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  • Weekend-long celebration planned for town’s 50th birthday

    The town of Ocean Isle Beach is turning 50 years old, and a weekend full of events are planned to celebrate the big day.

    The festivities begin at 2 p.m. Friday, June 5, with a commemorative celebration at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall. There will be a presentation of the town’s history, as well as a walk down memory lane, Sue Sturh, town clerk, said.

    Stations will be set up with photographs, and artifacts from the town’s 50-year history, including natural disasters and obstacles faced, nature and beautification projects, will be among the stations.

  • Shallotte native chosen as this year’s Oyster Festival artist

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The official artwork for this year’s North Carolina Oyster Festival was created by one of Brunswick County’s own.

    Keith White, a Shallotte native, was selected as the official artist for this year’s Oyster Festival. Rather than classic paintings and scenic overviews of Ocean Isle Beach and the festival, White’s winning submission is more of a cartoon, with oysters taking the place of human festival-goers and humans in the buckets ready to be shucked by hungry oysters.

  • L Bookworm celebrates anniversary as Holden Beach landmark

    HOLDEN BEACH—It’s been a local institution since it first opened its doors in a small building on the Holden Beach Causeway some 21 years ago.

    Now, two moves later, L Bookworm is still going strong, supplying beach visitors and longtime customers with the latest bestsellers, lesser-known paperbacks, children’s books, locally published works and the chance to browse the stacks in air conditioned comfort.

  • Commissioners adopt parks and recreation master plan

    BOLIVIA—One day, a multi-state greenway will span the eastern seaboard from the Florida Keys to Maine, including through Brunswick County.

    A recently completed comprehensive parks and recreation master plan shows Brunswick County should beginning planning for its span within the next five years, and plan for construction within the next 10 years.

    The county’s greenway span was one of many projects highlighted in the plan, which was approved by county commissioners during their Monday night meeting.

  • Suspected Brunswick-Columbus drug trafficker arrested

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Agents arrested a man last week they said has been trafficking cocaine between Brunswick and Columbus counties.

    On Thursday, May 21, drug agents arrested Caser Gomez Romero, 28, of 358 Riegel Course Road, Riegelwood, and charged him with four counts of trafficking cocaine.

  • Brunswick neurologist surrenders medical license

    A Brunswick County board-certified neurologist voluntarily surrendered his medical license last month.

    According to the North Carolina Medical Board, Charles Daniel Hall of Supply surrendered his medical license on May 8. According to the medical board, Hall, who graduated from Duke Medical School in 1990, was issued his medical license in September 1994.

    On his voluntarily surrender form, Hall agrees not to give medical advice or treatment, not to prescribe any drugs or otherwise practice medicine as defined by N.C. General Statute 90-18.

  • Department heads seek equipment, positions at commissioners' budget workshop

    BOLIVIA—County department heads went before county commissioners Wednesday, May 27, to plead their cases for why they need more county financial support.

    During a grim budgeting process, most county departments and nonprofit agencies are slated to receive reduced, if any, funding from county coffers.

    “We started with more than a $17 million deficit, cut $6 million to a $10.7 million deficit,” county manager Marty Lawing said about the upcoming fiscal year’s budget process.

  • County to seek stimulus money for housing program

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners gave the community development administrator the OK Monday night to go after federal stimulus money.

    County community development administrator Louise McGarva requested commissioners’ approval to apply for a $500,000 community development block grant for a scattered site housing program.

    The grant application, which is due June 12, seeks funding available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, from which North Carolina is slated to receive about $6.1 billion.

  • Commissioners grant developer 30 days to complete infrastructure

    BOLIVIA—The 30-day clock developer Mark Saunders has to complete required infrastructure improvements began ticking Wednesday, May 27.

    After a closed session during last Wednesday’s daylong budget retreat, commissioners voted to allow Saunders another 30 days to complete required infrastructure improvements to several of his communities, including SeaWatch, Ocean Ridge Plantation, Ocean Isle Palms and Ibis Bay.

  • Attorneys for county, press association differ on opinion of personal e-mails as public record

    While they both agree e-mails fall under the scope of the North Carolina Public Records Law, attorneys for Brunswick County and the N.C. Press Association disagree on which e-mails are public record.

    State, county and municipal employees and elected officials are subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law, which encompasses all correspondence, including e-mails.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall argues only e-mails “made or received pursuant to law or ordinance in connection to transaction of public business” are public record.