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  • Don’t let tax season be a burden

    Tax season can be overwhelming.

    This year it doesn’t have to be. The AARP Tax-Aide is offering free tax preparation to elderly and low-income clients throughout the county.

    Brunswick County locations are set up in Shallotte, Calabash, Leland, Oak Island, Southport and Boiling Spring Lakes. In Shallotte, taxes are being prepared at Rourk Library 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays.

    The program is volunteer-run and offers free tax assistance. Volunteers began filing taxes on Feb. 1 and will continue until April 18.

  • Black History Month program honors Abraham Galloway

    SOUTHPORT—On Feb. 13, 1837, Abraham H. Galloway was born into slavery in Smithville (known today as Southport).

    Galloway’s mother was a 17-year-old slave. His father was a white son of a wealthy Brunswick County planter. Galloway was trained as a brick mason and allowed to work independently as long as he paid his owner $15 a month.

    In June 1857 Galloway escaped North Carolina on a ship headed for Canada where he became a spokesman for abolition. As the Civil War began, Galloway became an intelligence agent for Union officers.

  • Relay for Life

    The 2011 Relay for Life of Brunswick County event is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 13 until 11 a.m. May 14 at West Brunswick High School.

    “We expect over a thousand participants based on our numbers in the past,” said Alicia Sides, Relay for Life committee member.

    Relay for Life is a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, with funds supporting ongoing research programs and supporting local outreach programs.

  • Brunswick County ripe for new industries

    BOLIVIA—The potential for economic growth in Brunswick County in 2011 is promising, according to a recent report by the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission (EDC).

    The EDC reported an increase in prospect inquiries and visits in 2010 as well as an increase in industrial leads.

  • Shallotte may get a new New Year's Eve celebration

    SHALLOTTE—The “spirit of the Shallotte Board of Aldermen” is with a local committee attempting to bring First Night to downtown Shallotte.

    First Night, a non-alcoholic, family oriented New Year’s Eve celebration, started 35 years ago in Boston, Ma. The event has taken root and spread to 75 cities and towns across America.

    In North Carolina, both Raleigh and Charlotte host First Night events.

  • Shallotte Board of Aldermen retreat

    SHALLOTTE—During Shallotte’s annual retreat Wednesday, Feb. 23, the public works department informed aldermen of the need for waterline expansion in anticipation of future commercial growth.

    The utilities department would like the town to consider extending waterlines in areas where future growth appears likely. The main area of concern is being called the “North End Waterline Extension” along U.S. 17 business.

  • Shallotte Golden Corral will have to wait another month

    SHALLOTTE–Golden Corral will have to wait another month before aldermen review site plans.

    At the start of the monthly board of aldermen meeting, two items were removed from the agenda per request of the applicant including approval of the preliminary plat and approval of the final plat at West Park Plaza. Both items involved steps needed to move the Golden Corral project forward.

    The proposed Golden Corral business planned building group is in the West Park Plaza site off U.S. 17 at Harley Davidson Drive.

  • Municipalities to receive property values by Friday, March 11

    Brunswick County Tax Administrator Tom Davis is taking “one final good look” at the county’s property values this week.

    Three and half years in the making, the  2011 countywide property revaluation is three or four days from completion, Davis said.

    Brunswick County’s preliminary tax base is valued at $24 billion, down some $9.5 billion from the current fiscal year’s tax value of $33.6 billion.

  • DSS board narrows candidates down to two finalists

    BOLIVIA—Of the 50 applications received for Brunswick County Social Services Director, 21 of those were eligible.

    Of the 21 eligible candidates, DSS board members and interim DSS Director Neil Walters interviewed five candidates—three candidates Friday, Feb. 25, and another two candidates Monday, Feb. 28.

    Of the five candidates interviewed, the field was narrowed down to two finalists Monday afternoon.

    The two finalists will be interviewed again, but a date has  not yet been set, Walters said.

  • ‘World guy’ travels the globe spreading diabetes awareness

    SHALLOTTE—Erik Bendel wants to change the world—one step at a time.

    The Louisville, Ky., resident has been walking throughout the southeastern United States since Jan. 10, when he began his journey in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    Bendl has walked more than 2,500 miles in about 22 different states during the past few years for a single message—diabetes is avoidable and controllable.