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  • Inside the letter: Carolina Shores mayor reprimanded for gender comments

    CAROLINA SHORES— Assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut says the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission grievance she filed last October about sex discrimination and retaliation by Mayor Stephen Selby has to do in part with comments Selby made on several occasions about her abilities to do her job as the “weaker sex.”

    Chestnut now believes she is being retaliated against for filing the grievance.

  • Defense attorney challenges DA seeking his sixth term

    District Attorney Rex Gore said he loves the job he has been going to for the past 20 years and wants the voters to give him four more.

    Gore is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for district attorney for the 13th prosecutorial district for a sixth term.

    He is being challenged in the Democratic Primary by Butch Pope, a Whiteville attorney.

    “My motivation is as a defense lawyer for 26 years, I have been studying the prosecution. After playing defense for 26 years, you learn a lot about offense,” Pope said.

  • N.C. Court of Appeals dismisses coastal insurance rate appeal

    Judges with the North Carolina Court of Appeals heard arguments on Dare County et al. v. the North Carolina Rate Bureau and North Carolina Department of Insurance case last week.

  • County commissioners District 1: Norris seeks third term; challenged by political newcomer

    County commissioner Phil Norris is seeking the GOP nomination to run for his third term as county commissioner. Norris, of Ash, is being challenged by Corrine McCray, of Calabash, a political newcomer.

    “My main motivation is out of concern for the way things are—the economy. I just feel like we need some experience in office. It’s probably the most difficult times in the county, or anywhere else, as far as the economy is concerned,” Norris said.

    Norris said his background and experience make him the best candidate for county commissioner.

  • Sullivan challenges Cooke for District 2 seat

    Soil and Water Conservation Board member Randy Sullivan is challenging incumbent Marty Cooke for the GOP nomination to run for county commissioner for District 2.

    Cooke, who is seeking his second partial term and first full four-year term as county commissioner, said he is running for re-election because, “I have really fallen in love with Brunswick County.”

    “I feel like it is the greatest county in the world. I enjoy serving the people,” Cooke said.

  • Swedish man temporarily relocated in Brunswick County following Icelandic volcano eruption

    A Swedish man has been temporarily relocated in Brunswick County after being unable to travel home following the Icelandic volcano eruption earlier this month.

    Lars Backman flew into the United States on April 12 for business in Boston, Tampa and Charlotte. He was scheduled to fly back to Sweden on April 20.

    With the majority of European airports, including his final destination Stockholm, closed and planes grounded due to ash from the eruption, Backman was skeptical he would make it home.

  • Brunswick Catch still angling for local seafood promotions

    Brunswick Catch’s first membership meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, May 3, at Inlet View Bar & Grill in Shallotte Point.

    Brunswick Catch, now consisting of more than 50 members, is a freshly launched group of commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and restaurant owners. It formed with the assistance of the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission, Brunswick County commissioners, North Carolina Sea Grant and Carteret Catch.

  • Rising football star encourages Bolivia students to follow their dreams

    Scott Long, a NFL hopeful and former wide receiver for the University of Louisville, says it doesn’t matter what you do, make sure you enjoy doing it.

    Long, who graduated from South Brunswick High School, visited with students at Bolivia Elementary School recently and encouraged students to set goals at an early age to achieve success.

    “I was able to take a childhood dream and turn it into something bigger,” he told students.

  • Relay for Life begins tonight at West Brunswick High School

    “Celebrating more birthdays” is the theme of this year’s Brunswick County Relay for Life at West Brunswick High School. It is set to begin tonight with events for local cancer survivors and those who support them.

    A reception for survivors and their caregivers and loved ones is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the school, followed by a group photo on the football bleachers. Each survivor will receive a copy of the photo with a thank-you note.

  • Flower launch honors those who work to keep local children safe

    Event organizers said it was to be a celebration.

    The largest crowd to date gathered last Thursday afternoon at Waterfront Park in Southport for the fourth annual Flower Launch in correlation with Child Abuse Prevention Month, sponsored by the Community Child Protection Team.

    District Judge Sherry Tyler served as the event’s guest speaker and said the purpose was to celebrate those who have provided services to the county’s juveniles.