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  • Still in business: Some sweepstakes sites gambling on new software

    Promptly at midnight Dec. 1, Internet sweepstakes games at most area establishments were officially stopped in accordance with a new state law that took effect banning the games.

    But by this past Monday, some of the businesses are already back in operation after proprietors said they had upgraded their software.

    Signs posted on doors of other establishments indicate the closures are just temporary.

  • Employee bonuses on Carolina Shores agenda Thursday

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are reconsidering giving Christmas bonuses to town employees this year.

    They informally agreed at a town workshop Monday to have the issue placed on the agenda for discussion at their upcoming meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, after the matter was voted down last month.

    The idea transpired after town maintenance head Tom Donlon said employees in his department aren’t interested in having a holiday dinner this year for various reasons, including morale.

  • Future parking draws more public comments in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Eleven more residents voiced concerns about future parking on the Sunset Beach island at a second public meeting Dec. 2.

    Sam Gibbs, who has a duplex on East Main Street, said he’s concerned about “turning Main Street into a parking lot.”

    When he thinks of the term “right-of-way,” Gibbs said he thinks of utility services like hydrants, lights and stop signs.

  • Communication problems cited at Calabash fire

    Calabash Fire Chief Randy Bork says Brunswick County's emergency radio system did not work properly during the Nov. 30 fire at Capt. John's Seafood House and caused communication problems among firefighters at the scene.

    He said failure of a communication tower in Sunset Beach contributed to the problem and that his department had to switch to the emergency system of adjacent Horry County, S.C., which provided mutual aid at the scene.

  • Holden Beach settles with former officer in discrimination case

    BOLIVIA—Former Holden Beach Police officer Terri Oxford has settled her wrongful termination and gender discrimination lawsuit with the town of Holden Beach.

    Norwood Blanchard, plaintiff’s counsel for the town, said Oxford and the town settled Monday, Dec. 6, in Brunswick County Civil Superior Court.

    Blanchard said the final terms of the settlement were not complete but Oxford would likely receive a $70,000 settlement payment as well as reimbursement for litigation expenses and attorneys fees not to exceed $67,500.

  • Record lows may be possible this week

    Brunswick County is experiencing some colder-than-usual temperatures this week as a cold system has settled into the area.

    By about 10 a.m. Tuesday, temperatures had reached only about 27 degrees but with the wind chill it felt more like 17 degrees outside.

    Throughout Tuesday, temperatures are only expected to climb into the low 40s. Normal for this time of year is about 62 degrees, with a record high of 82 set in 1998 and a record low of 20 set in 1954, according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington.

  • VA begins transportation assistance program

    A Veterans Affairs transportation assistance program for veterans began this week.

    Brunswick County Veterans Services Director Anita Hartsell said the VA Transportation Assistance program for veterans began in Brunswick County on Monday, Dec. 6.

    VA vans will take veterans to the VA medical clinic in Wilmington from the Hardee’s Restaurant at the intersection of U.S. 17 and N.C. 211 in Supply, Hartsell said.

    Pick-up times are at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Greiner resigns from BCC; accepts president position at Kentucky community college

    BOLIVIA—Stephen Greiner, president of Brunswick Community College, has announced his resignation, effective Jan. 1, 2011.

    In an exclusive interview Friday afternoon, Greiner confirmed he signed a three-year contract last week with Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) in Hazard, Ky. He will serve as the college’s president/CEO.

  • Ballet Opera Alliance makes holiday debut this weekend at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    Premier holiday performances of “Les Patineurs” and “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Ballet Opera Alliance will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    BOA is an organization formed in 2009 in Brunswick County, dedicated to providing a unique blend of professional community theater.

    BOA is an outgrowth of Amahl Productions, which performed throughout Brunswick County in several different churches for three consecutive years.

  • Christmas events are here and so is a chance for snow

    Towns across Brunswick County are welcoming the holiday season, just in time for cooler weather that is settling into the area.

    On Friday, highs are expected to reach only the lower 50s, with temperatures dropping near freezing Friday night.

    Cold temperatures will persist through the weekend. Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service, there is a chance of rain before 2 a.m. with the possibility it will change over to a light snow. No accumulation is expected.