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  • Volunteers awarded at ceremony

    Five awards have been bestowed community volunteers who put in long hours and lots of heart to make Brunswick County a better place.

    Recognition came at a volunteer fair and ceremony orchestrated by the Volunteer Center of Brunswick County last Wednesday, April 17, at Brunswick Community College.

    “You folks do valuable things—you really do,” Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke said at the start of the ceremony honoring five recipients of the North Carolina Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

  • Strawberry fields forever lure pickers

    As long as the weather cooperates, strawberries and pickers will be as prominent as flowers and showers in April.

    Strawberry season has begun, kicking off with a bang last week at Holden Brothers Farm Produce in Shallotte.

    Shallotte resident Gay Stanley and her daughter, Larissa Green, were among residents who rode the strawberry cart to get to the fields last Thursday, April 18, which was a beautiful, sunny spring day. They deemed this year’s picking excellent.

  • SK5K Race of Hope to remember former Brunswick nurse Sandra Kelly

    She’s a former Brunswick County nurse who is being remembered by her family.

    Sandra Kelly once was a registered nurse at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, lived in Calabash and was a member of Calabash Presbyterian Church. Kelly’s aunt, Eileen Heichert, still lives in Calabash, said Kelly’s daughter, Jennifer Johnson of West Virginia.

    Five years ago, on March 24, 2008, Kelly died at age 61 after battling Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a degenerative neurological disorder or brain disease.

  • Brunswick agencies assist with search

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and Sunset Beach Fire Department are providing mutual aid this week in the search for a South Carolina man who died Sunday after being struck by a boat near Bird Island.

    The 26-year-old Murrells Inlet, S.C., man died after being struck by the propellers of a passing boat while he was trying to retrieve his own boat that had drifted offshore. The victim’s name is not being released until his identity can be confirmed.

  • Horticulture and turf grass plant sale next week at BCC

    Spring is in the air, and at Brunswick Community College that means students in the school’s horticulture and turf grass management programs are busy in the greenhouses.

    They have been preparing for more than a year for this week’s plant sale.

    Dean Bennett, program director, said, “The hardest thing about this sale is having everything ready at the same time.”

  • Sunset Beach gets guidance on town administrator search

    SUNSET BEACH—The town of Sunset Beach has begun the preliminary process of searching for a new town administrator.

    At a town workshop Tuesday morning, officials with the North Carolina League of Municipalities met with town council to provide guidance about the upcoming search.

    Current town administrator Gary Parker plans to retire by the end of next January at the conclusion of his sixth year with the town.

    Hartwell Wright, human resources consultant with the league, offered guidelines.

  • Sunset Beach to talk money with merchants in May

    SUNSET BEACH—The town may provide funding to help launch a merchants association, but will know more during the budgetary process in May.

    That’s what town council members indicated to local merchants at a council workshop Tuesday. Council members also said they’re satisfied using an older, 1987 state statute governing expenditure of occupancy-tax proceeds, rather than reverting to an updated law requiring two-thirds of proceeds to be spent on direct promotions of the town.

  • Help awaits for small businesses from SCORE volunteers

    If you have ever thought of opening a small business or are currently operating a small business and need advice, there is a new Brunswick County connection with more than a combined 11,000 years of business experience—ranging from retired small business owners to corporate executives.

    The Wilmington Chapter of SCORE, a national organization with 374 offices around the country, expanded into Brunswick County in January. SCORE provides free professional counseling to small businesses on a regular basis.

  • Collision indicative of traffic woes at Hickmans Crossroads, resident says

    It wasn’t an atypical wreck, and there were no injuries, but it’s a reflection of traffic issues along Hickman Road, a longtime resident says.

    After a Ford Explorer rear-ended another vehicle that had slowed for traffic behind a tractor Monday morning, longtime Hickmans Crossroads resident Harold Hickman said more needs to be done to make the two-lane road safer.

    “I’ve been trying for years to get some actions on these crossroads,” Hickman, 87, said after disembarking from his own tractor at the wreck scene.

  • Rescued eagle released in South Carolina

    SUNSET BEACH—An eagle rescued near Oyster Bay Golf Links in February has been released in South Carolina.

    The bald eagle was rescued Feb. 16 after being attacked by another eagle near the golf course.

    Residents, including former Sunset Beach Mayor Ronald Klein, rushed to the aid of the eagle, believed to be a female who lost a territorial battle to another female eagle.

    The injured eagle was taken for treatment at The Avian Conservation Center’s Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw, S.C.