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  • Paws-Ability’s 2009 Mardi Gras set for Feb. 24

    The 2009 Mardi Gras for Paws Party, an invitation-only event, will be at Sharky’s in Ocean Isle Beach on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 24.

    The 2009 festivity is the second annual Mardi Gras fundraiser for Paws-Ability, a nonprofit organization that raises money to aid animal shelters and animal rescue groups within Brunswick County.

    About two years ago, Paws-Ability got its start as a Christmas party idea and has since grown into a respected and significant contributor to local organizations that help stray, injured, abused and unwanted animals.

  • Brunswick to receive federal emergency funds for food pantries

    Brunswick County is set to receive $70,680 in federal Emergency Food and Shelter funds as part of a $670,820 allocation for southeastern North Carolina.

    The local Emergency Food and Shelter board will be charged with dividing the money among local agencies such as Brunswick Family Assistance, Providence Home and the South Brunswick Interchurch Council.

    Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Percy Woodard, local board chairman, at

    754-8484 for an application.

  • Carolina Shores to have workshop Jan. 5

     Carolina Shores commissioners will meet at their monthly workshop at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5.

    Their monthly meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6.

     

  • SB Town Council meets Jan. 5

    An audit presentation and off-street parking requirements are among agenda items for Sunset Beach Town Council’s regular monthly meeting Monday night, Jan. 5, at town hall.

    A 6:45 p.m. work session will precede the 7 p.m. meeting.

     

  • TV thefts investigated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police have investigated a spate of break-ins involving high-definition television thefts and converter boxes reported last week on the island.

    A breaking and entering was reported Dec. 27 on East Main Street in which an LCD HDTV was taken.

    Three HDTVs were reported stolen in another break-in reported Dec. 28, also on East Main Street. LCD TVs also were reported stolen from a residence on Bay Street.

     

  • No flu cases reported yet; shots still available

    No cases of influenza have yet been reported in North Carolina, Brunswick County Deputy Health Director Fred Michael said this week.

    The number of flu vaccines administered by the Brunswick County Health Department also has dropped off significantly, though the department has an abundant supply on hand.

    “There’s very little flu activity,” Michael said Monday.

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged Michelle L. Perkins, 23, of 12 Paisley Drive, Apt. 205, Shallotte, with driving while impaired on U.S. 17 near Smith Avenue. She was also cited for having no insurance certificate. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where her blood alcohol content registered .14.

  • Sweepstakes places back in business

    CALABASH—Monday morning, several patrons were already seated at Internet Café and Sweepstakes to log onto computers and play assorted games.

    Manager A.J. Freeman said business is brisk at the establishment in the Vision Square center, especially in the afternoons.

    She said the business re-opened after shutting down for 10 days.

    Such sweepstakes establishments, where people buy computer time to play games and receive credits, temporarily shut down after a new state law banning them went into effect Dec. 1.

  • Census takers sought in Brunswick County

    Wanted: Thousands of census takers.

    “Pay is good, hours are flexible, and work is close to home.”

    So says information posted on a U.S. Census Bureau Web site seeking people to do field work for the 2010 Census.

    That includes positions needed in Brunswick County, which is part of a regional search seeking qualified applicants for 15,000 jobs in both Carolinas as well as Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky.

  • Brunswick sees slight increase in November home sales

    Brunswick County had a 12 percent increase in existing home sales in November 2008, up to 110 from 98 the previous year. The number of homes sold dropped 31 percent compared to October, when agents sold 159 homes.

    That’s according to recent statistics from the N.C. Association of Realtors, which reports Rocky Mount was the only other region in the state to post an increase between November 2007 and November 2008, going from 59 to 69 homes sold.