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  • Write-in candidate gets seat on Holden Beach board

    HOLDEN BEACH—Alan Holden will once again serve as mayor of Holden Beach.

    Holden, who was unopposed in his bid for mayor, was elected to his second term as mayor Tuesday night.

    Four incumbent candidates were also re-elected to the board of commissioners. One write-in candidate, Dennis Harrington, secured enough votes to become the board’s newcomer.

  • New mayors in four towns

    Brunswick County polls are closed. All results below are unofficial tallies.

    With three of three precincts reporting in Shallotte, Sara McCullough has sizably defeated Paula Pease for mayor. McCullough brought in about 89 percent of the vote.

    It was a tight race for three seats on the Shallotte Board of Aldermen. With three of three precincts reporting, the three top voter getters unofficially are Walt Eccard, Carson Durham IV and Alan Lewis.

    Gene Vasile was next in votes followed by Jo Anna Simmons and Michael Pease, respectively.

  • Sunset Beach continues with garbage rollback ordinance

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has indicated it will continue with its garbage rollback ordinance and subsequent $25 fine for violations.

    Island homeowner Michael Rahman spoke out against the ordinance at Monday night’s monthly town council meeting but was cut short after Mayor Ronald Klein said public comments are limited to three minutes.

    Klein said Rahman could speak again during a second public comment time at the end of the meeting, but Rahman said he had to drive back to Winston-Salem and did not stay for the remainder of the meeting.

  • 'Personal' comments faulted in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—One day before the town election, a heated exchange ensued when town commission candidate Gere Dale spoke during public comment time at a town board workshop Monday.

    Dale said he wanted to apologize to town commissioner Joyce Dunn for erroneously attributing a statement to her that was actually made by town commissioner John Russo about contacting people to see if they favor having a town events center.

  • Humane Society meeting set for Nov. 16 in Brunswick County

    The Humane Society of the United States is having a grassroots animal advocate meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. meeting room.

    HSUS will inform residents about current animal advocate issues and how to be a participant in the community. The meeting open to the public and all who are interested in animal issues and advocacy programs.

    BEMC is at 795 Ocean Highway north of Shallotte.

  • Man jailed for attempted armed robbery in Carolina Shores

    A suspect is in jail in connection with an attempted armed robbery last Friday morning in the Carolina Commons shopping center in Carolina Shores.

    Sheriff’s office spokesman Del Routh said Richard Tyler Borrelli, 21, of 356 Ridgewood Drive, Calabash, is being held in connection with an attempted armed robbery reported at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Subway restaurant, 9869 Ocean Highway West. On Tuesday, Borrelli, arrested Nov. 4, was still in the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $150,000 bond. He is charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

  • Shelter dog-walking on Brunswick health agenda Monday

    “Walking the dog” could become a reality if Brunswick County health officials approve an idea to allow for such an exercise program at the local animal shelter.

    The Brunswick County environmental health committee will consider the proposal at its upcoming meeting at 6:30 p.m. next Monday, Nov. 14, in Bolivia.

    Brunswick County Health Director David Stanley said at issue is an idea to allow volunteers to participate at the shelter, which the committee will review and discuss a second time.

  • Biotechnology company to create 52 jobs in county

    A biotechnology company plans to create 52 jobs in Brunswick County.

    On Thursday, Nov. 4, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue has announced CMS Food Solutions Inc., which she described as an “owner of an innovative proprietary food safety technology,” plans to open a manufacturing facility in Leland.

    The manufacturing facility is expected to create 52 jobs, and Perdue said the company expects to invest more than $4 million in the Leland plant.

    Brunswick County Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw said officials hope to open the plant by March 2012.

  • Commissioners approve DENR study on potable water supply

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved a resolution supporting a study by the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) into the region’s long-term potable water supply.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing told commissioners the resolution had previously been adopted by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority.

  • 'Booze It & Lose It' nets 758 DWI arrests

    State and local law enforcement officers cited 758 motorists for driving while impaired (DWI) during the “Booze It & Lose It” Halloween campaign.

    During the statewide campaign, which ran Oct. 28-31, officers issued 20,786 criminal citations statewide.

    “It is important to remove drivers under the influence from our roadways. The Governor’s Highway Safety Program, along with state and local law enforcement officers, is dedicated to preventing crashes and making our roadways safer,” N.C. Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said.