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  • Brunswick County inmates collect more than 1 million pounds of trash

    They’re usually up with the sun and hit the road by 7 a.m.

    It’s not a glamorous job, but for inmates on the road crew, it’s a way out of jail for a few hours. For the county, it’s free labor to keep the county’s roadways clean.

    Since the program’s inception in November 2006, inmates from the Brunswick County Detention Center have collected more than 1 million pounds of trash from the county’s roadways.

  • First drug treatment court participant graduates from program

    BOLIVIA—His story reads like a cautionary tale—Scott Milligan was a high school athlete on the right track who made a bad decision. Nineteen years ago, he tried crack cocaine, and was immediately addicted, he said.

    “Growing up in high school, I played sports. I started hanging out with an older crowd. It was with two guys, one is doing life in prison,” the 38-year-old single dad said.

    Milligan first tried crack cocaine while in high school and “was instantly addicted.”

  • Newest Walgreens opens in Shallotte

    A new Walgreens store opened on Main Street in Shallotte last Friday on the site of the former Jones Family Center/Western Auto next to Shallotte Crossing.

    Store manager Aaron Richardson said business has been slow since the store first opened its doors, but he’s expecting more customers as word gets around town.

    The store is open from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. seven days a week. The pharmacy is open those same hours Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Former Calabash administrator under investigation by SBI

    Former Calabash administrator Jeremy Cribb is being investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation.

    The investigation is related to Cribb’s recent employment with the town, Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons said Friday.

    The SBI started investigating Cribb about two weeks ago following a request by Brunswick County District Attorney Rex Gore, Jennifer Canada, spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Justice, said last week.

  • Carolina Shores mayor wants to 'get rid' of women, commissioner charges

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioner Tom Puls said Mayor Stephen Selby is opposed to women in the work force and wants to get rid of the ones who work at town hall.

    “His agenda is to get his people on to the board so he can control it and get rid of the women who make up our staff,” Puls wrote in an e-mail sent to a Beacon reporter Friday.

    “The Mayor is opposed to women in the work force and does not like working with them,” Puls added.

  • Former Calabash administrator under investigation by SBI

    Former Calabash administrator Jeremy Cribb is being investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation, Mayor Anthony Clemmons said.

    The investigation is related to Cribb’s previous employment with the town, Clemmons said Friday.

    The SBI started investigating Cribb last week following a request by Brunswick County District Attorney Rex Gore, Jennifer Canada, spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Justice, said Friday.

  • Utilities department treating water supply; director says water remains safe to drink

    Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce said utilities officials began chemically treating the county's water supply Tuesday.

    But with 900 miles of water main in the county, “It’s going to take a few days to get it out of the system,” Pierce said.

    Even with chemical treatment and flushing the water system, treating a water system of this size takes time, he explained.

    Pierce said the water remains safe to use and drink.

  • Highway, bridge project funding includes $5.7 million contract for widening of Village Drive in Leland

    Fifteen contracts totaling $29.3 million have been awarded for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina, including seven projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    One of the eight non-ARRA funded contracts awarded includes:

    A $5.7 million contract to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson to convert 1 mile of Village Drive (NC 1472) in Leland from west of Old Fayetteville Road (NC 1437)/Navassa Road (NC 1435) to the U.S. 17 North interchange ramps in Brunswick County to a four-lane divided roadway.

  • BCC Fitness for Fun girls’ camp to begin next week

    The BCC Fitness for Fun girls camp takes place from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Friday, Aug. 3-6 at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College.

    Open to girls ages 8-12, the camp incorporates fitness activities as well as introduces healthy lifestyle habits.

    Rhonda Schilawski, assistant director of the fitness center, said the girls’ camps incorporates dancing and aerobics, as well as swimming and weight training.

    The boys’ camp, which was held this week, incorporated sports, such as basketball and dodgeball.

  • Town got 'snookered,' commissioner says

    CALABASH— Thirty-year-old Jeremy Cribb resigned last week after three months on the job as Calabash’s latest town administrator.

    But questions about his hiring still remain.

    How did it happen?

    How was an entire town charmed by a friendly, fresh-faced, newly hired town leader who wasn’t what his initial resume claimed he was?

    Cribb resigned the $50,000-a-year job last Wednesday after it was disclosed he had submitted a false resume to the town last year and had criminal charges in his past.