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  • Shallotte says goodbye to town planner Robert Lewis

     SHALLOTTE — The town of Shallotte is saying goodbye to both its police chief and town planner at the end of June.

    Police Chief Rodney Gause is retiring, while Robert Lewis, who has served as Shallotte’s town planner for almost four years, is heading back to Columbus County to be Whiteville’s new director of planning.

    Lewis served as Columbus County planner and Elizabethtown planner in Bladen County before coming to Shallotte in September 2013.

  • Brunswick County band director of 30 years to retire, reflects on career

    ASH— “You’re the Mr. Holland to our opus.”

    That’s how one former student thanked Craig Morris, band director at Waccamaw School since 2003.

    Having been in Brunswick County Schools for 30 years, his career began in 1982 in Tyrrell County, where he taught for five years. It was there he met his wife of 31 years, Joan.

    “Up there I was Mr. Music for the whole county, from kindergarten through 12th grade,” he said.

  • Hewett provides 2017-18 budget info at special meeting

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach commissioners are set to consider an ordinance on the town’s fiscal 2018 budget at their next regular meeting at 7 p.m. June 20.

    The proposed budget message has been available to the public for more than three weeks, Town Manager David Hewett said during a public hearing on it Friday.

    The 40-page document can be found online at http://bit.ly/2tiOEKs.

  • Carolina Shores administrator merits contract, $10,000 pay hike

    CAROLINA SHORES — A little more than three years after being hired, Carolina Shores Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall has signed a three-year contract that includes a significantly higher salary than that of his hiring date.

    The town board of commissioners approved Mendenhall’s employment contract last week to lock in “stability and experience as the administrative head of town government,” according to a news release issued by the town last Friday, June 9.

  • Midnight Allie plays Calabash on Tuesday night

    Midnight Allie band graces the stage of the next Calabash Concert from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, in Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road.

    The public is invited to bring chairs and money for food and drinks available for sale at this free summer concert. Last week's concert featuring The Tams had to be cancelled because of rainy weather.

  • Causey: ACT to prevent tragedies in hot cars

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and Safe Kids North Carolina are reminding people of the dangers of leaving children in cars.

    According to Safe Kids USA, 11 children have died of heatstroke in vehicles so far in 2017 and three children died in North Carolina in 2016.

  • Trillium Health Resources accepts funding to Opioid Crisis Grant

    North Carolina received more than $31 million to address the opioid crisis through the 21st Century Cures Act, State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant, in May 2017. The funds will be divided among the seven Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) in the state, including Trillium Health Resources, which serves Brunswick County.

    The MCOs will be tasked with increasing access to prevention, treatment and recovery supports, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid-related overdoses and deaths.

  • Shallotte Tractor Supply to host pet adoption event

    Tractor Supply Company in Shallotte at 5100 Main St. will host pet and livestock adoptions Saturday, June 17, with Southern Squeal, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Purina Days is an annual in-store event from June 14-18 that highlights pets and livestock, as well as the tools needed to properly care for them.

  • Lane closures under way on U.S. 17 bridge in Belville

    Motorists traveling on the U.S. 17 bridge over Jackeys Creek, two miles south of U.S. 74/76 in Brunswick County, are encountering lane closures that started Monday, June 12. The closures are needed so state Department of Transportation crews can safely inspect the bridge and make any necessary repairs.

    Lane closures are in place daily from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. through Friday, June 16. One lane will remain open for traffic in each direction.

  • Sunset Beach concert postponed

    Because of rainy weather, the Sunset Beach Concert featuring Gary Lowder & Smokin' Hot that was scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7,  has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at the Village Park gazebo.