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  • Planning board sets priorities for 2009

    SHALLOTTE—Establishing an urban waterfront zoning district in keeping with the town’s vision plan leads the planning board’s list of priorities for 2009.

    At their regular meeting Tuesday night, Shallotte Planning Board members unanimously approved a list of priorities for the year and sent them to the board of aldermen.

  • Grant-funded ACE team targets speeders, impaired drivers to keep highways safe

    There’s a stretch of highway on U.S. 74-76 near the Columbus County line where drivers often push the envelope. There are also four Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) deputies armed with radar who can clock drivers in just about any direction.

    If a driver is speeding—in the same direction, the opposite direction, passing or after passing in the opposite direction—ACE deputies will catch the driver.

    But the four-man team’s goal is not to terrorize drivers on the highways; it’s the opposite.

  • Immigration officials won't comment on inmate groom's immigration status

    Although a court order recently allowed a Mexican national inmate at the Brunswick County Detention Center to marry a U.S. citizen, the union does not change Luis Miguel Gamboa-Gomez’s immigration status.

    Citing U.S. Department of Homeland Security privacy laws, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson Ivan Ortiz-Delgado wouldn’t comment on Gamboa-Gomez’s immigration status, but confirmed ICE has lodged a detainer on Gamboa-Gomez.

  • First mental health superior court in the state debuts in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—Mental health services throughout the state continue to suffer budget and program cuts, and many people in need of mental health services are unable to receive the treatment they need.

    A new court program launched this week in Brunswick County Superior Court aims at ensuring people who go through the court system in need of mental health services receive the services they need. On Thursday, March 5, the state’s first-ever Mental Health Superior Court had only one participant, but court organizers hope to see the program expand.

  • Symposium addresses needs, causes of poverty in Brunswick County

    SOUTHPORT—Nonprofit groups dedicated to helping the poor during difficult economic times want to know how to obtain better access to grant funding for a county where demographic statistics are deceiving when it comes to the level of poverty.

    Community residents who see poverty all around them want to know what they can do to help.

    Those were the major points that arose at Saturday’s poverty symposium at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, organized by Roy Tucker of Sacred Heart and Kathy Doyle of St. Brendan Catholic Church in Shallotte.

  • IRS shuts down Calabash hardware store

    CALABASH—It wasn’t business as usual when the Internal Revenue Service descended on a local hardware store one morning last week and shut it down.

    Shortly after opening Calabash Priced Right Everyday Hardware store Thursday morning, March 5, store owner Sammie Leonard was confronted by two IRS agents from Wilmington who said they were seizing the store for nonpayment of overdue taxes.

    Leonard and his employees were forced to leave the premises.

  • Crossing over to the island

    Work on the new $32 million high-rise Intracoastal Waterway bridge in Sunset Beach has crossed over to the island. A platform has been erected near the old island boat launch site as English Construction Co. of Lynchburg, Va., proceeds with construction work on the future 65-foot-tall span, slated for completion by mid 2010.

     

  • Nonprofit Little River Medical Center gets ready to grow with help from public

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—It’s been three decades since Little River Medical Center was built and began serving the community with two doctors in a town traditionally described as a “sleepy fishing village.”

    The area’s population growth and the medical needs of the community, however, have been anything but stagnant.

    The nonprofit medical center, one of 800 community health centers in the U.S., has outgrown its 7,000-plus-square-foot building off U.S. 17 near the state line and is looking toward a significant expansion.

  • Third Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Citizens' Law Enforcement Academy to kick off in April

    BOLIVIA—The third Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy is set to kick off in April, but the organizer says the academy’s roster is filling up quickly.

    Organizer Lt. Joey Scoggins, who oversees crime prevention at the sheriff’s office, said several people have already expressed interest in joining the next citizens’ academy, set to run from April 2-May 28. The growing list appears to be driven by word of mouth from community members who have participated in the first two successful academies.

  • Flu cases increasing late in season

    A state influenza report shows the number of cases has risen sharply late in the season, Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey said.

    The state’s latest health report shows a flu-case increase of 4 percent.

    While the rise is late during traditional flu season, Yousey projected it could be a “bad year,” especially with news that a significant amount of this year’s strain is resistant to the anti-flu medication Tamiflu.