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  • Chicago playwright watches West students perform his play

     SHALLOTTE — Students in Jennifer Negron’s Theatre II class had their hearts set on performing Bryan Renaud’s “Twelfth Night of the Living Dead” as Halloween approached during the fall semester.

    Some elements of the Renaud’s play were altered to make the show high school appropriate and, with the playwright’s help, theatre students performed the play at the Little Theatre on the school’s Shallotte campus in front of family, friends and Renaud himself.

  • Union Elementary hosts fall festival

     SHALLOTTE — After another week of homework, tests and assignments, students at Union Elementary took a breather from normal school life and enjoyed the festivities at its 2014 Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 24.

    Students, family and friends gathered on Union School Road for a night of fun on inflatable slides, rock climbing walls, hayrides and haunted house tours. If that wasn’t enough for the students, they could always enjoy their favorite festival food, have their face painted or go for a couple of trips around their favorite bouncy house.

  • From one artist to another: Painting makes ailing sign man's day

    It was a first-time, memorable meeting when local artist Bryan Varnam stopped by to see Buddy Norris, package in hand.

    On a balmy October morning, Varnam, 66, arrived at Norris’ Shallotte home bearing a painting, one he only recently created for Norris.

    Norris, in fact, is the subject of the acrylic painting, titled “Buddy’s Barn.” It depicts an old tobacco barn near Hickmans Crossroads that once served as Norris’ first sign shop in the early 1980s, as well as a rendering of Norris in his younger years, busy at work.

  • Pedestrian struck, killed on Longwood Road

     A Longwood woman died after she was struck by a motorist on N.C. 904/Longwood Road on Thursday, Oct. 23.

    Legertha McFadden, 65, was walking on Longwood Road at 7:18 a.m. when she was hit by Matthew Gaskins’ tan 2005 GMC pickup truck, N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper T. Chavis said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Gaskins, a firefighter with the Sunset Beach Fire Department, never saw McFadden crossing the road, Chavis said.

    No charges will be filed, he said.

  • Candidates meet the voters

    Several hundred Brunswick County voters got to hear for themselves the opinions of candidates seeking office in the Nov. 4 general election during the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association’s Meet the Candidates night Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Odell Williams Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Keep it civil

    BCPOA President Bill Bittenbender reminded the audience at the top of the evening not to cheer, jeer or snicker at candidate responses, “So everyone can hear the candidates.”

    Brunswick County commission

  • Mega-kite flyer needs help for festival weekend

    Holden Beach’s kite king could use a few volunteers to help make sure the kites fly high over the North Carolina Festival By the Sea this weekend.

    John McEntire visited the Holden Beach town hall meeting Oct. 14 to spread the word that he could use some help Oct. 25 and 26, when he typically runs a number of kites into the air on the beach just across Ocean Boulevard from the Holden Beach pavilion.

  • Brunswick promotes from within, selects Perkins as new parks and rec director

    BOLIVIA — Aaron Perkins will lead the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department, county administrators announced Monday.

    Deputy County Manager Steve Stone said he was part of a three-person committee including County Manager Ann Hardy and Human Resources Director Scott Milligan to select the new parks and rec director after Jim Pryor left Oct. 8.

    Pryor submitted a resignation letter Sept. 17. He accepted a job as the director of parks and recreation in Forsyth County, Ga.

  • OIB board commits $250K to roundabout, if NCDOT pays $650K

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials voted Oct. 14 to continue looking into a roundabout for N.C. 179 intersection at Causeway Drive for the second time in three months.

    North Carolina Department of Transportation staff attended a town meeting in August to show commissioners a concept for replacing the intersection signal with a traffic circle similar to the recently completed Sunset Beach roundabout.

  • Leland pays $25,500 to settle Internet café lawsuit

    LELAND — Leland commissioners unanimously approved a lawsuit settlement that will pay $25,500 to Internet Café and Sweepstakes of Leland.

    The business sued Leland, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and District Attorney Jon David in 2013 saying it leased retail space at 112-V Village Road beginning in February 2009 and was forced out of business.

  • Holden Beach presents FEMA flood map review

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach officials provided direction for property owners to search for changes to their flood designation at the Oct. 14 town board meeting.

    New preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) have been made available by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    The FIRM map shows special flood hazard areas and the risk premium zones that provide a basis for establishing flood insurance coverage premium rates.