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  • Sunset Beach Planning Board recommends rezoning golf course open spaces

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board last week approved recommending rezoning of golf course open areas and maintenance rules for docks, piers and bulkheads.

    Town building inspector Jeff Curtis said the proposed golf-course rezonings from mainland residential to an open space district is to preserve the courses’ existing open spaces.

    “It’s fulfilling a goal on our land use plan to try and preserve that as open space,” Curtis said at the Oct. 1 public hearing.

  • Gaming rules, park property buy approved in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Council on Monday approved an amendment allowing electronic gaming operations as a special use permissible on appeal to the town board of adjustment.

    Four conditions must be met, including an off-street parking requirement of one space per gaming machine and one per employee on the largest shift. The town will add a definition for electronic gaming operation, including additional, in-depth information from town administrator Gary Parker to explain this type of business.

    The town ordinance currently doesn’t address this type of use.

  • Holocaust survivors share stories with students

    Students sat silently and wide-eyed as they listened to Bronia Merlin describe the night Nazi soldiers entered her home, took her from her family and sent her to Auschwitz-Birkenau, a German Nazi concentration and extermination camp.

    Merlin was only 18—the same age as many of the students hearing her heroic story.

    Merlin, a Wilmington resident, and Alford Schnog, of Bald Head Island, spoke to the students last month as part of Alexandra Heath’s senior project. Heath wanted to show effects the Holocaust had on its survivors.

  • Update: First 500 H1N1 vaccines arrive in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey said the health department has received the first 500 doses of H1N1 vaccine.

    The first shipment of the vaccine is in nasal-spray form, and health officials expect more vaccines, including injectable vaccines, to be shipped weekly.

  • Two teens arrested for multiple break-ins

    Two Southport teens have been arrested and charged with breaking into four businesses in the Southport and Supply areas.

    William Earl Hewett, 17, of 4900 Trails End Road, Southport, and Katherine Louise Warwick, 19, of 311 Herring Drive, Southport, were both arrested Tuesday, Sept. 29.

  • Sheriff fires detention officer who released wrong inmate

    The detention officer who Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said released the wrong inmate from jail has been fired.

    Rosher Rodriquez-Aguilar, 27, was released from the Brunswick County Detention Center around 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. But Rodriquez-Aguilar, who was arrested for failure to appear Sept. 17, was not supposed to be released, Ingram said.

    He remains at large.

  • Deputy health director: H1N1 vaccines expected this week

    Health officials are working to identify all the individuals in Brunswick County who qualify for the first dose of H1N1 flu vaccine, which the county is expected to receive from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention this week.

    Deputy health director Fred Michael expects the county will receive about 9,000 shots. But with about 17,000-18,000 people or more already identified within the H1N1 vaccine priority groups, Michael said the health department would have to determine who is a priority within the priority groups.

  • Across the aisle: Hagan on healthcare

    Editor's note: This is the third in a series of stories focused on healthcare reform and other issues before Congress.

    As a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., will cast several votes on healthcare reform before the final version of a bill ends up on President Barack Obama’s desk.

  • Commissioners, school board liaisons to meet

    It began when county commissioner Charles Warren suggested county commissioners freeze funding to the Brunswick County Board of Education until they “get their acts together.”

    Now, liaisons from the board of education, chairwoman Shirley Babson and Bud Thorsen, are set to meet with commissioners’ liaisons, chairman Bill Sue and Scott Phillips. The meeting is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Brunswick County Board of Education Central Office in Bolivia.

  • Commissioners endorse VA clinic in Brunswick County

    When the new Brunswick Community Hospital opens its doors in the summer of 2011, ownership of the current hospital facility and its land will revert back to Brunswick County.

    The future of the facility remains unknown, but on Monday, commissioners endorsed a resolution in support of converting the hospital to a Veterans Affairs clinic.