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  • Calabash board upholds sweepstakes denial for business

    CALABASH—The Calabash Board of Adjustment has upheld a decision to deny a business owner permission to install 30 sweepstakes computer stations.

    The action came after the owners of Nesbitt’s Jackass Saloon failed to show up for an appeals hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday.

    Business owner Ronald Nesbitt had filed an appeal from a previous decision by the town, seeking to install 30 sweepstakes computer stations at his business at 947-4 Carter Drive.

  • Sheriff’s office to open second substation in Leland

    LELAND—With 263 square miles to patrol in the northern end of the county, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is preparing to open its second substation in Leland.

    Headquartered in Bolivia, the sheriff’s office opened its first substation in Carolina Shores in May for residents in the southwestern part of the county.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Emergency director: Structural collapse drill deemed a success

    The victims lied motionless on the ground—bloodied, bruised and wounded—as they waited for emergency personnel to descend on the scene.

    Behind them was little more than rubble: shards of broken glass and wood in the place where a home once stood. The whirring of emergency radios grew louder as emergency crews approached the scene, where more victims were inside the mangled house.

  • No additional active tuberculosis cases reported

    SUPPLY—Wearing tightly fitting masks over their faces and jail-issued attire, shackled inmates were escorted from Brunswick Community Hospital to the jail transport van waiting to take them back to the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    The 31 inmates whose tuberculosis skin tests were reactive to TB received chest X-rays at Brunswick Community Hospital last Friday to determine if active TB developed in their lungs. County health director Don Yousey said none of the 31 inmates or two staff members with positive skin tests had active cases of TB.

  • Mass evacuation bus first in southeastern North Carolina

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Department’s latest grant-funded procurement is the first of its kind in southeastern North Carolina.

    Funded by a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant, the emergency services department recently acquired a $324,000-mass evacuation bus, which is the first one in this part of the state, Brian Watts, Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services Director said.

  • Planning board discusses dumpster ordinance, recommends updating UDO

    Shallotte Planning Board members are eager to have the town’s dumpster screening ordinance enforced, but some members still have questions.

    At Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, board member Ray Lyles questioned the ordinance that requires businesses to screen its trash dumpsters on all four sides without regard to the area of town.

    “It still needs to be worked on,” Lyles told other board members. “There should be a graduated system rather than blanket coverage.”

  • Farmers market regulations approved in Calabash

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have approved adding regulations for a future farmers market.

    All that’s needed now is a site.

    Mayor Anthony Clemmons said the town planning board had reviewed the rules and had come back with a favorable recommendation to forward to commissioners.

    “The concept here is the town, with the community service committee as sponsors, to sponsor a Calabash farmers market,” Clemmons said, adding a location is yet to be determined.

  • Animal shelter halts dog adoptions for two weeks

    BOLIVIA--Brunswick County Animal Services has suspended dog adoptions for at least two weeks after two cases of distemper were confirmed.

    During the past week two dogs at the shelter developed a respiratory illness. Laboratory results confirm the cause of the illness to be distemper. Canine distemper is caused by a virus that is a highly contagious disease of wild and domestic carnivores.

  • Superintendent surprised by leaked grievance

    Brunswick County School Superintendent Katie McGee said Monday she was surprised to learn the grievance filed against her had been made public since grievances are confidential personnel matters.

    Sherry Dove, executive assistant to the superintendent and liaison to the board of education, filed a grievance against McGee, which the board of education heard during a daylong meeting Thursday, July 2. The meeting was in closed session; the board cited confidential personnel matters as the subject of discussion.

  • Sheriff’s office searching for burglary suspect

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about burglary suspect Rodney Wayne Suggs’ whereabouts.

    Suggs, 40, of 335 Mount Pisgah Road, Supply, is wanted for first-degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering.

    Suggs, is 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds.

    According to an arrest warrant, Suggs is wanted for allegedly breaking into a Supply home and stealing a purse, jewelry, a passport, checks, credit cards and medication between midnight-5 a.m. July 16.