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  • No additional active tuberculosis cases reported

    SUPPLY—Wearing tightly fitting masks over their faces and jail-issued attire, shackled inmates were escorted from Brunswick Community Hospital to the jail transport van waiting to take them back to the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    The 31 inmates whose tuberculosis skin tests were reactive to TB received chest X-rays at Brunswick Community Hospital last Friday to determine if active TB developed in their lungs. County health director Don Yousey said none of the 31 inmates or two staff members with positive skin tests had active cases of TB.

  • Mass evacuation bus first in southeastern North Carolina

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Department’s latest grant-funded procurement is the first of its kind in southeastern North Carolina.

    Funded by a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant, the emergency services department recently acquired a $324,000-mass evacuation bus, which is the first one in this part of the state, Brian Watts, Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services Director said.

  • Planning board discusses dumpster ordinance, recommends updating UDO

    Shallotte Planning Board members are eager to have the town’s dumpster screening ordinance enforced, but some members still have questions.

    At Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, board member Ray Lyles questioned the ordinance that requires businesses to screen its trash dumpsters on all four sides without regard to the area of town.

    “It still needs to be worked on,” Lyles told other board members. “There should be a graduated system rather than blanket coverage.”

  • Farmers market regulations approved in Calabash

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have approved adding regulations for a future farmers market.

    All that’s needed now is a site.

    Mayor Anthony Clemmons said the town planning board had reviewed the rules and had come back with a favorable recommendation to forward to commissioners.

    “The concept here is the town, with the community service committee as sponsors, to sponsor a Calabash farmers market,” Clemmons said, adding a location is yet to be determined.

  • Animal shelter halts dog adoptions for two weeks

    BOLIVIA--Brunswick County Animal Services has suspended dog adoptions for at least two weeks after two cases of distemper were confirmed.

    During the past week two dogs at the shelter developed a respiratory illness. Laboratory results confirm the cause of the illness to be distemper. Canine distemper is caused by a virus that is a highly contagious disease of wild and domestic carnivores.

  • Superintendent surprised by leaked grievance

    Brunswick County School Superintendent Katie McGee said Monday she was surprised to learn the grievance filed against her had been made public since grievances are confidential personnel matters.

    Sherry Dove, executive assistant to the superintendent and liaison to the board of education, filed a grievance against McGee, which the board of education heard during a daylong meeting Thursday, July 2. The meeting was in closed session; the board cited confidential personnel matters as the subject of discussion.

  • Sheriff’s office searching for burglary suspect

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about burglary suspect Rodney Wayne Suggs’ whereabouts.

    Suggs, 40, of 335 Mount Pisgah Road, Supply, is wanted for first-degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering.

    Suggs, is 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds.

    According to an arrest warrant, Suggs is wanted for allegedly breaking into a Supply home and stealing a purse, jewelry, a passport, checks, credit cards and medication between midnight-5 a.m. July 16.

  • Kinlaw withdraws name from alderman race, seeks mayor's seat

    Shallotte alderman John Kinlaw has decided to run for the mayor’s office instead of seeking re-election to his alderman seat.

    He will face fellow alderman Buddy Kelly in the Nov. 10 election. Two-term mayor Gerald Long is not seeking re-election.

    Previously, Kinlaw filed for re-election to the board of aldermen but changed his mind after receiving calls from residents urging him to run against Kelly.

  • Public hearing discussing possible extension of Old Georgetown, Ocean Isle Beach Roads set for next week

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will have a Design Public Hearing from 4-7 p.m. Monday, July 27, at the National Guard Armory on Main Street in Shallotte to discuss the proposed extension of State Road 1163 (Old Georgetown Road) from State Road 1184 (Ocean Isle Beach Road) to N.C. 179.

  • Mayor, two commissioners seek re-election in Ocean Isle Beach

    Two commissioner seats and the mayor position are open in this year’s November election, but all incumbents are running uncontested.

    Mayor Debbie Smith filed for re-election on July 8. Smith has run for mayor unopposed since 2003. Smith previously served on the board of commissioners from 1983-1995 and 1997-2003.

    Commissioner C.D. Blythe filed for re-election on July 7. Blythe also serves as the mayor pro-tem. Blythe has served on the board since 2001, running uncontested in 2005. Blythe previously served on the town’s board of adjustments and planning board.