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  • DSS board re-appoints interim director

    In a special-called emergency meeting Thursday, the Brunswick County DSS board re-appointed previous interim DSS director Neil Walters to that post. It’s effective Sept. 4.

    Walters’ appointment follows the Tuesday, Aug. 28, firing of DSS director Patty Connelly. After Connelly was fired, the board voted to hire Sandy Jackson, a DSS income maintenance supervisor, as interim director.

  • Fundraiser to honor the memory of Billy Stone

     

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It is a phone call she will never forget.

    Amanda Stone was working the night shift at Lowes Foods when she got the call.

    “It was 5:30 a.m. when I got the call. I had to tell our parents,” Amanda said. “It was the worst day of my life.”

    Amanda Stone is Billy Ray Stone’s older sister; he was the youngest of seven children. Billy, 20, was driving home from work in Wilmington last year when he died in a wreck.

  • Testimony in murder trial continues

    BOLIVIA—Did a real estate deal gone bad end in murder?

    That is the question one jury in Brunswick County must answer.

    The jury trial for Craig Juan Bryant, 50, is unfolding in Brunswick County Superior Criminal Court with Thomas H. Lock as the presiding judge.

    Testimony began on Wednesday, August 22, as the district attorney’s office began unveiling details surrounding the murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw.

  • Shallotte: Cat city or breeding ground?

    SHALLOTTE—During August, the Shallotte Board of Aldermen has met twice to discuss town changes and both times talk turned to feral cats.

    At the Aug. 7 regular board meeting, aldermen heard from Paws-Ablity. The group asked the town to participate in a pilot spay/neuter program.

  • DSS director fired effective immediately

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County’s Department of Social Services Director was fired Tuesday afternoon.

    Patty Connelly was hired as DSS director by the board on April 11, 2011. She was fired on Aug. 28 and escorted from the building.

    The board has been meeting in several recent closed sessions, which it did again on Tuesday. After returning to open session, board member Bernest Hewett made the motion to terminate Connelly.

    “I move to end Ms. Connelly’s employment,” Hewett said.

  • Calabash veteran recalls meeting Neil Armstrong on Xmas Day 1969

    On Christmas Day 1969, around the world families gathered to exchange gifts and to remember the gift of the Christ Child.

    In one little spot on this large planet, though, the atmosphere was far from family life, although the Christ Child was a comfort for many who found themselves in Vietnam.

    For years, the Christmas gift-giver for American troops was Bob Hope.

    He would gather the stars of the day and fly with them to remote lands where American troops were serving. This time it was another trip to Vietnam.

  • Labor Day delays local meetings

    Because of the Labor Day holiday, the schedule for local meetings has changed.

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will have its monthly workshop at 10 a.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 4, instead of Monday. The board will have its usual monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6.

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have its monthly meeting the night of Sept. 10 instead of Sept. 3. The 7 p.m. meeting at town hall will be preceded by a pre-meeting workshop at 6:45 p.m.

  • Holden Beach pursues cat rescue program for island

    HOLDEN BEACH—The town of Holden Beach has opted to launch a community-supported feline management and rescue program, with assistance from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services.

    Town manager David Hewett said the program consists of placing several small colonies of feral cats on private property on the island.

    “The town’s position is this is a rescue-animal outreach,” Hewett said Monday.

    Hewett said it has nothing to do with residents’ prior complaints about rats on the island.

  • New management brings welcome changes at animal shelter

    SUPPLY—Peggy Burns and Pamela Socha were busy clipping puppy nails, while Jill Baxter walked—or tried to walk—Lyla, a medium-sized Basenji mix dog outside the fenced canine play yard.

    Having volunteers help with homeless, adoptable animals is just one of the changes that have occurred since the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office took over management of the county animal shelter in July.

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