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  • Future of property insurance structure study unclear

    WILMINGTON—A bill designed to study the property insurance structure in North Carolina may have to wait a little longer.

    Senate Bill 716, A Statewide Property Insurance Study, was co-sponsored by state Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick.

    In April, the bill was moved to the committee on insurance, and after several revisions, hasn’t made it onto the floor of either chamber.

  • Convicted murderer sentenced to life in prison released on parole

    RALEIGH—Just shy of 26 years ago, James Roger Stamper was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

    On Thursday, June 9, Stamper, now 49, was released on parole, according to a state-mandated letter sent June 13 from the state’s Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission. He was released from the Catawba Correctional Center in Hickory.

    Previous correspondence from the parole commission said Stamper was eligible for parole through the state’s Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP).

  • Stanley takes reins at county health department

    BOLIVIA—For David Stanley, who was recently named Brunswick County health director, June 27 was no different than any other Monday.

    Technically, it was different, as it was Stanley’s first day as director, but for him, it didn’t feel any different, he said.

    Outgoing director Don Yousey will remain at the health department until August, when he officially retires after 14 years as director.

    Stanley credits Yousey with the success of the health department, which he hopes to continue.

  • Christmas in July

    SHALLOTTE—School just got out, but one local organization has already started preparing for back to school in August.

    Brunswick Family Assistance, whose mission is to improve the lives of families and individuals in crisis in Brunswick County, holds an annual Christmas in July fundraiser.

    “Christmas in July is designed to help get the children ready for the first day of school in the fall,” said Carol Phelps, executive director.

  • Terminal groin bill becomes law

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—More than 30 years ago, one of the island’s first residents and now-mayor Debbie Smith bought a fourth-row beach house on the east end of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The house is long gone, as is the row of houses on which it sat. The house was moved; the street was swallowed into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Over the years, more rows of house went—some moved off the island, two of which also fell victim to the ocean.

    What was then fourth row is now oceanfront.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team arrested two people for impaired driving last week.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From June 20-26, ACE deputies issued 81 total arrests and citations, including nine driving while impaired charges and 13 speed violations.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Governor vetoes Voter ID bill

    RALEIGH—North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has vetoed House Bill 531, An Act to Restore Confidence in Government, which requires a photo ID to vote in North Carolina.

    Perdue vetoed the measure last week, which was approved in the General Assembly on June 16.

    Republican legislators have indicated they plan to seek a veto override, which requires a three-fifths majority, when they reconvene in mid-July.

    With five Democrats who crossed the aisle, Republicans were able to override Perdue’s budget veto earlier this month.

  • Bringing end of life care closer to home

    SUPPLY—Coping with the end-of-life journey is a difficult road to go alone, and that is why one organization exists in Brunswick County.

    The Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter, a non-profit organization, currently serves patients in a five-county area and has been serving Brunswick County for 30 years.

    Patients from Brunswick County must travel to Wilmington or Whiteville for in-patient care centers, but that is changing.

  • Shallotte passes budget

     

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen have adopted a revenue-neutral budget with a 35-cent tax rate for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

    The average decrease in property values in Shallotte was approximately 23.7 percent and 29 percent for all of Brunswick County.

  • Drivers beware: New traffic pattern, again

    SHALLOTTE—The traffic barrels and cones won’t be gone by the holiday weekend, but traffic will be cruising in a new traffic pattern.

    In what is being called by North Carolina Department of Transportation officials as the “final traffic pattern,” traffic in Shallotte will once again be navigating new terrain. The new portion of the Smith Avenue Extension connecting Smith Avenue to N.C. 130 will officially open late Thursday evening/early Friday morning and be ready for the holiday weekend.