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  • Board to have final reading on uniform policy

    The Brunswick County Board of Education will have a second and final reading of a uniform policy at its June 2 meeting. Students at Belville, Lincoln and Town Creek elementary schools will be required to wear uniforms when the 2009-2010 school year begins this August.

    The board approved uniforms for the three schools in April, after a group of teachers and administrators from Lincoln Elementary initially approached the board and asked for approval for implementation of a school-wide uniform policy.

  • Sign of the times

    Employees at The Sign Shoppe in Supply display the new 34-foot long boat ‘wrap’ they created and placed on this boat belonging to Fulford Heating and Air. Shop owner Jerome Munna said boat wraps have been popular in bigger cities for years, and his store now has the technology to do it, as well. His employee, Bridget Cox, designed the ‘King Creecher’ sign to fit the perimeter of the boat. ‘It took all five of us to get the decal on it,’ he said, noting, ‘I’m proud of my staff. It looks great.’

  • Art, winners showcased at Waterway Association's annual exhibition

    CALABASH—The work of more than 50 artists was featured at the Waterway Art Association’s 18th Annual Art Exhibition.

    Awards were announced at an opening reception of the five-day show at Sunset River Studio on May 21.

    The Best in Show award went to North Myrtle Beach, S.C., pastel artist Jane Staszak for an untitled work.

    The People’s Choice winner was Jerry Wickersham of Ocean Ridge for his oil painting, “Broadside.”

  • BCC satellite facility still in the works

    A new campus center for southwestern Brunswick County is still in the works after being delayed by zoning that has since been resolved, a spokeswoman with Brunswick Community College said last week.

    Construction was tentatively slated to begin this year for the planned 7,000-8,000-square-foot facility on undeveloped property off Thomasboro Road, about a half-mile east of U.S. 17.

    BCC spokeswoman Liz McLean said rezoning has been completed of the site, as well as a schematic design for the facility.

  • Tribute paid at Memorial Day ceremonies to those who gave all

    World War II veterans Bud Sweetman and Tom Koester and Vietnam veteran Ray Ryan had front-row seats as they took part in the annual Memorial Day ceremony Monday in Calabash.

    All three wore garb from their respective branches of military service—longtime blood donor Sweetman from the U.S. Army’s Second Division and Ryan in his 101st Airborne Division uniform.

    Koester, who turns 85 on July 13, was attired in his 1940s Navy uniform that still fits him fine.

  • Holden Beach Commissioners have first budget workshop

    Holden Beach Commissioners must decide whether to keep or return about a million dollars the town has borrowed, they said at their first budget workshop Tuesday afternoon in town hall.

    “The question now is to put the money back where it came from so it will paint a true picture of what things cost and we’ll have cash reserves on hand,” Mayor Alan Holden said. “You’ve got to have cash money in reserve.”

  • Delayed financial statements sparks letter from government commission

    The Town of Holden Beach received a letter of reprimand Friday from the Local Government Commission finance division of the Department of the State Treasurer.

    The letter resulted from LGC analysis of the town’s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2008.

    The letter, dated May 18, was addressed to the mayor. Holden Beach Commissioners saw it after it arrived this week.

  • Senator acknowledges federal probes of Easley, Edwards

    U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has asked President Barack Obama to allow U.S. Attorney George Holding to remain in office to continue with the federal investigation of two former North Carolina officials.

    In doing so, Hagan confirmed the federal probe of former Gov. Mike Easley and former U.S. Sen. John Edwards.

    “Back in March, I announced the formation of a statewide review panel to help screen federal nominees of whom all North Carolinians, regardless of their political affiliation, will be proud,” Hagan said.

  • Sheriff's substation grand opening today

    A grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Brunswick County Sheriff's Office South Substation took place this morning, Tuesday, May 26, at Carolina Shores Resort, 10176 Beach Drive in Calabash.

    Across the street from a bank, the newly opened Brunswick County Sheriff’s Substation is already a welcome presence in the Carolina Shores Resort condominium complex.

  • Emergency services department launches new initiatives for 2009 hurricane season

    BOLIVIA—Whether it’s Ana, Joaquin, Odette or Wanda that makes landfall in Brunswick County, emergency officials are ready for whatever the 2009 hurricane season may bring.

    Hurricane season begins June 1, and Brunswick County Emergency Services Department officials have unveiled a several new initiatives to ensure all residents are prepared and safe during a hurricane.

    From a new Web site, to a social media application, to two new shelter plans, emergency officials are prepared for the 2009 hurricane season.