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  • Nonprofit interest in animal shelter considered

    A nonprofit group has expressed interest in taking over operations of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter, county health director Don Yousey says.

    Yousey, who presented the idea at a county health board meeting Monday night, said he’s willing to consider the offer by local businesswoman Cheri McLain, who’s in the process of obtaining nonprofit status for her new organization, Rescue Animals Community Effort (R.A.C.E.).

  • Bolivia house fire cause investigated

    Firefighters are still trying to determine the cause of a fire Monday night that partially damaged a house in Bolivia.

    The fire, which occurred between 5 and 7 p.m. at 933 Green Lewis Road, destroyed the front portion of the house where the fire broke out, Bolivia assistant fire chief Travis Murrell said.

    A family who lives in the house wasn’t at home when the fire occurred, Murrell said.

    The fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes, he said, as a thunderstorm moved in.

  • Carolina Shores administrator makes 'positive' statement

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town administrator Linda Herncane says she is overwhelmed with support she has received in recent weeks.

    “I am 61 years old and have never had a parking ticket,” Herncane said, reading from a prepared statement at the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting July 8.

  • Sewer pump station site at Sunset Beach raises stink

    SUNSET BEACH—Jeff Morgan said he was just exercising his rights and following procedure when he filed a petition challenging the marsh-front site of a future sewer pump station near his vacation home on the Sunset Beach island.

    And even though he missed the deadline, Morgan said Brunswick County has taken him to task for delaying the island project, claiming it has increased the cost an extra $379,000.

  • Ash mom granted trip to see sons in Ash

    Amy Smith is grateful for the surprise reprieve she was granted last month to see her sons in Ontario.

    The consideration didn’t come from a Canadian judge but from a generous Brunswick County businesswoman who’s been following the Ash mom’s story.

    “The trip was awesome,” Smith said this week of her late June trip to see 7-year-old Brody and 5-year-old Nathan. She took a last-minute flight June 26 to surprise her sons at an Ontario hotel.

  • Commissioners vote to keep strict roadside vendor regulations

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners last week voted not to change the county’s regulations for roadside vendors but agreed to step up enforcement efforts.

    Though the county’s regulations for roadside vendors have been in place for years, Ted Adams, Brunswick County code enforcement administrator, said the recent influx of roadside vendors has forced the county to increase its enforcement efforts, which include a $100 per day per vendor fine for property owners.

  • Brunswick Community Hospital eliminates 18 positions

    SUPPLY—Eighteen employees have been laid off from Brunswick Community Hospital in recent weeks.

    Brunswick Community Hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said 15 positions were eliminated Wednesday, July 7. Prior to last week’s layoff, three leadership positions were eliminated the previous week—a manager, a director and a vice-president.

  • ‘What Made the Clock Rock’

    Songs that originally were broadcast live over radio airways more than half a century ago will be brought back to life in a musical revue at the historic Amuzu Theatre in downtown Southport.

  • Employee lawsuit against board of education dismissed in federal court

    A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court against the Brunswick County Board of Education by an employee who claims violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was dismissed Friday, July 2.

    Board attorney Kathleen Turner Kennedy said the lawsuit filed by Brunswick County Schools employee Lorene Williams was dismissed in federal court, after the board was granted a summary judgment.

  • Representative recognized as ‘coastal champion’ of Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Trying to be inconspicuous and spend a relaxing day at the beach with his family, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre ditched his usual suit and tie and opted for a T-shirt, shorts, sunglasses and a baseball cap.

    Yet despite his best efforts to blend in, beachgoers immediately spotted him and couldn’t wait to approach the congressman to personally thank him for his support in helping bring beach renourishment to Ocean Isle Beach.