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  • New ladder truck finalized for OIB fire department

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — After two years of planning, Ocean Isle Beach is finalizing the purchase of a new ladder truck for the fire department.

    Fire Chief Robert Yoho sought a grant for a ladder truck since 2015 but after applications were denied over several grant cycles, the town decided to move forward with financing the replacement truck.

    The fire department bought its first used aerial truck, which had been in service since 1972, in the early 1990s and then replaced it with a 70-foot ladder truck in 1995, which is still in service with the town.

  • Sunset Beach approves tweaks in personnel policy

    SUNSET BEACH — Following discussion and debate, a majority of Sunset Beach Town Council has approved changes in the town personnel policy that give council input in the process for hiring department heads.

    Changes were proposed and outlined by councilwoman Carol Scott at council’s April 3 meeting.

    “I can understand not wanting to tie (Town Administrator Susan Parker’s) hands, but it doesn’t hurt to have a second set of eyes on resumes and applicants,” Scott said.

  • Old Baldy 200th birthday party lights up April 15

    It isn’t every year a lighthouse turns 200 years old.

    That’s why Bald Head Island amps up the party this year as its renowned Old Baldy Lighthouse reaches that historic milestone, with an array of events that launched in January and continues through Nov. 25.

    The next celebratory happening is the Old Baldy Birthday Party and Keeper’s Easter Egg Hunt from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the site of the historic marker at 101 Lighthouse Wynd.

  • Attempted turtle rescue in Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach residents rushed to aid a leatherback sea turtle found in the surf around 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, between 12th and 13th streets.

    Carmel Zetts, coordinator of Sunset Beach Turtle Watch, said the female leatherback seemed alive but sadly did not survive. The sea turtle was 5.9 feet long and about “25 years young,” Zetts estimated.

  • ‘Sunset Beach pickers’ scour walkways using invention

    SUNSET BEACH — As soon as stormy skies cleared, a team of volunteers emerged last week to clean the beach just in time for Easter-week visitors.

    This wasn’t just any old seasonal coastal clean-up launching at the Sunset Beach gazebo last Thursday afternoon, April 6.

  • Carolina Shores ponders better Greenway path

    CAROLINA SHORES — If commissioner Gere Dale gets his druthers, the town will someday have a better path to tie in with the East Coast Greenway trail.

    At the town board of commissioners meeting last Thursday, April 6, Dale presented an unofficial map of town drainage-ways to fellow board members outlining how the trail could be implemented next to town canals and ditches for a safer off-road connection.

  • Brunswick County Schools recommended for accreditation by AdvancED

    Brunswick County Schools have been recommended for accreditation by AdvancED.

    An AdvancED external review team visited the school district last week and apparently liked what it saw, according to a news release issued by school district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki.

    Brunswick County Schools earned AdvancED accreditation after the team reviewed written documentation and artifacts, including interviewing 196 stakeholders, touring eight of the district’s 19 schools and observing 55 classrooms.

  • Navassa Community Center ribbon-cutting April 20

    The town of Navassa will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 20 at the Navassa Community Center at 338 Main St. at 6 p.m.

  • Bolivia man faces peeping charge

    A Bolivia man is accused of using a webcam to peep into a bedroom at his residence.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 40-year-old Wendell Oliver Holmes on a charge of possessing a photographic image from peeping Friday, April 7.

    A warrant shows Holmes used a computer-operated camera to peep secretly into the bedroom of his home on Colonial Landing Road on Thursday, April 6.

    Holmes was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1,500 bail April 7.

  • Ash man accused of strangling boy

    An Ash man is accused of strangling an 8-year-old boy.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 31-year-old Marco Antonio Valencia, of Mill Branch Road NW, and charged him with assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a child younger than 12 on Saturday, April 8.

    Warrants show Valencia grabbed the boy by his throat and lifted him off the ground, choking him and causing him to have trouble breathing and blurred vision, April 8.

    Valencia remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $15,000 bail.