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  • GOP overrides Perdue’s budget veto late Monday night

    RALEIGH—For the second consecutive year, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed the state’s budget crafted by the Republican-led legislature.

    And for the second consecutive year, the Republican majority was able to secure enough votes to override her veto.

    Perdue vetoed the $20.2 billion budget Friday, June 29, and lawmakers were scheduled to vote to override her veto Monday evening, July 2. A three-fifths majority is required to override a gubernatorial veto.

  • Sunset Beach Boating Access Area opens with rescue-boat dip in waterway

    SUNSET BEACH—The new Sunset Beach Boating Access Area is officially open following a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday, June 29.

    Town and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission officials took part in the official boat-launch opening at 101 Sunset Blvd. in the mainland-side footprint of the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge. The site includes a boat ramp built by the Wildlife Resources Commission, floating dock, breakwaters, parking area and small fishing pier, available free of charge for public use.

  • Looking Back 1986-1988

    January 1986 started with the first baby of the New Year being born to Brenda Purdy of Shallotte. The baby girl, who was born at 3:53 p.m. on Jan. 1, was yet to be named.

    Front-page headlines for the month included a fire gutting the former Laten Reaves home and the announcement that filing was about to begin for sheriff and other political offices.

    Revaluation figures arrived and the county tax offices said their phones were ringing off the hook. In late January a snow flurry created excitement throughout the county.

  • Report: Blunt-force trauma killed child

     

    SHALLOTTE—A 3-year-old Shallotte boy was murdered on March 1 and still no one has been charged for his death.

    A recently released autopsy report from the state medical examiner says the child died from blunt force trauma, which included nearly 50 bruises on his body and a lacerated liver.

  • Calabash hires new town attorney

    CALABASH—The town of Calabash has hired a new attorney.

    At a special called meeting June 25, the board of commissioners voted to hire Mac Tyson as the town’s new attorney, effective immediately.

    Tyson, of Holden Beach, was chosen among three applicants who were interviewed in open session by town commissioners for the position. Tyson replaces former town attorney Mark Lewis, who was not re-interviewed for the position.

    Other finalists were attorney Holt Moore and attorneys with Cox & Watts law firm of Shallotte.

  • Beekeepers can dip into a honey of a class

    Beekeepers in the Cape Fear Region are invited to enroll in an upcoming school to help take better care of their honey-makers.

    Honey Bee Education and Research is offering what is described as an intensive Intermediate/Advanced Beekeepers School that starts Tuesday, July 10, and concludes Sept. 11.

    The school will convene 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Poplar Grove Plantation in north Wilmington. Brunswick County beekeepers are encouraged to attend.

    North Carolina Master Craftsman Beekeeper Barry Harris will be teaching the Tuesday classes.

  • County curbside recycling begins in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—All Brunswick County residents can now participate in curbside recycling.

    The county’s new contract with Waste Industries, which took effect July 1, allows for all county residents to participate in curbside recycling if they choose to do so.

    To participate in curbside recycling pick-up, residents must pay an annual fee of $77.04, which includes a 96-gallon recycling cart and pick-up every other week.

  • Veterans’ health events scheduled for July in Shallotte, Oak Island

    Two upcoming veterans’ events have been scheduled for Brunswick County.

    The Brunswick County Veterans Service Office would like to invite all veterans to attend the veterans’ health fair at Shallotte Presbyterian Church on Friday, July 20.

    The health fair will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the church, which is behind Rourk Library at 5070 M.H. Rourk Drive in Shallotte.

  • College student wins $1 million in lottery

    Mikala Fields, a community college student from Oak Island in Brunswick County, says she plans to use the $1 million she won on a 20X The Money ticket to buy a home, a new car and invest for the future.

    She is the first player to win the top prize since the $10 game launched on May 16.

    Fields, who plans to study nursing, was at home on Friday evening when she learned of her big win.

  • Heat index of 110 and higher expected this weekend

    The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued an excessive heat warning, which will be in effect from 9 a.m. Saturday until 8 p.m. Sunday.

    Heat index values may reach between 110 to 115 degrees with temperatures higher than 100 degrees.

    The hottest temperatures and most extreme heat index values will occur in the middle to late afternoon hours each day. The overall highest values will likely occur on Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures are expected to be in the 90s throughout the early part of next week.