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  • Commissioners agree to Waccamaw Park plan

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have approved a master plan for upgrading Waccamaw Park in Ash.

    However, they haven’t said yes to the $2.9 million the plan requires.

    Jim Pryor, Brunswick County Parks and Recreation director, explained to the board how the master plan came together.

    “(Waccamaw Park) was built (almost) 30 years ago and has been used to death,” Pryor said.

  • WBHS students to spread holiday spirit at Dec. 17 concert

    SHALLOTTE—One group of local youth is helping people throughout the county get into the holiday spirit.

    In recent weeks the multiple award-winning West Brunswick High School Vocal Music department members have performed at holiday gatherings and events. They have even caroled. This week they are visiting several area nursing homes, the courthouse and elementary schools.

    But their big show is still to come.

  • Nonprofit faces a $27,000 phone bill after being scammed

    SHALLOTTE—A local nonprofit has become a victim of a telephone scam—and no one was even in the office when it happened.

    Smart Start of Brunswick County on Sellers Street in Shallotte received a phone bill for more than $26,987 for international calls placed from its phone line.

    “We found out when we got the phone bill,” Linda Gironda, executive director, said. “Our bill is usually between $127 and $139.”

  • Speedy meeting as town looks ahead to 2013

    SHALLOTTE—Isaac Norris, CPA, presented the 2011-2012 fiscal year audit to the Shallotte Board of Aldermen during a pre-agenda meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

    For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, the town’s general fund revenues for were $4,453,703 for 2012 with expenses at $3,467,751 for a net revenue of $985,952. Revenues for fiscal year 2011 were $4,034,443 and expenses were $3,800,150 with a net revenue of $234,293.

  • Short and sweet meeting in Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—“We may have set a record,” said Mayor Debbie Smith as the board of commissioner’s regular December meeting adjourned on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

    The meeting lasted just a few minutes more than 30 minutes.

    During the meeting Daisy Ivey, town administrator, said the natural canal-dredging project is ahead of schedule. The dredge is operating on a 12-hour daily schedule, six days a week with no operations on Sunday. The project is expected to be complete by March 31, 2013. 

  • Country music legend Willie Nelson breaks records at OWA

    BOLIVIA—The crowd roared when Willie Nelson hit the stage at Odell Williamson Auditorium last Friday night to perform his first-ever Brunswick County gig.

    Fans rushed toward the front of the auditorium to shoot photos on cameras and cell phones as Nelson strolled onstage for the Dec. 7 performance and immediately broke into “Whiskey River,” his first song of the night.

  • Building moratorium to be pondered on Sunset Beach canal

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has set a public hearing for its Jan. 7 meeting to consider a construction moratorium along a mostly undeveloped canal.

    The canal is along North Shore Extension on the northeast side of the island that feeds into Tubbs Inlet.

    Adjacent property owners are also supposed to be notified.

  • Sunset Beach ponders merchants association

    SUNSET BEACH—The town is ripe—if not overdue—for formation of a merchants association, town and business officials agree.

    It was the main topic at a Dec. 5 business community reception orchestrated by the town at Sea Trail.

  • Fifth robbery suspect turns herself in

    A fifth suspect sought in connection with a Nov. 29 robbery in Carolina Shores has turned herself in.

    Ronchekala Shawntae Veness, also known as “Koot,” 32, of 3243 Foxwood Drive in Loris, S.C., turned herself in to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, BCSO Lt. Donna Simpson said Friday.

    A warrant charges Veness with conspiracy to commit robbery in the early-morning incident at Winner’s World Sweepstakes, 10200 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores.

  • Sheriff pledges support in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will continue to be in the area providing support, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram says.

    Ingram, accompanied by Capt. Mose Highsmith, spoke at the monthly town board of commissioners meeting Dec. 6 to address concerns about traffic and law enforcement protection. Highsmith also serves as attorney for the sheriff’s office.

    Ingram responded to residents’ concerns about speeding. As long as it’s a public highway, “we can enforce those speed limits,” he said.