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  • Gullah/Geechee commission to meet in Southport Aug. 13

    The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission will meet in Brunswick County for the first time next week, continuing its mission to develop a plan to preserve the West African culture in the four-state corridor.

    The quarterly meeting is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 13 at Southport Senior Center, 1513 N. Howe St., Southport. The public is invited.

    The meeting will include reports about the development of alternatives for the corridor’s general management plan.

  • Anointed Vessels to begin preparing for next ‘Glorious Impossible’

    The Anointed Vessels, a nonprofit performing arts ministry based in Ash, is beginning rehearsals for its December show, “Glorious Impossible,” a dramatization of Christ’s life.

    Rehearsals will begin Aug. 16, according to the Rev. Diana Payne, the ministry leader. Performances are set for Dec. 2-6.

    The ministry’s outdoor theater, “Can You Believe It?” has been the site of several Glorious Impossible shows over the years—each one with different sets and scenery but with the same story.

  • Stone Chimney Road closed until November for bridge repairs

    To replace three bridges on Stone Chimney Road in Supply, officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation have closed a portion of Stone Chimney Road until November.

    The span of Stone Chimney Road—from the intersection of N.C. 211 to the intersection of Stanley Road—was closed to through traffic Aug. 4. The span will remain closed until Nov. 29, according to N.C. DOT.

    Through traffic will be rerouted to Stanley Road, to Mount Pisgah Road, and U.S. 17 to N.C. 211.

    DOT cautions all drivers to follow detour signs.

  • Commissioners deny VFW request to sell food at Concerts on the Coast

    HOLDEN BEACH—Saying they want the Concerts on the Coast summer concert series at Holden Beach to remain vendor-free, Holden Beach commissioners denied a request by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post to sell hotdogs and hamburgers at the concert series.

    But commissioners suggested VFW members come back to the board in the near future with a possible fundraiser, which commissioners say they’d support.

  • Ocean Isle Beach board votes to adjust fees for homeowners association

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach commissioners voted to adjust fees issued to a homeowners association after finding out they had never been connected to the town’s sewer system.

    Commissioners also voted three to two Tuesday to waive sewer fees for Duneside Villas Homeowners Association until they recoup half of their installation/connection charges, which equals about $2,600.

  • Get ready for the first day of school

    In about two weeks, school doors will open, classrooms will fill with eager students and the 2010-2011 school year will begin.

    School starts on Wednesday, Aug. 25. North Carolina law makes this the earliest start date for school districts throughout the state. Early College High School is on the same schedule as Brunswick Community College, and students began classes Thursday, Aug. 5.

  • ABCs show growth in all Brunswick County schools

    According to the ABCs of Public Education, Brunswick County schools are making progress.

    Growth and performance results released last week confirm all 19 schools made expected growth during the 2009-2010 school year, with nine—Brunswick County Academy, Leland Middle, Lincoln Elementary, North Brunswick High, South Brunswick High, South Brunswick Middle, Town Creek Elementary, Union Elementary and Waccamaw School—showing high growth.

  • Sunset Beach eyes $3.75 million park site

    SUNSET BEACH—Should the town shell out $3.75 million to buy a 5.22-acre waterway site for a future park and site for the old pontoon bridge?

    The issue will be debated at a specially called town council meeting at 9 a.m. this Thursday.

    Among topics of discussion are “possible solutions to saving the old bridge.”

  • Carolina Shores administrator gets 2 percent raise

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners approved a 2 percent annual merit raise for town administrator Linda Herncane following a closed session last week.

    The 3-1 vote followed the board’s monthly meeting and executive session Aug. 5 to discuss Herncane’s annual work performance evaluation.

    Town commissioner Tom Puls cast the only “nay” vote and also declined to attend the first portion of the closed session dealing with Herncane’s evaluation.

    Town commissioner John Russo was absent.

  • Heart transplant patient doing well after fast-track surgery

    CAROLINA SHORES—Thanks to the surgical team at Duke Medical Center and an unknown donor, Paulette Morgan is doing well with a newly transplanted heart.

    Seated with her fiancé, Larry Williams, at their Carolina Shores home last week, Morgan says she’s feeling much better these days since undergoing transplant surgery July 2, three days after being placed on an “urgent” waiting list.