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  • Chamber collects clothing for S.C. fire victims

    SHALLOTTE—Hours after sending out an e-mail to collect clothing for fire victims in South Carolina, Cathy Altman was greeted with a surprise last Friday morning.

    “People were here this morning,” said Altman, president of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

    When chamber employees opened the door, bagfuls of assorted clothes in all sizes and shapes were “just pouring in.”

    By lunchtime, Altman had filled her car with bags to carry a first load to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for distribution by the American Red Cross.

  • Shallotte Middle teacher named best of the best

    For the second year in a row, the Brunswick County Teacher of the Year is from Shallotte Middle School.

    Daniel Richardson was awarded the honor at a luncheon Friday, succeeding his fellow teacher, Michelle Bennett.

    Richardson was selected Teacher of the Year by a judging panel who interviewed and critiqued all 18 county Teachers of the Year. Each nominee was required to submit a portfolio of past work and accomplishments. In his portfolio, Richardson wrote that he was “put on this Earth to be a teacher.”

  • Local firefighters, emergency personnel assist with S.C. fires

    CALABASH—The Calabash Fire Department and three Brunswick County fire task forces and other emergency personnel headed to Horry County, S.C., last week to help battle blazing wildfires that have destroyed more than 19,000 acres.

    Calabash Fire Chief Carl Naecker said firefighters from his department were dispatched to provide relief for Horry County firefighters last Wednesday, April 22, the day the fire broke out.

  • One child left behind

    First reported on www.brunswickbeacon.com at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 24

    Five Brunswick County Schools employees are on paid suspension after a special needs student was left behind at a Wilmington park last Thursday.

  • Highway patrol investigates two traffic fatalities

    Troopers with the N.C. State Highway Patrol recently investigated two traffic fatalities in Brunswick County.

    On Saturday evening, a 25-year-old Supply woman was killed on N.C. 179 south of Shallotte, Sgt. C.C. Albritton said. According to Albritton, Jerricka Elizabeth Blanton, 25, was driving a 1993 Toyota passenger vehicle south on N.C. 179 at about 55 mph when she crossed the center lane and struck an on-coming vehicle around 8:54 p.m. Saturday.

  • Local agent youngest in state to earn Century 21 award

    LOCKWOOD FOLLY—Jabin Norris says he began his real estate career about the same day the local market began its downturn.

    At 23 years old, Norris has been working as an agent since September of 2006. He recently received one of Century 21’s top honors for 2008—The Centurion Award, presented to agents who produce $209,000 in sales production or 60 closed transactions. Norris has been working at Century 21 Anne Arnold near Holden Beach since October.

    According to Century 21, he is the youngest person in the state to earn the distinction.

  • Dog adoptions still suspended at shelter

    SUPPLY—Brunswick County Animal Shelter officials will meet next week to determine whether and when the shelter will resume allowing dog adoptions.

    The shelter suspended dog adoptions March 31 after several dogs developed a respiratory illness that lab results confirmed as distemper.

    The suspension period originally was for two weeks but has been extended to prevent spread of the canine distemper virus and ensure it has been halted.

    “We’re just being safe,” shelter director David Swain said Tuesday.

  • Ordinance updates continue in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Work on a sign ordinance update continues at town hall, assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut said at a planning and zoning board workshop Monday.

    Chestnut said she has been working with Penny Tysinger, planning director with the Cape Fear Council of Governments, to review “technical” wording and work toward making text more clear and in some cases more flexible.

  • Ingram Planetarium theater goes dark for digital installation

    SUNSET BEACH—Ingram Planetarium’s Sky Theater has temporarily closed this week for installation of a new high-definition digital projection system slated to make its public debut May 23.

    Scott Kucera, executive director of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation that oversees the Sunset Beach planetarium, said it would be the world’s third SciDome high definition digital projection system.

    The planetarium, which turns seven years old in May, is trading in its old analog system for the new system, the final part of a three-phase $255,000 project.

  • Tax task force, county commissioners move forward for tax relief for senior citizens

    BOLIVIA—A new county tax task force established at the request of county commissioner Charles Warren has presented county commissioners with its first recommendation.

    At their meeting last week, county commissioners approved a resolution presented by the task force, which would increase property tax exemption amounts for Brunswick County’s senior citizens.