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  • DSS board members vote to hire fired attorney

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have fired him.

    He’s currently involved in litigation against the county—representing Department of Social Services Chairman Charles Warren in a legal battle against county commissioners.

    He continues to bill the county for work he did after his contract was terminated.

    And on Tuesday afternoon, three of five DSS board members voted to hire him—again.

    Attorney Gary Shipman previously served as the DSS board’s attorney but commissioners fired him last January.

  • EMS 30th anniversary: New 'Spirit of Calabash' ambulance checks in for service

    CALABASH—Calabash Volunteer EMS celebrated its 30th anniversary in style last week, unveiling a new ambulance before a crowd of applauding well-wishers.

    The “Spirit of Calabash” ambulance, as it’s been named and marked, is the newest addition to the Calabash EMS fleet.

    At the Jan. 26 dedication ceremony, new acting chief Steve Barger thanked the dedicated volunteers who have been with the EMS since its beginning.

  • Candidate field stacking up before filing period opens

    Candidate filing for the 2012 elections doesn’t start until Feb. 13, but that hasn’t stopped a handful of local candidates from announcing political intentions.

    Filing runs from noon Monday, Feb. 13, until noon Wednesday, Feb. 29.

    The 2012 primary election will be Tuesday, May 8, and the General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 6.

    Commissioner District 5

    Longtime county commissioner and current chairman Bill Sue has announced he does not plan to seek re-election to the board of commissioners.

  • Calabash proceeds with plans for park, town hall growth

    CALABASH—A picnic shelter and playground equipment have been ordered for Calabash’s new community park.

    The town is also moving ahead with plans for town hall expansion.

    At a town long-range planning meeting Jan. 19, the committee discussed other possible elements for the 1-acre park on Persimmon Road, such as movies in the park, bocce ball and horseshoes.

  • High court rules in favor of district attorney about traffic court

    RALEIGH—Justices with the state Supreme Court have sided with District Attorney Jon David and his right to conduct traffic court.

    On Jan. 10, North Carolina Supreme Court Justices heard arguments in the matter of Brunswick County’s Administrative Traffic Court, which Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly halted with an administrative order last April.

    Three of the high court’s seven justices were recused, leaving four justices to hear arguments.

  • EMS 30th anniversary: New 'Spirit of Calabash' ambulance checks in for service

    CALABASH—Calabash Volunteer EMS celebrated its 30th anniversary in style last week, unveiling a new ambulance before a crowd of applauding well-wishers.

    The “Spirit of Calabash” ambulance, as it’s been named and marked, is the newest addition to the Calabash EMS fleet.

    At the Jan. 26 dedication ceremony, new acting chief Steve Barger thanked the dedicated volunteers who have been with the EMS since its beginning.

  • Judge to rule on DSS board member’s removal hearing this week

    BOLIVIA—Superior Court Judge Jack Hooks will decide by Wednesday afternoon if Brunswick County Commissioners have the legal authority to remove commissioner Charles Warren from the county’s Department of Social Services board.

    Hooks heard arguments from Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall and Warren’s attorney Gary Shipman for about an hour Monday afternoon. Hooks said he would have a ruling by the end of the business day Wednesday.

  • Judge to rule on DSS board member’s removal hearing this week

    BOLIVIA—Superior Court Judge Jack Hooks will decide by Wednesday afternoon if Brunswick County Commissioners have the legal authority to remove commissioner Charles Warren from the county’s Department of Social Services board.

    Hooks heard arguments from Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall and Warren’s attorney Gary Shipman for about an hour Monday afternoon. Hooks said he would have a ruling by the end of the business day Wednesday.

  • Judge to issue ruling on Warren DSS matter Wednesday

    In Superior Court Monday afternoon, Superior Court Judge Jack Hooks heard arguments in the matter of whether county commissioners have the legal authority to remove commissioner Charles Warren from the Brunswick County Department of Social Services Board. 

    After about an hour of arguments, Hook said he'd have an answer by the end of business Wednesday. 

    Hooks ordered the temporary restraining order stay in place until he issues his findings.

  • Beacon ad director takes over as Chamber president

    It’s the year of the small business at the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

    Last week the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce passed the gavel. Angie Sutton, advertising director at The Brunswick Beacon, was named as the new chairman of the board for 2012. Both Sutton and outgoing chairman Tammy Triplett-Kesky addressed the audience.

    “I’m so glad I could be a part of leading the charge in so many positive changes, beginning with the new logo and tag line—Building Community and Supporting Business,” said Triplett-Kesky.