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  • Shallotte Assisted Living earns first deficiency-free rating

    Shallotte Assisted Living on Mulberry Street has received its first deficiency-free survey rating from the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation.

    Every year, division representatives visit licensed adult care homes to determine if any deficiencies exist. According a division report, the facility was cited for a violation regarding restraint use during the October inspection but came into compliance by the December re-inspection.

  • Town OKs new stop signs to prevent wrecks

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen have approved installing new stop signs at the intersection of Mulberry and White streets and at Shallotte Avenue and White Street.

    Last month, an accident at the intersection of Mulberry and White that injured four people prompted Alderman Alan Lewis, who lives near the two intersections, to bring the issue to the rest of the board.

    He said the accident involving a car and an ambulance was the third in five weeks on Mulberry Street, and something needed to be done.

  • BCC Fitness and Aquatics center scheduled to open next month

    BOLIVIA—Within a few weeks, the Brunswick Community College volleyball team will no longer have to travel to play home games. South Brunswick High School’s swim team will not have to travel out of state to practice and compete. And community members looking for a workout facility will not have to travel far.

    The Fitness and Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College is near completion, and president Stephen Greiner hopes to see the center open by Feb. 1.

  • The Patriot: Rich Roman

    Rich Roman has been called many things throughout the years—Marine, cowboy, steel worker, underwater welder, husband, father, sheriff’s deputy—but his favorite label is patriot.

    Roman, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1987-1992, has worked as a deputy at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office since 2000. In April, an opportunity to serve with the U.S. Department of State training police in Iraq arose, and he quickly accepted the position.

    Having served in Operation Desert Storm while in the Marines, Roman was ready to go back to Iraq.

  • Fifth Annual Run for Food set for Saturday

    OCEAN ISLE BEACHDonations to local food banks and pantries tend to slow down after the holiday season, but the number of people who rely on donations remains the same.

    The Fifth Annual Run for Food will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday in Ocean Isle Beach, and all proceeds will directly benefit the South Brunswick Interchurch Council Food Pantry.

    Tom Haran, one of the race’s organizers, has volunteered for the SBIC’s food pantry, and said it needs donations now more than ever.

  • Calabash developer submits anti-federal housing letter

    CALABASH—The developer of Calabash Town Center was required to submit a letter to the town last month stating plans for the development would not consist of low-income housing.

    Jim Myers of Shallotte Partners wrote a letter to Calabash Town Administrator Vincent Long after it was requested by the town, Calabash Town Clerk Kelley Southward said last week.

  • Sunset Beach council garners planetarium comments

    SUNSET BEACH—Three residents responded Monday to town council’s request for comments about Ingram Planetarium.

    Sybil Kesterson said her daughter recently took her children to the Sunset Beach-based planetarium.

    “The feedback was not good,” Kesterson said during public comment time at council’s first meeting of the New Year.

    As the planetarium is now, “if they want money, they need to go a long way because what they’re providing now is not good,” she said.

  • Commissioners back efforts to combat rising insurance costs

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners on Monday agreed to support Dare County and the town of Nags Head in their efforts to combat rising homeowners’ insurance costs. However, local officials opted not to put a dollar amount on their support.

    Officials with Dare County and Nags Head have asked all coastal counties and municipalities to support their efforts to fight a recently approved insurance rate increase they believe is targeting coastal counties, county manager Marty Lawing said.

  • County unemployment rate jumps to 13-year high

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate jumped from 7.1 percent in October to 8.8 in November, the highest rate in Brunswick since November 1995.

    Officials say they don’t expect the rates to stabilize until the next tourist season.

    All 100 North Carolina counties saw an increase in unemployment in November, according to the N.C. Employment Security Commission, which released its latest report Tuesday.

  • Brunswick native awarded Meritorious Service Medal

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Blandino, a graduate of West Brunswick High School and now stationed in Korea, has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

    Blandino was awarded the medal for “outstanding service to the United States as Military Working Dog Trainer and Handler,” for the Fourth Security Forces, Fourth Mission Support Group, Fourth Fighter Wing, and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.