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  • Graduated pet licensure detailed at animal services meeting



    BOLIVIA—Graduated pet licensure is being considered by Brunswick County Animal Services as a way to offset euthanasia rates and make pet owners more responsible.

    “It would be a fee that would be paid by every resident in Brunswick County that had an animal,” Brunswick County environmental services director David Stanley said at an animal services advisory meeting Monday night.

  • Sunset Beach golf course rezoning deferred, amendments pursued instead



    SUNSET BEACH—The town is no longer pursuing a controversial “open space” zone for golf courses and instead is considering proposed ordinance amendments.

    Jeff Curtis, chief building inspector for the town, said the alternative is being considered after Sunset Beach Town Council voted to defer indefinitely consideration of the proposed open-space or OS-1 district at its Jan. 11 meeting.

  • Bike-path appropriation approved in Sunset Beach



    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has approved a resolution authorizing an appropriation for bike and walk paths.

    The vote came at council’s monthly meeting Monday night as a result of council’s Feb. 16 planning retreat, where members “indicated a willingness to pay for the engineering design and surveying of the approved” bike plan, according to a summary prepared by town administrator Gary Parker.

  • Mayoral responsibilities debated in Carolina Shores



    CAROLINA SHORES—A town commissioner says the board needs to decide what Mayor Stephen Selby’s responsibilities are.

    Town commissioner Tom Puls, speaking at a pre-agenda workshop Monday, said he does not think personnel should be “any part” of Selby’s responsibilities.

  • Sheriff’s office, highway patrol have policies forbidding association with felons

    In their professional capacities, law enforcement officers deal with convicted felons on a regular basis. In their personal lives, many law enforcement agencies prohibit officers from associating with convicted felons.

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett, a convicted felon, has thrown his full support behind Tim Daniels, a sergeant with the N.C. State Highway Patrol and sheriff’s candidate.

    “Yes, we support Tim Daniels,” Hewett wrote in a Feb. 25 e-mail to the Beacon.

  • Convicted sheriff campaigns for sheriff and DA candidates

    For a man who cannot cast his ballot in the upcoming election, former sheriff Ronald Hewett has been politically active.

    Hewett, who served as Brunswick County’s sheriff for 14 years before he resigned in April 2008, pleaded guilty to federal obstruction of justice in June 2008.

    When Hewett was convicted, he lost his right to vote, Gary Bartlett, director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, said.

    But that hasn’t stopped Hewett from actively campaigning on behalf of candidates he supports for office.

  • U.S. Navy Band performs on tour next Wednesday at Odell Williamson Auditorium


    The United States Navy Band will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    The concert is part of the Navy Band’s 2010 National Tour.

    Tickets are free, but must be obtained in advance and are limited to six per request.

    The United States Navy Band, the Navy’s premier musical organization, was established by Congress on March 4, 1925. Lieutenant Commander Richard H. Bailey directs the band.

  • Task force makes largest prescription drug bust in county history

    Law enforcement officers from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the Shallotte Police Department, N.C. Probation and Parole, the Sunset Beach Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation worked together to make the largest prescription drug arrest in the county’s history Wednesday night, seizing more than 11,000 pills from a Bolivia home.

  • No Port group schedules public meetings on NCIT project

    The No Port Southport Steering Committee has scheduled three public meetings for 7 p.m. March 4, April 1 and May 6 at the new Brunswick Senior Center in Southport.

    The meetings are intended to educate residents throughout the county about the possible effects of a 600-acre international container terminal planned for the area, organizers say.

    No Port Steering Committee members say residents are asked to attend to learn about No Port’s findings on how a new, $1.5 billion terminal would affect the entire county’s economy, security, health and environment.

  • Fourth annual Health Expo set for this Saturday at West Brunswick High School


    Free health screenings and a medication drop-off are among highlights at Health Expo 2010 taking place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 27, at West Brunswick High School.

    Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, this year’s expo will feature an array of free health screenings and services.