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  • DA David appeals judge’s traffic court order

    RALEIGH—District Attorney Jon David has fired back.

    Thursday morning in Raleigh, David filed a petition in the North Carolina Court of Appeals appealing an April 15 administrative order issued by Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly.

    Dick Ellis, spokesperson for the N.C. Court of Appeals, said the petition appealed Jolly’s administrative order, which, among other things, ordered a stay on a fledging traffic court program started by David.

  • Holden Beach property tax value likely to increase

    To achieve a revenue-neutral budget, Holden Beach officials are looking at a 12.7 or 13 percent tax rate per $100 of property value for the coming budget year.

    The current tax rate is 6.9 percent.

    “The revenue-neutral is less than double the current rate,” Mayor Alan Holden said at a budget workshop in town hall Tuesday afternoon. “We’re by no means through studying this thing.”

    Because of the recession, Holden Beach property values fell 45-47 percent during the 2011 revaluation performed by Brunswick County officials.

  • VA signs lease for Brunswick veterans clinic

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., on Monday announced a lease has been signed for the new Veterans Administration (VA) clinic in Brunswick County.

    The clinic is scheduled to open the first week of August.

    “Today we take a huge step forward to the reality of a new veterans clinic in Brunswick County. This new clinic will provide valuable services to the veterans population and honor their commitment and service to the nation,” McIntyre said.

  • Professional athletes from around country reach out to local boy during his time of loss

    SUPPLY—The last few weeks have been anything but typical for 11-year-old London Chandler Robinson.

    On Wednesday, May 4, he received tragic news that his mother, Heidi Robinson, had fallen 14 stories from a hotel balcony to her death. Two years ago on June 6, London’s father, Mark Walker, passed away from heart complications.

    London lives with longtime family friends Kelley and Tommy Robinson, and they are seeing to it that London keeps a smile on his face.

  • 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.

     

    •Shaqjitta Shanee Jones, 18, of 302 East Oak Island Drive, was arrested for simple assault in the Shallotte Crossing parking lot. After a wreck in the parking lot, police discovered a fight.

  • Ronald McDonald House fundraiser is Sunday

    SUPPLY—Eight-month-old Jordyn Rylee Quent’s will to survive has surprised even the doctors.

    Diagnosed at birth as having a severe immune system deficiency, doctors ran tests and found that her immunoglobulin levels were undetectable.

    “We were told this meant she had no immune system and the smallest infection could kill her,” Kristina Schaible said. “We thought she was literally going to be a bubble baby.”

    Doctors immediately rushed the family to Chapel Hill for further testing.

  • Nine of 22 nonprofits approved for funding in county budget

    BOLIVIA—Of the 22 nonprofit organizations that requested funding in the 2011-2012 fiscal year county budget, nine have been recommended for funding.

    On Monday night, Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing unveiled a proposed $190 million operating budget to county commissioners.

    Total recommended funding for nonprofits is down from the current fiscal year.

    Twenty-two nonprofit organizations requested $868,000 in funding, and Lawing recommended $357,000, down from the current fiscal year’s total of $421,000.

  • McIntyre views bin Laden photos

    As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., was one of the few people selected to view photographs of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

    McIntyre traveled to Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters in Langley, Va., last Friday, May 13, to view the photos.

    U.S. Navy SEALs killed the longtime terror leader and mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks in Pakistan on May 1, President Barack Obama announced later that evening.

  • Traffic plan to ease congestion at West Brunswick entrance

    BOLIVIA—If approved by members of the Brunswick County Board of Education, a new traffic pattern could soon ease traffic concerns at West Brunswick High School.

    Craig Eckert, director of capital projects and planning for Brunswick County Schools, presented a recommendation to board members at Tuesday’s operations committee meeting, which would award a contract for traffic, storm water and sewer improvements to Landmark Grading Inc.

  • Local engineer to embark on yearlong mission trip to Uganda

    Rose McPherson’s life was changed earlier this year when she went on a mission trip to Uganda—so much so that she is preparing to head back on a yearlong trip.

    After reading the book “Outlive Your Life” last fall, McPherson felt compelled to go on a mission trip and do something that would make a difference in the lives of others. After turning to Google to find out how to use her talents, she came across Engineering Ministries International (EMI). The Colorado-based organization coincidentally was hosting a conference in Asheville soon after.