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  • Sunset Harbor senior site stays busy, provides a place for locals

    SUNSET HARBOR—Harriet Benton greets everybody at the Sunset Harbor senior nutrition site by name, flashing a bright smile and asking if they are having a good day.

    The site, in the fellowship hall of Faith Community Chapel on Sunset Harbor Road, is open every day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and offers more than a meal to local seniors looking for socialization.

  • Please, do not feed the alligator

    Residents at Cardinal Pointe Apartments in Shallotte had their first alligator sighting of the season this past weekend, when an alligator was spotted swimming in a retention pond behind several apartment buildings.

    The alligator was then seen sunbathing on Monday and swimming on Tuesday. N.C. Wildlife Enforcement officer Matt Criscoe said for now, the alligator is going to be left in the pond.

  • Fitness and Aquatics Center debuts during open house

    The Brunswick Community College Fitness and Aquatics Center is now open.

    The center opened last week and had its grand opening Saturday, offering tours of the building. There was also a drawing for free memberships. Staff members were on hand to show visitors all the amenities the 55,000-square-foot building has to offer.

    A 9,000-square-foot gymnasium with an NCAA-regulated floor and seating for 1,500 spectators will serve as the new home of BCC’s basketball and volleyball teams. While practices and games are not going on, the gym is open to all members.

  • Shallotte officials seek transportation plans

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen are mulling possible road improvements and additions to help solve downtown traffic problems and meet requirements of the town’s vision plan.

    On Tuesday, the town heard possible alternatives from traffic engineers from Ramey Kemp, the firm the board hired to help with road and traffic issues.

    Engineers presented several “Main Street alternatives” including widening Main Street to a five-lane section, which would be the least expensive option but would also be the least pedestrian friendly and have the lowest vehicle capacity.

  • Stimulus money to fund Shallotte's Smith Avenue extension

    Transportation Secretary Eugene Conti has awarded contracts for nine highway and bridge projects using $36.3 million of North Carolina’s $6.1 billion federal stimulus share.

    Among the shovel-ready project contracts awarded March 23 by Conti in the first wave of stimulus-funded road projects was the Smith Avenue extension project in Shallotte.

    Conti, whom Gov. Bev Perdue appointed Transportation Secretary Jan. 5, awarded a $6.3 million contract to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson for the Smith Avenue extension project in Shallotte.

  • Two suspects arrested for alleged drug deal at Walmart

    SHALLOTTE—Two suspects were arrested after a sheriff’s deputy witnessed an alleged drug transaction between the two suspects in Walmart’s parking lot last week.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Agent Joe Cherry, both suspects fled when confronted by the deputy.

    Brian Ray Mobley, 44, of 2875 Paddlewheel Trail, Supply and Orrey Palmer Clemmons, 44, of 1040 Hewett Road, Supply, were both arrested Tuesday, March 24, and taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Second bill takes aim at Beach Plan: Would require surplus retention for group

    RALEIGH—A second pair of bills taking aim at The Beach Plan has been introduced in the state House and Senate.

    Rep. Bonner Stiller, R-Brunswick, co-sponsored House Bill 742 to prohibit beach plan surplus distribution, which was introduced in the House March 24. Sen. Tony Rand, D-Cumberland, introduced a similar bill in the state Senate.

    Both bills require the Beach Plan, or the N.C. Underwriting Association, to retain any accumulated surplus within the association.

  • One dead, one seriously injured in wreck on N.C. 904

    ASH—A Columbus County woman was killed last week in a wreck that left one man seriously injured.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. C.C. Albritton, Jennifer Nicole Porter, 20, of Tabor City, was driving her 2001 Chevrolet passenger vehicle north on Ash-Little River Road around 5:25 p.m. Thursday, March 19.

    Porter attempted to turn left onto N.C. 904, failing to yield to an oncoming vehicle, Albritton said.

  • Sheriff’s office, Governor’s Highway Safety Program team up for safety demo

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program to bring a series of driving simulators and demonstrations to Brunswick County.

    The event, slated for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Leland Walmart, will feature the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s 18-wheeler with three driving simulators that feature multiple driving scenarios.

    To stress the importance of wearing seat belts, there will also be a crash simulator, which will put participants through a controlled 5 mph-impact.

  • DSS workers provide support for parents to keep children safe

    BOLIVIA—Child protective services workers at the Brunswick County Department of Social Services want the community to know their goal is not taking children away from their parents.

    In fact, they’re mainly focused on giving parents the resources they need to solve whatever problems are putting their children in harm’s way. Gerri Barnes and Tiffany Irving say they make sure they empathize with the parents and work with them to solve their problems.