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  • Sunset Beach to get $3 million in sewer stimulus funds

    Sunset Beach is among towns slated to receive stimulus money to help with its wastewater treatment project.

    State Sen. R.C. Soles noted in a recent press release $3 million from the second round of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) awards is earmarked for Sunset Beach.

    In addition, $3 million has been granted to the city of Southport for an additional pump station/force main to its wastewater treatment plant, and another $3 million to the town of Burgaw for wastewater system improvements.

  • Shallotte awards bids for fire truck, town hall additions

    Shallotte has awarded bids for a new fire pumper truck and additions and improvements to town hall.

    At Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting, the board approved fire chief Paul Dunwell’s recommendation to award the $276,553 contract to Ferrara Fire Apparatus, which provides equipment to departments in Horry County, S.C., Dunwell said.

  • Decision on grievance made; board refuses to release details

    BOLIVIA—After meeting in three closed sessions in the past three weeks to discuss a grievance filed against Superintendent Katie McGee by Sherry Dove, her executive assistant, the Brunswick County Board of Education has reached a decision.

    But they won’t say what it is.

    After coming out of a four-hour closed session at a specially called meeting Thursday night, board chairwoman Shirley Babson said she could not release information on the board’s decision citing personnel laws.

  • Fire departments respond to overturned boat call

    The Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach fire departments responded to a report of an overturned boat on the east end of the Sunset Beach at about 10:45 p.m. Thursday night. They later found that the boat’s owner was already safe on shore.

    Two responders from Sunset Beach and one from Ocean Isle were injured during the search for the boater, according to Sunset Beach Assistant Chief Scott Bookout, but have recovered.

  • Shallotte and Supply fires spark investigations

    Two "suspicious fires" are under further investigation, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

    A residential fire on Market Street in Wildwood Village in Shallotte is being investigated, after a suspect threw an unknown fuel on the back of the house Friday. According to the incident report, the fire caused $200 worth of damage to the wood siding.

    On Sunday, a suspect set fire to objects in the back of a truck located at a residence on Alvin Street in Supply, causing $500 worth of damage to the 1985 Chevy pick-up.

  • 'The Music Man' to open Aug. 7, run for two weekends

    Directors of Brunswick Little Theatre’s “The Music Man” set three goals for the 67-person musical cast during a recent rehearsal: act with energy, minimize outside conversation and go through every scene without stopping.

    The cast seemed ready to tackle their instructions and launched into a quick run-through of the song “Ya Got Trouble” before starting the scene from the top.

  • Calabash fire chief resigns after serving nearly a year

    CALABASH—Calabash Fire Chief Carl Naecker has resigned.

    Naecker’s resignation officially took effect last Friday, July 24.

    Naecker, 58, was appointed interim chief to fill the department’s leadership vacancy last Aug. 1 after longtime department Chief Karl Bennett announced retirement plans. Naecker officially became chief of the department in December.

    Fire department board chairman Jennings Edge said he didn’t know Naecker’s reasons for resigning.

  • San Rio property owners prepare for lawsuit

    About 20 people who bought property at the now-defunct San Rio Ocean and River Club subdivision off Gray Bridge Road are preparing to file a lawsuit in Brunswick County Court.

    They hope to receive the money they invested in property that has not been developed and appears to have been abandoned.

    George Dedrick of Gibsonville said this week he and fellow San Rio property owner Kevin Brown began working with their banks to get their mortgages adjusted so they did not have to make balloon payments on a property without infrastructure that could not be developed.

  • Hung jury results in mistrial for West Virginia rape suspect

    A Brunswick County jury couldn’t come to a decision on whether to convict or acquit an 18-year-old West Virginia man accused of raping a girl in Brunswick County.

    The suspect is now free on bond, and another trial is not likely until next year, according to assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart, who prosecutes sex offenses and child abuse cases.

  • AirLink responds to beach rescue

    Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services and Tri-Beach Fire Department responded to a call about 12:12 p.m. Thursday of a man body surfing on Holden Beach who was driven into the sand by a wave, according to Brian Watts, director of Brunswick County EMS. The man complained of back and neck pain, and EMS decided to call the AirLink helicopter to take him to New Hanover Regional Medical Center ‘instead of taking a chance’ and transporting him via ambulance. The man’s name and condition have not been released.