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  • It's our future: Expect great things

     SUPPLY—Children are the future is the message shared by Smart Start of Brunswick County last week at the 2011 State of the Young Child Breakfast at Brunswick Community College.

    Guest speaker Dr. Susanne Adams, president of BCC, shared her thoughts on the importance of early childhood education.

    “While virtually every state has maintained economic development funding at high levels in order to aid job growth, state after state has made cutbacks in child care, preschool and after school programs,” Adams said.

  • BCC adds new degree

     SUPPLY—Brunswick Community College has launched a new degree program designed to help students become more employable.

    The new healthcare business informatics degree was created by Burt Browning, departmental chair and Zada Wicker, program director.

    “This is a new curriculum and we are the only college in the service area that is offering it,” Browning said. “We are the only one in the eastern part of the state with the program.”

  • Two accused of stolen car joy ride that turned into police chase

    SUPPLY—Two teenagers are accused of taking a joy ride in a stolen vehicle that led to a police chase.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson deputy Del Routh said around 4:30 a.m. Oct. 15, a sheriff’s deputies observed a vehicle making a U-turn on Holden Beach Road. Deputy Bradley Hardee attempted to stop the vehicle by activating his blue lights and siren. The vehicle accelerated in an attempt to elude the deputy, and then proceeded through a stop sign without stopping, Routh said.

  • Garbage issue rolls out again at Sunset Beach workshop

    SUNSET BEACH—Town officials have been bombarded with letters and phone calls—even comments at Food Lion—about the garbage rollback issue, Mayor Ronald Klein said at a town workshop Tuesday morning.

    Town councilman Lou De Vita said there’s been a big misunderstanding about an ordinance that has been on the books for 15 years.

    All council did recently, he said, was clarify language so the law could be enforced. It also reduced fines for people breaking the rollback rules from $50 to $25.

  • ELECTION 2011: Two for mayor, four for council in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Two contenders are vying for mayor, while four people are running for two available town council seats in this year’s Nov. 8 municipal elections.

    Richard Cerrato and Clinton Dunlop are running for mayor, with current Mayor Ronald Klein not seeking re-election this year.

    This is the third time for Cerrato to seek office in Sunset Beach town government.

    A frequent speaker during public comment time at town meetings, Cerrato continues to question town salaries and spending for the future town park.

  • ELECTION 2011: Races under way in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners Walter Goodenough and Tom Puls are vying for mayor, while Bill Brennan, former town commissioner Gere Dale and incumbents Joseph Przywara and John Russo are contenders for three Carolina Shores board seats.

    One of those is Puls’ expiring four-year town commission seat he is vacating in Carolina Shores.

    If he’s elected mayor, Goodenough will leave an unexpired term on the board of commissioners that will need to be filled by the board. If Goodenough is not elected, he will retain his seat on the board.

  • ELECTION 2011: One mayoral candidate, five vie for three board seats in Calabash

    CALABASH—Town commissioner Mary Knight is unopposed in her bid for mayor, while three candidates are vying for two available seats and two candidates are vying for an unexpired term on the Calabash Board of Commissioners.

    MAYORAL CANDIDATE

    Knight is seeking a two-year term as mayor to replace current Mayor Anthony Clemmons, who is not seeking re-election.

    Knight, who was first elected to the town board as a write-in candidate in 2009, says there will be “open communication” at town hall if she’s elected mayor.

  • Brunswick towns among $138 million in Powell Bill funds distributed across state

    The N.C. Department of Transportation will distribute more than $138.3 million in State Street Aid, also known as the Powell Bill Fund, to 502 municipalities across the state.

    The first half of the payments, about $69.2 million was sent out last week. The other half will be distributed Jan. 1, 2012, as directed by the General Assembly, according to N.C. DOT officials.

    Several Brunswick County towns are on the list.

  • Town Creek principal named best for the year

    Town Creek Elementary School principal Helen Davis has been named the Brunswick County Principal of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year.

    Across the country October is recognized as National Principals Month, and in Brunswick County. Davis has been honored as this year’s recipient. Her name will be forwarded on to the national competition, Jessica Swencki, spokesperson for Brunswick County Schools, said.

  • Operation Stop Arm targets violations in school zones

    Passing a stopped school bus in North Carolina is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

    It will also earn a driver five points on his or her driver’s license and a fine.

    But drivers continue to pass stopped buses, endangering lives of the children on and around the school bus.

    This week, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol has launched Operation Stop Arm to enforce stop-arm violations and other traffic violations in and around school zones, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue announced.