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  • No-smoking bill passes house by wider margin than expected; now it goes to Senate

    The N.C. House of Representatives has passed a bill prohibiting smoking in public places. Now, it’s up to the Senate to decide its fate.

    The bill that passed includes several amendments to the original bill, but, for the most part, public places would still be smoke-free.

    The amendments allow smoking in tobacconist shops and in some food/lodging establishments—but only if they don’t serve anyone younger than 18, don’t have any employees younger than 18 and they agree to post a conspicuous sign outside stating the dangers of secondhand smoke.

  • Shallotte OKs Harley-Davidson event

    SHALLOTTE—The majority of town aldermen say Beach House Harley-Davidson’s weeklong grand opening celebration, planned to coincide with Bike Week in Myrtle Beach, S.C., will be a boon to the town’s economy.

    At Tuesday night’s meeting, the board voted 3-1 to approve owner Rick Noyes’ request for an eight-day event, running from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. May 10-16 and from noon to 8 p.m. May 17 on 27 acres adjacent to the store on U.S. 17.

    Alderman Walt Eccard cast the dissenting vote, and alderman John Kinlaw was absent.

  • Shallotte makes short list for state grant; sets public hearing

    SHALLOTTE—The town’s original application for a state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant to build a riverwalk has moved to the “short list” of applicants.

    Town administrator Paul Sabiston now has to submit a second application, and the public can express their opinions on the grant application during a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 before the town board’s regular meeting.

    The board of aldermen unanimously approved setting the public hearing at their meeting Tuesday night.

  • Three matches found for 8-year-old in need of new kidney

    Prayers have been answered for 8-year-old Jarrod Danka and his family—they have found a match willing to donate a live kidney.

    In fact, the family found three perfect matches, a rarity Jarrod’s doctors call “unbelievable.”

  • Plane crashes at Ocean Isle Airport

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A plane crash at the Ocean Isle Beach Airport resulted in minor injuries for the pilot and passenger involved.

    According to an incident report from the Ocean Isle Beach Police department, Sgt. Brian Higgins received a call of a plane crash around 5:40 p.m. Saturday.

    Daniel Moskovitz, 43, of Pound Ridge, Conn., and Lauren Busskohl, 33, of Stamford, Conn., were flying in a 1971 Cessna, when it crashed on the east end of runway 24 near Hale Swamp Road, according to the incident report.

  • Board approves uniforms for Lincoln, Belville and Town Creek Elementary Schools

    BOLIVIA—Three Brunswick County Schools will begin the 2009-2010 school year in a new dress code.

    The Board of Education gave approval for Lincoln, Belville and Town Creek Elementary Schools to implement school-wide uniform policies beginning in August.

    A group of teachers and administrators from Lincoln Elementary initially approached the board last month and asked the board to approve a school uniform policy.

  • Video included: Early-morning drug roundup nets 47 arrests, 99 charges

    BOLIVIA—The swift, early morning drug attack was launched before last Wednesday’s sun rose.

    By lunchtime, Wednesday, April 1, 45 drug suspects were booked, processed and in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center as part of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office countywide drug roundup. At press time Tuesday, 47 drug suspects were arrested, facing a total of 99 charges, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Marty Folding said.

  • Marine Patrol seizes illegal grouper catch

    Marine Patrol officers seized 12 illegally caught grouper Friday night, after staking out a Brunswick County fish house, waiting for the commercial fishing vessel Capt. Star.

    Marine Patrol Officers Jonathan Weaver and Jonathan Hall charged the boat’s captain, Milton Muellerweiss, 50, of Ocean Isle Beach, with engaging in a commercial fishing operation without being properly licensed and with exceeding the harvest limit for black and gag grouper.

  • Local officials, activists endorse competing annexation reform laws

    Competing bills in the state House and Senate address the controversial issue of involuntary annexation, something that has been debated locally for several years.

    The N.C. League of Municipalities recently announced support of bills in the House and Senate that would require towns to provide citizens with at least two of four major services before annexing, and other requirements while retaining towns’ rights to annex if needed.

  • Seeking stimulus money: County looks to cash in on stimulus grants, loans

    BOLIVIA—With two county water projects already in the pipeline to receive stimulus money, county commissioners have approved submitting three more projects to tap into additional stimulus funding.

    Commissioners previously approved submitting two shovel-ready water projects to the Public Water Supply Section of the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, which provides loans and grants for local governments for water projects.

    On Monday, commissioners OKed submitting three more projects for stimulus money.