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  • MLK Day celebrations planned

    Several celebrations to honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. have been scheduled in observance of the King Day holiday Jan. 19.

    Brunswick County government will host its King Day celebration at 3 p.m. Jan. 15 in the commissioners’ chambers. The public is welcome.

    The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee of Southport will sponsor a three-day celebration paying tribute to the life, legacy and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 16, 18 and 19.

  • Planning board OKs mini-golf in family entertainment center

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended approval of an indoor miniature golf course in the family entertainment center now being built on Whiteville Road.

    Business owner Brian McCall requested a conditional use for the nine-hole golf course at the planning board’s Tuesday night meeting. A golf course is not included in the list of permitted uses in the site’s highway business zoning district.

  • Architect recommends Holden Beach fires contractor for EOC building

    Construction on the new Holden Beach Town Hall is progressing smoothly, but the architect has recommended Holden Beach Commissioners fire the general contractor for the new Emergency Operations Center. The suggested was made during the commissioners’ regular meeting at the Holden Beach Chapel fellowship hall Tuesday night.

    “We’re going to recommend that the town fire the general contractor and contact the bonding company immediately,” Jim Stewart of Stewart Cooper Newell told commissioners.

  • County officials answer wastewater questions in Calabash

    CALABASH—Project bids for the town’s wastewater project can go out with fewer communities participating, but it will affect the overall cost for others, Brunswick County public utilities director Jerry Pierce said Tuesday night.

    A roomful of residents turned out to hear Pierce, along with Brunswick County fiscal operations director Ann Hardy and public utilities director Jerry Pierce answer town commissioners’ questions about the town’s delayed wastewater project.

  • 'Dangerous dogs' return to Bald Head home

    While Bald Head Island dog owners await their day in court, the county continues to tweak its dangerous dog ordinance.

    Bald Head residents Diane Robinson and Larry Kirby are appealing the case in which their Doberman pinschers, Teddy and Nina, were deemed dangerous by the county last summer.

  • Community left in limbo after developer leaves premises

    CAROLINA SHORES—Homeowners in the Calabash Lakes community have begun meeting after the developer of their community, Portrait Homes, left without leaving a forwarding address or phone number.

    Bob Litz, a homeowner in the new subdivision built on the former Calabash Golf Links course off Thomasboro Road, said homeowners were planning to gather this week to discuss Portrait’s current financial woes, including cases that have been filed in bankruptcy court.

  • Easley’s last Booze it and Lose it nets more than 4,000 DWI arrests

    Former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley, who was succeeded as governor by Bev Perdue on Saturday, announced the last statewide driving while impaired campaign under his direction netted than 4,000 driving while impaired arrests.

    In addition to 4,430 driving while impaired citations issued during the holiday “Booze it & Lose it” campaign, law enforcement officers also issued more than 155,000 traffic and criminal citations.

    The holiday campaign ran from Dec. 1, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009.

  • Men sought in Sunset Beach sexual assault

    SUNSET BEACH—Three men are in custody and more are sought in connection with the sexual assault of a 21-year-old woman on the Sunset Beach island.

    Ray Mundo Romero Cruz, 35, of Rock Hill, S.C., and Genaro Castillo Solis, 24, of Lancaster, S.C., are being held at the Brunswick County Detention Center in Bolivia, each on $300,000 bond.

    Also in custody in Rock Hill is Willie Alfredo, 24, of Rock Hill. As soon as Alfredo waives extradition, he will be brought to Brunswick County, Sunset Beach Deputy Police Chief Steve Smith said.

  • Calabash board says no to setback variance

    CALABASH—A town board has nixed a business owner’s request for a variance near the waterfront.

    The Calabash Zoning Board of Adjustment last week rejected a request by Bob Taylor, owner of the Calabash Fishing Fleet, 9945 Nance St., for a 7-foot variance in the required 10-foot rear setback.

    Taylor sought the variance for a 3-foot setback as he seeks to build a stand-alone restroom to be used by customers of his boating business and another business, Waterfront Ice Cream & Coffee House.

  • Emergency personnel pay tribute to colleague, teacher, friend

    When Brunswick County emergency medical technician and teacher Jeff Barber died last week, his colleagues were heartbroken, but they decided to make his funeral a memorable one by honoring all he did for the county during his short life.

    Bald Head Island Chief of Emergency Services Chip Munna and his fellow emergency workers brought one piece of apparatus from each emergency services agency within Brunswick County to the funeral home during the service.