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  • Carolina Shores agrees to release closed-session minutes; mass-mailing idea fails

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have agreed to release the town’s closed-session minutes following a resolution posed at their monthly meeting Oct. 8.

    Town commissioner Joseph Przywara proposed the resolution “since the town has never opened up any closed-meeting minutes.”

    Citing state statute, he said those minutes over the past nine years should be opened as long as they no longer frustrate the purpose for the closed session.

  • Parade of Homes is Oct. 16-18, 23-25

    Thirty-one homes across the county, ranging in price from $139,000 to more than $1 million, will be ready for their “grand tours” this weekend and next weekend during the Brunswick County Parade of Homes.

    Descriptions and addresses for the homes are available in the Parade of Homes magazine, which are at a number of locations throughout the county including all BB&T banks, The Brunswick Beacon and Food Lion supermarkets. The information includes driving directions and maps.

  • Southport's Margaret Harper dies at 92

    Southport native, community leader, faithful churchgoer and newspaperwoman, Margaret Taylor Harper, 92, of Southport, died Oct. 11, at Duke University Medical Center of complications following a stroke.

    She’s remembered as an active part of her church, her community and North Carolina. She even ran for lieutenant governor twice.

    Harper was born Feb. 17, 1917, in Southport, a daughter of Charles Edward and Jessie Stevens Taylor.

  • Economic forecasters predict 4 percent growth in region

    Economic forecasters are predicting a 4 percent economic growth in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties during 2010, more than the growth predicted for the state of North Carolina (1.5 percent) and the nation (2.1 percent).

    Locally, businesspeople and officials say they agree with the forecast and are optimistic about the future.

  • Local municipalities receive Powell Bill funds

    Seventeen of Brunswick County’s 19 municipalities recently received Powell Bill funding through the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

    The towns of St. James and Varnamtown were the only Brunswick municipalities not to receive funding in this year’s allocation, which totaled $132 million for 507 municipalities across the state, according to NCDOT.

  • Local director says VA facility much needed for county’s 15,000 veterans

    The Veterans Affairs Office of the Actuary estimates 12,656 veterans live in Brunswick County. But Anita Hartsell, Brunswick County’s Director of Veterans Services, said the number of veterans living in the county is closer to 15,000—and that number is on the rise.

    At their last meeting, Brunswick County Commissioners unanimously endorsed converting Brunswick Community Hospital to a VA facility once the hospital relocates to its new facility currently under construction.

  • Early-morning shooting leaves one injured; suspects remains at large

    SHALLOTTE—A Supply woman is in stable condition after she was shot three times at a Shallotte nightclub.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sam Davis said Misty Dawn Robinson, 32, of Civietown Road, Supply, was shot twice in the shoulder and once in the hip around 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, while in the parking lot of Dick’s Pub on the corner of N.C. 130 and Gray Bridge Road in Shallotte.

    Davis said Robinson and two passengers left Dick’s Pub, only to return moments later to pick someone up.

  • Tracking H1N1: Vaccines arrive; database tracks schools' absentee rates

    The first 500 does of the H1N1 influenza vaccine arrived at the Brunswick County Health Department last Wednesday, Oct. 7.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent the first shipment of vaccines to the health department, which were all in nasal-spray form. Health officials expect more vaccines, including shots, to be shipped to health departments weekly.

  • 'Charlotte's Web' comes to life on stage

    Wilbur, Charlotte, Fern and all the lovable characters in E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” will come to life onstage as Stagestruck Players perform a stage version of the award-winning children’s book later this month.

    Stagestruck Players, Brunswick Little Theatre’s children’s program, will perform “Charlotte’s Web” at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 30, and at 3 p.m. Oct. 24, 25 and 31, at the Virginia Williamson Event Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • CIS to host Eighth Annual Benefit Gala for Children

    The 8th Annual Benefit Gala for Children will be from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

    The largest fundraiser of the year, the benefit gala benefits CIS’ main programs—Adopt A School/Volunteer Program, After School Program, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Family Resource Centers, Family Literacy Center, Parenting Education Program and Teen and Peer Courts.