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  • Board to eliminate suspicionless drug testing

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education amended a policy regarding drug and alcohol testing of employees, eliminating suspicionless drug testing of all employees.

    While all potential employees will be still be subject to preemployment screening, only those employees in safety sensitive positions will be subject to random drug screenings.

  • Carolina Shores commissioners deny employee’s grievance appeal

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners went into closed session last week to discuss an “employee grievance appeal.”

    When they reconvened in open session following the April 7 meeting, the board voted 4-1 to “deny the grievance,” deputy town clerk Lisa Anglin said.

    Commissioner Tom Puls cast the only “nay” vote.

  • Fugitive hides 'in plain sight'

     WILMINGTON—Nearly 27 years ago, Charles Lee Sparks drove away from car-wash duties at a Florida prison and never looked back.

    He adopted a new identity of a deceased Virginia man named Bill Garrett.

    And he eventually settled in Brunswick County, where he made friends, launched a business and earned the trust of property owners who gave him the keys to their vacation houses in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Honor Flight

     WASHINGTON, D.C.—They first made history more than 60 years ago.

    Tuesday, 102 veterans hit another milestone when they were taken on the Inaugural Honor Flight of Southeastern North Carolina to see the World War II Memorial at the National Mall in Washington.

  • Election 2010: Crowded candidate field for Burr, Senate candidates

    U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., wants to continue representing North Carolina in the U.S. Senate, but he has drawn a crowded field of opposition—on both sides of the aisle.

    Burr will face primary competition from Republicans Larry Linney, Brad Jones and Eddie Burk to seek the GOP nomination to go on to the general election in November.

    Democrats Marcus Williams, Ann Worthy, Elaine Marshall, Ken Lewis, Susan Harris and Cal Cunningham will square off to be elected the Democratic nominee.

  • Shallotte approves permit for second Harley Davidson rally

    Beach House Harley Davidson on U.S. 17 is planning its second spring bike rally for May 7-16 on the field adjacent to the store.
    At last week’s town board meeting, Shallotte aldermen approved a temporary use permit for the festival. Beach House owner Rick Noyes requested the permit and proclaimed attendance at last year’s event better than he expected.

  • Shallotte planning board recommends approval of new parking, sidewalk regs

    The Shallotte Planning Board has recommended the board of aldermen add new parking, driveway and sidewalk requirements to the unified development ordinance, taking the first steps toward implementing recommendations in the town’s vision plan.

    Planning director Allen Serkin recommended the changes at Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, explaining they came out of discussions at the recent board of aldermen retreat.

  • Locals to participate in green jobs summit

    OAK ISLAND— To Kim Jones, green energy is more than just a catchy slogan or pipe dream.

    Jones is a Brunswick Community College science instructor who now has a second job: running “Alganomics,” a business dedicated to growing algae to obtain oil for use in biodiesel fuel.

    She has a three-year lease with the Town of Oak Island to work with their re-used wastewater to grow algae and extract the oil for use as feedstock for biodiesel.

    “That’s the No. 1 obstacle to biodiesel, getting the feedstock,” Jones said.

  • Ocean Isle Beach to contribute $10,000 to terminal groin lobbyists

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach commissioners have agreed to contribute $10,000 toward the hiring of two lobbyists to aid coastal communities in the fight for a change in the legislature regarding the current ban on terminal groins.

  • Ocean Isle Beach town administrator recognized by Cape Fear Council of Governments

    According to the Cape Fear Council of Governments, Ocean Isle Beach has one of the best government managers around.

    Daisy Ivey, town administrator of Ocean Isle Beach, was named the 2009 Outstanding Local Government Manager by the Cape Fear Council of Governments (CFCG) at an awards presentation March 30.

    “I was shocked,” Ivey said of receiving the award. “It’s a great honor to be chosen from the many managers in the region.”