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  • Golf tournament reaps funds to aid ailing employee

    It was the golf tournament to beat all golf tournaments, with one essential winner.

    On March 2, golfers converged at Rivers Edge Golf Club in Shallotte with one common goal—to help a long-time course employee who is recuperating from health issues.

    Terance Bellamy and his twin brother, Timmy, have been employed by the Shallotte golf course as club and cart attendants for the past 12 years, since the day it opened.

    Though they’re twins, they’re not identical, says golfer and resident Alan Hughes of Rivers Edge.

  • Hey, buddy, crave a vape?

    They’re not smoking-cessation devices, Josh Bartlett is quick to say about flavored, battery-powered inhalation atomizers—electronic cigarettes—sold at his Shallotte shop, Tasty Vapers.

    The proprietor of the one-and-a-half-year-old shop on Village Road wouldn’t make such a claim, and the Food and Drug Administration wouldn’t allow it.

    But customers flowing into his shop one recent afternoon said lately they’ve been doing more vaping than cigarette smoking.

  • Sunset Beach OKs veterans memorial idea

    SUNSET BEACH—Following much discussion, Sunset Beach Town Council has approved considering allocating space in the new town park for a veterans memorial.

    Town councilwoman Carol Scott said at Monday night’s meeting she has concerns about the scope of the project that a committee has been working on.

  • Carolina Shores takes look at upcoming budget

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town has begun taking a look at its preliminary budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2013-2014.

    Town administrator Mike Hargett outlined details at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday morning.

    Numbers reflect input from commissioners at their annual retreat Feb. 4, Hargett said.

  • Lawsuit filed against sheriff's office

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County couple and an Ocean Isle Beach pawnshop have filed a lawsuit against the Brunswick County Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s offices.

    The lawsuit was filed March 28 at the Brunswick County Courthouse by Andrew and Christine Gentile and Redgator Pawn Shop against the sheriff’s office, Sheriff John Ingram, detectives Ryan Newman and Michael Murray, the district attorney’s office, assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart, Brunswick County and Western Surety Co.

  • Costs bring back staggered school schedules

    Staggered school schedules will return with the 2013-14 school year.

    One reason is because Brunswick County School officials agreed in January to bear the annual expenses to add nine permanent school resource officers (SROs) in elementary schools.

    At a budget workshop March 19, the school board decided to cover those costs by returning to staggered start times for elementary, middle and high schools.

    The nine elementary resource officers add $497,000 annually to the school budget.

  • Lawing accepts Guilford County manager job

    BOLIVIA—County Manager Marty Lawing accepted an offer March 22 to take the manager’s role with Guilford County.

    The Guilford County commission’s nine-member board voted 6-3 to offer the county manager job to Lawing.

    “They voted at 1 a.m. I confirmed today with the Guilford County chairman (Linda Shaw),” Lawing said Friday.

    “The time was right. You can’t schedule when an opportunity in a county will come.”

  • Information technology separates needs from wants for budget year

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County’s Information Technology department doesn’t just deal with computer issues by turning machines off and turning them on again.

    Department director Steve Randone and his staff work to keep hardware, software and data storage and access for 700 computers in the county government complex active and supported.

    To do so, Randone presented county commissioners with a list of budget items at the March 18 county meeting to address immediate needs and allow improved service in all departments.

  • Merchants hope to unite, get support in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Business owners hoping to launch a future merchants association are seeking the town’s support in more ways than one.

    Ron Watts, Marc Kaplan and Fred Thorne were among those speaking at a March 19 town council workshop for what they hope is a fledgling merchants association.

    The group is seeking funding, it hopes in the form of occupancy tax proceeds as a proposed promotional budget for Sunset Beach.

  • McIntyre seeks to reverse Brunswick County MSA designation

    U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre wants Brunswick County to be reinstated in the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

    “It makes no practical, economic or common sense for Brunswick County to be pulled out of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and placed in the Myrtle Beach [S.C.] MSA,” McIntyre is quoted in a statement released by his office Monday.