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  • Sign theft continues struggles between St. James, neighbors

    ST. JAMES—Last month, the town clerk took down signs protesting St. James’ decision to annex property along Midway Road.

    Now the protestors who put the signs up—property owners in the area to be annexed—have pressed charges as they continue their legal battle over what they say is “taking away our private property rights.”

    According to a sheriff’s office report, three signs belonging to Midway Corner Group were found at town hall in clerk Josann Campanello’s possession.

  • Tracking H1N1: As flu seasons merge, health department in good shape, deputy director says

    With early December marking the onset of flu season, and H1N1 influenza going into its seventh month, county health officials say they’re ready for whatever December brings.

    While H1N1 vaccines remain lagging compared to earlier Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates, Michael said the health department expects an additional 600 vaccines this week, and said the vaccination process is running smoothly.

  • Mercer University tennis coach charged with DWI while driving team van

    WILMINGTON—A university tennis coach was arrested Oct. 31, charged with driving while impaired after he was stopped during a Booze It and Lose It checkpoint near downtown Wilmington.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team Sgt. Billy Caulk said 49-year-old Nick Keith Stutsman was driving the Mercer University tennis team’s van when he was stopped at the checkpoint around 12:15 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, on Market Street near the intersection of 15th Street.

  • Volunteers honored with Governor’s Award

    Several individuals and local organizations were honored Tuesday afternoon with North Carolina Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

    The honorees have a variety of volunteer experience in local schools, churches and community organizations.

    Bill Sue, chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners, publicly thanked the volunteers for their contribution to the community.

  • Schiavone won't call for a recount in Holden Beach municipal election

    Saying she didn’t want to cost taxpayers the expense of the county election board having to conduct a recount, Peggy Schiavone said she wouldn’t ask for one.

    “I’m not going to ask for a recount,” said Schiavone, a candidate for Holden Beach commissioner in last week’s elections.

    She shrugged, smiled and said, “I lost by two.”

    Sheila Young, the candidate who received the two additional votes, said she wanted to thank the people who supported her and added, “I’ll try to represent everybody.”

  • Flood watch in effect through late Thursday night

    The National Weather Service in wilmington has issued a flood watch for Brunswick County from from 1 a.m. Wednesday through late Thursday night.

    The following is a statement from the National Weather Service:

    The remnants of Hurricane Ida will bring heavy rainfall to the area into Thursday. The heaviest rain is expected to occur Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night.

    At this time flooding issues are most likely to occur. By the time the rain tapers off early Friday morning most areas will have accumulated a general 4 to 6 inches.

  • Town seeks retribution for accusation against officer

    Saying they needed to show support for employees, Shallotte aldermen voted last week to send a letter to District Attorney Rex Gore asking him to pursue charges against the person who accused police officer Kyle Jones of assault last month.

    Gore said this week charges will not be filed against Jones, but he cannot make a decision about charges against the accuser until he receives the written SBI report.

  • Defense attorney shares real life situations with students

    Defense attorney Jason Disbrow said although some of his clients are minors, they are often sentenced as adults.

    “I represent a lot of 15-, 16-, 17-year-old folks that are in big boy court,” he told Brunswick County Academy and Transition Academy students last week. “Nine times out of 10, you’ll be treated as an adult. You do an adult crime, you’ll be treated as an adult.”

  • Fourth annual Senior Follies to light up stage this weekend

    Golden-age talent will take center stage as the fourth annual Senior Follies, a fundraiser for Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity, unfolds this Saturday and Sunday at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.

    A lineup of 80 performers and 22 different acts involving singing, dancing and other talent by the county’s 55-plus set will highlight the show in two separate performances.

  • 'DUNN GOODENOUGH' TO WIN

    CAROLINA SHORES—Newcomers Joyce Dunn and Walter Goodenough pulled off big election wins Tuesday, overwhelmingly defeating incumbent Gere Dale and taking two available seats in the town commissioners’ race.

    Unofficial election tallies show Dunn with 1,076 or more than 45 percent of votes cast and Goodenough with 1,007 or more than 42 percent of the votes, compared to 267 or 11 percent of votes for Dale.

    “We are so excited,” Dunn said Tuesday night during a victory party at a local resident’s house.