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  • Snow forecast for Brunswick this weekend

    Could Brunswick Countians wake up to snow Saturday morning? It's possible.

    On Thursday, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for Brunswick County. Around 4 p.m. Friday the watch will become a warning as a possible snow-producing weather system moves into the area.

  • Shallotte appoints Hughes as new town administrator

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen has appointed longtime public works director Albert Hughes as the town’s new full-time administrator.

    Hughes had been serving in the position on an interim basis since former administrator Paul Sabiston resigned last summer.

    The aldermen met Thursday night and, after about 20 minutes in closed session, returned to open session and voted to appoint Hughes to the position. Alderman Walt Eccard abstained from voting, saying he had no problem with Hughes but wanted to go through the interview process before making a decision.

  • West Brunswick performs play in honor of Black History Month

    In honor of Black History Month, West Brunswick High School will perform "Color'd Television," featuring episodes of "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons," "Good Times," and "A Different World."

    Director Bill Negron said the show serves as a snapshot of the past, and although on television, depicts how society has changed and grown to become more accepting of different races throughout the past several decades.

    "It's the best kind of measurement on social developments," he said.

  • Board narrows superintendent applications to 10 candidates

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has narrowed the search for the next superintendent to 10 candidates from the pool of 34 applications they received earlier this month.

    Board members met Thursday afternoon and selected the top 10 applicants for the position. Chairperson Bud Thorsen said the 10 will be interviewed over the course of three days beginning March 12.

  • Finances, capital improvements on Sunset Beach retreat agenda next Tuesday

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—A five-year financial forecast and capital improvements discussion are among agenda items scheduled at Sunset Beach Town Council’s budget retreat set for Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Sea Trail.

    The six-member council, along with town staff led by town administrator Gary Parker, is also slated to discuss budget preparation, beach parking and restrooms, street paving, a bike and pedestrian plan and hiring additional police officers.

    The daylong session is open to the public.

  • Election 2010: Redwine files for state Senate

    Who will replace State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. to represent District 8 in the North Carolina Senate?

    Since Soles, the state’s longest serving legislator, announced he planned to end his 35-year run in Raleigh at the end of the term amid a criminal trial and at least one other pending investigation, all eyes have been on who will succeed Soles to represent Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties.

    Republican Bettie Fennell, who lost to Soles when she challenged him in 2008, announced she planned to run for his seat once again.

  • Wind advisory in effect for Wednesday

     It's going to be a windy Wednesday in Brunswick County.

    The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory that will be in effect from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday. A low pressure system is forecast to intensify off the coast, bringing strong winds to the area.

    Wind speeds of 25-35 mph are expected to develop during the morning and will stick around through early evening. Occasional wind gusts could be as high as 45 mph, according to NWS.

  • Shallotte Planning Board sets priorities to line up with vision plan

    The Shallotte Planning Board has set its priority list for 2010, and most of the priorities revolve around lining up town ordinances with the 10-year vision plan. The board of aldermen adopted the town’s vision plan in 2008.

    The most overarching goals on the list, including updating the central business zoning district, will probably take three or four years to complete, planning board chairman Dennis Winters said this week.

  • Tree-protection amendment, definitions tabled in Calabash

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CALABASH—Should town trees be measured in calipers or calibers, and what is the difference?

    Why not just adopt a term for tree protection that everyone can understand, like “diameter,” a resident suggested.

    Town commissioners decided to table a proposed tree-protection amendment and natural resources definitions Tuesday night to clarify details.

    Town clerk Kelley Southward said the correct term is “caliber,” having to do with diameter.

  • ELECTION 2010: Contenders seeking state judicial seats

    STAFF REPORT

    Robert C. (Bob) Hunter of Raleigh filed Monday for election to an eight-year term as associate justice to the North Carolina Supreme Court in the nonpartisan race. The seat is currently held by Ed Brady.

    In N.C. Court of Appeals races, nonpartisan candidate Jane Gray of Raleigh filed Monday for a seat currently held by Ann Marie Calabria.

    Leto Copeley of Hillsborough filed Monday for another N.C. Court of Appeals seat currently held by Rick Elmore.