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  • Local veteran selected to represent Brunswick County in North Carolina Veterans Park

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County native and veteran Paul Fisher raised his right hand last week, just as he did when he first took his oath of service for the U.S. Army 54 years ago.

    But last week when Fisher held his hand steady, he then set it in a mold for a half hour. In July 2011, the mold of Fisher’s hand, cast in bronze, will be on display at the future North Carolina Veterans Park in Fayetteville.

    Fisher was one of 100 veterans from across the state selected to have their hands cast to be on display at the future park.

  • BCC board members name interim president

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees have selected an interim president to serve out what would have been the remainder of president Stephen Greiner’s contract.

    G. Frank Sells was announced as the interim president following a specially called meeting Tuesday morning. He replaces Greiner, who announced his resignation earlier this month. Although his contract was set to expire in June, Greiner is leaving early to fill the president/CEO position at Hazard Technical and Community College in Hazard, Ky.

  • VA seeks 2,000-square foot facility for local veterans’ clinic

    It looks like local veterans might just get their Christmas wishes after all.

    When the Department of Veterans Affairs first announced a veterans’ outreach clinic would be awarded to Brunswick County, the plan was for the outreach clinic to operate in an existing physician’s office several days a week.

    But a recent change of plans has VA officials looking for office space to operate a stand-alone clinic in Brunswick County, Brunswick County Veterans Services Director Anita Hartsell said.

  • BCC board members hope to find next president by May

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees hope to have a new president in place by May.

    At a specially called meeting Thursday night, Lynda Stanley, board chairperson, announced board members selected Hunter & Associates, of Broadway, to conduct the search for Brunswick Community College's next president.

    “That’s the same firm we used before and they were very successful,” board member John Jones said.

  • Shallotte adheres to permit extension act

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen meeting ended the year with claims by one alderman that the board isn’t being responsible to its citizens.

    Aldermen decided in a 4 to 1 vote to not opt out of the Permit Extension Act. This means under the new law passed by the N.C. General Assembly permits currently falling under the previous three-year extension under House Bill 683 have another year.

    The period of validity is extended to Dec. 31, 2011. Allowing automatic extensions for one more year means developments can continue without the expiration of permits.

  • Baking cakes by the sea

    HOLDEN BEACH–Watching TLC’s “Cake Boss” sparked a passion for baking in two Holden Beach businesswomen.

    Friends LeeAnn Politis and Molly Tuttle turned their passion for baking into a business serving tasty treats to the community. In September the pair opened the doors of Salt Aire Bakery for business. The opening has been anything but smooth sailing for the friends as they have faced many difficulties, which began just days before they opened.

    “It is really hard to open a small business,” Politis said.

  • Fancy Flea Christmas Party
  • Free Christmas Meal

    Do you or someone you know need a hot meal on Christmas Day?

    One local organization is uniting volunteers to make sure anyone in the area who has a need for a meal has a place to come.

    Faith Building Missions (FBM) will pass out meals from noon-2 p.m.  Saturday, Dec. 25, in Rourk Gardens on Main Street in Shallotte.

    A sit-down meal will be served at 4 p.m. at the Ocean View Family Life Center in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Did it burn on purpose?

    A house fire has prompted an arson investigation in Shallotte.

    On Nov. 13, Shallotte firefighters responded to a residential house fire at 4814 White St. The home belonging to Elaine (Dixie) Smith Lawlor of Myrtle Beach, S.C., was engulfed in flames.

    Damages to the residence are estimated at $180,000.

    The Shallotte Police Department was contacted to investigate the fire because arson was suspected. 

  • Winter Fire Safety

    As cold weather ushers in the holiday season, it also brings an increase in residential fires. Residents all over the county are heating their homes for the cold weather, plugging in extra lights and holiday decorations and preparing larger meals. All of these things are attributed to a rise in fires nationwide during the winter months.

    “Statistically in the winter, there is an increase in the number of fires,” Shallotte Fire Marshal Andrew Thompson said.