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  • Honoring a leader

    Last week the town received news no one wanted to hear—Mayor Buddy Kelly passed away.

    “It is with deep sadness that the town has lost our Mayor Donald C. ‘Buddy’ Kelly.” “Mayor Kelly died on March 2, 2011,” town officials wrote in a press release Thursday. “He was well respected in the community and well thought of by the board and staff. He was not only our mayor, but our friend.”

  • Sunset Beach streetscape committee meeting Friday

    Sunset Beach Town Council has called a special meeting for 9 a.m. Friday, March 11, at town hall council chambers to review the streetscape committee report and discuss other areas within town limits requiring landscaping.

    Town council may take action during this special meeting.

  • Carolina Shores retreat set for March 21

    CAROLINA SHORES—New town administrator Mike Hargett got acclimated to his first town commissioners workshop Monday by announcing an upcoming retreat.

    Hargett said Chris May, executive director with the Cape Fear Council of Governments, has agreed to facilitate the retreat tentatively proposed for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, March 21. The location has not yet been determined.

    Hargett said the board will discuss roles and responsibilities and can submit ideas on “what you see the town of Carolina Shores being in the present and future.”

  • Bill proposing terminal groins backed by local support

    North Carolina is one of two states in the nation that does not allow terminal groins to be used as erosion control devices, but local officials are hoping that will soon change.

    Senate Bill 110, introduced Feb. 24, would permit the currently banned structures.

    Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, is one of the bill’s primary sponsors. Protecting the coastline is an issue that affects the entire state, not just beach communities, he said.

  • Carolina Shores recycling hearing Thursday

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town residents will have an opportunity Thursday to learn more about possible changes to Brunswick County’s recycling program.

    A public hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Calabash Fire Department, 892 Persimmon Road.

    The hearing is part of the county’s process of meeting with municipalities to see whether they wish to participate in a curbside recycling program.

  • Invisible Children raising awareness for those affected by LRA

    SHALLOTTE—Adong Evelyn has seen the horror caused by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda.

    Her friends and family members were beaten and raped by the LRA, and her home in northern Uganda was burned to the ground. Led by Joseph Kony, the rebellious army has reportedly abducted thousands of children for LRA recruitment.

    “I never gave up on my future, and that perseverance is paying off now,” Evelyn said.

  • Calabash wastewater hearing March 28

    The Brunswick County Utility Operations Board will conduct a public hearing March 28 regarding preliminary assessment for the Calabash wastewater extension project.

    The hearing is at 5:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible in Brunswick County Commissioners’ chambers in the David R. Sandifer Administration Building located in the Brunswick County Governmental Center, 30 Government Center Drive in Bolivia.

  • Brunswick Community College estimates $1 million in budget reductions

    BOLIVIA—With a reported decline in full-time equivalent (FTE) students and the impact of Gov. Bev Perdue’s proposed state budget, Brunswick Community College faces losing about $1 million in the 2011-2012 fiscal year budget.

    During a Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees meeting last month, Ben DeBlois, vice president of business and finance, presented trustees with an analysis of how the college’s budget may be affected for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

  • Shallotte man wanted for drug charges

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Unit are searching for Williams Anthony Daniels, who is wanted for multiple drug violations.

    Daniels, 19, of 1392 Hale Swamp Road, Shallotte, is has been charged with felony possession of cocaine, simple possession of a schedule V controlled substance, possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Daniels is 6 feet tall and weighs about 180 pounds.

  • Morning fire injures one

    One man was transported to the Wilmington Burn Center after a fire erupted at a local business on Saturday morning.

    According to Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell, a call went out for emergency services to respond to a “report of a fire with someone injured” at Long’s Garage at 250 Holden Beach Road around 8:13 a.m.