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  • Shallotte planning board attempts to close permitting loophole

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended amending the town’s unified development ordinance to require developers to obtain town approval for driveways and roadways before they receive approval of their development plans.

    At its regular meeting Dec. 9, the planning board unanimously approved the changes, prompted by a recent incident in which a “loophole” in the current UDO was discovered.

  • Toy Run another hit for Brunswick County bikers, kids

    The 16th annual Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts Toy Run was a successful one, organizer Jerome Munna said this week.

    The enthusiasts shopped with 80 children, a smaller number than usual due to a strain on the economy, he said.

    “We hope to still help with a couple of scholarships this year,” Munna said.

    Bill Carter of Holden Beach won the fundraising raffle of a 2009 Harley Davidson Crossbones.

  • Preliminary annexation meeting draws questions

    SUNSET BEACH—A handful of residents showed up to ask town council about the town’s plans to annex a 99-acre residential tract at a specially called meeting Monday night.

    The questions came after council unanimously approved a resolution of intent to annex the property, most of it along N.C. 179 between The Colony II at Oyster Bay and the Calabash River.

  • NHRMC breaks ground for new facility in Brunswick Forest

    Construction has begun on a project that will bring New Hanover Regional Medical Center services directly to northern Brunswick County.

    Steel beams are going up on the medical center’s new 40,000-square-foot medical complex in The Villages at Brunswick Forest. When complete, area residents will have easier access to imaging and urgent care services as well as primary and specialist physicians.

  • Restaurants receive health grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the week of Dec. 1-5.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Sunset Beach pontoon bridge operators to be laid off

    SUNSET BEACH—Operators of the Sunset Beach pontoon bridge are feeling the effects of a tightening economy—they received notice last week they’re being laid off after they've trained their replacements.

    In a Dec. 8 letter included in the employees’ paychecks last week, NCDOT Division 3 director Allen Pope noted the department is “facing a very difficult financial time, with its annual budget reduced by 35 percent from the budget it had planned since July 1.

  • Shallotte to seek state grants for waterfront development, access

    Shallotte is continuing its efforts to put the town’s 10-year vision plan into place by applying for grants from the state, hoping to tap into the Division of Coastal Management’s (DCM) Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program.

    At its December meeting, the town board voted unanimously to allow staff to begin the application process.

  • Oak Island man pleads guilty to murder; sentenced to 12-16 years

    An Oak Island man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Robert James Frazier, formerly of 139 NE 38th St., Oak Island, pleaded guilty Dec. 8 to the February 2007 murder of 33-year-old Katherine Gail Harlow.

    Superior Court Judge Gary Locklear sentenced Frazier to 151-191 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections, with credit for time served, assistant district attorney Chris Gentry said.

  • Driving while impaired victims remembered, officers honored

    WILMINGTON—Terry Randolph will never have another family dinner again. Her 10 grandchildren will never know the love of their grandfather Benny since he was struck and killed by a drunk driver two years ago.

    “I don’t even like to say he died. He didn’t die—he was killed brutally,” Randolph, the keynote speaker at last week’s candlelight vigil remembering victims of drunk driving, told a packed crowd as her children and grandchildren looked on somberly from the front row.

  • Former police officer in court for assault this week

    BOLIVIA—Opening arguments in the trial of a former police officer charged with assault began just before 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the trial expected to continue Wednesday.

    Former Holden Beach police officer Brannon Gray, 25, of 944 Little Macedonia Road, Supply, was charged with and indicted for assault inflicting serious bodily injury for a November 2007 incident.