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  • Trooper resigns after arrest, DWI charge in Brunswick County

     A N.C. Highway Patrol trooper has resigned after being arrested on a driving while impaired charge last week near Ocean Isle Beach.

    William B. Thompson, 40, of Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, near Ocean Isle Beach Road and U.S. 17, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Thompson was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released the same night.

  • Calabash approves economic development committee

    CALABASH — The Calabash Board of Commissioners has approved establishing a town economic development committee.

    The board unanimously approved the measure at its monthly meeting Aug. 12.

    The idea originated with Michael Herring, a member of the Calabash Planning and Zoning Board. Town commissioners subsequently directed town administrator Chuck Nance and town clerk Kelley Southward to meet with Herring in July.

    Herring researched local economic development committees and proposed a couple of purpose or mission statements.

  • Sunset Beach park work stopped

    Work at Sunset Beach Town Park has been halted because of a compliance issue.

    Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker alerted town council last week that work in the new park had been stopped until the issue is resolved.

    A certified letter dated Aug. 8 to Parker from the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources stated an inspection Aug. 6 determined a violation occurred because no erosion and sedimentation-control plan had been filed for work exceeding one acre at the park.

  • Fix A Friend marks 4,000th surgery with Aug. 29 party

    Fix A Friend Spay Neuter Clinic in Winnabow recently performed its 4,000th spay/neuter surgery in less than a year.

    It is celebrating this huge milestone at a one-year anniversary party, “Grab and Growl,” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at the clinic at 6033 Ocean Highway West in Winnabow.

    Thanks to Fix A Friend, which opened Aug. 26, 2013, it’s estimated at least a million fewer unwanted kittens will be born in southeastern North Carolina. And that’s the estimated result from just six weeks of surgeries.

  • Carolina Shores relays improved communications

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is in the process of implementing modes of improving communications with residents.

    Town administrator Jon Mendenhall said those efforts are being conducted by way of the town website, www.carolinashoresnc.com.

  • Late-night fire heavily damages Calabash restaurant

    The Calabash Fire Department and several mutual-aid companies battled a blaze that broke out late Saturday night at a Calabash restaurant.

    Coleman’s Restaurant at 9931 Nance St. sustained heavy damages to its roof and front portion during the fire reported at 11:36 p.m. Aug. 16.

    Arriving units found smoke pouring from the roof of the one-story structure, and flames broke through shortly thereafter, according to fire department spokeswoman Honey Shore. Firefighters battled the blaze for just over an hour before bringing it under control.

  • Governor signs new charter schools law

     Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill into law Aug. 6 that requires charter schools to disclose the names of employees and salary information.

    The action follows months of charter school scrutiny as Roger Bacon Academy (RBA), which operates two charter schools in Brunswick County, failed to comply with several public records requests from local media outlets, an infraction punishable by charter revocation.

  • Superintendent upholds school’s decision to keep book

     Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden upheld Cedar Grove Middle School’s decision to keep a controversial novel on the shelves of its libraries.

    Frankie Wood, 72, appealed the school’s decision to keep “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” as part of the eighth-grade curriculum June 30.

    Wood was scheduled to speak at the board of education’s monthly meeting Aug. 5, but chose not to address the board because she said she hadn’t received Pruden’s response.

  • Gang prevention program funded by Board of Education

     Local law enforcement and education officials left an Aug. 5 Brunswick County Board of Education meeting feeling great about G.R.E.A.T.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Brian Sanders made a presentation to the board about the county’s Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program, an evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula.

  • Trial date set for man accused of rape while out on bond

     The trial date for an Ash man accused of rape and kidnapping while out on bail has been set for Sept. 17 in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Richard Teremaine Gore, 30, of 5246 Marlow Road, was out of jail on $50,000 bail in January when he broke the straps of his court-ordered GPS tracking device and drove to Little River, S.C., Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators said.