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  • Immigrants become citizens at naturalization ceremony

    Southport—Last Sunday, Mary Claire Njeri took her oath of citizenship surrounded by her family—many of whom had traveled from Nairobi, Kenya, to share the moment with her.
    “This is how I roll now,” she said to her family as she held up her certificate of citizenship.
    Njeri and 124 other people from all over the world gathered in on the Garrison Lawn at Fort Johnston in Southport to take the oath of allegiance to become American citizens.

  • Govdeals lets government agencies sell surplus, seized items

    It’s the eBay of government agencies.

    Govdeals.com in an auction-based website that provides a place for government agencies to sell surplus or seized items.

    Similar to other auction sites, users can register for free, search available items and place bids on ones they wish to purchase.

    Although sellers are government agencies, the website is open to anyone wanting to bid on items. Items range from vehicles to computer equipment to musical instruments and jewelry.

  • Shallotte gives ‘blessing’ to Family Days planned for Sept. 9-12

    Some Shallotte residents have formed a nonprofit organization and are planning to sponsor four days of “Family Fun” including rides, games, vendors and local businesses exhibiting their “wares.”

    Stan Rogoff, representing Brunswick Family Day Fair and Expo, a newly formed group of Shallotte residents, asked the board of aldermen Tuesday night to provide police, fire, water, tables, chairs and bleachers, as well as supplemental insurance for the event. It is scheduled for Sept. 9-12 in front of Planet Fun on Whiteville Road.

  • Winnabow Volunteer Fire Department celebrates 50 years with community event

    WINNABOW—Members of the Winnabow Volunteer Fire Department are getting ready to celebrate their 50th anniversary, and they’re inviting the community to join them.

    Winnabow Volunteer Fire Department Chairman Richard Love, who has been chairman of the all-volunteer department for more than 25 years, said department officials wanted to give the community an opportunity to meet the volunteers in the department in a non-emergency situation.

  • Commissioners OK Ocean Isle Beach Park amphitheater rental fees

    BOLIVIA—The Ocean Isle Beach Park has yet to officially open its gates to the public, but in preparation, county commissioners on Tuesday approved a rental agreement and fee structure for the park’s amphitheater.

    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Director Jim Pryor said the approved fee of $500 per day for residents and $1,000 per day for non-residents was for reserved daylong use.

    “This is if somebody wants to bring a group in, hold a gate and have it reserved for the entire day with their name on it,” Pryor told commissioners.

  • Stiff EPA regulations could halt county, municipal mosquito-spraying operations

    BOLIVIA—New stricter Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, slated to take effect April 2011, could halt county and municipal mosquito-spraying operations if implemented because of increased costs, hefty fines and even jail time for noncompliance.

  • 'Keep off dunes' signs debated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—After much debate, Sunset Beach Town Council informally agreed to instruct town administrator Gary Parker to have “keep off the dunes” signs removed at 13th Street but to keep others and enforce the law.
    Town council member Carol Scott said she thought large mock-up signs unveiled by the town’s public works department at the last meeting were “rather unsightly. I think we had agreed to smaller signs.”
    She said she would like to at least moderate the size of the signs.

  • County to implement recycling or alternative technologies in waste in 2011

    BOLIVIA—With an estimated cost of $3.20 per household each month, county commissioners have decided to hold off on countywide curbside recycling at least until the next fiscal year.

    Assistant county manager Steve Stone said the monthly cost to implement the program for the current fiscal year cost too much—both for the county to fund and for county residents to pay themselves.

  • Six-foot bridge fence challenged in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A resident is protesting plans to place a 6-foot-tall chain-link fence around the base of the new high-rise bridge.
    Sunset Beach resident Karen Dombrowski read a prepared statement at Sunset Beach Town Council’s June 28 meeting. She opposes plans by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to erect the fence under the new Intracoastal Waterway bridge on the Sunset Beach mainland.
    Dombrowski said she has heard several conflicting stories regarding the reason for the fence.

  • Stars shine bright--and it's cool--at Ingram Planetarium

    Beat the heat this summer and find respite—and a few cool shows—at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.
    The planetarium, at 7625 High Market St. in The Village at Sunset Beach, is on its summer schedule now and opens at noon Tuesdays through Saturdays.
    Ingram Planetarium offers an array of astronomy and science programs.
    Displays abound in the planetarium’s Paul Dennis Science Hall, and free family activities are offered at 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 19.