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  • Sheriff deputies added at local elementary schools

    Additional security is being added at Brunswick County elementary schools just days after a gunman opened fire in a deadly rampage at a Connecticut elementary school last Friday.

    Until further notice the county’s elementary schools will have a sheriff’s office deputy on site, school officials said. Area middle and high schools already have school resource officers (SRO) assigned to them.

  • Midway Road business owners worry bridge detour is a dead end

    Business owners on Midway Road fear a North Carolina Department of Transportation bridge replacement plan will cut them off from customers.

    NCDOT approved a contract in March for S.T. Wooten Construction to replace nine bridges—seven in Brunswick County, including the bridge over River Swamp and Hog Branch on Midway Road about 4 miles south of Old Ocean Highway.

    Heather Burkert and her husband, Henry, own Greenlands Farmstore about 1.5 miles south of Old Ocean Highway on Midway Road.

  • County keeping employee service recognition simple

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners decided a firm handshake, a certificate of recognition and a longevity bonus are the best ways to thank county employees for their years of service.

    Debbie Barnes brought a proposal to cut the cost of the employee service recognition program by doing away with the expensive pins the county has given employees when they hit milestone years.

    “We had a policy that required pins with diamonds, sapphires, solid gold. We changed that policy to add more flexibility for recognition,” she said.

  • Possible raise on hold for county employees

    BOLIVIA—Commissioner Marty Cooke wants to pump 5 percent more money into Brunswick County employees’ salaries. He brought it up at the Dec. 17 commissioner meeting, but other commissioners weren’t on board.

    Instead the board will wait for results of a salary study commissioned in July.

    The study is a review of compensation, job classifications, performance evaluations and benefits for all county employees. Evergreen Solutions was selected from 11 contractors to perform the survey.

  • BFA Christmas distribution

    The elves with Brunswick Family Assistance have been busy assisting clients with the annual community holiday distribution.

    This year’s event took place at The Brunswick Beacon building on Smith Avenue in Shallotte.

    People started lining up around 7:30 a.m. Thursday to receive toys, frozen turkeys and other food being distributed from the Beacon’s old pressroom at the rear of the building.

    BFA’s distribution for seniors took place Wednesday.

  • Living through the itchy agony of shingles

    Sarah Sue Ingram and Linda Schueller know all too unfortunately the firsthand experience of contracting shingles.

    Shingles, a painful skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, is more common in people ages 50 and older. It often erupts when a person’s immune system is weakened by some diseases, steroid drugs or chemotherapy, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control.

    At least 1 million people in the United States get shingles annually.

  • Got gold? There's money to be made in selling old jewelry

    Got any old gold jewelry knocking around that you haven’t worn in years?

    If so, you can make extra money just in time for the holidays.

    Doug Turner, owner of Douglas Diamond Jewelers in Shallotte Crossing Shopping Center, says the holidays have been prime time for people to bring in old gold jewelry to sell for money.

    “More than ever, people are looking for disposable dollars,” Turner said.

    Selling old gold jewelry pieces they no longer wear is a “nice, safe, easy, advantageous” way to do that, he added.

  • Dec. 21, 2012: Is it the end of the world as we know it?

    Will it or won’t it?

    Will the world end Friday?

    Should we worry? Should we hunker down like some folks plan to, with basic survival supplies and skills? Or should we be partying like it’s, er, 2012?

    This Friday, Earthlings will find out once and for all about reported demise of their world that may or not be greatly exaggerated, based on interpretation of an ancient Mayan calendar that seems to go nowhere after Dec. 21, 2012.

    Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach is opting for a celebration.

  • Calabash mayor called on carpet for flooring cost

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners voted 3-2 to “remove the powers” of Calabash Mayor Mary Knight after she spent $1,152 for new office flooring at town hall.

    The vote came at the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night upon a motion from Calabash commissioner Jody Nance.

    Nance’s motion was to “remove the powers of the mayor” and consult the state Local Government Commission and Cape Fear Council of Governments to see what further action may be needed.

  • Refrigerated truck manufacturer picks Shallotte for startup’s hub

    SHALLOTTE—A new business that opened in Shallotte on Dec. 5 intends to revolutionize the refrigerated trucking market, but local officials are happy just to have the anticipated 30 new jobs created in the first year.

    NEAH Transportation Holdings chose an existing building in Shallotte Business Park to base manufacturing and assembly of a new Refrigerated Transportation Vehicle (RTV).