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  • Options, contract weighed for Sunset Beach twin lakes

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach leaders will discuss options with “stakeholders” as well as limits with a contractor regarding maintenance of the twin lakes on Sunset Boulevard West.

    That’s what Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts said is the consensus gleaned following much discussion about the future of the privately owned lakes at the monthly town council meeting Monday night, Aug. 4.

    A number of residents spoke, including ones living around the lakes urging council to accept an offer to have the lakes deeded to the town from the Ed Gore Trust.

  • Sunset Beach environmental activist Sue Weddle wins Pelican Award

    SUNSET BEACH — Sue Weddle remembers the day she became an environmentalist.

    She and Owen, her husband for the past 39 years, had just taken possession of their freshly built house overlooking scenic Blane Creek on the Sunset Beach island back in May 1989.

    “There was a spring rain, and I walked out on the deck and look at this beautiful marsh,” Weddle recalled. “And I thought, ‘I am the luckiest person in the world.’”

    Moments later, her gaze shifted farther up the creek.

  • Progress proceeds in Carolina Shores communities

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is poised to proceed with an amended development plan for The Farm at Brunswick.

    In accordance with state statute, an ordinance has to be adopted, town administrator Jon Mendenhall said at the town board of commissioners workshop Monday morning, Aug. 4.

    He cited as well an agreement to a development plan that will allow for single-family detached housing.

    Mendenhall said a walking trail is tied to the plan, citing the statue that allows the town to ensure improvements tied to the development proposal.

  • Ash-Little River Road closure starts Aug. 11

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation is closing Ash-Little River Road between N.C. 130 and Number 5 School Road from Monday, Aug. 11, until Friday, Aug. 15, for storm drain replacement work.

    Motorists should follow a signed detour along N.C. 130 to Longwood Road, staying straight onto N.C. 904 to Pea Landing Road to Number 5 School Road to Ash-Little River Road and reverse for the east-to-west detour.

  • Trial set for man accused of sex crimes at church camp

     The trial date has been set for a man accused of committing sex crimes at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly last summer at Fort Caswell.

    Clyde Wesley Way, 68, of Albemarle, was indicted Jan. 21 on four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and four counts of indecent exposure. He was indicted on incidents alleged to have occurred during a church retreat at Fort Caswell in June 2013. The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 22 in Brunswick County Superior Court.

  • Governor to sign bill that reviews Common Core standards

     Only a year after Common Core’s implementation in Brunswick County K-12 schools, state legislators have passed a bill that will review North Carolina’s education standards. The bill has passed through the House of Representatives and is expected to be signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.

    The House passed the legislation 71-34 and the Senate approved the bill last week.

  • South Carolina man accused of trafficking cocaine in Brunswick County

     A South Carolina man is accused of trafficking cocaine in Brunswick County.

    Phillip Allen Spikes, 36, of Sumter County, was arrested on Beach Drive in Calabash after a traffic stop Tuesday, July 29.

    He was charged with three counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, providing fictitious or false information to a law enforcement officer and a probation violation from Sumter County.

    Agents seized 824 grams of cocaine from Spikes’ vehicle, warrants show.

  • District releases school supply list for coming school year

     Back to school shopping is under way, and Brunswick County Schools have again provided families a list of what students will need when they return to classes later this month.

    The list, called Back to Basics, made its debut last year and is a “no-nonsense guide designed to help parents know what their children really need when the school bell rings as well as what the school system will provide,” district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

  • District names Teacher of the Year finalists

     And then there were three.

    Brunswick County Schools has announced its three finalists for the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year award.

    The finalists are Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School’s Theresa Reiter (art), South Brunswick Middle School’s Kayce Smith (world languages) and Early College High School’s Claire McLaughlin (science).

    District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki announced the finalists in a July 30 news release.

  • Operation Summer Heat nets 35 arrests

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steve Lanier wanted to send a message to the community last week when the Drug Enforcement Unit held “Operation Summer Heat, a countywide roundup of those accused of being involved in the county’s drug trade.

    On Thursday, July 31, the sheriff’s office made 35 arrests during the daylong operation.