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  • 2009 municipal election results

    Unofficial 2009 municipal election results

    Below are unofficial election results.

    Sunset Beach

    Unofficial results have Ronald Klein winning over mayor challenger Rich Cerrato in Sunset Beach race. Carol Scott, Karen Joseph and Lou DeVita selected for town council seats.

    Shallotte

  • Board members table SRO contract discussion

    BOLIVIA—More than two months into the 2009-2010 school year, Brunswick County Board of Education members and Brunswick County commissioners have yet to agree on a contract for services of school resource officers (SROs).

    A proposed contract previously accepted by the board of education agreed to pay 10 SROs, who are employees of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, up to $653,000 in salaries, benefits and overtime pay. The contract also expected the county to cover any overtime occurred over the budgeted amount.

  • Carolina Shores voters approve mayor-council referendum

    CAROLINA SHORES—Voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum to return the town to a mayor-council form of government.

    Unofficial results Tuesday show 1,058 voters or 84.57 percent voted “yes” in response to the referendum question asking should the town “return to a Mayor-Council Form of Government, as opposed to remaining in its current Council-Manager Form of Government?”

    That compares to 193 voters or 15.43 percent who voted “no” in the referendum.

  • Hell House is ministry tool and fundraiser for church

    The walls are dark—pitch black. You can hardly see the person in front of you. You hear a voice in the dark. It’s the devil.

    Finally there is light, and you see a girl holding a gun. Then it becomes black again.

    This could be the scene from a movie, but it is just one of the scenarios at Shallotte Church of God’s Hell House.

    The Hell House consisted of a maze and six areas depicting real-life scenarios. The rooms included a car wreck, a séance room, a suicide room, an abortion room, hell and heaven.

  • Four incumbent commissioners re-elected at Holden Beach; Young wins by two votes

    Holden Beach Board of Commissioners challenger Sheila Young apparently won a seat on the board by two votes, defeating fellow challenger Peggy Schiavone.

    Four commissioner incumbents won re-election to their seats and said Tuesday they were happy the voters thought they had done a good job the past two years.

    Young garnered 183 votes, while Schiavone received 191.

    Young, who lost by four votes two years ago, said Tuesday she was “just amazed” by the tight race and would not be surprised if a recount would be requested.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Supply man arrested for marijuana farm in Green Swamp

    Drug agents have arrested a Supply man for his role in the recently discovered marijuana farm in the Green Swamp.

    On Wednesday, Oct. 28, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 54-year-old William James Burney, of 2187 Ridge Forest Drive SW, and charged him with two counts of trafficking marijuana, one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and one count of manufacturing marijuana.

  • Supply motorcyclist killed in wreck

    A Supply man was killed Friday when his motorcycle collided with an SUV on Kirby Road in Supply.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. T.T. Daniels, the wreck occurred around 2:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, on Kirby Road near the intersection of Seashore Road.

    Joseph Cross, 33, of North Ridge Drive, was driving a 2001 Yamaha motorcycle west on Kirby Road at about 55 mph, which is the posted speed limit, Daniels said.

  • Former Sunset Beach Councilman Carl Bazemore dies

    Former Sunset Beach town councilman and mayor pro tem Carl Bazemore died Sunday in Asheville following a lengthy battle with cancer.

    Bazemore, 81, served three four-year terms on Sunset Beach Town Council, from 1995-2007.

    While a councilman, Bazemore was Sunset Beach representative with the Brunswick Beaches Consortium and chaired a South Brunswick Water and Sewer Authority stormwater management program.

  • Unemployment rate drops slightly; some choosing to retrain

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remains high, dropping only slightly from 10.6 in August to 10.5 in September.

    Brunswick County’s Employment Securities Commission (ESC) Director Eli Smith said workers from across the career spectrum, including those with advanced degrees, are now collecting unemployment insurance.

  • Town adopts water/sewer fees for sweepstakes businesses

    The town of Shallotte has set impact fees for Internet sweepstakes establishments. The fees are similar to those for other businesses such as doctors’ offices.

    At last week’s pre-agenda meeting, the board of aldermen voted to set fees of $1,100 for sewer and $365 for water for each toilet, after town staff recommending setting higher rates more closely aligned with restaurant impact fees.

    “I can’t imagine it comes near putting the same burden on facilities as a restaurant,” alderman John Kinlaw said.