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  • Flower launch honors those who work to keep local children safe

    Event organizers said it was to be a celebration.

    The largest crowd to date gathered last Thursday afternoon at Waterfront Park in Southport for the fourth annual Flower Launch in correlation with Child Abuse Prevention Month, sponsored by the Community Child Protection Team.

    District Judge Sherry Tyler served as the event’s guest speaker and said the purpose was to celebrate those who have provided services to the county’s juveniles.

  • Two Republicans face off in Brunswick County Board of Education District 5 race

    Two Republican candidates from the northern end of the county will vie for the GOP nomination to the Brunswick County Board of Education District 5 seat during this year’s primary election.

    David Hollis, a civil engineer, will face John Thompson, an architect who previously served a one-year term on the board of education.

    Hollis, who is a graduate of Brunswick County Schools and a parent of five, said his decision to run for the board stems from concerns he and other parents have regarding the Brunswick County school system.

  • Terminal groins presentation Monday in Sunset Beach

     SUNSET BEACH—A terminal groins presentation is on the monthly meeting agenda of Sunset Beach Town Council next Monday night, May 3.

    A workshop is at 6:45 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. at town hall on Sunset Boulevard.

    Rob Young, professor of geosciences with Western Carolina University, and Len Pietrafesa, director of external affairs with North Carolina State University, are scheduled to give a terminal groins presentation.

  • Sunset Beach gaming hearing set for May 6

     SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board will consider an application for a special use permit to operate four electronic gaming machines at the Sunset Beach Fishing Pier.

    A board of adjustments hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, May 6, at town hall.

  • Carolina Shores workshop May 3; meeting May 6

     CAROLINA SHORES—The next town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. next Monday, May 3.

    The board’s monthly meeting will follow at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 6.

    Both sessions will be in the town meetings chamber at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

  • Carolina Shores administrator deleted e-mail, polled board

     CAROLINA SHORES—Over the past year, town administrator Linda Herncane has illegally deleted and used town e-mail to poll commissioners for information that should have been discussed at a called meeting.

    On March 29, former town commissioner Gere Dale filed a public records request with town clerk Lisa Anglin requesting any e-mails issued to the town board of commissioners between March 9 and March 26.

  • Brunswick Christian Recovery Center project begins; Twin Lakes to donate percentage of May 3 proceeds

    For the past eight years, Open Door Ministries Baptist Church in Shallotte has been ministering to addicts and others seeking recovery.

    The Rev. Larry Shreve says over the years, he has personally taken more than 100 people to Christian-based rehabilitation centers. In addition, Open Door Ministries also provides scholarship funds to send people to the rehab.

    The church also hosts Celebrate Recovery, a night of music and worship that includes counseling sessions for small groups.

  • Lewis, Fairley, Tyler all unopposed for judge’s elections

    Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis has no challengers to her re-election bid for the non-partisan seat.

    Also unopposed in their bids to retain their seats on the bench are judges William F. Fairley and Sherry Dew Tyler who represent the 13th Judicial District. The district covers Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties.

    In 2007, former Gov. Mike Easley appointed Fairley, of Southport, to the seat vacated by the appointment of Judge Doug Sasser to Superior Court.

  • ‘Talk of the Towns’

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce governmental affairs committee hosted its first-ever ‘Talk of the Towns’ breakfast event at the Thistle Golf Club Tuesday morning. Mayors and other officials from Brunswick County towns updated the audience about what’s going on in the municipalities. ABOVE: Carolina Shores Mayor Steven Selby talks about the town’s efforts to bring more commercial development into town. BELOW: Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Klein talks about the progress of the new high-rise bridge being built and other town progress.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Some still frustrated by search as unemployment rate decreases due to seasonal jobs

    Longwood resident Alice Schofield continues her daily job search while also working volunteer hours at Family Thrift Store in Shallotte, for which she receives assistance from the Department of Social Services—enough to pay her electric bill.

    “I didn’t get any of the jobs I interviewed for,” the former business owner, veterinary technician and legal secretary said recently while she sorted clothes at the thrift store.