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  • Calabash's first New Year's Eve bonfire a hot success

    CALABASH—Town leaders have agreed the town’s first New Year’s Eve bonfire was an overwhelming success.

    Calabash Mayor Mary Knight even awarded a plaque at Tuesday night’s monthly town board of commissioners meeting to longtime town services employee Jim McCartney. He was recognized for all of his help with the festive celebration that took place on the Calabash riverfront.

    McCartney, who also works with the Calabash Fire Department, later said he had plenty of help from others.

  • Senate overrides veto of Racial Justice Act repeal

    RALEIGH—Members of the North Carolina Senate have voted to override N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of their repeal of the state’s Racial Justice Act.

    The senate voted 31 votes to 19 votes to override Perdue’s veto. The override received the required 30 votes to move to the State House for override consideration, but that is not on the House calendar.

  • Commissioners take up local voter ID measure; urge Republicans to override governor’s veto

    BOLIVIA—“May I see your ID?”

    Voters in Brunswick County might hear those words at the polls during an upcoming election—if a measure supported by a majority of Brunswick County commissioners makes ground in the General Assembly.

    The statewide push to require a photo ID at the polls was overturned last year by N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto, however, local governments are now taking up the cause.

  • Supreme Court hears arguments in Brunswick traffic court case

    RALEIGH—North Carolina Supreme Court Justices on Tuesday heard arguments in the matter of Brunswick County’s Administrative Traffic Court.

    Three of the high court’s seven justices were recused from hearing arguments, leaving four justices to hear arguments Tuesday morning. Court official Dick Ellis said Chief Justice Sarah Parker, associate justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson and senior associate justice Mark Martin were recused.

    Justices are not required to disclose the nature of his or her conflict leading to a recusual, Ellis said.

  • Raleigh officer visits Brunswick’s mental health court

    BOLIVIA—For Raleigh Police Officer Michael Macario, the “serve” carries as much weight as the “protect” in a police officer’s oath to “serve and protect.”

    And that oath goes for all people, including the often-overlooked mentally ill population, Macario stressed.

  • Board of education to take up school calendar at February meeting

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Education may make changes to the school calendar that would require approval of the state’s General Assembly.

    An option being considered for the 2012-2013 school year could push the district’s start date up sooner than current state law allows.

    The board will consider school calendar options for the 2012-2013 school year at its upcoming meeting next month. Members tabled a discussion on the matter at their Jan. 3 meeting, opting to take up at its next meeting on Feb. 7.

  • Weekend blaze damages Holden Beach house

    A weekend blaze damaged a home on Holden Beach.

    Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department Chief Doug Todd said the department received a call that a home at 111 Starfish Drive was on fire at 7:25 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. No one was injured.

    Todd said it took fire crews about seven minutes to arrive where they were joined by members of the Civietown and Supply fire departments.

  • Hearing on landfill expansion continued until February

    BOLIVIA—A hearing to consider whether to grant the county a special exception permit to expand its existing construction and demolition landfill will continue next month.

    After about seven hours of testimony Monday, Jan. 9, Brunswick County Planning Board members opted to continue the hearing until their next meeting, which will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13.

  • Commissioner Charles Warren’s upcoming hearing: What to expect

    At their next meeting, Brunswick County commissioners will decide if there is just cause to remove county commissioner and Department of Social Services chairman Charles Warren from the DSS board.

    Commissioners will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, for a hearing on the matter.

    It is not a criminal hearing; however, it will be conducted in a similar fashion to a court proceeding, Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said.

  • Traffic court matter to be heard in state Supreme Court Tuesday

    RALEIGH—North Carolina Supreme Court Justices on Tuesday will hear arguments in the matter of Brunswick County’s Administrative Traffic Court.

    According to the state’s Supreme Court calendar, oral arguments are scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 10, in Raleigh.

    Though the court program was reinstated this past September, the disagreement between District Attorney Jon David and longtime District Judge Jerry Jolly goes back to April 2011, when Jolly issued an administrative order halting David’s then-fledgling traffic court program.