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  • “Ironman Grandpa” walks through Shallotte on his trek to Maine

    SHALLOTTE—The Shallotte Fire Department had an unexpected over night guest on Tuesday.

    “The chamber called on Tuesday and said there was a 72-year old man walking along US 17 from Key West to Maine,” said Paul Dunwell, Shallotte fire chief.

    Dunwell did a little online research and found the story of Al Slusser and immediately offered for the veteran a place to stay for the night at the firehouse. The fire department picked Slusser up at the rest area in Shallotte and brought him and his traveling cart back to settle in for the evening.

  • Ocean Isle Beach approves budget

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The 2011-2012 fiscal year budget has officially been approved in Ocean Isle Beach.

    During a meeting Tuesday morning that lasted less than 10 minutes, commissioners approved the budget with a less-than-revenue-neutral tax rate of 13 cents per $100 of property valuation.

  • Want to be a founding member of the Shallotte American Legion?

    SHALLOTTE—Jimmy Bedsole has never been a member of the American Legion but he would like to be and he certainly earned his right to be serving in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1971.

    “The closest charters are in Leland and Calabash,” Bedsole said.

    But he and others who live in the Shallotte, Holden Beach and Supply areas don’t want to have to drive half an hour or more to attend meetings. Bedsole is trying to start a post based in Shallotte.

  • Survey says ‘we have a good thing going in Brunswick County’

    LELAND—The people of northern Brunswick County want more shopping and dining choices, a movie theater and better access to Wilmington.

    The North Brunswick Chamber released the results of its 2011 Citizen survey. The chamber surveyed 237 people to obtain feedback on issues that impact northern Brunswick County.

    Issues included in the survey include: the state of the economy, the proposed port in Southport, residents’ shopping habits and the greatest challenges facing northern Brunswick County.

  • Rabies vaccinations are needed

    A knock at my front door could have changed my life—and, no, it wasn’t Ed McMahon or the Prize Patrol.

    A couple of weeks ago, I was home in the late afternoon thinking about taking a nap, when my cat started to growl in my face. Now for my scaredy attack cat, Lil’ lil that could mean only one thing—stranger danger.

    Every time someone approaches my front door, he jumps in my face and growls until he knows I know someone is lurking. He then runs and hides in the nearest closet or under the bed, but nonetheless, he is my little watchdog.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Jessica Lee Barnes, 31, 2114 Warren Landing Road, Supply, was arrested for larceny; suspect was a passenger in vehicle that was stopped. Barnes had a warrant for her arrest.

  • Openings remain open in Calabash—for now

    CALABASH—The town has yet to hire a new town administrator or fill a recent vacancy on the town board of commissioners.

    But it may be getting closer to hiring a new town administrator.

    Forrest King, town commissioner and mayor pro tem, said last week the candidacy for a new town administrator has been narrowed down to one individual.

    “We’re trying to confirm with that person that they’re still available,” King said last Friday.

  • Saunders-owned MAS Properties sues Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—MAS Properties, one of the many development companies owned by prominent local developer Mark Saunders, has sued Brunswick County.

    The lawsuit, filed June 8 in Brunswick County Superior Court, names MAS Properties and Squire’s CG, LLC, as plaintiffs in the suit against Brunswick County over a water line easement.

    According to the lawsuit, MAS Properties purchased 20.24 acres that fronted the Intracoastal Waterway in 2006. In 2008, that 20-acre parcel was conveyed to Squire’s.

  • Sunset Beach work session set for next Tuesday morning

    SUNSET BEACH—The first of new three-hour monthly work sessions approved last month by town council is slated for next Tuesday from 9 a.m.-noon at town hall.

    The sessions are scheduled during those hours on the third Tuesdays of each month to discuss town business prior to monthly meetings on the first Mondays of each month.

    Council’s next monthly meeting will take place Monday, June 27, in lieu of the Fourth of July holiday the following week.

  • GOP plus five Dems override Perdue’s budget veto

    RALEIGH—Five Democrats crossed party lines last week to join Republicans as they voted to override N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue’s budget veto.

    On Sunday, June 12, the first-term Democrat governor vetoed the GOP-led budget, for the first time in the state’s history.

    In her veto announcement, Perdue accused the legislature of “turning its back on our schools, our children, our longstanding investments in education and our future economic prospects.”