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  • Local engineer to embark on yearlong mission trip to Uganda

    Rose McPherson’s life was changed earlier this year when she went on a mission trip to Uganda—so much so that she is preparing to head back on a yearlong trip.

    After reading the book “Outlive Your Life” last fall, McPherson felt compelled to go on a mission trip and do something that would make a difference in the lives of others. After turning to Google to find out how to use her talents, she came across Engineering Ministries International (EMI). The Colorado-based organization coincidentally was hosting a conference in Asheville soon after.

  • Relay for Life raises more than a quarter-million for cancer society

    SHALLOTTE—Brunswick County has a quarter-million reasons to be hopeful a cure for cancer will soon be found.

    At this past weekend’s Relay for Life, team fundraising totaled more than $260,000—more than the countywide goal of a quarter-million dollars.

    Wendy Perdue, marketing and development director for eastern North Carolina with the American Cancer Society, said the total is expected to rise, as teams always turn in additional money after the event.

  • Services, Vietnam veterans replica highlight upcoming Memorial Day

    Two Memorial Day services are planned in the area May 30.

    In addition, a scaled-down replica of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial is coming to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for three days starting next Wednesday, May 25.

    Calabash Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7288 will have its annual Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the post on Carter Drive.

    The featured speaker will be Ed Salau, program coordinator for Wounded Warrior Battalion East at Camp Lejeune.

  • Chained-up dogs raise local hackles

    The daily view from Diana Barnes’ place of employment had started to haunt her. It tugged at her heartstrings. She saw an animal in need and nobody doing anything about it.

    Day in and day out, the Carolina Shores resident saw a female dog tethered and ignored in a shade-less yard on Seaside Road near Sunset Beach, receiving occasional food and water tossed its way by her human owner. Otherwise, there was no interaction or attention, except for the lineup of three young men who stopped by the yard one day, each with a pit bull dog in tow.

  • Calabash trims list for town administrator

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners is still in the process of interviewing a narrowed-down list of applicants for town administrator.

    Since May 5, the board has been interviewing candidates for the position vacated following former town administrator Marzy Marziano’s resignation last September after 10 months on the job.

    Town clerk Kelley Southward, who is once again serving as interim administrator until a permanent one is hired, stated last week the board has received a total of about 85 resumes and selected nine candidates to interview.

  • Adams named president of Brunswick Community College

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees have named Dr. Susanne Adams as the next president of Brunswick Community College.

    Pending approval from the State Board of Community Colleges, Adams will assume her position on July 1, and will be paid a yearly salary of $125,000.

  • County manager unveils $190 million operating budget

     

    Total proposed operating budget: $190 million

    Proposed tax rate: 44.25 cents per $100 of property valuation (revenue neutral)

    General fund budget: $146 million, which includes $31.9 million for Brunswick County Schools

    Enterprise fund: $19.2 million for water fund; $19.5 million for wastewater fund

    Next budget workshop: 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 25

    Budget public hearing: 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 6

     

  • Relay for Life this weekend at West Brunswick High School

    Cancer survivors and loved ones of those who lost their battles with the disease will be celebrated at the 2011 Relay for Life of Brunswick County, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday at West Brunswick High School.

    Opening ceremonies start at 6 p.m. with a survivor lap on the track at 6:15 p.m.

    “A survivor is anyone who has ever heard the words ‘You have cancer,’” according to the American Cancer Society’s website. “And we invite all cancer survivors in the community to attend Relay For Life.”

  • RACE pet adoption fair Saturday in Shallotte

    Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) is having its third annual pet adoption fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Shallotte District Park, 5550 Main St., Shallotte. Featured are a Van Dyne K9 dog training-agility demo at 10:30 a.m., a Canine Angels demo at 11:30 a.m., a children’s education corner, lots of great vendors, hot dogs and drinks and Sunset Slush. The rain date is May 21. For more information, call (910) 754-9971.

  • Sunset Beach property owner seeks continuance in land dispute

    A Sunset Beach property owner has requested continuance of a land-dispute action she has filed against the town.

    Margaret K. McCarrel filed a letter with the Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court on April 18 requesting a continuance of up to 60 days, “due to current negotiations toward an out-of-court settlement” between the town and herself as petitioner.

    Last August, the Charlotte-based real estate broker filed a special proceedings summons against the town regarding a vacant lot she bought in August 2005 at 217 Shoreline Drive.