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  • Commissioners to revisit tobacco ban

    BOLIVIA—After a motion to adopt a strict tobacco ban on all county property failed Monday night, county commissioners voted to revisit the idea after a second public hearing.

    After a public hearing, during which only one person spoke, commissioners voted on the tobacco ban, which would prohibit tobacco products on all county property, including the county complex in Bolivia and all county parks. The motion failed 2-3, with commissioners chairman Bill Sue and commissioners Marty Cooke and Scott Phillips dissenting.

  • Work continues on San Rio, Rivers Edge projects

    Construction has begun on the sewer force main project for the long-stalled San Rio development off Gray Bridge Road in Shallotte.

    According to a memo to the town from LandTech, the court-appointed receiver for the property, various components of the sewer installation project have been completed, and the state Division of Water Quality is also reviewing the project.

    Installation of the sewer force main at Red Bug Road is scheduled to begin within the next two weeks, the memo states.

  • Rain, voters turn out in on-and-off stream for primary

    Small but steady streams of voters turned out in intermittent rain today to vote in Brunswick County’s primary election.

    Unofficial results Tuesday night at the Brunswick County Board of Elections showed an overall voter turnout among Brunswick County’s 23 precincts, including absentee and curbside voting, at 20.27 percent.

  • Thanks to good weather, ‘best ever’ Relay for Life brings out the crowds

    Some 350 cancer survivors, from children to wheelchair-bound senior citizens, gathered on the track at West Brunswick High School last Friday evening to take the opening survivors’ lap to begin the 2010 Brunswick County Relay for Life.

    They received some encouragement from a group of local cheerleaders, who walked behind them chanting, “Here we go survivors, here we go!”

    The relay team members who lined the track greeted them with applause for their courage in battling the disease and willingness to participate in the annual event.

  • Holden Beach pavilion, pier closed

    The Holden Beach Pavilion and pier are closed until further notice, according to Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett.

    Temporary repairs are anticipated to be made within a week to 10 days, at which time the facility is expected to reopen, he said.

  • Six participants graduate from Brunswick County Drug Treatment Court

    SUPPLY—Casondra McLaurin proudly walked up the stage with her young daughter Madison McLaurin to receive her diploma for completing Brunswick County Drug Treatment Court.

    Recalling the broken road of drug addiction and overdoses that brought Casondra McLaurin to Drug Treatment Court, she said, through the program, “I like what I see.”

    “I’m a mom now through this program.”

    McLaurin was one of six participants who graduated from Brunswick County Drug Treatment Court last week at Brunswick Community College.

  • Carolina Shores board approves lawyer letter, e-mail discipline

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have approved directing town attorney Holt Moore to write a draft letter regarding a personnel matter discussed in an hour-long executive session Monday at town hall.

    The vote was 4-1 with town commissioner Tom Puls casting the only “nay” vote.

  • Trouble continues at Carolina Shores Town Hall

    CAROLINA SHORES—Assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut was asked to turn in her keys and laptop computer before the town would issue her a paycheck this week.

    Mayor Stephen Selby has called a special town board of commissioners meeting for 9 a.m. this coming Monday, May 3, at town hall to go into closed session to discuss personnel.

    Friday, Selby would not say whether the upcoming meeting has to do with Chestnut, but added she previously requested an executive session with the board to address her concerns.

  • Terminal groins presentation Monday in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A terminal groins presentation is on the monthly meeting agenda of Sunset Beach Town Council next Monday night, May 3.

    A workshop is at 6:45 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. at town hall on Sunset Boulevard.

    Rob Young, professor of geosciences with Western Carolina University, and Len Pietrafesa, director of external affairs with North Carolina State University, are scheduled to give a terminal groins presentation.

  • Sunset gaming hearing set for May 6


    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board will consider an application for a special use permit to operate four electronic gaming machines at the Sunset Beach Fishing Pier.

    A board of adjustments hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, May 6, at town hall.