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  • Governor signs bill banning smoking in restaurants/bars

    Beginning next year, smokers will have to go outside to smoke when dining out or going out for a drink.

    Gov. Bev Perdue on Tuesday signed a bill that would eliminate smoking in all restaurants and bars in the state as well as state government buildings.

    Last week, the N.C. House voted to concur with the Senate version of the original House bill, “Prohibit Smoking in Certain Public Places,” banning smoking in restaurants and bars but stopped short of prohibiting it in all workplaces, as was originally proposed.

  • Investigation into wreck continues

    No charges have been filed in the May 7 wreck that killed two West Brunswick High School students and injured three others.

    According to Sgt. T.T. Daniels of the N.C. Highway Patrol, Joseph Moreno, 17, was driving east on Royal Oak Road around 11:30 p.m. May 7, when he crossed the centerline, overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle then hit a ditch and overturned several times.

    Jacob Moseley died that night. Caleb Hawkins died Wednesday, May 13, after being listed in critical condition for nearly a week at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

  • Family, friends remember WBHS students killed in wreck

    SHALLOTTE—Family and friends of Jake Moseley and Caleb Hawkins, two West Brunswick High School students who died as the result of a fatal car crash earlier this month, gathered last week for a night of remembrance at First Baptist Church in Shallotte.

    Siblings, classmates and friends all shared their favorite memories of the two boys, who were best remembered as fun-loving, kind-hearted people who left a lasting impression on everyone who knew them.

  • Murder-for-hire suspect paroled

    After serving less than five years of his 21-year prison sentence for murder, David Trent Evans has been paroled.

    Evans, 45, of Ash, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in September 2004 as part of a murder-for-hire scheme, was paroled April 30 as part of the state’s Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP.)

    According to North Carolina Department of Corrections records, Evans is in Brunswick County.

  • County approves refinancing bond terms

    BOLVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved refinancing about $25 million worth of bonds.

    County finance director Ann Hardy said the approval refinanced the county’s rate, but did not extend the term of any of the bonds.

    “It appears that savings are in the range of about $700,000 over the life of the bond,” Hardy said, which comes to about $70,000 in savings per year.

  • Bridge jumper costs taxpayers thousands; charged with filing a false report

    OAK ISLAND—Oak Island Fire Chief John House said the man who jumped off Oak Island Bridge last Friday cost taxpayers between $15,000-$20,000. Police Chief Van Eddinger said the stunt probably cost closer to $30,000.

    While the total price tag of 22-year-old Samuel Weston Holley’s jump from the Oak Island Bridge into the Intracoastal Waterway has not been tallied, Holley has been charged with filing a false police report.

  • District attorney’s office facing state budget cuts

    BOLIVIA—District attorney Rex Gore said the district attorney’s office is facing the same budget cuts as all other state departments across North Carolina, including a .5-percent pay cut for all state employees.

    Gore, as an elected official, is not subject to the salary decrease, but said he asked to have the pay cut applied to his salary so he is affected just like his 27 employees.

    “I was going to stand with my workers and the staff and the [assistant district attorneys]. We’re all in it together,” he said.

  • Representative: Habitual felon bill killed in House committee

    A bill in the N.C. State House of Representatives that would soften the state’s habitual felon act was ushered into committee last week.

    Rep. Bonner Stiller, R-Brunswick, said he hoped the bill would remain there—never to see a vote on the house floor.

    House Bill 1360, introduced by Rep. Phillip Haire, D-Haywood, would change the definition and scope of the state’s habitual felon law.

  • Bridge re-opening delayed on N.C. 179

    Detour-takers will have to keep detouring down Hale Swamp Road for about another month since bridge replacement work on N.C. 179 has not been finished.

    Replacement of the span and roadwork that began last November was scheduled for completion May 15, but the work has not been finished, Wardell Brown, a project inspector for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said at the site Tuesday morning.

    Brown said “nothing in particular” has led to the delay that is estimated to take about another month.

  • Commissioners declare developers' performance guarantees in default

    BOLIVIA—After a closed session Monday night, Brunswick County Commissioners declared several performance guarantees in default.

    The performance guarantees, required by the county and signed by developers, are required for the completion of certain infrastructure projects such as roads, water supplies, curbs, gutters, sewer supplies and stormwater requirements.

    If any of the properties in a subdivision are sold, the developer must guarantee completion of the infrastructure prior to the sales, according to a Brunswick County Commissioners’ board action item.