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  • Corps responds to No Port's complaints, says recon study is "very preliminary"

    Last week, No Port Southport, a group opposed to the international container terminal planned by N.C. Ports Authority, sent out a newsletter condemning the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for not scheduling public hearings during its reconnaissance study of a large-scale dredging project that would precede terminal construction.

    In the newsletter, No Port member Mike Rice informed other members of the decision and asked them to submit their opinions about the costs, benefits and environmental impacts of the project.

  • Shallotte planners OK rezoning, site plan

    The Shallotte Planning Board has approved a site and landscaping plan for a real estate office on Forest Drive. It also recommended rezoning property on Main Street owned by Longley Supply from residential to commercial and conservation.

    At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the board heard from property owner John Kinlaw, also a town alderman, who presented site and landscaping plan for conversion of a storage building he owns into a commercial real estate office on .38 acres on Forest Drive.

  • Commissioners OK financing, bids for Calabash and Sunset Beach sewer projects

    At a called meeting Wednesday, Sept. 2, Brunswick County Commissioners approved a bond resolution for the financing of the Calabash and Sunset Beach mainland sewer projects.

    Commissioners also awarded the contract for the Calabash wastewater collection system to L.M. McLamb and Son Construction Co. for $2.49 million at their Sept. 2 meeting.

    The county received 12 bids for the project, which let bids June 25. Public utilities director Jerry Pierce said L.M. McLamb and Son Construction Co. was the “low responsible bidder.”

  • DA hands off senator's shooting investigation to special prosecutor

    Though he says there is no conflict of interest, District Attorney Rex Gore has handed off the investigation into the Aug. 23 shooting at the home of State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. to the special prosecution unit at the Attorney General’s Office.

    On Wednesday, Sept. 2, Gore announced the special prosecutor would take over the investigation, citing the complex legal issues of self-defense and defense of habitation.

  • Parents to decide if students may watch Obama's educational message in school

    Parents of Brunswick County Schools students will decide whether they want their children to view President Barack Obama’s educational message or not.

    According to Whitehouse.gov, the President will deliver a live message Tuesday, speaking directly to students and encouraging them to do well in school and be responsible for their education.

    The speech will be broadcast live at noon Tuesday on C-Span as well as the Internet, but parents across the nation have raised concerns about the message being too political and not wanting their children to be forced to watch.

  • Ocean Isle Beach sand sculpture winners

    It was a sandy Saturday during the Ocean Isle Beach Family Sand Sculpture Contest.

    Fifteen family teams converged on the beach to vie for a prize as they converted ordinary sand into extraordinary creations behind the Ocean Isle Beach Community Center, 44 E. First St.

    Contestants used shovels and hands to coax assorted critters and other creative designs onto shore, as bathing-suit-clad passersby gathered ‘round to watch.

    Trophies were awarded, as well as a one-year family membership to the Museum of Coastal Carolina for the top team.

  • No Port Southport objects to lack of public hearing plans

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has commenced its reconnaissance study for a new navigational channel to make way for the N.C. Ports Authority’s planned international container terminal in the Southport area.

    Members of No Port Southport, a group of local residents opposed to the terminal, recently learned, however, the corps has not scheduled any public hearings on the study, despite its policy to do so.

  • Carolina Shores board OKs releasing edited attorney bills

    CAROLINA SHORES—Following a closed session Tuesday, town commissioners unanimously voted to release redacted copies of town attorney Holt Moore’s bills.

    Commissioners also voted 4-1 to table consideration of a contract for assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut at Chestnut’s request.

    The hour-long executive session followed commissioners’ lengthy, at times heated, monthly meeting that lasted a little over two hours Tuesday afternoon at town hall.

  • DA refers Soles' shooting case to special prosecutor

    District Attorney Rex Gore has announced he referred the investigation into the Aug. 23 shooting at the home of state Sen. R.C. Soles Jr.  to the special prosecution unit of the N.C. Attorney General’s Office.

    Gore released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

  • CIS to to open thrift shop in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Adding to its original location in Southport, Communities in Schools of Brunswick County, Inc. (CIS) is preparing its second location at the Village at Sunset Beach behind the Food Lion store.