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  • General Assembly members assigned to committees

    RALEIGH—Committee assignments have been made for members of the North Carolina General Assembly.

    Freshman Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, elected in November by the GOP caucus as freshman senate leader, was tapped as co-chair of the Senate transportation committee.

    Rabon will serve as vice-chair on the Senate finance committee and vice-chair of the appropriations subcommittee on transportations. In addition, Rabon will also serve on the healthcare, program evaluation and redistricting committees in the Senate.

  • Carolina Shores makes job offer for town administrator

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners has made a preliminary offer to a candidate to become the next town administrator.

    A board letter went out Tuesday offering the job to a candidate who is in the Carolinas, Mayor Stephen Selby said Tuesday, adding nothing has been finalized.

    “There is a man they’re very interested in,” Selby said, adding he’s trying to stay out of the process at this point until commissioners make a final decision.

    The man is one of three finalists interviewed by the town board last Thursday.

  • Brunswick Stew & Que has new locale and flavor Saturday

    The area’s annual Brunswick stew cook-off will be served with a slightly different flavor this year.

    For one thing, the third annual Brunswick Stew & Que, as it’s now called, will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in a larger location—the whole left side of the parking lot at Planet Fun/Starz Grille at 349 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    “It’s bigger than we’ve had in the past for this event,” says Kelly Mathews, program and event director for the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Meeting, retreat set next week in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Recommendations from town parking and streetscape committees are on the agenda of Sunset Beach Town Council’s regular called monthly meeting next Monday, Feb. 7.

    Council will also consider resolutions concerning the county curbside recycling concept and establishing policy to unseal closed meeting minutes.

    The meeting will include presentation of the town’s 2009-2010 auditor report, re-scheduled from January due to weather.

    The 7 p.m. meeting will be preceded by a 6:45 p.m. work session.

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  • Sunset Beach UDO meets Thursday, Feb. 3

    The Sunset Beach UDO Committee will meet at 9 a.m. this Thursday, Feb. 3.

    Discussion with land planner Landin Holland will be on the process for development of land use ordinances, and will be in place of the regular town planning board meeting.

    If you have any questions, call Cindy Nelson, administrator assistant in the Sunset Beach Inspections Department, at (910) 579-0068.

  • Sunset Beach parking committee makes final recommendations

    SUNSET BEACH—The town parking committee has drawn up final recommendations for future parking on the Sunset Beach island.

    At their Jan. 27 meeting, committee members combed through last-minute details on their list that will be forwarded to Sunset Beach Town Council for consideration.

    The committee favored 7-1 a permit system that would enable residents and town taxpayers to park for free while imposing fees for non-residential parking, with costs to be determined by the town.

  • Sunset Beach town official investigated for conflict of interest

    SUNSET BEACH—A state agency has been investigating a conflict-of-interest complaint filed against Sunset Beach Chief Building Inspector Jeff Curtis.

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance and Office of State Fire Marshal is investigating the complaint filed Dec. 3 by Michael Dean Woolard, a local heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractor from Sunset Beach, according to agency spokeswoman Kerry Hall.

  • Board members, superintendent visit county schools

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education and Superintendent Edward Pruden visited area schools Friday.

    Board vice-chairperson Charlie Miller said board members try to visit all schools as a group every year. Although scheduling time to visit 19 schools can be challenging, he said board members need to be visible and know what's going on inside classrooms.

  • Grants will bring dance, music to county students

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools is bringing in the arts.

    Connie Enis, fine arts education coordinator, announced at Tuesday’s curriculum meeting Brunswick County Schools has received two grants that will bring in performers at no cost to the school system.

  • School system plans community facility forums

    BOLIVIA—Forfeit a coffee pot or microwave, save a job.

    Reducing Brunswick County Schools’ annual utility bill is one way school officials can save money while facing another multi-million deficit during the upcoming fiscal year.

    Steve Miley, executive director of operations, told board of education members in attendance at Tuesday’s operations meeting the school system spends $2.5 million annually on utilities.

    “If we can save 20 percent, that’s a lot of money,” board member John Thompson said.