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  • Terminated attorney continues to bill county for legal work

    Gary Shipman, the Department of Social Services attorney whose contract was terminated by county commissioners in January, continues to bill the county for legal services.

    Brunswick County Commissioners voted to terminate Shipman’s contract at their Jan. 18 meeting. But Shipman refuses to step down as the DSS board’s attorney, even billing the county nearly $2,000 for legal services completed after his contract was terminated.

  • Carolina Shores gets ready for better lighting, signage

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is set to light up a dark intersection along with obtaining proper signage.

    Mayor Stephen Selby, speaking at the town board of commissioners meeting Feb. 10, said the town is poised to get proper documentation within two weeks to get a streetlight at Persimmon Road and U.S. 17.

    Town building inspector Chuck Riggins met that morning with town engineer Amie Drucker and Allen Pope, Division 3 engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Selby said.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council wants to reach out to citizens

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council agrees there needs to be better communication with residents, but exactly how to do that was among a list of agenda items debated at a day-long retreat Feb. 9.

    Town council member Karen Joseph said it would be a good way to combat misinformation, suggesting the town have a computer set up at town hall.
    Fellow council member Carol Scott said she doesn’t mind that idea, but information should be as short as possible and include finances.

  • County settles with former inmate in TB lawsuit

    Brunswick County has settled a lawsuit with a former inmate who sued the county in connection with a tuberculosis outbreak in the jail.

    Floyd Baldwin, a Columbus County man who was an inmate at the Brunswick County Detention Center during a 2008 TB outbreak in the detention center, sued the county health department, the sheriff’s office and county commissioners in June 2010.

    In his suit, Baldwin claimed it was negligent for county and jail officials not to test an inmate who had TB at the time he was booked at the detention center.

  • DSS board to meet to begin reviewing director’s applications

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services have called a special meeting to begin reviewing applications for the permanent DSS director’s position.

    The meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the DSS conference room, has only one item on the agenda—to go into closed session to review applications for the director’s position.

    Interim DSS Director Neil Walters said 50 people have applied for the director’s job, not all of who are qualified for the position.

  • Brunswick Novant Medical Center nears completion

    SUPPLY—When hospital officials open the doors to Brunswick Novant Medical Center this summer, Brunswick County residents will have access to state-of-the-art healthcare right in their backyard.

    With four floors and 252,370 square feet, the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center eclipses its predecessor, Brunswick Community Hospital at one floor and 72,533 square feet.

    The new hospital site is about 3 miles north of the current hospital, on the southbound side of U.S. 17 in Supply.

  • Commissioners to begin preliminary budget discussions

    BOLIVIA—It’s almost that time of year again—budget time.

    Brunswick County Commissioners have scheduled a mini-budget retreat for this week. While their full budget retreat won’t take place until March, commissioners will get a preview of the county’s tax base and other budget items at their upcoming mini-retreat.

    The commissioners’ mini-retreat will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the county commissioners chambers in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building.

  • Parking meeting 9 a.m. Friday in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A special town council meeting to address parking is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at town hall.

    Council will be addressing recent recommendations by the town parking committee regarding future parking on the island, town clerk Lisa Anglin said Tuesday.

    Council will begin by touring the Sunset Beach island as a group. Afterward, council will reconvene in council chambers to discuss parking on the island and parking committee recommendations.

  • Are the rumors true—Is Golden Corral coming to Shallotte?

    SHALLOTTE–It’s a complicated matter. Golden Corral is looking to open a restaurant in Shallotte, but several things must happen first and quickly. Developers are racing a self-imposed clock to get everything in place. The restaurant’s opening in Shallotte is contingent on numerous factors.

  • Planning board approves a new retail center, a new church location and hopes to get a Caribbean dream back on track

    SHALLOTTE—A two-page agenda containing 12 items started off February’s planning board meeting with more items for consideration than any month in 2010. The audience even reached numbers in the double digits with 11 people in attendance.

    At one point in the meeting, town planner Allen Serkin said, “I apologize for such a large packet, but we had quite a large agenda,” as board members searched over their 50-page online packets.

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