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  • Public hearing discussing possible extension of Old Georgetown, Ocean Isle Beach Roads set for next week

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will have a Design Public Hearing from 4-7 p.m. Monday, July 27, at the National Guard Armory on Main Street in Shallotte to discuss the proposed extension of State Road 1163 (Old Georgetown Road) from State Road 1184 (Ocean Isle Beach Road) to N.C. 179.

  • Mayor, two commissioners seek re-election in Ocean Isle Beach

    Two commissioner seats and the mayor position are open in this year’s November election, but all incumbents are running uncontested.

    Mayor Debbie Smith filed for re-election on July 8. Smith has run for mayor unopposed since 2003. Smith previously served on the board of commissioners from 1983-1995 and 1997-2003.

    Commissioner C.D. Blythe filed for re-election on July 7. Blythe also serves as the mayor pro-tem. Blythe has served on the board since 2001, running uncontested in 2005. Blythe previously served on the town’s board of adjustments and planning board.

  • 14 of 17 schools make AYP

    “We have never seen what we’re getting ready to see,” Katie McGee, superintendent of Brunswick County Schools told county principals Tuesday at a summer retreat. “We’ve never seen it. Everybody in here has got something to celebrate.”

    The cause for celebration—14 of 17 school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for 2008-2009 school year. Lincoln Elementary School, West Brunswick High School and Brunswick County Academy did not make AYP.

  • Lifesaver found for 8-year-old in need of kidney

    A new kidney awaits 8-year-old Jarrod Danka, who will undergo transplant surgery next week.

    Daryl Anderson Jr., Jarrod’s cousin, was the last of three potential donors tested and the only one to be approved as an organ donor.

    “I was kind of surprised,” Anderson said of being notified he was the only approved donor for Jarrod, “but I am very happy to be able to do this.”

  • Earth Angels grant aims to prevent childhood obesity

    Earth Angels Child Care Center in Shallotte has received a state-funded grant to help prevent childhood obesity.

    The Preventing Obesity by Design II grant, a partnership between the Natural Learning Initiative of N.C. State University and the North Carolina Partnership for Children Inc., was awarded to about 30 centers in North Carolina.

  • Commissioners sell easement to department of transportation

    BOLIVIA—After a closed session Monday night, Brunswick County Commissioners voted to sell an easement on county-owned property to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

    County attorney Huey Marshall said commissioners approved the department of transportation’s approximately $21,000 offer for an easement and property on N.C. 133 near N.C. 87 for the future expansion of N.C. 133. While DOT officials are still acquiring property, once construction begins, DOT would fund the relocation of any utilities if needed, Marshall said.

  • Former inmate injured in jail sues sheriff, deputy

    Though he’s yet to be served, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram is being been sued by a former inmate who claims he was injured while in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    Shane Michael Johnson, who was arrested Oct. 4, 2008, for being drunk and disruptive, sued Ingram and former sheriff’s deputy John Thomas Albertson on July 10.

    Ingram is being sued in his official capacity as sheriff. Albertson is being sued in his official capacity and as an individual.

  • Five vying for three commission seats in Calabash

    CALABASH—Three incumbents have filed for re-election to town commissioners’ seats up for grabs this November in the Seafood Capital.

    They face a challenge from two other candidates who also filed for election during the two-week filing period that ended at noon Friday, July 17, at the Brunswick County Board of Elections office in Bolivia.

    Town commissioners Emily DiStasio, Bill Dixon and Cecelia Herman are each seeking re-election to four-year terms Nov. 3.

  • Six seeking two commissioners' seats in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Six people have filed for election for two available town commissioners’ seats for upcoming Nov. 3 municipal elections in Brunswick County.

    Incumbent Gere Dale has filed for re-election as town commissioner. Fellow commissioner Jack Csernecky is not seeking re-election.

    Other Carolina Shores residents who have filed for the town race are Bob Breen, Joyce Dunn, Walter Goodenough, Dave Jones and Leon Paulikas.

    Both available commissioners’ seats are for four-year terms.

     

  • Two for mayor, five for three council seats in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Two people are vying for the mayor’s race while five residents have filed as candidates for three available town council seats up for grabs in Nov. 3 municipal elections in Brunswick County.

    Sunset Beach Mayor Ronald Klein is seeking re-election to a third two-year term. Rich Cerrato also has filed as a candidate for mayor.

    Town council incumbents Lou DeVita and Len Steiner are seeking re-election to four-year terms in at-large races. The council seat of Ron Watts, who is not seeking re-election this year, is also available.