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  • N.C. Business Court judge denies Bank of America’s motion against Coastal Companies

    RALEIGH—A North Carolina Business Court Judge has denied Bank of America’s motion for a receiver in its ongoing lawsuit against local developer Mark Saunders and his company, The Coastal Companies.

    In an order filed March 9, Chief Special Superior Court Judge John Jolly ordered the parties establish a mechanism by which Saunders provide Bank of America “additional ongoing current and accurate information with regard to the financial operations and conditions of defendants.”

  • Election 2012: McCrory seeks second bid for governor

    SHALLOTTE—Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory learned some valuable lessons on the 2008 campaign trail he plans to use to his advantage running for governor again.

    McCrory won the 2008 Republican nomination for N.C. Governor, but went on to lose to N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat, in the General Election.

    McCrory is one of 12 candidates who would like to occupy the governor’s mansion next year.

  • County seeks dismissal in commissioner’s lawsuit

    Though a court decision allowed Brunswick County commissioners to proceed with a hearing to remove county commissioner Charles Warren from the county’s DSS board, the matter is still pending in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall has filed a motion to dismiss the case, as well as asking for $217 in costs associated with a temporary restraining order Warren received to halt the original hearing.

  • Belville commissioner charged with threatening, cyber-stalking mayor

    Belville town commissioner Joseph August Breault has been charged with communicating threats and cyber-stalking 

    Breault, 68, of 10076 North Old Towne Wynd, Leland, was charged on Monday, March 19, and released on a $1,000 unsecured bond.

    According to the arrest warrants, Breault is accused of threatening Belville Mayor William Batson on several occasions between Feb. 10 and Feb. 20, and again on March 13.

    The arrest report states Breault threatened Batson by telling him “he would kick his ass if he didn’t watch his mouth.”

  • Lighting, UDO get a going-over in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Lighting standards and landscaping are issues as the town nears completion of its Unified Development Ordinance update.
    The town planning board and now town council are reviewing the update led by consultant Landin Holland with Holland Consulting Planners in Wilmington.
    Update of the UDO, which consolidates land-use ordinances, launched a year ago with a town-appointed committee.

  • Carolina Shores celebrates Arbor Day

    CAROLINA SHORES—A crowd of residents and second-graders turned out to celebrate trees last Friday morning.
    It was the town of Carolina Shores’ fourth annual Arbor Day celebration.
    Mayor Walter Goodenough, standing at a podium amid trees at town hall’s front entrance, said the first Arbor Day tree-planting holiday took place nearly 140 years ago, on April 10, 1872. That’s when a million trees were planted in Nebraska.
    Trees help in many ways, said Goodenough, speaking to second-graders in attendance from teacher Jennifer Parton’s class at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School.

  • Fire Department debated in Calabash

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have approved a revised contract with the Calabash Fire Department for city fire service.
    Approval came on a 4-1 vote at town commissioners’ last monthly meeting last Tuesday, March 13, with town commissioner Jody Nance casting a dissenting vote.
    Town commissioner Charles “Buddy” Walton said the fire department needs the contract or it will not get paid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
    “They also have a list of all the equipment and the utensils and tools and everything that can be charged by FEMA,” Walton said.

  • Republican women to host GOP congressional debate

    SUPPLY—The Brunswick County Republican Women will host an upcoming congressional debate with candidates for U.S. House District 7.

    The debate, scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, is free and open to the public. The debate will be at the Brunswick County Association of Realtors’ Conference Center, 101 Stone Chimney Place, Supply. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    The debate will feature Republican candidates Ilario Pantano, who won the GOP nomination in 2010 but went on to lose to incumbent Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., state Sen. David Rouzer and Randy Crow.

  • Hearing on landfill expansion continued until March 29

    BOLIVIA—The evidence has been presented. Closing arguments have been heard.

    Now, after months of hearing evidence and arguments, members of the Brunswick County Planning Board will decide whether to grant the county a special exception permit to expand the county’s construction and demolition landfill.

    Planning board members will deliberate and possibly make a decision at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Brunswick County commissioners’ chambers in Bolivia.

  • Storm Spotter training this week in Shallotte and Southport

    Anyone interested in becoming a trained storm spotter through the National Weather Service is in luck.

    This Thursday, March 22, National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist Steve Pfaff will conduct two storm spotter training sessions in Brunswick County.

    The first will be at 3 p.m. at the Brunswick County EMS building on Naber Drive in Shallotte, and the second session will be at 7 p.m. at the Progress Energy Visitors Center on River Road in Southport. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.