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  • Frank Iler appointed to Bonner Stiller's seat

    State Rep. Bonner Stiller’s resignation from the N.C. General Assembly became effective Monday, and on Tuesday night, the Brunswick County Republican Party’s executive committee elected Frank Iler to replace him.

    The vote was 25-10 in favor of Iler, of Oak Island, over Brunswick County Board of Education Chairwoman Shirley Babson, who also sought the seat.

    Iler was set to go to Raleigh at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, he said, and was to be sworn in that evening.

  • Northern Border Bluegrass pickin' and singin' at Concerts on the Coast

    Northern Border Bluegrass pickin’ and singin’ at Concerts on the Coast

    Concerts on the Coast have launched for another season and are well under way in Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Shallotte and Boiling Spring Lakes.

    Sponsored by the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department, Concerts on the Coast offer free admission and a chance to take in a variety of music that changes weekly from May through September.

  • Group gathering signatures for petitions in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Joyce Dunn, clipboard in hand, strolled down Oakbark Court as she prepared to collect more petition signatures Monday.

    Part-time resident Peter Gulliver was among residents she encountered.

    “I think this is an important enough issue where the residents of our community should have a voice in deciding it, not just five people,” said Gulliver, who didn’t sign the petition because he only lives here part-time and doesn’t vote locally.

  • Holden Beach agrees to fund back-up sewer equipment costs

    HOLDEN BEACH—Town commissioners have approved transferring $80,000 from the capital project fund to buy sewer equipment to use in the event of equipment failure.

    At Tuesday’s board meeting, the board voted unanimously to pay for the back-up equipment after discussing the matter in a budget meeting earlier in the day.

  • Local annexation foes fight against Progress Energy bill

    SOUTHPORT—An anti-annexation group is speaking out against a bill pending in the state legislature that would exempt Progress Energy from paying city taxes on most of its Brunswick Nuclear Plant for the next 65 years, in exchange for annexing 5 acres of the utility’s property.

  • Longtime volunteer fireman, Democratic chairman dies

    A longtime volunteer fireman, political fixture and active community member has died.

    Louis Vernon Ward, 68, past chairman of the Brunswick County Democratic Party and member of the Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department, died June 3.

    Born in Columbus County, Ward graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and was a Navy Veteran. Ward moved to Shallotte in 1980, where he taught at Brunswick Technical Institute, which is now Brunswick Community College, before later serving on its board of trustees.

  • Schools prepare for uniformed school year

    Students in the north end of the county are enjoying their last days at school in clothes of their choice.

    Beginning in the fall, Belville, Town Creek and Lincoln elementary students will be expected to show up to the first day of classes in uniforms, recently approved by the Brunswick County Board of Education.

  • Politicians react to Stiller's announcement

    Last week, State Rep. Bonner Stiller announced he was resigning from his seat in the N.C. House of Representatives due to family and professional obligations.

    Now, Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke has announced he won’t seek R.C. Soles’ seat in the N.C. Senate as he had previously planned, citing similar pressures facing his family.

  • Split board votes to enter into agreement with CIS for grant application

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Education was nearly split last week when deciding if it would enter into an agreement with Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. for a partnership in a $1 million grant application. The grant does not require the school board to match any funds.

    Patsy Thrift, CIS program operations officer, said the four-year grant would provide at-risk students at Cedar Grove, Shallotte and Leland middle schools an after-school program using science, health and fitness initiatives.

  • Town approves budget with no tax, water or sewer increases

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Commissioners approved the town budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, voting not to increase tax rates, water or sewer services in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The budget includes a general fund of $4,073,769; a water and sewer fund of $2,531,653; and other funds totaling $2,251,601.

    “This was a tough, tough year. A tough budget,” commissioner Dean Walters said. “I’m not happy with it.”