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  • Tree of life, candlelight vigil to remember victims of traffic crashes

    At a memorial service Friday night, a Tree of Life will be dedicated to the 1,705 people who lost their lives on North Carolina roadways in traffic crashes in 2007.

    Another 489 people who lost their lives to drunk drivers last year will be remembered in a candlelight vigil.

    Justice in Motion, a Wilmington-based nonprofit organization, and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, will host its fourth annual Tree of Life and Candlelight Vigil at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Battleship Park.

  • No charges in Shallotte video gaming machine seizure

    No charges will be filed, and seized video gaming machines will be returned after Shallotte police seized five video gaming machines from A-Z Cigarettes in Shallotte Plaza last week.

    Assistant district attorney Brooke Smith said the video gaming machines were in compliance with the law and would be returned to the owners.

    No charges would be filed, she added.

    On Dec. 1, Shallotte police seized five gaming machines from the cigarette store.

  • Planning board approves map amendment, special exceptions

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board on Monday approved one map amendment and two special exceptions.

    Board members recommending approving map amendment Z-633 to county commissioners for their approval. The map amendment is a request to rezone 1.7 acres on N.C. 211 in Supply to commercial low density from its current zone of commercial intensive.

  • Coastal Horizons’ Brunswick facility to open in 2009

    Early next year, Coastal Horizons Center will open its new, 7,000-plus square-foot facility on U.S. 17 South in Shallotte behind Jones Ford to provide mental health, substance abuse and rape crisis services in Brunswick County.

    Coastal Horizons Center is a private nonprofit agency headquartered in Wilmington and has been in operation for more than 38 years. In 2007, the agency broke ground on its new office, with help from a donation from the Odell and Virginia Williamson family.

  • Survey: Tourists planning to visit beaches this summer despite economy

    Regular visitors to Brunswick beaches plan to make a similar number of trips in 2009 as they did this year, although they plan to travel closer to home and spend less money.

    That’s according to a recent survey commissioned by the county’s Tourism Development Authority.

    The TDA’s marketing company, Smith Advertising, surveyed 612 people in the authority’s base and discovered that improvement in gasoline prices has had a positive effect on vacation planning, with 29 percent of respondents more likely to travel versus 13 percent traveling less.

  • Jessie Mae principal and former parent to appear in court Friday

    A Brunswick County Schools principal and a parent of former Brunswick County students will appear in court Friday morning on charges stemming from an altercation that occurred on school property.

    Patricia Rourk, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School principal, and Tracey Danka, a parent of two former Jessie Mae students, will appear in Brunswick County District Court at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, before District Court Judge Marion Warren.

    Rourk, 53, was charged with communicating threats and was served with a criminal summons Wednesday, Sept. 17.

  • BFA volunteer leads coupon book effort to help agency, stimulate economy

    Charles Giordano of Sunset Beach has found an original way to raise money for Brunswick Family Assistance that may also help local businesses during tough times.

    According to BFA Executive Director Joe Cannon, BFA is facing an unprecedented number of requests and diminished donations in the midst of the economic recession.

    “I realized that everybody’s going to be asking everyone else for money or items in one way or another,” Giordano said recently. “I thought that wouldn’t work too well now. We have to become entrepreneurs.”

  • Correction

    The town of Sunset Beach is eyeing annexation of a residential area along N.C. 179 that includes Landing I and Landing III—not Landing II, which is under Calabash jurisdiction.

     

  • Shallotte Christmas parade Saturday morning

    Santa Claus will make his way down Main Street in Shallotte during Saturday’s annual Christmas parade.

    The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Main Street will be shut down at 8:30 a.m. in preparation for the parade and the safety of all involved.

    More than 100 parade entries will be involved in the holiday festivities. Brunswick Family Assistance will be collecting non-perishable items during the parade.

  • School board agrees to allocate $30,000 to CIS

    BOLIVIA—In the midst of a near half million dollar reversion, the Brunswick County Schools Board of Education voted to pay $30,000 toward the Communities in Schools (CIS) after-school program.

    Cynthia Tart, CIS executive director, approached the board last month and requested the $30,000 to be used in part with a $200,000 grant. The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners agreed to fund $30,000 provided the board of education do the same.