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  • Former Sunset Beach mayor dies

    Former Sunset Beach Mayor Mason Barber has died.

    Barber, 88, passed away Wednesday, June 6.

    The World War II and Korean War veteran worked for Exxon Mobil for 37 years prior to retiring in 1986 and moving to Sunset Beach, where he served four terms as mayor.

    Mason is survived by his wife, Virginia, two daughters and a son, five granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.

    Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, June 8, in the Brunswick Funeral Service Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

  • School system to charge $25 fee for driver’s education course

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education have agreed to start charging students for driver’s education classes.

    At their meeting Tuesday, June 5, board members voted to allow the school system to charge up to $25 per student for driver’s education courses.

    Until now, the school system did not charge students to take the course, Jessica Swencki, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman, said.

    The state allows school systems to charge up to $45 per student, Swencki said.

  • Three local employees among company-wide layoffs at Novant Health

    Winston-Salem-based nonprofit healthcare company Novant Health, parent company of Brunswick Novant Medical Center, recently announced nearly 300 layoffs company-wide.

    Amy Myers, director of marketing and community relations for Brunswick Novant Medical Center, said 289 leader and staff positions were eliminated last week within the healthcare organization.

  • Resident complains panel-box placement causes unsightly "red light district"

    SUNSET BEACH—Karla Squier is ready to flush an unsightly electrical sewer panel box recently installed on the front of her house.

    “I have a 5-foot monstrosity attached to the front of my garage with a huge red light on it, and I’m naming it the red light district,” said the Sea Trail resident, speaking during public comment time at Monday night’s Sunset Beach Town Council meeting.

  • June 12 meeting to address tapping onto Metropolitan Grand Strand

    SUNSET BEACH—Will Sunset Beach and other towns in Brunswick County become part of the greater metropolitan Grand Strand stretching well into South Carolina?

    That’s an issue that will be discussed at a meeting scheduled for 10:30 a.m. next Tuesday in Carolina Shores.

    Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker said the discussion will center around an “MPO proposal to add Sunset Beach to the Grand Strand, S.C., MPO”—which stands for Metropolitan Planning Organization.

  • Carolina Shores looking at speed-limit reduction to 25 mph

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners is poised to review a proposed town-wide speed limit of 25 mph.

    The proposed change would mostly affect the town’s main residential area adjacent to Carolina Shores Golf Course as well as the Village at Calabash, where the speed limit is now 30 mph on town-operated streets in both communities. The speed limit is already 25 mph in The Farm at Brunswick.

  • Calabash Fire board approves bonds for new firehouse

    CALABASH—The Calabash Fire Department has approved a bonds resolution for its future fire station.

    The unanimous vote Tuesday by the fire department board is for issuance of up to $2 million in bonds or notes to construct a firehouse. The resolution will be forwarded to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners for consideration at their June 18 meeting.

    Calabash Fire Chief Randy Bork said it’s a tax-free loan that places no liability on the county.

    “The IRS has rules that we’re following,” he said.

  • Crown Management submits revised offer to purchase old hospital

    BOLIVIA—Crown Management LLC has come back to the negotiating table to purchase the former Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Crown Management LLC was the sole bidder when commissioners began the upset bid process to purchase the 60-bed former hospital and the 30-plus acres on which it sits last year.

    In April, Crown Management, who announced plans to locate an acute-care psychiatric treatment facility and physiatrist residential facility in the old hospital, withdrew their $1.5 million dollar bid, leaving the county with no viable bidders.

  • Local veteran injured in Afghanistan describes IEDs in region

    Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories about West Brunswick High School graduate Ben McCune, who was injured in Afghanistan when the truck he was in struck an improvised explosive device (IED).

    As Ben McCune recounted his tale of the day more than two years ago the truck he was in struck an improvised explosive device (IED)—breaking his back and killing his beloved platoon sergeant, Carlos Santos Silva—he took time about to talk about IEDs in Afghanistan.

  • County budget hearing draws little comment

    BOLIVIA—Despite 196.2 million reasons to comment on the county’s upcoming fiscal year budget, only three people addressed county commissioners during their public hearing on the budget Monday night.

    Last month, Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing presented county commissioners with a $196.2 million budget for the upcoming 2012-2013 fiscal year, which begins July 1.