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  • Special meeting Wednesday to review Sunset Beach mayor, council 'authority'

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Council has called a special meeting for noon this Wednesday, Dec. 21, at town hall council chambers to review council and mayor “authority.”

    The town issued a notice about the meeting Monday morning, as it is required to do 48 hours in advance of scheduling a special meeting.

    Newly installed Mayor Richard Cerrato said Monday he did not know about the meeting until the notice was issued.

  • VIDEOS INCLUDED: Commissioners set hearing to remove Warren from DSS board

    BOLIVIA—During a tirade at Monday’s county commissioners’ meeting, embattled county commissioner Charles Warren asked people to treat others with respect—to treat others as they’d like to be treated.

    Warren made this plea for respect and civility almost immediately after yelling at fellow commissioners, DSS board member Pat Sykes and local activist Ginny Quaglia, calling them all racists.

  • Calabash commissioner rescinds resignation

    CALABASH--Town commissioner Jody Nance has rescinded his board resignation he made during a monthly board meeting last week. Nance said Monday he has decided he will not be resigning from the board after all following a meeting Monday morning with Calabash Mayor Mary Knight to discuss his resignation and their issues and differences. After the meeting, the two agreed to jointly send out a press release from town hall.

  • SBI to investigate Holden Beach fire at request of police chief

    Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne has asked the State Bureau of Investigation to help determine the cause of last week’s fire that destroyed two beach houses and boats on Starfish Drive.

    Layne made that announcement during the Holden Beach commissioners’ meeting in town hall Tuesday night after Tri-Beach Fire Department Chief Doug Todd said his department ruled the cause undetermined and turned over the formal investigation to the local police department.

  • SBI investigation into former DA complete; forwarded to AG’s office

    The nearly yearlong investigation into a former political official in Brunswick County is over.

    The investigation, launched last January by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation into former district attorney Rex Gore, is complete, SBI spokeswoman Jennifer Canada said.

    The findings of the investigation have been forwarded to special prosecutors in N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office, Canada said, declining to comment further on the investigation, the process or if any charges will be filed.

  • Commissioners OK master plan for Town Creek Park

    WINNABOW—Town Creek Park is a well-liked, often used community park.

    In fact, it’s been “loved to death,” Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Director Jim Pryor recently told commissioners.

    “The park has been well used. Actually, in the business, we like to call it ‘loved to death.’ I would estimate it’s probably the second most used park in the county behind the Shallotte Park,” Pryor said.

    As such, the park is due for an upgrade, Pryor said.

  • Board of education approves bus driver incentive plan

    Reporting to work as scheduled pays—sometimes twice—if you are a bus driver employed with Brunswick County Schools.

    And you show up to work.

    With increasing absenteeism with Brunswick County Schools bus drivers, board of education members approved an incentive plan for bus drivers, which pays up to $60 a pay period to show up to work as scheduled.

  • Christmas spirit: Crowd turns out for BFA distribution

    SUNSET BEACH—Before the doors opened at 9 a.m., a long line of residents waited outside to receive items during the annual holiday distribution Thursday by Brunswick Family Assistance.

    “We aren’t crazy yet,” BFA executive director Carol Phelps quipped shortly after the first people were admitted through the doors.

  • Old Sunset Beach bridge lighting up for holiday event Monday

    SUNSET BEACH—Wreaths, bows and lights adorn the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge, standing in yuletide finery at its new retirement site on Shoreline Drive West.

    Last December, the old span had just been put out of commission to make way for the new high-rise bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway.

    This December, the Old Bridge Preservation Society hasn’t forgotten the old span, where the nonprofit group is planning a holiday celebration, called “Christmas at the Old Bridge,” this coming Monday night.

  • Resident gadfly now new Sunset Beach mayor

    SUNSET BEACH—Like him or not, for the past six years Richard Cerrato has been a vivid presence in this Brunswick Islands town.

    It started with his first, losing election bids, first as a town council candidate in 2005, then in the 2009 mayoral race. It continues now with Cerrato’s first election victory this past Nov. 8 as the town’s new mayor, an election he finally won with nearly 60 percent of votes cast—914 votes over challenger Clinton Dunlop’s 610, according to the Brunswick County Board of Elections.