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  • Code of ethics violation could lead to commissioner’s censure

    BOLIVIA—All but one commissioner agree—Charles Warren is in violation of the county’s code of ethics.

    Warren, as one would expect, is the lone commissioner who doesn’t agree, claiming he is not in violation of the code of ethics, even questioning the legitimacy of the state-required code of ethics, approved by commissioners in December.

  • General Assembly convenes Wednesday, Jan. 26

    RALEIGH—The 2011-2012 session of the North Carolina General Assembly convenes at noon Wednesday, Jan. 26.

    When it does, it will be the first time in more than a century that Republicans will control both the state House and the state Senate.

    In the November 2010 election, Republicans picked up 67 state House seats, while the Democrats held on to 52 seats. In the state Senate, one unaffiliated representative was elected to the state house.

  • Sink or Swin - Part 2

    Local anti-North Carolina International Terminal (NCIT) mega-port groups aren’t convinced the issue of building a port in Southport is dead.

    Recently the North Carolina Ports Authority (NCPA), the Army Corps of Engineers and Secretary Dee Freeman of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources expressed their efforts have been refocused on expansion of the existing port in Wilmington.

  • CHIEFS changing attitudes one at a time

    Four years ago, Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause received a grant from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission to start a program for high-risk youth.

    The program, called Chiefs Helping in Educating Families and Students (CHIEFS), began its first year at Shallotte Middle School with five students participating. Now it has  more than 47 students registered for the 10-month after-school program.

    “We focus on teamwork, leadership and respect,” Gause said.

  • Sunset Beach UDO committee to meet

    The Sunset Beach UDO Committee will meet at 9 a.m. next Thursday, Feb. 3.

    Discussion will be on the process for development of land use ordinances and will be in place of the regular town planning board meeting.

    If you have any questions, call Cindy Nelson, administrator assistant in the Sunset Beach Inspections Department, at 579-0068.

  • Group still hopes to 'race' to aid of county animals

    Interest continues to grow in a group hoping to take over management of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter later this year.

    Saturday, more than 100 people turned out for a public meeting of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) that took place at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. in Shallotte.

    Organizer Cheri McLain said no chairs were left as she went over assorted animal issues at what she says will be the last meeting before the issue goes to the county board of health for consideration and a vote, slated for Feb. 14.

  • Party honors retiring Carolina Shores administrator

    CAROLINA SHORES—Dozens of people turned out last week to pay tribute to Linda Herncane, the town’s first administrator who is retiring after more than 12 years on the job.

    The turnout included the current mayor and former mayors who spoke at the Jan. 21 fete during a presentation honoring Herncane, who says her last official workday with the town is this coming Friday, Jan. 28.

  • Construction in Calabash: Apartments should be ready for renters by March

    CALABASH—Standing outside 14 three-story apartment buildings under construction off Old Georgetown Road, developer Jim Myers says it won’t be long before the units are ready for tenants.

    “We’ve got 14 apartment buildings, four garages and the clubhouse,” said the Charlotte-based developer with Shallotte Partners.

    Describing the development as his “baby,” Myers is pleased to have finally gotten it off the ground, considering not only the economic climate, but the “physical climate” as well.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Steven Thomas Balsavich, 29, of 1912 Trifon Drive, Supply, was arrested for failure to appear. The suspect was pulled over for a lost or stolen vehicle tag. The officer arrested Balsavich when he found a warrant for failure to appear out of Brunswick County. He was held at the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $2,000 bond.

  • High school band teacher arrested for sexually explicit text messages

    A high school band teacher has been arrested, charged with sending sexually explicit text messages to a student.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, North Brunswick High School band teacher Mark Riel was arrested over the weekend after a school official reported he had sent “inappropriate sexual content text messages” to a student.