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  • Early hired as county economic development director

    The public/private nonprofit partnership in charge of Brunswick County’s economic development has hired Bill Early to serve as the new executive director of Brunswick Business & Industry Development.

    Brunswick County commissioners in July approved the partnership to serve as the county’s economic development organization, working with the Brunswick County Economic Development Foundation made up of representatives from local businesses including Duke Power, ATMC, Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., ECS Engineering, BB&T and Novant Health.

  • Mulberry Branch bridge remains under construction

    SHALLOTTE — The new Mulberry Branch bridge on Bridgers Road is not yet finished, and the road that connects Whiteville Road and Smith Avenue, used by many residents as an alternative to Main Street in Shallotte, remains closed to traffic.

    Town Administrator Albert Hughes told Shallotte aldermen during their Dec. 5 meeting he thought the issue involved guardrails and they might be waiting on parts to be delivered.

  • Shallotte negotiates property swap with ABC Board

    SHALLOTTE — Town staff members are working with the ABC board to negotiate a property swap to move the ABC store across Wall Street for the alignment of Wall Street and Shallotte Avenue

    The ABC store is on the southwest corner of the intersection of Shallotte Avenue and Wall Street. But to align the streets, the ABC store building will have to be torn down.

  • Local residents protest federal tax plan

    A group of about 40 people from all over Brunswick County show up Dec. 7 at Congressman David Rouzer’s office in Bolivia to protest the federal government’s proposed tax plan, which they believe will hurt the middle class and harm the environment. Among the protest participants are members of Stand Up Brunswick and the Brunswick Environmental Action Team.

  • ‘Mermaid House’ makes a splash in Calabash

    CALABASH — When Terri Glover met wood craftsman Al Nord at a local artisan market, it was mermaid love at first sight.

    Eyeing a carved wooden mermaid on display at the Shallotte artist’s booth, “she asked me could I make a bigger mermaid,” Nord recalled. “Could I make it into a shutter? That’s what actually started the whole mermaid thing.”

  • Carolina Shores starts search for new commissioner

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have launched the process to recruit a replacement board member following the resignation of commissioner Mary Timothy at a Dec. 4 town workshop.

    At their monthly meeting Thursday, Dec. 7, commissioners approved a resolution to start the search by getting out word among residents.

    “The goal is to get people who actually are potential candidates,” said Mayor Joyce Dunn, who sought guidance from the University of North Carolina School of Government and North Carolina League of Municipalities.

  • Education lottery’s Wilmington office moves to new site

    Lottery players in the Wilmington area looking to claim a big prize will pick up their checks in a new location in Wilmington. The new regional office and claims center will be located at 123 N. Cardinal Extension Drive, Suite 140, in Wilmington.

    Operations at the old office at Market Station, 5214 Market St., Suite 108, ended Dec. 7.

    All operations resumed at the North Cardinal Extension Drive location as of 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11. The office is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • ATMC-TV airs holiday programming

    ATMC-TV will air two special holiday programs throughout the Christmas season on ATMC Cable Channel 3 and HD Channel 910.

    Yuletide Fireplace and holiday music will be shown from noon to midnight on Christmas Eve and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day.

    The Shallotte Christmas Parade will be shown through Dec. 23: Mondays through Fridays at noon and Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 p.m. Brunswick County Clerk of Court and host of ATMC-TV’s Our Hometown, Jim MacCallum, and Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce president/CEO Shannon Viera host the parade.

  • Officials fight two residential fires in less than 24 hours

    No one was injured in a two Brunswick County residential fires reported in less than 24 hours beginning Sunday night.

    The American Red Cross was called to assist both families affected by the two fires, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    The first fire happened just before 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the 2100 block of Seashore Hills Road in Supply, Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad Capt. Dave Robinson said.

    A portion of the home was “well engulfed by fire,” which was brought under control by about 11 p.m., he said.

  • Two die in separate crashes Sunday in Supply