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  • Ordinance amendment prohibits commercial use of recycling bin

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—An ordinance amendment in Ocean Isle Beach no longer allows business owners to use the town’s recycling bins for their businesses’ bottles.

    Ocean Isle Beach commissioners adopted a change to the town’s recycling ordinance at their meeting earlier this month, prohibiting commercial businesses with ABC permits to recycle ABC bottles in the town’s recycling bin.

  • Deputy involved in shooting on administrative duty pending SBI investigation

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a man over the weekend is on paid administrative duty, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said.

    Ingram said deputy Bradley Hardee, who has been with the sheriff’s office since April 2007, will remain on administrative duty until investigators with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation complete their investigation into Sunday evening’s shooting.

    SBI agents will pass their findings along to District Attorney Rex Gore.

  • Governor restores lottery money

    After withholding $37.6 million in lottery money from school districts throughout the state last year, Gov. Bev Perdue has restored all lottery funds.

    “When the national recession created a shortfall of billions of dollars, I had to turn over every stone to pay North Carolina’s bills—to pay teachers, to keep schools and other core services running,” Perdue said in a press release. “With our bills paid and the books for last fiscal year cleared out, I’m restoring the school construction lottery funds in full.”

  • West blanks South for first victory

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—West Brunswick beat South Brunswick 16-0 Friday for its first victory of the 2009 football season.

    West’s passing game was the key to the victory. Quarterback Quan Bates threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Reaves in the second quarter for the Trojans’ first score. Halfback Maverick Pate threw a 30-yard pass to Bradley Bell to set up a 21-yard field goal by Corey Bell with 69 seconds left in the third quarter. Pate, who gained 122 yards on 16 carries, scored West’s final touchdown on a 9-yard run in the fourth quarter.

  • Calabash authorizes telephone sweepstakes permits; tables UDO review

    CALABASH—The town will begin issuing permits for businesses to have telephone promotional sweepstakes machines.

    Town commissioners approved the measure Tuesday night, voting to authorize interim town administrator Kelley Southward to issue permits for telephone-card sweepstakes machines to any business in town holding a current business license.

    Currently in North Carolina, retailers can have up to four of the standalone machines in their businesses.

  • Sunset Beach council debates land purchase for future park, boat ramp

    SUNSET BEACH—A debate ensued last week about whether the town should pursue buying a 5-acre lot overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway for a future park.

    Town councilman Len Steiner reiterated at the specially called Sept. 2 meeting it’s a one-time opportunity to buy the idyllic mainland plot, while a majority of fellow council members expressed opposition.

  • Electronic gaming rules approved by Sunset Beach Planning Board

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Beach Planning Board has approved electronic gaming as a special use in the mainland business (MB1) zoning district.

    According to the amendment approved by the board at its Sept. 3 meeting, if approved as a special use, an electronic gaming operation would apply to the town board of adjustment for approval.

    Four conditions must be met, including one parking space for each gaming machine and one space per employee on the “largest shift.”

  • Woman upset after Brunswick County animal control officer shoots and kills dog

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Lee Gushman knew something was wrong after Stoley, her 15-year-old dog, wandered off her property Monday and couldn’t be found.

    She just didn’t think it would be the worst thing imaginable.

    A Brunswick County animal control officer, believing the dog was rabid, shot and killed Stoley minutes before she called 911 to report him missing Labor Day morning.

  • Holden Beach commissioners discuss policy for canal property owners

    Holden Beach officials might require canal property owners to have bulkheads on their property, and the new, educating-the-public policy about an ordinance requiring canopies be removed from the beach by night does not appear to be working.

    Holden Beach commissioners had extensive discussion about those and other items but took no action at their regular meeting at town hall Tuesday night.

  • Brunswick deputy shoots, kills man

    A Brunswick County Sheriff's deputy has been involved in a shooting that has killed a man.

    On Sunday evening, officer Bradley Hardee responded to a domestic call at 2730 Captains Wheel SW in Supply. During an altercation between Hardee and Alton Lawrence Walters, Walters was shot.

    Walters, a 49-year-old, white male, lived at 2730 Captains Wheel SW, according to the sheriff's office.

    The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.