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  • School transfer requests due by May 30

    Parents requesting their student(s) be allowed to attend a school outside their assigned district must have requests into the board of education by May 30.

  • Shallotte Cleaners employee retires after 34 years

    She’s lasted through three owners, varying responsibilities and generations of loyal customers, but April 29 marked Perlene Stanley’s last day on the job at Shallotte Cleaners.

    Stanley celebrated her final day after 34 years of service last week with a party provided by her bosses and co-workers.

  • Students learn the importance of driving safely

    This updates includes a correction version.  The previous version attributed information to an incorrect name.

    SHALLOTTE—It takes more than knowing the signs and rules of the road before being eligible to apply for a state permit or driver’s license.

  • Shallotte hears from property owners, OKs riverwalk grant

    Shallotte aldermen have approved sending a final grant application to the state Division of Coastal Management seeking $300,000 to build the first phase of a riverwalk, which town officials hope will be the first step toward meeting the goals of the 10-year vision plan.

    If approved, the town would be responsible for $75,000 in matching funds. The riverwalk is proposed to start around the kayak area at Riverside park.

  • County commissioners to continue budget talks Monday

    BOLIVIA—The upcoming fiscal year’s budget will be the topic of a specially called county commissioners workshop Monday afternoon.

    County commissioners are scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Monday in the county commissioners’ chambers in Bolivia to continue discussing the fiscal year 2009-2010 budget. Commissioners will continue with their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.

  • Relay for Life raises more than $325,000 for cancer research

    For Theresa Clifton of Whiteville, the Brunswick County Relay for Life is a personal crusade and a celebration of life.

    The sister of this year’s honorary chairperson, Gloria Childress, Clifton has been attending and participating since her sister was diagnosed in 2003. In 2006, she herself was diagnosed.

    The cancer treatments did not stop her commitment to the cause.

    “I come every year,” Clifton said Saturday morning, as she tried on a sun hat for sale in one of the team’s tents. “It means a lot to me.”

  • Shallotte department certified in light rescue, continues training

    The Shallotte Fire Department has met the “high professional standards” to be certified as a light rescue provider from the N.C. Association of Rescue and Emergency Medical Services Inc.

    The certification means the department is recognized as providing services such as vehicle extrication and first-responder services to stabilize patients at accident scenes until paramedics arrive.

  • Man lying in road dies after being struck by car

    A Brunswick County man died early Saturday morning after being struck by a car while lying on a road near Holden Beach.

    According to 1st Sgt. A.E. Morris of the N.C. Highway Patrol, Jodie Eugene Ruff, 52, of Supply, was lying partially on Rural Paved 1139, which is 3.5 miles west of Holden Beach. He was struck in the head by the rear right tire of a 2003 Toyota passenger vehicle driven by Lena Beaver, 68, of Clemmons.

    Morris said at about 1:23 a.m., Beaver swerved to avoid Ruff, but her rear right tire struck him in the head. Ruff died on the scene.

  • Prescription trafficking 'epidemic' hits Brunswick County

    Drug agent Israel West says an epidemic is sweeping through Brunswick County—a dangerous cycle of prescription fraud, diversion and trafficking.

    West, an agent with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, says a recent boom in prescription pill fraud has become an epidemic. Nearly 75 percent of cases drug agents work involve prescription medication.

    “It’s literally an epidemic—comparable to the crack epidemic of the ’80s,” he said.

  • Commissioners slash capital spending, agree to tap into fund balance to keep jobs

    BOLIVIA—An $8.4 million budget deficit looming over commissioners’ heads ignited passionate debate, which hasn’t been on display since the board assembled after the November election.

    After receiving a bleak budgetary forecast, county commissioners slashed future capital expenses, OK’d dipping into fund balance, and agreed to make more cuts to balance next year’s budget in hopes of leaving county employees’ jobs and paychecks intact.