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  • Calabash Board of Adjustment OKs variance for new restaurant

    CALABASH—The town board of adjustment cleared the path Monday for a new eatery to open at the site of the former Mo Better Burgers.

    The operators of the new Heavenly Wings and Things at 10009 Beach Drive didn’t waste any time.

    After securing approval for nonconforming variances and stipulations allowing a temporary certificate of occupancy, managers and employees readied the short-order restaurant to open for lunch Tuesday.

  • Sunset Beach council to consider rezoning at Monday meeting

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at Sunset Beach Town Hall to consider the following matter:

    •To rezone 1.6 acres, parcel 227003901 on Old Georgetown Road, belonging to the town of Sunset Beach from County R-7500 to Mainland Business-1.

    More information is available during normal business hours at Sunset Beach Town Hall. All interested citizens are encouraged to attend and be heard.

     

  • $1.49 million grant secured for Sunset Beach Fire Department's second station

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Beach Fire Department has been awarded a $1,494,103 grant to build its second fire station.

    Sunset Beach is among six communities in North Carolina to receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants totaling $8,366,609 for fire station construction.

    Announcement came Tuesday from the office U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.

    Among awardees is the Navassa Volunteer Fire Department in northern Brunswick County, which will receive $1,607,950 to build a new station.

  • Wish for beach vacation granted for girl with cerebral palsy

    HOLDEN BEACH—She could wish for anything in the world, and she wished to come to the beach.

    Haley Atkins, 18, of Micaville, was granted a weeklong vacation at Holden Beach through Wishing Well Foundation USA, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children who suffer from life threatening illnesses.

    Haley suffers from cerebral palsy—a condition that resulted from an injury during birth.

  • Hospital restricts visitation to prevent spread of H1N1

    SUPPLY—Beginning Oct. 1, Brunswick Community Hospital will restrict visitation of children younger than 18 in an effort to combat the spread of flu, specifically H1N1.

    Hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said children and adolescents are more susceptible to H1N1 and have a higher incidence of infection than adults.

    Children are often contagious before they exhibit symptoms.

  • Association recommends guidelines for parasail operators

    The Professional Association of Parasail Operators (PAPO) requires numerous operational standards and guidelines for its members and strongly urges all parasail operators to join the group.

    A few of PAPO’s Operating Standards and Guidelines are as follows:

  • Insurer has no N.C. license

    The company N.C. Watersports reportedly uses for insurance is not licensed to operate in North Carolina and could face fines from the state.

    N.C. Watersports president Barrett McMullan testified last week the Ocean Isle Beach parasailing company is insured by Marine Specialty Management, an insurer based in Lake Havasu, Ariz.

    According to the N.C. Department of Insurance, however, Marine Specialty Management does not appear to be licensed in the state, meaning there is nothing stopping the company from not paying claims.

  • Recycling centers for landfill-banned plastic bottles

    Brunswick County has several sites where people can recycle items recently banned from the state’s landfills.

    Effective Oct. 1, plastic bottles, oil filters and wooden pallets can no longer go to the state’s solid waste landfills.

    Brunswick County Operations Services Director Stephanie Lewis said plastic bottles could be recycled at the county’s landfill, drop-off recycling centers or convenient sites throughout the county. The county landfill will accept used motor oil, antifreeze and oil filters to recycle for free only from residents.

  • Drug court receives grant funding for its second year

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Drug Treatment Court has received a grant to help fund its second year of operations.

    Started in July 2008, drug treatment court has graduated three people from, and currently has, 25 people enrolled in the program.

    The $86,666 grant is the primary source of funding for the court’s operations. County commissioners also earmark funds for drug treatment court.

  • High-impact driving offenses court to debut in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—A new court is set to debut this month—this one targeting high-impact driving offenders.

    District attorney Rex Gore said a Governor’s Highway Safety grant has allowed the new court to take shape.