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  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Emergency management unveils its disaster recovery plan

    BOLIVIA—Only a handful of emergency management agencies across the country have a disaster recovery plan, and last week, Brunswick County unveiled its own.

    The plan, intended to be used as a model for future disaster recovery plans across the state, would be implemented after an incident such as a hurricane, tornado, large-scale fire or other disaster, with the intent to bring the county back to a pre-disaster state, Scott Garner, Brunswick County Deputy Director of Emergency Management, said.

  • Calabash commissioners vote ABC member off board

    CALABASH—Town commissioners unanimously voted to remove a member from the town Alcoholic Beverage Commission board Tuesday after the other two board members complained about problems.

    Commissioners voted to remove Calabash ABC Board member Jack Bowes after ABC board chairman Hank Rutter said one member had been difficult to deal with and disruptive at ABC meetings.

    “We’re now at the point remaining board members will resign if something isn’t done with the third member,” Rutter told commissioners.

  • BEMC collects donations for Warm Homes, Warm Hearts campaign

    Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperation (BEMC) has kicked off its second annual Warm Homes, Warm Hearts campaign.

    The company is raising money to help local residents in need. Money raised will go toward Brunswick Family Assistance and the Columbus County Department of Aging to help local residents with heating and electric bills and other necessities during the winter season.

  • Get active, BFIT at BCC fitness center

    It’s not about numbers on a scale; it’s about living a healthy lifestyle. Twelve individuals will have a chance to make a lifestyle change with the help of the staff at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center.

    The center will soon begin The Brunswick County BFIT Crew, a program to help sedentary individuals become active and stay motivated.

    Twelve applicants will be given a complimentary three-month membership to the Fitness & Aquatics Center and will be provided with personal training, individualized workout sessions and nutrition education.

  • Soles turns himself in, released on bond following felony indictment

    WHITEVILLE—R.C. Soles Jr. turned himself in to the Columbus County Detention Center Friday morning, the day after a grand jury handed down a felony assault indictment.

    On Thursday, Jan. 7, a Columbus County grand jury returned a true bill of indictment, charging Soles with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury for the Aug. 23, 2009, shooting of Thomas Kyle Blackburn at Soles’ Branchwater estate in Tabor City.

    The next morning, Soles went to jail.

  • Visiting priest arrested for sexual battery; suspended from priesthood

    A visiting Catholic priest has been arrested in Brunswick County. He is charged with sexual offense and sexual battery.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Marty Folding said the Rev. Edgar Sepulveda, 47, of 208 Cavenaugh St., Beulaville, was arrested Friday, Jan. 8, charged with one count of second-degree sexual offense and one count of sexual battery.

    He was suspended from the priesthood the same day.

    According to a press release from the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, Bishop Michael Burbidge suspended Sepulveda on Jan. 8.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board revisits open-space zone for golf courses

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board reviewed again last week its recent recommendation for a golf-course open-space district after town council requested it.

    Board member Eddie Walters said the recommendation to rezone Sea Trail, Sandpiper Bay and Oyster Bay golf courses to the proposed open-space district “were right on the mark” to protect the sites as best they can.

    “The zoning recommendation we submitted was very consistent with surrounding property uses,” he said at the Jan. 7 planning board meeting.

  • Stormwater, paving on Carolina Shores retreat agenda March 9-10

    CAROLINA SHORES—Stormwater and paving projects will be main topics at a town board retreat set for March 9 and 10.

    However, town commissioners last week tabled a proposal to allow public comment at the specially called two-day session scheduled from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., tentatively at town hall, with a break for lunch each day.

    Town administrator Linda Herncane said public comment has not been allowed in the past at town board retreats.

  • Southport man's son earns Bronze Star for post-9/11 jump into Afghanistan

    Something about the structure and discipline of military school really made an impression on Matt Dane.

    It spurred the son of Southport resident Pat Dane to straighten out his life, join the Army and, ultimately, become a hero—all to the surprise and pride of his father.

    Pat Dane recently learned the Army has officially recognized Matt Dane for his efforts, specifically, presenting him the Bronze Star for jumping into Afghanistan a month after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

  • Park property purchase debated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council voted Monday to get a second appraisal of a 5.22-acre waterway site the town is supposed to buy for a future park if 50 percent grant funding is secured.

    Council also voted 3-2 to authorize town administrator Gary Parker to execute an offer contract with an added contingency the town obtain a second appraisal “at least equal to or greater than $3.75 million.”

    “I’ll run it by the owners and see if we have a deal,” Parker said.