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  • Calabash commissioners adopt UDO ordinance

    CALABASH—After four years of review and revision, the town board of commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved adopting a new Unified Development Ordinance.

    The board approved a resolution for the new code of ordinances that compose the UDO as a “standalone land development document,” as discussed at a June 22 hearing.

  • Board presented with a 400-signature petition to keep principal

    Despite showing up with 400 signatures of people requesting Patricia Rourk remain principal at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School, a personnel list released Tuesday night by the Brunswick County Board of Education showed no sign of her return.

  • New West Brunswick High School principal announced

    BOLIVIA—Students at West Brunswick High School will walk into school on Aug. 25 and see a new face behind the principal’s desk.

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education named Jamal Woods as principal Tuesday night. Woods begins work July 19.

    “I’m just excited to be down here, and I look forward to working with the West Brunswick community,” Woods said.

  • Town adopts draft water shortage response plan, now accepting public comment

    HOLDEN BEACH—Town commissioners have adopted a draft water shortage response plan. They are now asking the public to review the document at town hall and make comments before the final draft is adopted.

    At Tuesday night’s town board meeting, commissioners unanimously adopted the draft, which includes several stages of shortage response including voluntary reductions, mandatory reductions, emergency reductions and water rationing in the event of a water shortage.

  • Nonprofit interest in animal shelter considered

    A nonprofit group has expressed interest in taking over operations of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter, county health director Don Yousey says.

    Yousey, who presented the idea at a county health board meeting Monday night, said he’s willing to consider the offer by local businesswoman Cheri McLain, who’s in the process of obtaining nonprofit status for her new organization, Rescue Animals Community Effort (R.A.C.E.).

  • Bolivia house fire cause investigated

    Firefighters are still trying to determine the cause of a fire Monday night that partially damaged a house in Bolivia.

    The fire, which occurred between 5 and 7 p.m. at 933 Green Lewis Road, destroyed the front portion of the house where the fire broke out, Bolivia assistant fire chief Travis Murrell said.

    A family who lives in the house wasn’t at home when the fire occurred, Murrell said.

    The fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes, he said, as a thunderstorm moved in.

  • Carolina Shores administrator makes 'positive' statement

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town administrator Linda Herncane says she is overwhelmed with support she has received in recent weeks.

    “I am 61 years old and have never had a parking ticket,” Herncane said, reading from a prepared statement at the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting July 8.

  • Sewer pump station site at Sunset Beach raises stink

    SUNSET BEACH—Jeff Morgan said he was just exercising his rights and following procedure when he filed a petition challenging the marsh-front site of a future sewer pump station near his vacation home on the Sunset Beach island.

    And even though he missed the deadline, Morgan said Brunswick County has taken him to task for delaying the island project, claiming it has increased the cost an extra $379,000.

  • Ash mom granted trip to see sons in Ash

    Amy Smith is grateful for the surprise reprieve she was granted last month to see her sons in Ontario.

    The consideration didn’t come from a Canadian judge but from a generous Brunswick County businesswoman who’s been following the Ash mom’s story.

    “The trip was awesome,” Smith said this week of her late June trip to see 7-year-old Brody and 5-year-old Nathan. She took a last-minute flight June 26 to surprise her sons at an Ontario hotel.

  • Commissioners vote to keep strict roadside vendor regulations

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners last week voted not to change the county’s regulations for roadside vendors but agreed to step up enforcement efforts.

    Though the county’s regulations for roadside vendors have been in place for years, Ted Adams, Brunswick County code enforcement administrator, said the recent influx of roadside vendors has forced the county to increase its enforcement efforts, which include a $100 per day per vendor fine for property owners.