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  • Funeral arrangements for Kyle Jones


    Funeral Arrangements for Kyle Maurice Jones

    Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the Brunswick Community College campus by Pastor Brad Ferguson. Burial will follow in Brunswick Memorial Gardens.

    The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18  in the New Beginnings Community Church, Shallotte.

  • Free coats are available to those in need

    SHALLOTTE—Helping neighbors in need is the mission of one church outreach.

    St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church on Main Street is in its third year operating its Neighbor-to-Neighbor ministry.

    The ministry includes a coat closet, an orthopedic equipment lending closet and the Benefit Bank of North Carolina.

    “You get a lot in return,” deacon Jean Miller said. “We receive a blessing. It’s the mission of a Christian to help others. This is faith in action,”

  • Town wants input on vision plan’s future


    SHALLOTTE—The town wants input on shaping its future with its vision plan.

    The plan to redevelop Shallotte’s downtown near the riverfront features a gazebo/stage area, a stormwater pond, new trees, a playground, a fountain, expanded parking and the incorporation of existing trees. The park would be between Cheers and Wall streets behind the police and fire stations on about an acre of land.

    The first concept plan was created by Allison Platt & Associates based on a 2008 vision plan for the town.

  • Town hears update on River’s Edge development

    Meetings with a local developer regarding an unfinished Shallotte subdivision have been fruitful, a town alderman says.

    In 2012, Coastal Companies developer Mark Saunders agreed to meet with the town on a regular basis to keep them informed of progress in the Rivers Edge development.

    In an attempt to avoid calling bonds, Shallotte aldermen established a subcommittee to meet with Saunders and his team to discuss infrastructure improvements in Rivers Edge.

    Alderman Walt Eccard serves is a liaison to the board.

  • Stay home if you’re sick: Help control spread of the flu

    A Brunswick County resident has died from the flu.

    Fred Michael, Brunswick County Health Service public information officer, said a Brunswick County resident, a male in his 60s, died several weeks ago as a result of the flu.

    He said the man hadn’t had a flu shot.

    The death is among 17 flu-related deaths reported in North Carolina since Oct. 6, 2012.

    According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services 13 of the deaths were in patients 65 and older; two in people ages 50-64; and two in people ages 25-49.

  • New McDonald’s off U.S. 17 expected to open in late-March

    SUPPLY—The walls are up, but the arches of a new McDonald’s restaurant on U.S. 17 at N.C. 211 in Supply will not light up until late March.

    Carla Taylor with M.C. Anderson’s, owner of the fast-food restaurant, said the building could possibly be completed by March 26.

    Brunswick County Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw anticipates a completion date of March 12, but said rain could delay the schedule.

    “There’s been a lot of rain, so you never know,” he said.

  • Kiwanis Club forms to help North Brunswick kids

    LELAND—A new Kiwanis Club has formed in northern Brunswick County.

    Now two-dozen new members are looking to help children in the area.

    The new club was formed by the Southport-Oak Island Kiwanis Club (SOIKC), a group that has been active for 19 years.

    SOIKC member Mike Clune saw the need for a club in northern Brunswick County so he and others began looking for new members who liked a challenge.

  • Brunswick County honors former manager Jerry Lewis with building name

    Brunswick County officials will honor the first modern-era county manager, Jerry Lewis, by dedicating a government building in his name.

    In 1970, Lewis was the county commission’s selection to re-implement the county manager form of government. The county stopped hiring managers in 1929 and let commissioners handle operations.

    Alan Lewis said at the time his father stepped in as county manager he was working as a private engineering consultant. The family also ran two Lewis’ Department Stores in Shallotte—all while raising five kids.

  • Local schools have ‘zero tolerance’ policy on bullying

    Brunswick County Schools has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to bullying.

    That is the message school officials are conveying just a week after a student opened fire in Bakersfield, Calif., high school last week.

    That shooting follows on the heals of the Dec. 14 massacre of elementary students and some adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

  • New school board chair thanks Babson for enduring service

    The Brunswick County Board of Education didn’t have any turnover following the 2012 elections, but there was one change.

    Charlie Miller was voted new board of education chairman at the Dec. 4, 2012, meeting, replacing Shirley Babson.

    On Jan. 8, Miller took time at the start of the first school board meeting of the new year to thank Babson for her years of service.

    “I wanted to salute Mrs. Babson,” he said. “The board was definitely behind (the sentiment.). She’s a very hard worker. She nominated me for chairman.”