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  • Biotechnology company to create 52 jobs in Brunswick County

    RALEIGH—N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue has announced a biotechnology company plans to create 52 jobs in Brunswick County.

    On Thursday, Nov. 4, Perdue announced CMS Food Solutions, Inc., which she described as an “owner of an innovative proprietary food safety technology,” plans to open a manufacturing facility in Leland.

    The manufacturing facility is expected to create 52 jobs, and Perdue said the company expects to invest more than $4 million in the Leland plant.

  • West Brunswick on precautionary lockdown Friday morning

    SHALLOTTE—West Brunswick High School was locked down as a precautionary measure Friday morning, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said.

    Miller said the school was locked down around 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, and they were expected to open the school between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m. Friday.

    The school was locked down “just to be safe” after law enforcement learned of a shooting threat on the social networking website Facebook earlier this week, Miller said.

  • Island homeowners poised to talk garbage in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Michael Rahman and other island homeowners are ready to talk trash at the upcoming Sunset Beach Town Council meeting next Monday night, Nov. 7.

    At issue is the town’s newly reinforced garbage rollback ordinance, which imposes a $25 fine for violations.

    The ordinance is impractical for the resort community, says Rahman, who plans to drive down from Winston-Salem to attend Monday night’s meeting that starts at 7 p.m., preceded by a 6:45 p.m. workshop.

  • Shallotte mayor, aldermen accused of not caring about businesses

    SHALLOTTE—In an animated meeting filled with disdain Tuesday night, accusations flew that the town doesn’t care about its businesses.

    The mayor and aldermen repeatedly denied the accusations.

    Shallotte resident Geneva Crawford opened the public comment portion of the town meeting by thanking the board for the way “they have worked together the past year.” She said she was concerned about recent actions by alderman Michael Pease and his wife Paula Pease, candidate for mayor.

  • Uniting to help the homeless

     

    Area organizations are looking for a way to unite to fight homelessness.

    During a recent homeless village to raise awareness about the plight of the homeless population in Brunswick County, a seed was planted in the mind of one of the participants.

    Mike Richards, owner of Worms & Coffee and Brunswick Family Assistance board member, said the day after sleeping in a cardboard box, he couldn’t stop thinking about what needs to be done.

  • Homeless in Brunswick County: Part 2

    Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a series of stories about homelessness in Brunswick County. When reporter Rachel Johnson agreed to take part in a Homeless Village sponsored by BFA and Building Hope Ministries, she and other participants were asked to create a background story—a character—and to become that character for 24 hours. Below is her story and her account of being in the Homeless Village.

    BY RACHEL JOHNSON

    STAFF WRITER

    I walked 16 miles to Shallotte today.

  • Speeders beware

    With the introduction of a new month comes a new goal for the Shallotte Police Department—reducing speed.

    Starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, the police department was out in force in several areas of Shallotte known for speeding, which in recent months has led to fatal wrecks.

    “Our goal is to slow people down,” said Rodney Gause, chief of police.

    He warns drivers to adhere to the speed limit.

    Areas the police department is particularly focusing on are near Brierwood on N.C. 179 and The Highlands/Cardinal Pointe area.

  • Staggered start survey shows unfavorable reviews

    BOLIVIA—Implemented to save teaching positions, the new staggered-start schedule drew opposition from parents and teachers as the board of education hosted a hearing to gather input about the new schedule.

    The cost savings from staggering elementary, middle and high school start times is between $500,00 and $550,000, or roughly 10 teaching positions, superintendent Edward Pruden said.

    The new school day is 7:45 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. for elementary students, 8:50 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. for middle school students and 8:55 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. for high school students.

  • Brunswick ministers group addresses board of education

    BOLIVIA—A group of area ministers say they have some serious concerns about the Brunswick County Board of Education and some administrators.

    Representing the Brunswick County Ministerial Alliance, the Rev. Anthony Gause addressed board members Tuesday night.

    “I come before this board to express some great concerns about the lack of compassion and consistent practices of the board of education and the administration,” Gause said.

  • Sunset Beach board to meet Monday, Nov. 7

    Sunset Beach Town Council will meet in regular session at 6:45 p.m. next Monday, Nov. 7, in town hall council chambers.

    On the agenda is a presentation by Jeff Viscount for Bike MS Breakaway to the Beach 2011-2012.

    Council will also consider resolution revision for an underground wiring project for North Shore Drive East extension, salary adjustments for certification and appointment of an ABC board member.