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  • WBHS performs 'Rumors'

    What should be an evening of celebration quickly turns into a mystery involving blood betrayal and baffling situations.

    “Rumors,” a farce by Neil Simon, was performed at the West Brunswick High School Theatre. The student-directed show involved a cast of 10 characters who walk into a night of chaos when arriving at the New York home of Charley and Myra Brock.

    The Brocks are holding a party celebrating their 10th anniversary, but their friends arrive to find Myra nowhere in sight and Charley in an upstairs bedroom, bleeding from a gunshot wound to his ear.

  • EDC director says new terminal can be beneficial if it's done right

    Brunswick County Economic Development Commission Director Jim Bradshaw says if citizens’ environmental and transportation issues are properly addressed, the international container terminal planned for Southport can be a positive addition to Brunswick County.

    Bradshaw said half the prospective businesses he’s working with that are considering locating in Brunswick County are related to the existing port in Wilmington, and if a new terminal were to be built, that number would increase dramatically.

  • Brunswick native McLamb donates more land for affordable housing

    Driving down Marlowtown Road last week, W.J. McLamb pointed out houses he built for employees in the 1970s and explained why he recently donated another 11 lots for affordable housing.

    More than three decades ago, McLamb saw a transformation in workers settling into one of the freshly built houses they could finally call home.

    “It gave them more pride,” said the longtime developer and Brunswick County native as he rode along with local developer Brian Smith and his daughter, Teresa McLamb. “They actually worked harder and were more dependable.”

  • Traffic accident delays Shallotte Middle's afternoon release

    SHALLOTTE—A nearby traffic accident kept Shallotte Middle School students on school grounds a few minutes longer than usual this afternoon.

    According to SMS principal Paul Price, a wreck occurred just after 3 p.m. about five miles from the school. The school's front lawn was used as a landing pad for a helicopter called in for medical assistance. Some students were already on the buses, Price said, and the rest were kept inside the school until the helicopter took off and cleared the scene.

  • New program at detention center offers inmates GED certificate

    BOLIVIA—Chrissy Skeens looks forward to the day she no longer calls the Brunswick County Detention Center home.

    Skeens, a mother of six, has been in the detention center for the past eight months. Though her trial isn’t scheduled until June, she expects to be released on house arrest later this week.

    When Skeens is released, she said she’s ready to continue her work toward receiving a GED, which she began last week while she was an inmate at the detention center.

  • Second night court debuts at Brunswick County courthouse

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Superior Court, like almost every other state agency, is feeling the harsh side effects of the economic downturn.

    The courts are crowded and understaffed, and staff they have is overworked.

    But Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis says she won’t ask county commissioners to build new courtrooms in this economy—not while there are open courtrooms—even if it is after 5 p.m.

  • South Carolina man sentenced to 14 years for wire fraud

    RALEIGH—A South Carolina man convicted of defrauding hundreds of customers in a furniture store scam he ran out of Calabash has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Henry Rayford Privette Jr., 55, of Johns Island, S.C., was sentenced to 168 months, or 14 years, in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.

    Privette was also ordered to pay $1.1 million in restitution.

    He was convicted in U.S. District Court on Aug. 13, 2008, for 10 counts of wire fraud.

  • County unemployment rate up again; more laid-off workers enrolling at BCC

    Brunswick County unemployment rate continued its upward climb in December, topping out at 9.9 percent, according to the state Employment Security Commission.

    Eli Smith, manager of the local ESC office, said his office took about 492 claims during that month, the most he can remember in a month.

    Smith said people are still looking for work “across the board,” in industries from construction to retail to manufacturing.

  • County approves financing plans for Calabash, Sunset Beach sewer

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have approved financing for sewer systems for Sunset Beach and Calabash, giving customers 10 years to pay the assessments in installments.

    Those who pay their full assessments within 30 days will receive a 5 percent discount, as recommended by county finance director Ann Hardy, who presented the proposed agreements for approval at Monday night’s commissioners’ meeting.

    According to Hardy, county utilities director Jerry Pierce anticipates awarding four contracts for the Sunset Beach project.

  • Calabash merchants demand 'people's rights' regarding UDO

    CALABASH—Despite what town officials say, a pending Unified Development Ordinance draft will hurt local businesses, merchants claim.

    “The town should be representative of the people,” local restaurateur Jeff Sisk said last week following a Jan. 27 hearing that drew a standing-room-only crowd of business owners opposed to the draft as it’s written.

    “They shouldn’t impose their philosophy or opinions unless it’s done by the people,” he said, standing outside his family’s Sunrise Pancake House on Beach Drive.