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  • One dead after Oak Island bridge girder collapses; multiple agencies launch investigations

    Just before noon on Wednesday, Dec. 3, Bill Holub was 20 blocks away from the construction site of the second bridge to Oak Island when he felt the earth shake violently beneath his house.

    First dismissing it as Seneca Guns, Holub quickly learned the vibration he felt was not a natural phenomenon, but a girder crashing to the ground from the Middleton Street construction site of the second bridge to Oak Island.

    Meanwhile, at the construction site, Kyle Thomas, public information officer for the town of Oak Island, was filming for a documentary about the future bridge.

  • Shallotte prepares to reduce spending in strained economy

    SHALLOTTE—Town aldermen are attempting to arm this year’s budget against the recession by making it easier to reduce spending.

    At the recommendation of the N.C. League of Municipalities, the town has moved 8 percent of its budget, nearly $550,000, to a reserve fund in case of a revenue shortfall.

    According to a memo from the league’s Web site, “The League advises municipal officials to consider reducing expenditures for the current fiscal year in the expectation of lower consumption-based revenues” to keep up with the economic downturn.

  • Ocean Isle contributes money for lobbyist to help pass bill allowing terminal groins

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The town of Ocean Isle Beach is joining forces with other beach communities and hiring a lobbyist, which may be the key to passing a bill that will allow now-illegal terminal groins to be built in North Carolina.

    Mayor Debbie Smith has long been in favor of terminal groins and thinks it may be the best solution to erosion issues plaguing the ends of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Charges filed in ambulance wreck

    SHALLOTTE—A Sunset Beach teenager has been charged in last week’s wreck involving an ambulance at the corner of Mulberry and White streets in Shallotte.

    Milton D. Gore, 17, of 40 Frink Way SW in Sunset Beach, was charged with failure to see before turning.

  • First class graduates from sheriff’s office citizens’ academy

    BOLIVIA—The most recent class to graduate from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office won’t be carrying guns or badges, but they know something about law enforcement.

    On Thursday, Dec. 4, 19 students graduated from the first class of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy.

  • Community members turn out for parks and recreation input meetings

    SUPPLY—Only a handful of community members were in attendance last Thursday afternoon at a public meeting soliciting input for the county’s comprehensive master plan, but organizers say turnout for the meetings has been strong throughout the county.

    Jim Pryor, the county’s parks and recreation director, recently solicited Nashville-based Lose and Associates to complete a comprehensive master plan for the county’s parks and recreation facilities.

  • Tree of life, candlelight vigil to remember victims of traffic crashes

    At a memorial service Friday night, a Tree of Life will be dedicated to the 1,705 people who lost their lives on North Carolina roadways in traffic crashes in 2007.

    Another 489 people who lost their lives to drunk drivers last year will be remembered in a candlelight vigil.

    Justice in Motion, a Wilmington-based nonprofit organization, and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, will host its fourth annual Tree of Life and Candlelight Vigil at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Battleship Park.

  • No charges in Shallotte video gaming machine seizure

    No charges will be filed, and seized video gaming machines will be returned after Shallotte police seized five video gaming machines from A-Z Cigarettes in Shallotte Plaza last week.

    Assistant district attorney Brooke Smith said the video gaming machines were in compliance with the law and would be returned to the owners.

    No charges would be filed, she added.

    On Dec. 1, Shallotte police seized five gaming machines from the cigarette store.

  • Planning board approves map amendment, special exceptions

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board on Monday approved one map amendment and two special exceptions.

    Board members recommending approving map amendment Z-633 to county commissioners for their approval. The map amendment is a request to rezone 1.7 acres on N.C. 211 in Supply to commercial low density from its current zone of commercial intensive.

  • Coastal Horizons’ Brunswick facility to open in 2009

    Early next year, Coastal Horizons Center will open its new, 7,000-plus square-foot facility on U.S. 17 South in Shallotte behind Jones Ford to provide mental health, substance abuse and rape crisis services in Brunswick County.

    Coastal Horizons Center is a private nonprofit agency headquartered in Wilmington and has been in operation for more than 38 years. In 2007, the agency broke ground on its new office, with help from a donation from the Odell and Virginia Williamson family.