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  • Board discusses charging fees for time involved in public records requests

    The Brunswick County Board of Education is considering charging a fee for excessive public records requests.

    They say many staff hours and attorney fees are incurred in furnishing those requests. Charging such fees, according to legal counsel for the North Carolina Press Association, is illegal.

  • Sunset Beach runners warming up for first Thanksgiving Turkey Trot on island

    SUNSET BEACH—Local runners won’t be doing much gobbling this Thanksgiving, that is, not until they’ve run in the first Sunset Beach Turkey Trot.

    The 5K run is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the corner of Sixth Street and Canal Drive on the Sunset Beach island.

    Participants will head east down Canal, eventually cutting over to Main Street and looping west toward North Shore Drive before heading back east to the finish line at the same intersection where the run begins.

  • Churches serving free Thanksgiving dinners this Thursday

    For anyone who doesn’t want to cook or spend Thanksgiving alone, two area churches are cooking and serving free Thanksgiving dinners this Thursday.

    For the 16th year, members of Little River United Methodist Church are offering free Thanksgiving dinners to anyone stopping by the church at 1629 U.S. 17 N., across the state line in Little River, S.C.

    The meals will be served in the church’s new Life Center from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

    Any and everyone who would like to enjoy the feast and fellowship are invited.

  • Superintendent search under way

    Brunswick County Schools’ search for a new superintendent has begun.

    The board of education met with Kathy Boyd, senior staff attorney with the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) Thursday to discuss the timeline and documents that will be used in the search.

    The board hired the NCSBA to assist with the search last month.

  • Senate candidate speaks at NAACP Freedom Fund banquet

    The Brunswick County chapter of the NAACP welcomed U.S. Senate candidate Kenneth Lewis as its guest speaker at Saturday night’s annual Freedom Fund banquet.

    Lewis, a Chapel Hill attorney, has announced his intention to run for U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s seat in the next election. He spoke to 130 people gathered at Ocean View Missionary Baptist Association headquarters about the future.

    NAACP chapter president Bernest Hewett met Lewis at the organization’s state convention in Hickory earlier this year and liked what he had to say.

  • New superintendent to be announced mid-April

    The new superintendent for Brunswick County Schools will be announced by mid-April.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education met with Kathy Boyd of the North Carolina School Boards Association Thursday to discuss the time line of the superintendent search.

  • Swearing-in session for new Carolina Shores commissioners set for Dec. 1

    CAROLINA SHORES—Two special meetings have been called for Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 1, including an organizational session to swear in two newly elected town commissioners.

    During the first meeting at 2 p.m., the town board of commissioners is to consider approving a resolution accepting referendum petition results and an ordinance to return the town to a mayor-council form of government.

  • County's purchase of used animal gas chamber questioned

    A refurbished gas chamber purchased for use at the Brunswick County Animal Shelter may have had leaks that caused employees to get sick in Reidsville, a local animal activist claims.

    Peter MacQueen of Southport, president of The Humane Society of Eastern North Carolina, last week took issue with the county’s recent purchase of the refurbished metal carbon monoxide chamber to euthanize animals at the shelter on Green Swamp Road.

    MacQueen said the unit was previously used in Reidsville, which had a chamber with “serious carbon monoxide gas leaks.”

  • World War II veteran seeks rightful owner of Japanese medal

    SUPPLY—Alex Moskowitz has collected more than 80 years worth of memories, among them numerous swimming medals; his U.S. Army induction and discharge papers; photos of his time in Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines and Okinawa; news clippings of important days in history and family snapshots.

    But he says one such memory he’s held on to for 65 years doesn’t properly belong to him.

  • Shallotte police arrest four for armed robbery at Coastal Cinemas

    Shallotte Police have arrested four suspects in an armed robbery reported Sunday evening at Coastal Cinemas that sent one employee to the hospital.

    Seth Gattis Andre Evans, 20, of 2350 Blackbeard Road, Supply, and Jarrell Lamar Smith, 20, of 1155 Hale Swamp Road, Shallotte, were both charged with robbery with a dangerous weapons, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, one count of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count of assault with a deadly weapons inflicting serious injury.