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  • Relay for Life raises more than $233,000 for American Cancer Society

    SHALLOTTE—Nearly 800 people walked and walked into the evening, throughout the night and into the morning, all to raise money and awareness May 4-5 for the American Cancer Society.

    Brunswick County’s 15th annual Relay for Life had 70 teams participate. More than $233,000 was raised during the event, according to preliminary numbers tallied by Erica O’Brien, community coordinator with the American Cancer Society.

  • Beach Assembly of God: Adventures in church

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Beach Assembly of God, known in the community for its interactive Christmas drama “Bethlehem Live,” is at it again.

    Only this time, members are taking their creativity to the Sunday school classroom and transforming it into Adventure Island.

  • Free help now available for immigration issues

    SHALLOTTE—Brunswick County residents have a free, go-to source for help with legal immigration issues.

    “It is a very complicated and very emotional subject,” said the Rev. Robert Ippolito of St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church. “We started the program because I realized there were more green card holders here than I thought. There are many sweeping generalizations that there are only illegal Mexicans around here.”

  • Jet Ski venture OKed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The town board of adjustment has unanimously approved a special-use permit for a proposed Jet Ski rental business.

    The decision at a hearing Thursday morning at Sunset Beach Town Hall clears the way for Sea Thriller Water Sports to establish a personal watercraft rental business on property owned by Twin Lakes Restaurant at 102 Sunset Blvd.

  • Jet Ski venture OKed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The town board of adjustment has unanimously approved a special-use permit for a proposed Jet Ski rental business.
    The decision at a hearing Thursday morning at Sunset Beach Town Hall clears the way for Sea Thriller Water Sports to establish a personal watercraft rental business on property owned by Twin Lakes Restaurant at 102 Sunset Blvd.
    Several citizens, including Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato and town councilwoman Carol Scott, voiced concerns about the proposal prior to the board’s decision. Several complained the business will create noise and congestion.

  • No increase in Ocean Isle Beach tax rate

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The new tax rate for Ocean Isle Beach will be 13 cents per $100 of property valuation, the same as the current fiscal year.

    Town commissioners reviewed a budget for the fiscal year 2012-2013, which included the new tax rate, last Wednesday during a specially called budget workshop.

    According to Daisy Ivey, town administrator and finance officer, only a few changes have been made to the general fund budget.

  • Dove award winner to perform in Shallotte Sunday

    Two-time Dove winning and three time Grammy-nominated Southern Gospel group Karen Peck and New River will perform at 6 p.m., Sunday, May 6, at Old Shallotte Baptist Church on Longwood Road.

    On April 19, Karen Peck and New River won gospel music’s top awards for their latest album, “Reach Out,” and Country Gospel Song of the Year for “Good Things Are Happening.”

  • Local candidates report campaign donations

    Clarification: District 3 county commission candidate Jwantana Frink said while her reports were not at the board of elections office when a reporter audited campaign finance reports, they had been postmarked by the April 30 deadline date. An elections official confirmed she had received Frink’s campaign finance reports.

    BOLIVIA—The price of politics is up. Way up.

  • Court of appeals split in libel case involving Brunswick judge

    RALEIGH—The North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled in favor, in part, with Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis in her libel lawsuit against local political activist Ed Rapp.

    However, the court also ruled in favor, in part, with Rapp.

    Hugh Stevens, a Raleigh-based media law attorney who represents Rapp in the case, which goes back to Rapp’s April 2010 blog postings, said the case involves complex issues of defamation law.

  • Suspect free: still no charges in death of 3-year-old

    It has been two months since 3-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister was pronounced dead after being dropped off at Brunswick Novant Medical Center.

    One suspect remains in the Brunswick County Detention Center, but a second suspect was released on Tuesday for time served.

    Neither have been charged with Jaronn’s death.