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  • Board of education approves bus driver incentive plan

    Reporting to work as scheduled pays—sometimes twice—if you are a bus driver employed with Brunswick County Schools.

    And you show up to work.

    With increasing absenteeism with Brunswick County Schools bus drivers, board of education members approved an incentive plan for bus drivers, which pays up to $60 a pay period to show up to work as scheduled.

  • Christmas spirit: Crowd turns out for BFA distribution

    SUNSET BEACH—Before the doors opened at 9 a.m., a long line of residents waited outside to receive items during the annual holiday distribution Thursday by Brunswick Family Assistance.

    “We aren’t crazy yet,” BFA executive director Carol Phelps quipped shortly after the first people were admitted through the doors.

  • Old Sunset Beach bridge lighting up for holiday event Monday

    SUNSET BEACH—Wreaths, bows and lights adorn the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge, standing in yuletide finery at its new retirement site on Shoreline Drive West.

    Last December, the old span had just been put out of commission to make way for the new high-rise bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway.

    This December, the Old Bridge Preservation Society hasn’t forgotten the old span, where the nonprofit group is planning a holiday celebration, called “Christmas at the Old Bridge,” this coming Monday night.

  • Resident gadfly now new Sunset Beach mayor

    SUNSET BEACH—Like him or not, for the past six years Richard Cerrato has been a vivid presence in this Brunswick Islands town.

    It started with his first, losing election bids, first as a town council candidate in 2005, then in the 2009 mayoral race. It continues now with Cerrato’s first election victory this past Nov. 8 as the town’s new mayor, an election he finally won with nearly 60 percent of votes cast—914 votes over challenger Clinton Dunlop’s 610, according to the Brunswick County Board of Elections.

  • Nature trail plans approved in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have approved proposed plans for a nature trail for The Farm at Brunswick.

    Approval of the developer’s proposed plan revision for the community, which consists of a nine-tenths-mile-long trail, came during the board’s monthly meeting Dec. 8.

    Brad Brundage, city manager for Farm developer D.R. Horton’s Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Wilmington offices, previously outlined plans at a town commissioners’ workshop Dec. 5.

  • New mayor, three commissioners take oaths in Calabash

    CALABASH--Newly elected Mayor Mary Knight and three new town commissioners took oaths of office at the town's last monthly meeting of the year Tuesday.

    Knight, along with newly elected town commissioners Sandy Melahn and Buddy Walton, were sworn in during the early portion of the meeting.

  • Bank robbery suspect still in S.C.

     A Calabash bank robbery suspect is still being held in South Carolina.

    Christopher Wilson Scott, 32, a suspect in the Nov. 29 bank robbery of Security Savings Bank in Calabash, has been incarcerated at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C., since his capture and arrest by Horry County, S.C., police on Nov. 30.

    In South Carolina, Scott, of 1659 Edgewood Drive in Little River, has been charged with three counts of forgery, value less than $5,000, according to information on the J. Reuben Long Detention Center website.

  • Little River church fire investigated

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—Former Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby stood outside his burned church Tuesday morning, surveying damages along with church pastor Carl Wood and fire officials.

    Anchor Baptist Church on Highway 50 was heavily damaged when a fire broke out inside the unoccupied building around 4 p.m. Monday.

    “We’re blessed, because it could have been worse,” Selby said of the blaze battled Monday by several fire units, including the Calabash Fire Department. The two-lane highway was also shut down.

  • Calabash commissioner quits

    CALABASH—Town commissioner Jody Nance has resigned.

    Nance’s resignation came Tuesday night as the town board was going into closed session to discuss personnel issues following its open monthly meeting.

    Newly sworn-in Mayor Mary Knight said Nance handed her a handwritten note as the board was convening into the closed session.

    Knight said the note stated Nance was stepping down from his seat because of personal matters. After handing Knight the note, Nance left town hall and did not attend the board’s closed session.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: DSS board breaks law; illegally enters into closed session

    Members of the Brunswick County Social Services board broke the law on Tuesday when they improperly entered into closed session under the attorney-client privilege provision of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law.

    The problem? The DSS board does not have an attorney, either retained or employed by the board, as outlined in North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(a)3.