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  • Public records policy nixed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A proposed public records policy was defeated 3-2 by a split town council Monday night.

    The vote followed debate among council members, including a statement by town councilwoman Karen Joseph disputing “misinformation” she says is circulating about why the policy was proposed.

  • Carolina Shores confers with personnel attorney

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board has once again consulted with a personnel attorney following an incident between the town administrator and deputy town clerk.

    During town commissioners’ workshop Monday, the board went into closed session to meet with Wilmington attorney Melody Jolly, who specializes in defending “employers in federal and state litigation against claims for wrongful termination, retaliation and alleged violations of Title VII and ADA.”

    The board took no action following the nearly two-hour closed session.

  • 'Good riddance': Veterans thankful for Navy SEALs, bin Laden death

    CALABASH—It was the talk of the nation, world and Seafood Capital as soon as news tweeted out Sunday night about the death of terrorist ringleader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

    That included Calabash VFW Post 7288 and American Legion Post 503, where veterans said they were glad the day had finally come nearly 10 years after 9/11.

    “Everybody’s been talking about it all day,” VFW past commander Jack Goin said.

    VFW auxiliary member Patty Burton said she’s glad bin Laden is gone.

  • Group holds rally for DA at courthouse

    BOLIVIA—It is a courthouse divided.

    Law enforcement officers are in District Attorney Jon David’s corner, while the Bar Association recently threw its support behind Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly.

    On Friday, April 15, Jolly issued a scathing administrative order, accusing David of financially benefiting a campaign contributor in a pilot traffic court program Jolly called a “scheme.”

    Since that time, the dispute has become a public and decisive issue at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

  • County manager to unveil proposed county budget May 16

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing will unveil his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year to county commissioners at their May 16 meeting.

    Though county commissioners first charged Lawing with creating a budget using a less than revenue-neutral tax rate, they changed their mind at a recent budget workshop and asked him to use a revenue-neutral tax rate when crafting the fiscal year 2011-2012 budget.

  • Human services consolidation bill passes third reading in state Senate

    RALEIGH—A bill to consolidate local heath and human services boards passed its third reading in the state Senate last week.

    Senate bill 433, the local human services administration bill, passed its third reading in the Senate 40 votes to 9 votes last Thursday, April 28.

    After a first reading in the House, the bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Human Services, assistant county administrator Steve Stone said.

  • Fallen officer memorial scheduled for May 9

    SHALLOTTE—The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office Annual Peace Officer Memorial Day Ceremony will be in Brunswick County for the first time next week.

    Larry Prince, father of slain Boiling Spring Lakes police officer Mitch Prince, said he expects more than 1,000 people at the annual event.

    “The state has a memorial service every year, usually right around this time. It moves around the state. Last year, they asked me where I would like it to be, and I said Brunswick County,” Prince said.

  • Taco Bell opening Monday

    SHALLOTTE—“I want a chalupa, a burrito, a Crunchwrap Supreme and two soft tacos with hot sauce.”

    These words will be heard in Shallotte on Monday as Taco Bell officially comes to town.

    The highly anticipated opening of the new Taco Bell location on Main Street in Shallotte has been announced for 5 p.m. Monday, May 9.

    While the opening is technically a soft opening, they expect to be busy. A grand opening event will be planned for the near future.

  • Mother of slain football star pleads with the community for help

    SOUTHPORT—Surrounded by her mother and father, Joyce Hankins pleaded with the community to come forward with information about the shooting death of her son Marcus Hankins.

    During a Monday morning press conference at Southport Town Hall, Hankins asked anyone with information that might help solve the shooting death of her son to come forward.

  • VIDEO: Brunswick Beat for April 27, 2011