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  • Animal shelter issues, future to addressed at Aug. 5 meeting

    A preliminary meeting of the newly formed Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) is set for 6:30 p.m. next Thursday, Aug. 5, at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall, 3 W. Third St.

    Cheri McLain, who is in the process of obtaining nonprofit status for the fledgling animal group, is hoping RACE can work with Brunswick County Animal Services in managing the county animal shelter on Green Swamp Road.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council meets in three sessions Monday

    Discussions about fire station design, the pontoon bridge-tender house and parking committee membership are on the agenda of Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly meeting next Monday night, Aug. 2.

    Council will also consider a resolution to alter distribution of Alcoholic Beverage Control revenue.

    The 7 p.m. meeting will be preceded by a 6:45 p.m. work session to review the draft agenda and for general council discussions.

  • Lot owner objects to Sunset Beach easement claims

    SUNSET BEACH—Margaret McCarrel is trying to fight city hall about property rights.

    McCarrel claims a town road is improperly infringing on a lot she bought five years ago at the corner of Canal Avenue and Shoreline Drive West, and she wants the town to make amends for it.

    “The lot was supposed to be .42 of an acre—18,400 square feet,” said McCarrel, referring to the undeveloped lot.

  • Golf tourney to aid Ash mom set for Aug. 15

    A “Bring Brody and Nathan Home” golf tournament to help raise legal funds for Ash mom Amy Smith has been scheduled for 1-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, at Leopard’s Chase Golf Links at Ocean Ridge Plantation.

    Needed are 36 four-man or woman teams, 144 players. The cost is $75 per player, which includes golf, golf cart, range balls and food. Hole sponsors are also needed.

  • Strong storms possible throughout Tuesday evening

    Scattered, slow-moving thunderstorms are likely in Brunswick County through this afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.

    The storms could produce gusty winds, frequent lightning and reduced visibility during heavy rainfalls.

    The storms have the capability to produce small hail as well as wind gusts up to 40 mph. Localized flooding is also possible.

  • ‘Cape Fear Jet Port’: Airport expands runway for executive, regional jets

    OAK ISLAND—After more than a decade of seeking funds, planning and designing, the former Brunswick County Airport has received additional runway space and has transformed itself into an executive-jet-worthy destination.

    Now, the newly christened Cape Fear Jet Port, near the base of the Oak Island Bridge, has a 5,505-foot runway, allowing for charter aircrafts, executive jets and, eventually, aircraft bringing in supplies during emergencies such as severe hurricanes.

  • Legal counsel advises board parents can only ‘opt out’ of sex education classes

    BOLIVIA—Legal advisers for the Brunswick County Board of Education say schools cannot opt out of recent state-mandated reproductive health and safety education curriculum, despite the wishes of several board members.

    Last month, board members Catherine Cooke and Shirley Babson wanted the board to pass a policy requiring parents to opt in if they wanted their middle school children to take part of the state-mandated curriculum, which will be added at the start of the 2010-2011 school year.

  • Ports chairman says NCIT not possible without support from state, feds

    The chairman of the N.C. State Ports Authority says the N.C. International Terminal project planned for the Southport area cannot go forward as long as the state legislature and the area’s representative in Congress are against it.

    That’s the main reason the authority announced last week the project has been placed “on hold,” board of directors chairman Carl Stewart said.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Tractor enthusiasts, church members planning Farm Days in September

    LELAND—Dale Ward and his father, Lloyd, have “day jobs” as owners and operators of Affordable Towing here in their hometown, but their passion is restoring old tractors.

    In their neighborhood off Lanvale Road, the Ward family has several tractors in various states of repair, including a nearly complete 1951 John Deere, which will soon be ready to make the rounds at tractor shows.

  • Federal money appropriated for local beaches and inlets

    More than $22 million in federal funds have been appropriated for beaches and inlets in southeastern North Carolina, as well as the Intracoastal Waterway and the Wilmington Port.

    “Our coast is the lifeline for economic growth in our region,” U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre said in a press release. “Federal support is critical to enhancing and protecting the economic and environmental treasure of our coast.”