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  • Group still hopes to 'race' to aid of county animals

    Interest continues to grow in a group hoping to take over management of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter later this year.

    Saturday, more than 100 people turned out for a public meeting of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) that took place at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. in Shallotte.

    Organizer Cheri McLain said no chairs were left as she went over assorted animal issues at what she says will be the last meeting before the issue goes to the county board of health for consideration and a vote, slated for Feb. 14.

  • Party honors retiring Carolina Shores administrator

    CAROLINA SHORES—Dozens of people turned out last week to pay tribute to Linda Herncane, the town’s first administrator who is retiring after more than 12 years on the job.

    The turnout included the current mayor and former mayors who spoke at the Jan. 21 fete during a presentation honoring Herncane, who says her last official workday with the town is this coming Friday, Jan. 28.

  • Construction in Calabash: Apartments should be ready for renters by March

    CALABASH—Standing outside 14 three-story apartment buildings under construction off Old Georgetown Road, developer Jim Myers says it won’t be long before the units are ready for tenants.

    “We’ve got 14 apartment buildings, four garages and the clubhouse,” said the Charlotte-based developer with Shallotte Partners.

    Describing the development as his “baby,” Myers is pleased to have finally gotten it off the ground, considering not only the economic climate, but the “physical climate” as well.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Steven Thomas Balsavich, 29, of 1912 Trifon Drive, Supply, was arrested for failure to appear. The suspect was pulled over for a lost or stolen vehicle tag. The officer arrested Balsavich when he found a warrant for failure to appear out of Brunswick County. He was held at the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $2,000 bond.

  • High school band teacher arrested for sexually explicit text messages

    A high school band teacher has been arrested, charged with sending sexually explicit text messages to a student.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, North Brunswick High School band teacher Mark Riel was arrested over the weekend after a school official reported he had sent “inappropriate sexual content text messages” to a student.

  • Old bridge house gets a lift

    SUNSET BEACH—The old pontoon bridge house has finally moved to the mainland.

    Friday, a crane lifted the two-story white house from a barge on the Intracoastal Waterway and moved it up the hill to a vacant lot on Shoreline Drive to join the old bridge that was moved last week.

    Members with the Old Bridge Preservation Society, which has launched a fundraising effort to convert the bridge into a museum, said they couldn’t be happier as the house was deftly lifted through oak trees, over the old bridge and placed into position next to it.

  • Trustees seek state advice regarding presidential search

    BOLIVIA—Finding the right president for Brunswick Community College is like a puzzle.

    “The most important part of the puzzle is you,” Scott Ralls, president of the North Carolina Community College System, told the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees Wednesday.

    Ralls spoke to the trustees during their monthly meeting. He told trustees he could answer questions regarding the presidential search process but would be “slow to give advice,” as he does not know the college or community well enough.

  • Board of education members announce settlements

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education announced several settlements following a closed session last Wednesday night.

    Among the settlements was a mutual release and settlement between the Brunswick County Board of Education and Wayne Rice, owner of Unique Laser Connections of Carolina.

    The board settled with Rice for $30,000, according to the settlement document provided by Kathleen Tanner Kennedy, the board’s legal counsel.

  • Pilot in SC crash had home in Sunset Beach

  • Fire closed portions of 179 Wednesday afternoon

    A house fire at 1123 Brick Landing Road (N.C. 179) closed a portion of the road for several hours Wednesday afternoon.

    According to witnesses on the scene a passing motorist first noticed the fire. Neighbor Ricky Babson said a woman stopped her car in his driveway and ran frantically towards his residence. She told him the house two doors down was on fire.

    “We have four or five fire extinguishers from our boats and we grabbed those and started to put the fire out,” Babson said.