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  • Water quality swimming alert lifted for Sunset Beach

    The state Division of Environmental Health today lifted a water quality swimming alert at an ocean-side site in Brunswick County.

    Subsequent sampling of the site shows that bacteria levels have dropped below the state and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards set for swimming and water play.

  • Robbery at Long's Garage

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery at Long's Garage on Holden Beach Road near Shallotte this morning.

    Law enforcement officers were interviewing the employees and roping off the area with crime-scene tape at about 9 a.m.

    Garage owner James Long said he didn't see the thief. He left the front office for a moment, and when he came back inside a customer handed him some money, thinking someone had dropped it. Long then noticed the business's money box, containing $1,200, had been turned over and all the money taken out.

  • Economy forces founder to put SOAR pet shelter up for sale

    Jeannine Friday-Bicknell hoped it wouldn’t come to this.

    But the economy is forcing the founder of Southport /Oak Island Animal Rescue to put the three-acre nonprofit, no-kill facility up for sale.

    Financially, SOAR is in terrible shape, Friday-Bicknell said this week.

    As the economy has floundered in recent years, she said she continued to put $50,000 toward the facility to pay for its upkeep, pet care and workers’ salaries.

  • Calabash commissioners adopt UDO ordinance

    CALABASH—After four years of review and revision, the town board of commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved adopting a new Unified Development Ordinance.

    The board approved a resolution for the new code of ordinances that compose the UDO as a “standalone land development document,” as discussed at a June 22 hearing.

  • Board presented with a 400-signature petition to keep principal

    Despite showing up with 400 signatures of people requesting Patricia Rourk remain principal at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School, a personnel list released Tuesday night by the Brunswick County Board of Education showed no sign of her return.

  • New West Brunswick High School principal announced

    BOLIVIA—Students at West Brunswick High School will walk into school on Aug. 25 and see a new face behind the principal’s desk.

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education named Jamal Woods as principal Tuesday night. Woods begins work July 19.

    “I’m just excited to be down here, and I look forward to working with the West Brunswick community,” Woods said.

  • Town adopts draft water shortage response plan, now accepting public comment

    HOLDEN BEACH—Town commissioners have adopted a draft water shortage response plan. They are now asking the public to review the document at town hall and make comments before the final draft is adopted.

    At Tuesday night’s town board meeting, commissioners unanimously adopted the draft, which includes several stages of shortage response including voluntary reductions, mandatory reductions, emergency reductions and water rationing in the event of a water shortage.

  • Nonprofit interest in animal shelter considered

    A nonprofit group has expressed interest in taking over operations of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter, county health director Don Yousey says.

    Yousey, who presented the idea at a county health board meeting Monday night, said he’s willing to consider the offer by local businesswoman Cheri McLain, who’s in the process of obtaining nonprofit status for her new organization, Rescue Animals Community Effort (R.A.C.E.).

  • Bolivia house fire cause investigated

    Firefighters are still trying to determine the cause of a fire Monday night that partially damaged a house in Bolivia.

    The fire, which occurred between 5 and 7 p.m. at 933 Green Lewis Road, destroyed the front portion of the house where the fire broke out, Bolivia assistant fire chief Travis Murrell said.

    A family who lives in the house wasn’t at home when the fire occurred, Murrell said.

    The fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes, he said, as a thunderstorm moved in.

  • Carolina Shores administrator makes 'positive' statement

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town administrator Linda Herncane says she is overwhelmed with support she has received in recent weeks.

    “I am 61 years old and have never had a parking ticket,” Herncane said, reading from a prepared statement at the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting July 8.