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  • Calabash sewer bidder rescinds lower $4.72 million offer

    CALABASH—Mayor Anthony Clemmons was hyped about a bid approved last week to extend sewer lines in his town for $4.72 million, an amount significantly lower than the previously projected $7.3 million.

    But it really was too good to be true.

    On Tuesday, the town got word from Brunswick County the bid by L.M. McLamb Construction Co. of Calabash had been rescinded.

    “It’s null and void now,” Calabash town administrator Jeremy Cribb said of the cancelled bid.

  • Watts won't seek re-election

    With local election filings slated to open next week, Sunset Beach Town Councilman Ron Watts announced this week he will not be seeking re-election.

    Come November, Watts, owner of Sunset Properties on the Sunset Beach island, plans to wrap up his first and only four-year term serving on Sunset Beach Town Council.

    “I’ve enjoyed very much the privilege to serve the last four years,” Watts said at Monday night’s Sunset Beach Town Council meeting.

    Watts said he had made a decision not to run for council again.

  • Unemployment rate rises; fiscal year the busiest yet

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased slightly between April and May, going from 10.2 to 10.8 percent, continuing a yearlong trend of high rates due to the lagging economy.

    On June 30, the last day of the 2008-2009 fiscal year, Brunswick County Employment Security Commission Director Eli Smith reported 8,391 people had received services from his office in Shallotte between July 1, 2008, and June 30, 2009.

    The year was the busiest he’s seen in his career with the ESC, Smith said.

  • Physicians stress importance of seeking care from appropriate provider

    There are several reasons why people should seek immediate care at the emergency department—chest pain or pressure, stroke symptoms, car accidents, trouble breathing, broken bones or any injury requiring X-rays or intravenous fluids or medications.

    But a common cold is not one of them.

    With healthcare costs and uninsured patients on the rise, physicians say selecting the appropriate healthcare provider for any given injury or illness can help curb the cost of treatment.

  • Economy, lack of insurance affects when and where people receive care

    The strategically placed sign in the waiting room of a Shallotte physician’s office is a familiar one: “Co-pay due at time of visit.”

    Eighteen months ago the sign was little more than a formality for many insured patients going about their usual healthcare routine—preventive care, check-ups, physicals, immunizations and treatment of the occasional cold- or flu-like symptoms.

  • House bill 1305 voted out of insurance committee Tuesday

    RALEIGH—House Bill 1305, which amends North Carolina’s Beach Plan, was voted out of the House Insurance Committee Tuesday and referred to the House Finance Committee for review.

    N.C. Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick, does not serve on the House Insurance Committee, but said he sat in on Tuesday’s committee meeting because of the potential effects the bill would have on Brunswick County.

  • Shallotte cancels fire truck order, starts re-bidding process

    The town of Shallotte has canceled its order for a fire pumper truck from Johnson Fire Safety Systems since the manufacturer, American LaFrance, has declared bankruptcy. The order has not been filled since the bid was awarded 18 months ago.

    The town board of aldermen voted unanimously at Tuesday’s pre-agenda meeting to cancel the order for a $276,572 pumper, which has been included in the town’s budget since 2008.

    Fire chief Paul Dunwell told aldermen he and the dealer’s representative have agreed canceling the truck would be the best thing to do.

  • Shallotte begins 'paperless' agenda era

    The Town of Shallotte is doing its part to go green—and to save time and money.

    Beginning with Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting, the town board and staffers are working from Web-based “paperless” agendas on computer laptops provided at each alderman and employee’s seat during meetings.

    Each item on the electronic agenda is hyperlinked to the supporting documents. The full agendas will also be available online so any citizen interested can have easy access to the information, as well.

  • Calabash commissioners adopt solicitation amendment

    CALABASH—Town commissioners adopted a solicitation ordinance at a specially called meeting June 15.

    The workshop was to amend the town’s business regulations in its code of ordinances and add a chapter regarding peddlers, hawkers, drummers, roadside vendors, solicitors, salespersons, canvassers and demonstrators.

    Town officials said the amendment was in response to complaints from chartered fishing boat operators on the waterfront about employees with a competing fishing fleet who stand outside and wave customers into their parking lot.

  • Local cast of 'High School Musical' performs this weekend at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    Disney’s hit musical “High School Musical” is coming to Brunswick County for one weekend only, kicking off tonight (June 26) at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Produced by the South Brunswick High School Musical Theatre Company, the stage version of “High School Musical” is based on the television movie and includes many of the same characters, songs and dialogue.

    The production also features set pieces ordered from Disney to precisely replicate the movie set.