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  • Decisions ahead for Brunswick County computer upgrades

    Brunswick County officials are trying to decide if they should hire a consultant to determine if big changes are needed for the county’s computer system or if they should do a do-it-yourself upgrade.

    County manager Marty Lawing told commissioners at the Dec. 17 meeting the staff sent out a request for proposals and received three commissioners could consider.

    But before any contract talks took place, the board discussed merits of doing the technology update in-house.

  • Canine Angels in Connecticut

    Rick Kaplan and his team of Canine Angels service dogs couldn’t stay away.

    One week after the Dec. 14 shootings by a lone gunman who killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Kaplan and his Carolina service dogs traveled more than 700 miles north to see what they could do to help.

    Kaplan was accompanied by his current team of nine certified service and therapy dogs—Zoe, Bobo, King, Leroy, Ryder, Abbi, Diva, Freddie and Junior.

  • Sunset Beach administrator gets good review, raise

    SUNSET BEACH—On his fifth anniversary with the town, Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker has received a favorable review along with a 1 percent merit raise.

    The decision came following a closed session of Sunset Beach Town Council at the end of its Dec. 11 meeting.

    The raise increases Parker’s annual salary to $116,195.04.

  • New year, some new schedules for local meetings

    Calabash
    Calabash Board of Commissioners meetings are at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at town hall on Persimmon Road. The next meeting is next Tuesday, Jan. 7.
    Agenda copies are available on the town website at www.townofcalabash.net.

    Carolina Shores
    With the launch of the New Year, the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will meet an hour earlier, at 2 p.m. instead of 3 p.m.
    The board has regular monthly meetings on Thursdays.

  • Realtor collecting items for soldiers

    SUNSET BEACH—Local Realtor Fred Thorne is striving to do more than just drum up business in his hometown.
    He’s also collecting items for soldiers.
    His real estate office in the Village Center in Sunset Beach is a collection site for Step Up for Soldiers, a joint project by We the People of NC and area media organizations.
    Thorne, owner of Fred Thorne Realty, says the effort involves collecting donated items and money to ship to the U.S. military stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq. It has been conducted for the past few years.

  • Sunset Beach: Bustling businesses line Queen Anne Street in Village Center

    SUNSET BEACH—With wheels in motion for a new merchants association, local Realtor Fred Thorne says things are looking up along his little stretch of commerce.
    For the first time, all the shops along Queen Anne Street in the Village Center are rented, Thorne said at a Dec. 5 meeting to discuss formation of a town-wide merchants association.

  • Foreclosure filed on Saunders' properties

    BB&T Bank has filed a foreclosure motion against developer Mark Saunders and several of his Brunswick County companies The bank charges Saunders defaulted on nearly $4.5 million in loans.
    On Dec. 20, a continuance for the case against Saunders’ MAS Properties and Eastern Carolinas Construction and Development was granted for May 8 in Brunswick County Superior Court.
    The action by Branch Banking and Trust Co. cites loans dating back to 1997.

  • Leland, Wilmington missing teens found

    Two teenagers reported missing Dec. 27 have been found.

    The Leland and Wilmington Police departments requested help finding Aynton Clemmons, 16, of Leland, and Kelsey Harmon, 14, of Wilmington last week. They had not been seen since about 1 a.m. last Thursday morning.

    According to Leland Town Manager David Hollis, Clemmons was back with family in Leland by Dec. 31.

    Wilmington Police Departmernt Public Affairs Officer Lucy Crockett said the Kitty Hawk Police Department confirmed Harmon was found Dec. 29.

  • Leland rejects apartment text change

    LELAND—There was a packed house at Leland’s Dec. 20 town meeting where residents were ready to argue against a unified development ordinance text change. Many believed the change would lead to unwanted apartments near the Waterford development.

    But the town council decided one small change was unnecessary when they have a new zoning plan on the horizon.

  • Property owner says county’s land grab ruined development plans

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—A Boiling Spring Lakes property owner who lost one of his lots to Brunswick County because of eminent domain says the condemnation killed his development plans.

    Dan Lichty spoke to county commissioners Dec. 3. He said he was surprised to learn that morning the county was digging up a lot to install a pump station for the Boiling Spring Lakes Wastewater collection project.