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  • Get active, BFIT at BCC fitness center

    It’s not about numbers on a scale; it’s about living a healthy lifestyle. Twelve individuals will have a chance to make a lifestyle change with the help of the staff at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center.

    The center will soon begin The Brunswick County BFIT Crew, a program to help sedentary individuals become active and stay motivated.

    Twelve applicants will be given a complimentary three-month membership to the Fitness & Aquatics Center and will be provided with personal training, individualized workout sessions and nutrition education.

  • Soles turns himself in, released on bond following felony indictment

    WHITEVILLE—R.C. Soles Jr. turned himself in to the Columbus County Detention Center Friday morning, the day after a grand jury handed down a felony assault indictment.

    On Thursday, Jan. 7, a Columbus County grand jury returned a true bill of indictment, charging Soles with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury for the Aug. 23, 2009, shooting of Thomas Kyle Blackburn at Soles’ Branchwater estate in Tabor City.

    The next morning, Soles went to jail.

  • Visiting priest arrested for sexual battery; suspended from priesthood

    A visiting Catholic priest has been arrested in Brunswick County. He is charged with sexual offense and sexual battery.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Marty Folding said the Rev. Edgar Sepulveda, 47, of 208 Cavenaugh St., Beulaville, was arrested Friday, Jan. 8, charged with one count of second-degree sexual offense and one count of sexual battery.

    He was suspended from the priesthood the same day.

    According to a press release from the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, Bishop Michael Burbidge suspended Sepulveda on Jan. 8.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board revisits open-space zone for golf courses

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board reviewed again last week its recent recommendation for a golf-course open-space district after town council requested it.

    Board member Eddie Walters said the recommendation to rezone Sea Trail, Sandpiper Bay and Oyster Bay golf courses to the proposed open-space district “were right on the mark” to protect the sites as best they can.

    “The zoning recommendation we submitted was very consistent with surrounding property uses,” he said at the Jan. 7 planning board meeting.

  • Stormwater, paving on Carolina Shores retreat agenda March 9-10

    CAROLINA SHORES—Stormwater and paving projects will be main topics at a town board retreat set for March 9 and 10.

    However, town commissioners last week tabled a proposal to allow public comment at the specially called two-day session scheduled from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., tentatively at town hall, with a break for lunch each day.

    Town administrator Linda Herncane said public comment has not been allowed in the past at town board retreats.

  • Southport man's son earns Bronze Star for post-9/11 jump into Afghanistan

    Something about the structure and discipline of military school really made an impression on Matt Dane.

    It spurred the son of Southport resident Pat Dane to straighten out his life, join the Army and, ultimately, become a hero—all to the surprise and pride of his father.

    Pat Dane recently learned the Army has officially recognized Matt Dane for his efforts, specifically, presenting him the Bronze Star for jumping into Afghanistan a month after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

  • Park property purchase debated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council voted Monday to get a second appraisal of a 5.22-acre waterway site the town is supposed to buy for a future park if 50 percent grant funding is secured.

    Council also voted 3-2 to authorize town administrator Gary Parker to execute an offer contract with an added contingency the town obtain a second appraisal “at least equal to or greater than $3.75 million.”

    “I’ll run it by the owners and see if we have a deal,” Parker said.

  • Behind the decisions to delay schools' openings

    On Thursday, Jan. 7, Brunswick County Schools officials called for a two-hour delay for Friday, Jan. 8, after hearing mixed reports of possible rain, ice and snow that might have been headed into the area early that morning.

    But students woke the next morning to clear, sunny skies.

    Superintendent Katie McGee said when looking at the weather forecast on Thursday, Jan. 7, “we were going to get something, and it was going to at least be a mix, and it was going to come in at 5 a.m.”

  • Board committees reorganized, combined for efficiency

    A reorganization of the Brunswick County Board of Education’s committees is intended to increase efficiency and create more convenient meeting times for members and staff.

    Bud Thorsen, chairperson of the board, announced the reorganization earlier this month at the board’s monthly meeting. Instead of individual committees meeting on separate dates and times, he combined several into one.

  • Town officials disprove of idea for bandstand in right of way

    The Ocean Isle Property Owners Association (OIPOA) wants the town of Ocean Isle Beach to have its own bandstand, but town officials will not support the suggested placement.

    Don Kauffman approached the board of commissioners Tuesday on behalf of the OIPOA and requested support for a feasibility study, which would look at putting a permanent, covered bandstand structure on Third Street behind the Museum of Coastal Carolina.