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  • Green building: Supply native launches reclaimed wood flooring line

    Supply native Mark Bryant learned the basics of running a business when his family ran a produce market near their home.

    Bryant is now the owner of two flooring businesses in Wilmington and is launching a new reclaimed wood flooring product, which is a popular choice among advocates of environmentally friendly, or “green,” building.

    In the business for the last 17 years, 15 as a business owner, Bryant is creating reclaimed wood flooring using wood pulled from the Cape Fear River.

  • Golf course rezoning still under scrutiny in Sunset Beach



    SUNSET BEACH—After much debate, the town planning board has agreed to continue discussion of proposed golf course rezoning at a March 4 meeting.

    Planning board chairman Bill McDonald said last week he would like to take comments from alternate board member Eddie Walters, who was out sick, as well as any others.

    “We’re going to continue this public hearing, then I’m really going to start the process over with public input,” McDonald said.

  • Brunswick Community Hospital officials lift visitor restrictions

    SUPPLY—Officials with Brunswick Community Hospital (BCH) have lifted restrictions for visitors younger than 18 years old at the hospital.

    On Oct. 1, 2009, hospital officials restricted visitation of children younger than 18 in an effort to combat the spread of flu, specifically H1N1.

    On Monday, Feb. 22, hospital officials lifted the ban.

  • South Carolina woman arrested for prescription fraud, trafficking pills

    A South Carolina woman was arrested Sunday night for her alleged role in a multi-state prescription pill trafficking ring.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Israel West said drug agents have been working with South Carolina authorities on a prescription pill ring in the southern end of Brunswick County. They believe the ring crosses over state lines into South Carolina.

  • ELECTION 2010: Two Republicans join incumbent Democrat in filing for Congress

    At least two Republicans will face off in the May primary in their bid to represent the 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    At press time Tuesday, two Republicans have joined incumbent Mike McIntyre, a Lumberton Democrat, in filing for office.

    Republican Randy Crow of Kelly filed for office this week, joining fellow Republican and Iraq War veteran Will Breazeale, who filed for office Feb. 12.

  • ELECTION 2010: Burr files for re-election, faces primary competition

    U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has filed for re-election.

    Burr will seek the GOP nomination to return to Washington to serve his second term in the U.S. Senate.

    The Winston-Salem Republican will be challenged by two other Republican candidates in the May primary, Eddie Burks of Asheboro and Brad Jones of Toxaway.

  • ELECTION 2010: Incumbent commissioners face contested primary

    Four Republicans have filed for election for two county commissioners’ seats, but no Democrats have filed for county commissioner.

    At press time Tuesday, incumbents Marty Cooke and Phil Norris filed for office, as did their respective GOP challengers Randy Sullivan of Shallotte and Corrine McCray of Calabash.

  • Shallotte votes to decrease speed limit on part of Whiteville Road

    Responding to a letter from students at the Evelyn Smith Wray Village School on Whiteville Road, the Shallotte Board of Aldermen has approved a resolution to decrease the speed limit in the area in front of the school and ATMC.

    At Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve a resolution changing the speed limit along Whiteville Road (N.C. 130) the .3 miles between McMilly Road and ATMC headquarters from 55 to 45 miles per hour.

  • ELECTION 2010: Four running for clerk of court

    No additional challengers have filed for Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court as of press time Tuesday.

    Last week, incumbent Cheryl Cheers Wilson, a Democrat, filed for election to a second term. She will be challenged in the Democratic primary by Linda Moses, administrative assistant at the Shallotte Police Department.

    On the Republican side, Shallotte attorney Jim MacCallum also filed last week for clerk of court. He will be challenged in the primary by Bolivia attorney Pauline Hankins.

  • ELECTION 2010: Lewis files to retain judge seat; no challengers yet

    Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis has filed for re-election to her seat. No one had yet filed to challenge her in the nonpartisan race as of press time Tuesday.

    Also seeking to retain their seats on the bench are district court judges William F. Fairley and Sherry Dew Tyler. They filed two weeks ago for their seats in the 13th Judicial District.

    The district covers Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties.

    In 2007, Gov. Mike Easley appointed Fairley, of Southport, to the seat vacated by the appointment of Judge Doug Sasser to Superior Court.