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  • HURRICANE IRENE: Storm strengthens, shifts eastward

    Hurricane Irene, now a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, continues to churn in the Atlantic Ocean, moving northwest at 15 mph.

    According to the 11 a.m. National Weather Service update, Irene was upgraded over the night from a Category 1 storm to a Category 3 storm. Her path has shifted slightly eastward, but officials maintain North Carolina will be affected.

    The projected path has Irene off Southeastern North Carolina’s coast Saturday morning.

  • Becoming a Hospice volunteer

     What do a Rolodex, a house, a glove, a tennis racquet, a goal post, a private first class, a light bulb and fog all have in common?

    The answer is the key to successful conversations between hospice volunteers and the families and patients they are helping.

    Last week more than 25 volunteers attended a training orientation in Wilmington to work with the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter. They will work in a five-county area with several volunteering in Brunswick County.

  • Hospice: Getting more than you give

     Each day volunteers in Brunswick County assist strangers who have become friends and their families and help bring peace.

    Volunteers assist the nonprofit Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter in a wide variety of roles. They bake cakes, play music, record oral histories, make photo discs, read to patients, make phone calls, sit with patients, comfort families and much more.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

     The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Larceny of motorcycle helmets on Bridgers Road; two motorcycle helmets were taken from a motorcycle parked at Coastal Cinemas.

    •Conversion at Rent-A-Center by pawning property that was under contract; suspect pawned a 42-inch flat screen television.

  • 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.