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  • Mom accuses elementary principal of threat

    The principal of Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School has been charged with communicating threats. She was served with criminal summons Wednesday, Sept. 17, by a Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy, Sheriff John Ingram said.

    Patricia Rourk, 53, has been charged with communicating threats and must appear before a district judge at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, according to the summons document.

    A criminal summons differs from arrest warrant, where the defendant is not arrested but must next appear in court before a judge, Ingram said.

  • Register now; vote early

    To the editor: With this election turning out to be one of the most important in history, I urge each person eligible to vote to do so. Change cannot occur without you.

    If you are not registered to vote and are eligible, being 18 years of age on or before Nov. 4, 2008—please register now. The deadline to register is on or before 5 p.m. Oct. 10.

    In North Carolina you cannot register to vote and then vote on the same day. You may register at the Brunswick County Board of Elections at the Government Center, Building F in Bolivia.

  • They Love Lucy at Silver Coast Winery

    GRISSETTOWN—Contestants who resembled Lucille Ball or at least had red hair (natural or not) turned out before a cheering crowd last Saturday at Silver Coast Winery’s Purple Feet Festival and Grape Stomp.

    Eight women sporting crimson tresses and peasant attire performed their best impersonations and mashed grapes with their feet in a wooden vat in the festival’s seventh annual Lucy Look-A-Like contest.

  • Dean files lawsuit against school system

    Editor's note: In the print version of this story, it reads Williams' demand from the board of education is $10 million. This information came directly from the U.S. District Court docket for Williams' lawsuit. Williams' attorney, Romallus O. Murphy, says this is incorrect. Williams is seeking undisclosed damages in excess of $10,000.

    A Brunswick County Schools employee has sued the Brunswick County Board of Education, claiming her civil rights were violated.

  • Babson inspired by Palin's speech, holds her own with reporter from Comedy Central

    Even her run-in with a correspondent from “The Daily Show,” didn’t detract from Brunswick County Board of Education member Shirley Babson’s enjoyment of the Republican National Convention in Minnesota earlier this month.

    Babson, a lifelong Republican activist and school board member since 2000, said vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s speech was the highlight of the event and served to invigorate the party.

  • Wreck on N.C. 87 leaves one dead

    An 88-year-old Bolivia woman was killed Tuesday, Sept. 9, when her vehicle was struck by an on-coming SUV on N.C. 87 near Bolivia.

    According to 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes, of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Eleanor Waterford Harden was traveling north on N.C. 87 when she attempted to turn left onto Danford Road. She failed to yield and turned into the path of an oncoming SUV.

    Speed was not a factor, Holmes said, noting both drivers were driving the speed limit.

    Harden was taken to Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport where she died, Holmes said.

  • County nixes availability fees

    BOLIVIA—County residents who have opted not to hook onto the county’s water lines will no longer be charged a fee just because the water is there.

    With commissioners’ approval of the mandatory connection ordinance on Monday night, residents who were paying the $11 per month water availability fee will no longer be required to do so.

  • FEMA, state officials to determine disaster declaration

    State and federal emergency officials have been combing Brunswick County in the wake of Tropical Storm Hanna to determine if the county is eligible for a disaster declaration.

    If total damages left by Hanna top the $12 million mark, the county could receive a disaster declaration, thereby making the county eligible to receive federal funding to pay for damages, emergency services director Randy Thompson said.

  • Calabash sets merchants association meeting to unite area businesses

    CALABASH—An effort to unite businesses in the seafood capital is launching Thursday.

    An organizational meeting for a town merchants association is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Calabash Photography Studio on Beach Drive, commissioner Forrest King announced at the Sept. 9 monthly town board of commissioners meeting.

  • Carolina Shores 10th anniversary party Sept. 18

    The town of Carolina Shores will observe its 10th anniversary from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, with a celebration at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    Highlights will include tours of the new town hall addition, the newly carpeted commissioners’ chambers and the Calabash Fire Department’s new burn trailer.

    County commissioner Phil Norris’ bluegrass band and a barbershop quartet will entertain. Refreshments will be served 3-5 p.m. There also will be door prizes.