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  • Shallotte High class of 1960 sets 50th reunion at Sunnyside School

    They graduated 50 years ago, and they are old enough to have spent a year in the unheated, uninsulated Sunnyside School building before a new school was built.

    Now, the Shallotte High School class of 1960 is planning to celebrate 50 years since graduation in a much more comfortable, renovated Sunnyside next month.

    Beginning with a 6 p.m. social hour followed by dinner at 7 p.m., 36 classmates and their spouses will gather to reminisce June 5 at Sunnyside, beside Shallotte Middle School—the former location of Shallotte High School.

  • Brunswick Interagency Program to receive $200,000 in grant funding

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick Interagency Program (BIP) of Brunswick Community College is set to receive $200,000 of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.

    Greg Bland, program director, said the funding was approved through the N.C. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and will be used for BIP participants to partake in employment training opportunities and paid employment opportunities.

  • Holden Beach board talks about sand

    Hoping not to have to change course in mid-stream, Holden Beach commissioners authorized Mayor Alan Holden at their meeting Tuesday night to send a letter supporting the local district risk/analysis model for acquiring sources of sand.

    Holden Beach is not on the federal 50-year plan but has been working to get on it.

    Town manager David Hewett said representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers Coastal Storm Damage Center of Expertise out of New Jersey recently met with officials from the Wilmington District Corps, Caswell Beach, Oak Island and Holden Beach.

  • Dredging project finished at Holden Beach; more beach access created

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers just completed an $800,000 dredging, navigation and beach renourishment project on Holden Beach.

    The project removed sand from the last sand bar in the Lockwood Folly Inlet (close to the waterway) and transported the sand to the east end of the beach.

    Officially called Lockwood Folly Inlet Crossing Navigation Maintenance, the project added sand from in front of the last house on the east end to in front of Winding River’s clubhouse, also on the oceanfront.

  • Calabash gets park grant, mulls animated signs

    CALABASH—The town has been awarded a $56,700 Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Grant to build its first park.

    Mayor Anthony Clemmons made the announcement at Tuesday night’s monthly town commissioners meeting.

    The park site is a vacant 1-acre, town-owned lot across from Calabash Town Hall at the corner of Persimmon Road and Traders Lane.

  • Animal services cuts advisory meetings to quarterly

    Brunswick County Animal Services advisory meetings will now be scheduled quarterly instead of monthly.

    The reason for the meeting cutbacks, according to county environmental services director David Stanley, is to have time to implement new ideas.

    “We decided to back off the meetings a little bit,” Stanley said. “There are a lot of things we’re starting to do, plans and ideas to try.”

    Additional time is needed to implement them, he said.

  • Board votes to close eighth-grade Transition Academy due to budget shortfall

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education members voted 4-1 Tuesday night to close the eighth-grade Transition Academy at the end of the year due to an anticipated $5.8 million budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Interim superintendent Les Tubb and executive financial officer Freyja Cahill recommended the board close the academy due to the shortfall. It costs $450,000 to operate the school.

  • Board votes to keep Pre-K classes only in northern end of county

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to transfer all but 54 available slots for Pre-K enrollment to private sectors, keeping only spots in the northern end of the county.

    School officials previously recommended the board transfer all Pre-K slots to private sectors to compensate for the estimated $5.8 million budget shortfall.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Police assistant chief to take reins by June 1

    John Goodwin, assistant police chief of the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, will begin as the new police chief on June 1.

    He will replace Curtiss Pritchard, who is retiring after 22 years with the department.

    Ocean Isle Beach commissioners selected Goodwin as Pritchard’s replacement during the executive session of Tuesday morning’s town meeting. Mayor Debbie Smith said the board has decided to promote from within, because they believed Goodwin was the best choice for the position.

  • Concerts, movies provide free weekly entertainment throughout Brunswick County

    Do you like to sit under the stars and hear the waves of the ocean mix with waves of music from your favorite band? Or do you prefer to watch a movie outdoors under the stars? There’s something for everyone this year, as free entertainment is provided weekly across Brunswick County beginning Memorial Day weekend.

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH