus County when he smelled smoke and pulled onto a dirt logging road field at 2:20 p.m.

    The eastbound lane was shut down as fire and emergency crews arrived at the scene. The truck was destroyed and the refrigerated trailer carrying the poultry sustained damages.

  • Volunteers rally to install smoke alarms

    More than 150 volunteers fanned out across Brunswick County last Saturday with one mission: to install more than 800 smoke alarms free of charge in the name of safety and saving lives.

    The inspiration for the county’s first smoke alarm rally March 28 were five recent fire deaths, county fire marshal Scott Garner said.

  • Calabash restaurateurs celebrate U.S. citizenship

    CALABASH — Altin and Leda Elezi don’t take America for granted.

    The owners of Sunny Side Up Diner at 10068 Beach Drive in Calabash don’t want anyone else to, either.

    As of this past Feb. 24, the Albania natives are both proud citizens of the United States.

    That’s the date restaurant chef/owner Altin Elezi received his U.S. citizenship certificate at a naturalization ceremony at the Charleston, S.C., field office for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.