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  • New traffic lanes

    STAFF PHOTO BY LAURA LEWIS

    New traffic lanes

    As work continues on the new $32 million high-rise Intracoastal Waterway bridge in Sunset Beach, new two-way lanes have opened to traffic along the island causeway leading to and from the pontoon bridge. The specially built lanes were erected over the marsh so workers can continue with work on the old causeway road to the west, which has been closed to traffic.

  • Brunswick County actively recruiting foster parents, teaching what to expect

    Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a series of stories about foster parenting and adoption in Brunswick County.

    BOLIVIA—Ten county residents—retirees, working couples and mothers with children—listened intently as Brunswick County Department of Social Services social worker Lashonda Stanley described the attributes of a good foster parent.

    “It’s important to remain non-judgmental,” she explained, because foster parents, by law, must work with birth parents to return the children to their homes if possible.

  • Motorcyclists to host 16th poker run to benefit local children

    Since 1992, the Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts have raised more than $180,000 to take 1,500 local children shopping for Christmas.

    In addition to the annual Christmas shopping trip, the nonprofit group has also provided $30,000 in college scholarships as well as computers for children, gift baskets for the elderly, and electricity, groceries and clothes for local families.

  • Mobile home fire kills one

    A woman died Monday after her mobile home caught fire.

    Joan Stanley, 49, of 4751 Hen Cove Ave., Shallotte, died around 1 p.m. Monday, according to Lt. Sam Davis of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Davis said the cause fire is still under investigation, but no foul play was suspected. Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said the fire was believed to be a cooking-related fire, which originated in the kitchen.

    A neighbor reported the fire at 1:13 p.m. when he saw smoke coming from the mobile home, Davis said.

  • From foster parent to mother of 10: One woman’s story

    Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a series of stories about foster parenting and adoption in Brunswick County.

    OAK ISLAND—Karen Derr’s life is all about children.

    From kindergartners to high school seniors, there’s barely a moment when she’s not either surrounded by kids or planning something for kids in the community.

  • Phillips aims to curb spending, maintain county for years to come

    In a profession where most politicians campaign to promise change and lower taxes, Scott Phillips ran for county commissioner for a different reason—his children.

    Phillips was elected Brunswick County Commissioner on Nov. 4, his first elected position, when he defeated incumbent Tom Rabon 25,036 votes to 22,225 votes.

    The decision to run for county commissioner was a difficult one, he said, but he ultimately decided to run for his children and their future.

    Phillips and his wife Shannon have two sons, ages 7 and 9, and a 2½-year-old daughter.

  • Administration building dedicated in memory, honor of former county commissioner

    BOLIVIA—The $6.6 million, 34,000-square-foot county administration building may be the new digs for the county’s administrative, finance and legal staff, but for the people of Brunswick County, it’s theirs.

    While 77 staff members call it home, the David R. Sandifer Administration Building on Monday was dedicated in the late county commissioner’s honor for the people of Brunswick County, just as Sandifer would have wanted it.

  • Town considers next steps in vision plan: revising height limits, other rules

    SHALLOTTE—Members of the planning board will discuss at next month’s meeting the possibility of changing the town’s building height restrictions.

    Easing the restrictions would allow for more creative downtown design in keeping with the town’s new vision plan, board members say.

    “When we get into the new plan, we’ll have multi-family and work-live situations, and we want to take a close look at it and see what we need to do and prepare for it,” explained planning board member Evelyn Madison.

  • Calabash OKs request for sewer delay

    BY LAURA LEWIS 

    CALABASH—Calabash commissioners have unanimously approved a request asking Brunswick County to put the town’s wastewater project on hold.

    The request is to delay the estimated $7 million project once engineering is complete for not less than six months so the town can explore financial options.

  • Special meeting Wednesday afternoon in Sunset Beach

    A workshop and specially called meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Sunset Beach Town Hall.

    Town council will discuss a StreetScape design for the island causeway and hear a request for additional funding from Scott Kucera, director of Ingram Planetarium.

    All interested citizens are encouraged to attend.