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  • Wounded Warriors ride through Brunswick today, Saturday events planned

    Wounded Warriors are riding through Brunswick County today.

    Organized by Hope for Warriors, the adaptive cycling event is intended to provide a cycling experience for service men and women who were wounded in combat overseas.

    The group's goal is to provide recreation and rehabilitation for wounded service members.

    Today's events include a ceremony at 11 a.m. at Waterfront Park in Southport with a red, white and blue water salute from Sunny Point's boat.

  • Under investigation: A tale of three decades

    When it comes to political corruption in Brunswick County, history, it seems, repeats itself.

    In 1979, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI agents began the now-infamous federal corruption investigation known as ColCor. ColCor, the moniker given for the investigation into corruption in Columbus County, produced 35 criminal indictments. Judges, lawmakers and the state’s lieutenant governor were among those indicted.

  • Government concerns addressed at rallies for Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—About 125 residents turned out for a citizens’ rally to address concerns about town government Wednesday night.

    “We would like to reform our government,” said Tom Pressel, chairman of the Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores, speaking to the crowd in a borrowed room at Calabash Presbyterian Church.

    The fledgling group consisting of about 30 residents wants integrity and accountability in government, along with a town board of commissioners that “recognizes they serve the people of this town,” Pressel said.

  • Ordinance amendment prohibits commercial use of recycling bin

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—An ordinance amendment in Ocean Isle Beach no longer allows business owners to use the town’s recycling bins for their businesses’ bottles.

    Ocean Isle Beach commissioners adopted a change to the town’s recycling ordinance at their meeting earlier this month, prohibiting commercial businesses with ABC permits to recycle ABC bottles in the town’s recycling bin.

  • Deputy involved in shooting on administrative duty pending SBI investigation

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a man over the weekend is on paid administrative duty, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said.

    Ingram said deputy Bradley Hardee, who has been with the sheriff’s office since April 2007, will remain on administrative duty until investigators with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation complete their investigation into Sunday evening’s shooting.

    SBI agents will pass their findings along to District Attorney Rex Gore.

  • Governor restores lottery money

    After withholding $37.6 million in lottery money from school districts throughout the state last year, Gov. Bev Perdue has restored all lottery funds.

    “When the national recession created a shortfall of billions of dollars, I had to turn over every stone to pay North Carolina’s bills—to pay teachers, to keep schools and other core services running,” Perdue said in a press release. “With our bills paid and the books for last fiscal year cleared out, I’m restoring the school construction lottery funds in full.”

  • West blanks South for first victory

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—West Brunswick beat South Brunswick 16-0 Friday for its first victory of the 2009 football season.

    West’s passing game was the key to the victory. Quarterback Quan Bates threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Reaves in the second quarter for the Trojans’ first score. Halfback Maverick Pate threw a 30-yard pass to Bradley Bell to set up a 21-yard field goal by Corey Bell with 69 seconds left in the third quarter. Pate, who gained 122 yards on 16 carries, scored West’s final touchdown on a 9-yard run in the fourth quarter.

  • Calabash authorizes telephone sweepstakes permits; tables UDO review

    CALABASH—The town will begin issuing permits for businesses to have telephone promotional sweepstakes machines.

    Town commissioners approved the measure Tuesday night, voting to authorize interim town administrator Kelley Southward to issue permits for telephone-card sweepstakes machines to any business in town holding a current business license.

    Currently in North Carolina, retailers can have up to four of the standalone machines in their businesses.

  • Sunset Beach council debates land purchase for future park, boat ramp

    SUNSET BEACH—A debate ensued last week about whether the town should pursue buying a 5-acre lot overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway for a future park.

    Town councilman Len Steiner reiterated at the specially called Sept. 2 meeting it’s a one-time opportunity to buy the idyllic mainland plot, while a majority of fellow council members expressed opposition.

  • Electronic gaming rules approved by Sunset Beach Planning Board

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Beach Planning Board has approved electronic gaming as a special use in the mainland business (MB1) zoning district.

    According to the amendment approved by the board at its Sept. 3 meeting, if approved as a special use, an electronic gaming operation would apply to the town board of adjustment for approval.

    Four conditions must be met, including one parking space for each gaming machine and one space per employee on the “largest shift.”