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  • Early voting under way in Brunswick County

    Early voting is under way in Brunswick County. Early voting began Thursday, April 19, at the Brunswick County Board of Elections in Bolivia and at three satellite locations throughout Brunswick County.

    Poll workers reported steady voting turnout on Thursday, the first day of early voting.

    Election Day for the 2012 primary election is Tuesday, May 8.

    Dates, times and locations for early voting are as follows:

    Brunswick County Board of Elections Office, 75 Stamp Act Drive, Building H, Bolivia

  • Shallotte seniors may have a new building to call home

    Big and exciting changes are in the works for Brunswick County Seniors.

    Recently seniors in Brunswick County rejoiced at the reopening of the Ash Nutrition Site and participated in the move of the Supply Nutrition Site to the Lockwood Folly building.

    This week an even bigger change is being discussed.

    While it’s not finalized, Brunswick County Senior Resources Inc. recently appeared before the Shallotte Planning Board to work on a zoning and parking plan for a new senior center.

  • Shallotte talks candidly with Mark Saunders

    SHALLOTTE—A special committee formed at the April aldermen meeting met with Mark Saunders of The Coastal Companies last Wednesday to see if they could work together.

    The town is in a position to call a bond on The Coastal Companies for failure to complete infrastructure work in the Rivers Edge community. After numerous attempts to communicate with The Coastal Companies, aldermen were prepared to discuss calling the bond when Saunders contacted the town requesting to talk.

  • Varnamtown oystering on TV

    Early-morning oystering trips, cooking class and interviews with Varnamtown’s finest are all part of a new documentary about coastal seafood scheduled to air this Thursday night on UNC-TV.

    The documentary, “North Carolina’s Local Catch,” was produced for UNC-TV by Rick Sullivan of Rick Sullivan Media in Cary and is scheduled to air at 10 p.m.

  • Strawberries ripe for picking at local fields

    ASH—It’s that juicy-red time of year again.

    Strawberries galore are ripening in local fields, ready for picking, buying, cooking and eating.

    Billy and Katherine Ingram have been busy picking berries from the field at their Waccamaw River Farm and Nursery in Ash.

    Recent cool temperatures have kept local farmers busy covering the berries at night. When it gets down in the 30s like it did last week, Billy said it slows the berries from ripening and they have to be covered.

  • Democrat governor candidate makes Brunswick campaign stop

    BOLIVIA—For Democrat gubernatorial candidate Bob Etheridge solving the state’s problems goes back to one issue—education.

    Not surprisingly, the former state superintendent of public instruction sees a well-educated workforce as a solution to the state’s economic woes, including attracting industry for expansion in North Carolina.

  • For or against? Marriage amendment on primary ballot

    Regardless of party affiliation, all registered voters will be able to vote on the marriage amendment, which would amend the North Carolina Constitution to define marriage between a man and a woman as the “only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”

    The Defense of Marriage Act was approved by a three-fifths majority of the General Assembly last year, which allowed for it to appear as a voter referendum on the May 8 primary ballot in North Carolina.

  • The cost of changing: School district looks at impact of going back to single-start time

    BOLIVIA—The recent board of education decision to revert to a single-bell schedule has left board members with the task of making up for the loss in efficiency by not renewing their staggered bell schedule.

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) reimburses local school systems for their transportation costs on an efficiency rating scale—meaning the more efficient the school system, the more money they receive from the state.

  • Sunset Beach OKs beach-hole rules

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Council has unanimously approved an amendment establishing rules for hole-digging on the beach.

    The ordinance change, approved at a town board workshop Tuesday, states holes dug on the beach are required to be attended to at all times and filled prior to leaving the beach. It states “No hole, trench or depression on the beach strand shall exceed 18 inches in depth and 5 feet in width.”

    The amendment also imposes a $25 fine for violations.

  • GOP legislators lead effectiveness rankings

    RALEIGH—The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research recently released its annual effectiveness rankings for state lawmakers.

    Republicans claimed all 10 of the highest-ranking slots in the state Senate and 12 of the top 15 spots in the state House.

    Sen. Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, who serves as president pro tem of the Senate, and House Speaker Rep. Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, both topped the list for their respective chambers.