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  • Craft, antique store to open in renovated furniture store

    People driving along Main Street in Shallotte have no doubt seen the changes to the former furniture store beside Burger King.

    The previously yellow building has been completely renovated with barn-red siding, new roof and a larger parking area.

    The recently sold High Point Furniture Outlet is now on its way to becoming a new business in town, Nona’s Place, which will feature the work of local artisans and craftspeople as well as “shabby chic” antiques.

  • Health department used CDC-recalled vaccines before they lost potency

    The Brunswick County Health Department recently received word from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that 13 lots of H1N1 nasal spray manufactured by MedImmune have been recalled for potency reasons.

    According to health department officials, Brunswick County received 500 doses of one of the lot numbers Oct. 4, and the vaccine was given Oct. 20. The health department does not have any doses of the recalled lot number left, and all the doses were administered before losing their potency, according to a department news release.

  • ATMC donates computers, accessories to volunteer center

    ATMC recently donated personal computers and accessories to the Brunswick County Volunteer Center.

    The cooperative donated a laptop, 27 desktop computers, 10 monitors and numerous keyboards, mouses and cords.

    The computers will be used for the Computers for Kids project, an all-volunteer project that provides refurbished computers to students whose families cannot afford them. The computers are presented to middle school and high school students at all Brunswick County schools.

  • Retiring emergency management director begins new chapter

    BOLIVIA—Surrounded by bare walls in his once-embellished office, Randy Thompson reflected on his career in public safety on his last day of work before heading for retirement.

    Career fulfilled, Thompson said his years in public safety have been a childhood dream realized—from police chases and dangerous arrests as a young public safety officer to ascending to new heights on a fire department ladder truck—Thompson leaves his latest post to start a new chapter, fittingly in disaster management.

  • Town resolution not sent; DA says it didn't affect his decision

    Shallotte officials didn’t send a resolution the town board approved in November asking the district attorney to file charges against someone who accused a town police officer of assault.

    According to town clerk Sandy Strickland, the resolution wasn’t sent after the meeting because the State Bureau of Investigation’s probe into the allegations was still under way.

  • Beach renourishment big project for 2010 in Ocean Isle Beach

    Ocean Isle Beach will see more than 500,000 cubic yards of sand on the strand during 2010.

    The town is scheduled for another beach renourishment, which Mayor Debbie Smith said should be the largest project of the year.

    “That’s always a welcome addition to the storm protection strand out there,” she said.

  • The people behind Drug Treatment Court

    On a balmy July evening 18 months ago, Drug Treatment Court debuted in Brunswick County—the first in the state at the superior court level.

    The brainchild of Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis, Drug Treatment Court has now hit its stride. Seven people have successfully completed and graduated from the program, with another 30 actively participating.

    Drug Treatment Court coordinator Vicki Prince said, so far, the program has a zero-percent recidivism rate for drug offenses.

  • Devaun Park developer unveils ideas for future Calabash park

    CALABASH—A town park and amphitheater could be in Calabash’s future if developer Scott Stewart’s preliminary ideas for a 1-acre plot come to fruition.

    Stewart, developer and landscape designer for Devaun Park, last week presented rough sketches of his initial ideas for the undeveloped town-owned site across Traders Lane next to Calabash Town Hall.

    Stewart has volunteered to help with design of a future town park on the property purchased by the town in February. He previously assisted with the town’s streetscape project on River Road.

  • Hospitals clinical staff gets first look inside the walls of the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center

    SUPPLY—Battling the cold early-morning temperatures, clinical staff with Brunswick Community Hospital bundled up and donned their hardhats for a sneak preview of the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center last week.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Brunswick Community Hospital clinical staff, which includes physicians, nurses, radiology technicians and physical therapists, toured the future 74-bed, $107 million hospital, set to open for patients in summer 2011.

  • Sheriff's office still searching for missing teen

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a runaway juvenile.

    Tiffany Skyler Jackson, 16, was last seen at her home on Dec. 12, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Jackson is a white female. She is 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds. Jackson has green eyes and brown hair.

    Anyone with information about Jackson or her whereabouts is asked to contact detective Tina Edwards at the sheriff’s office at 253-2777.