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  • 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.

  • Behind the decisions to delay schools' openings

    On Thursday, Jan. 7, Brunswick County Schools officials called for a two-hour delay for Friday, Jan. 8, after hearing mixed reports of possible rain, ice and snow that might have been headed into the area early that morning.

    But students woke the next morning to clear, sunny skies.

    Superintendent Katie McGee said when looking at the weather forecast on Thursday, Jan. 7, “we were going to get something, and it was going to at least be a mix, and it was going to come in at 5 a.m.”

  • Board committees reorganized, combined for efficiency

    A reorganization of the Brunswick County Board of Education’s committees is intended to increase efficiency and create more convenient meeting times for members and staff.

    Bud Thorsen, chairperson of the board, announced the reorganization earlier this month at the board’s monthly meeting. Instead of individual committees meeting on separate dates and times, he combined several into one.

  • Town officials disprove of idea for bandstand in right of way

    The Ocean Isle Property Owners Association (OIPOA) wants the town of Ocean Isle Beach to have its own bandstand, but town officials will not support the suggested placement.

    Don Kauffman approached the board of commissioners Tuesday on behalf of the OIPOA and requested support for a feasibility study, which would look at putting a permanent, covered bandstand structure on Third Street behind the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

  • Calabash man faces 19 drug charges after six-month drug investigation

    A Calabash man has been arrested twice in as many weeks, charged with 19 drug charges.

    Jimmy Franklin McCumbee, 41, of Highpoint Avenue in Calabash, was arrested Dec. 31, 2009, and charged with two drug charges.

    On Tuesday, Jan. 12, he was arrested again, this time for 17 drug charges, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Steve Lanier.

    Lanier said drug agents conducted a six-month investigation into McCumbee, who drug agents say was supplying cocaine from Shallotte to Calabash.

  • Bolivia woman, son arrested for drug possession

    A Bolivia woman and her son have been arrested on drug charges.

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Louise May Maloney, 48, of 1360 Green Lewis Road, Bolivia, and her son, Franco Maloney, 28, also of 1360 Green Lewis Road, after executing a search warrant at the home on Friday, Jan. 8.

    Drug agents believed Maloney’s home was the “hub for a large-scale prescription pill ring in the Bolivia area,” according to a news release.

  • Work on Ocean Isle Beach Park stalls when contractor stops operations

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Work has stalled on the new Ocean Isle Beach Park off Old Georgetown Road, but the county parks and recreation director is still hoping for a spring opening.

    The park’s contractor, Weaver Construction Co. of Conway, S.C., ceased operations Dec. 4, 2009, leaving park construction in limbo, parks and recreation director Jim Pryor said.

    “They moved off-site and disappeared,” Pryor said.

    The last bill the county received for the $2 million park project was in October.

  • Sen. Burr calls for transparency in healthcare negotiations

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., is urging President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open healthcare negotiations to the public.

  • Shallotte Planning Board OKs plat, amendments

    The Shallotte Planning Board has approved expansion of an existing business and moved the process forward for the opening of two new businesses.

    At its Tuesday night meeting, the board approved a site plan amendment for Timbercraft Construction, a cabinetry business on Whiteville Road, to allow the company to add a 1,380 square-foot attached storage building.

    According to town planner Allen Serkin, the amendment is a minor one. The owner has also agreed to add stripes to the parking lot.