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  • Face of Foreclosure

      BOLIVIA—He is a Gulf War veteran. She needs a liver transplant. They were living the American dream until foreclosure took it away. Now they live under tarps with dirt floors.

    And they’re right here in Brunswick County.

    Bruce and Adrienne Hollenbeck live in a quiet residential area where they have neighbors but no one is too close. They have lived there for 10 years and don’t want to leave. But circumstances are mounting, and despite their best efforts to remain on the land they own, they may be forced to move.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: County readies for storm

    BOLIVIA—Things were relatively calm Tuesday afternoon at the county’s Emergency Operations Center.

    Senior staff, including emergency services director Anthony Marzano and fire marshal/deputy director Scott Garner, were on a conference call for a hurricane weather update.

    Inside the EOC, volunteer services director Jayne Mathews had 12 volunteers calling the nearly 400 people on the county’s special medical needs registry.

    But off the coast a massive hurricane was churning in the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Warren, Sykes spar at DSS meeting

    BOLIVIA—Of the nine provisions to the North Carolina Open Meetings Law that allow a public body to retreat into a closed session to discuss confidential business, discussing a board member is not one of them.

    The North Carolina Open Meetings Law, outlined in North Carolina General Statute 143-318 limits the instances in which a public body can enter closed session, and, specifically, what procedures must be done.

  • State unemployment at 10.1 percent in July

    RALEIGH—North Carolina’s unemployment rate in July was 10.1 percent, up from 9.9 percent in June.

    The nationwide unemployment rate for July was 9.1 percent, down slightly from 9.2 percent in June.

    The dip in the rate, according to Lynn Holmes, chairman of the Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina, was attributed to losses in public sector jobs.

    Private sector jobs gains in July were 6,900 jobs. State government jobs were decreased by 300 jobs and local government lost 11,800 jobs.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council scheduled to meet Monday, Aug. 29

    Sunset Beach Town Council’s upcoming monthly meeting is Monday, Aug. 29.

    Council is meeting a week early in lieu of the Labor Day holiday the following week.

    A council work session is scheduled for 6:45 p.m., followed by the regular called council meeting at 7 p.m.

    Jeff Viscount and Suzanne Bland are to give a presentation on the upcoming, second annual Bike MS Breakaway to the Beach 2011.

  • Twin Lakes overgrowth scrutinized by Sunset Beach Planning Board

    SUNSET BEACH—Who is responsible for trimming overgrowth at Twin Lakes?

    That was the topic of debate at a Sunset Beach Planning Board meeting Aug. 18.

    Board member Eddie Walters said historically the Twin Lakes Property Association has only taken responsible for management of the lakes on Shoreline Drive West.

    Sunset Beach Public Works Director Dustin Graham said the town can cut to the banks at the right-of-way but can’t cut where it’s considered private property.

  • Bellas/Sunset Beach case continued till Nov. 30

    A hearing for Catawba County Assistant District Attorney Eric Bellas, charged in June with driving while impaired in Sunset Beach, has been continued until Nov. 30.

    Bellas was scheduled to be at the Brunswick County Courthouse last Thursday, Aug. 18, for his case involving the Sunset Beach Police Department. He has retained local attorney Roy Trest to represent him.

  • Candidate interviews 'waste of time' in Carolina Shores, contenders charge

    CAROLINA SHORES—Candidate interviews conducted last week by a community action group were a charade, two seasoned contenders claim.

    The Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores met in separate, closed sessions with all six town candidates in a room provided at Calabash Presbyterian Church on Aug. 18. The media also was not allowed into the sessions, except to shoot a few quick photographs.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Closings and delays

    Island residents should make sure they have vehicle decals.Decals are the basis for allowing early return to islands for residents following a hurricane evacuation. Decals shall be displayed in the lower left-hand corner of the vehicle windshield.

  • Quake shakes East Coast, including Brunswick County

     Brunswick County residents felt shaking from an earthquake that struck the East Coast on Tuesday afternoon.

    The National Earthquake Information Center recorded a 5.9-magnitude tremor at 1:51 p.m. Tuesday. The epicenter was about 27 miles east of Charlottesville and 34 miles southwest of Fredericksburg, Va.

    The quake was felt in New York City and Washington, D.C., where thousands evacuated buildings, according to MSNBC.

    The quake was felt at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    Local residents also reported feeling the quake.