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  • Terminal groins presentation Monday in Sunset Beach

     SUNSET BEACH—A terminal groins presentation is on the monthly meeting agenda of Sunset Beach Town Council next Monday night, May 3.

    A workshop is at 6:45 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. at town hall on Sunset Boulevard.

    Rob Young, professor of geosciences with Western Carolina University, and Len Pietrafesa, director of external affairs with North Carolina State University, are scheduled to give a terminal groins presentation.

  • Sunset Beach gaming hearing set for May 6

     SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board will consider an application for a special use permit to operate four electronic gaming machines at the Sunset Beach Fishing Pier.

    A board of adjustments hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, May 6, at town hall.

  • Carolina Shores workshop May 3; meeting May 6

     CAROLINA SHORES—The next town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. next Monday, May 3.

    The board’s monthly meeting will follow at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 6.

    Both sessions will be in the town meetings chamber at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

  • Carolina Shores administrator deleted e-mail, polled board

     CAROLINA SHORES—Over the past year, town administrator Linda Herncane has illegally deleted and used town e-mail to poll commissioners for information that should have been discussed at a called meeting.

    On March 29, former town commissioner Gere Dale filed a public records request with town clerk Lisa Anglin requesting any e-mails issued to the town board of commissioners between March 9 and March 26.

  • Brunswick Christian Recovery Center project begins; Twin Lakes to donate percentage of May 3 proceeds

    For the past eight years, Open Door Ministries Baptist Church in Shallotte has been ministering to addicts and others seeking recovery.

    The Rev. Larry Shreve says over the years, he has personally taken more than 100 people to Christian-based rehabilitation centers. In addition, Open Door Ministries also provides scholarship funds to send people to the rehab.

    The church also hosts Celebrate Recovery, a night of music and worship that includes counseling sessions for small groups.

  • Lewis, Fairley, Tyler all unopposed for judge’s elections

    Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis has no challengers to her re-election bid for the non-partisan seat.

    Also unopposed in their bids to retain their seats on the bench are judges William F. Fairley and Sherry Dew Tyler who represent the 13th Judicial District. The district covers Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties.

    In 2007, former Gov. Mike Easley appointed Fairley, of Southport, to the seat vacated by the appointment of Judge Doug Sasser to Superior Court.

  • ‘Talk of the Towns’

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce governmental affairs committee hosted its first-ever ‘Talk of the Towns’ breakfast event at the Thistle Golf Club Tuesday morning. Mayors and other officials from Brunswick County towns updated the audience about what’s going on in the municipalities. ABOVE: Carolina Shores Mayor Steven Selby talks about the town’s efforts to bring more commercial development into town. BELOW: Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Klein talks about the progress of the new high-rise bridge being built and other town progress.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Some still frustrated by search as unemployment rate decreases due to seasonal jobs

    Longwood resident Alice Schofield continues her daily job search while also working volunteer hours at Family Thrift Store in Shallotte, for which she receives assistance from the Department of Social Services—enough to pay her electric bill.

    “I didn’t get any of the jobs I interviewed for,” the former business owner, veterinary technician and legal secretary said recently while she sorted clothes at the thrift store.

  • Board of education incumbent faces former educator in District 3 race

    Board of education member Charlie Miller will seek re-election to hold onto the District 3 seat, a position he has had for the past four years.

    Harvey Rash, a retired Brunswick County Schools educator with 29 years of classroom experience, will challenge him for the GOP nomination during next week’s primary election.

  • New rules proposed to make vision plan more than a vision

    What will Shallotte’s downtown look like in the next five to 10 years?

    Will it include a walkable, tree-lined Main Street with sidewalks, convenient shopping and restaurants?

    A bustling waterfront with a town square, riverwalk and combined commercial-residential district, where people from all walks of life gather for lunch at outdoor cafes?

    All of that is possible according to Shallotte’s 10-year vision plan, and the town’s planning staff and planning board and sidewalk/transportation committee are working to make it a reality.