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  • New Web site set up to defend school start law

    The North Carolina School Start Coalition has unveiled a new Web site, ncschoolstart.org, to inform voters and legislators of what the coalition says is the need to maintain the state’s school calendar law.

    Tourism officials say the law has had a positive effect on Brunswick County, and they are supporting the coalition’s efforts.

  • Existing home sales increase over October 2007, drop from previous month

    Brunswick County had a 96 percent increase in existing home sales in October compared to the previous year, the N.C. Association of Realtors recently announced.

    Brunswick County agents sold 159 homes in October 2008, compared to 81 the previous year, resulting in a 74 percent increase in dollars, from $23.46 million to $40.9 million.

    The average cost of a home in Brunswick County dropped from $289,695 in October of 2007 to $257,369 in 2008.

    The number of homes sold was down slightly from September of this year, when sales topped 170.

  • Fundraiser planned for Stanley family

    A fundraiser has been planned for Ken Stanley and his son Elijah, whose home burned down in a fire Nov. 17.

    Ken’s wife, Joan Stanley, 49, died in the fire, and their Hen Cove Avenue home was destroyed. While the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, investigators believe it was a cooking related fire, which originated in the kitchen.

    Alan Lewis, Shallotte alderman and president of East Coast Engineering and Surveying in Shallotte, said East Coast Engineering has organized a fundraiser to help the Stanley family.

  • Fire destroys Leland home while family is on vacation

    Just before 10:30 p.m. Sunday, a fire destroyed a Leland home.

    No one was in the home when it caught fire.

    According to Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner, the family who lives in the home was out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday when the blaze destroyed the home on South Navassa Road.

  • Holden Beach lawsuit moved to federal court

    A pending lawsuit against the town of Holden Beach has been moved from Brunswick County Superior Court to U.S. District Court.

    The now-federal lawsuit was first filed in Brunswick County Superior Court on Oct. 8, and alleges gender discrimination, wrongful termination, violations of the N.C. Wage and Hour Act and common-law violations of negligent infliction of emotional distress.

    Terri Oxford, the plaintiff, worked for the Holden Beach Police Department from 1999 until 2008. She claims in the lawsuit she was denied a promotion and wages because she is female.

  • Changing of the guard

    BOLIVIA—The new, all-GOP Brunswick County Board of Commissioners convened Monday night, but not before bidding farewell to outgoing county commissioners.

    Before new commissioners Scott Phillips and Charles Warren took their oaths of office, Tom Rabon and May Moore were honored for their longtime service to Brunswick County.

  • Commissioners OK public utilities field operations center

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners on Monday approved a $4.6 million field operations center for the county’s public utilities department.

    Tabled at the commissioners’ last meeting, board members approved the construction contract for the field operations center with John S. Clark Co.

  • 95-year-old Calabash veteran hasn't forgotten Dec. 7, 1941

    CALABASH—With Pearl Harbor remembrances slated Sunday at the local VFW and Battleship North Carolina, 95-year-old Tony De Biase is among veterans who will never forget Dec. 7, 1941.

    The retired civil engineer and World War II Navy Sea Bee officer hadn’t been recruited yet when he first heard about the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, but he heard about it on the radio.

  • Aldermen want four-way stops at accident-prone intersections

    SHALLOTTE—Tuesday’s wreck at the intersection of Mulberry and White streets that injured four people prompted the board of aldermen to begin the process of putting in additional stop signs there, as well as at Shallotte Avenue and White Street.

    Alderman Alan Lewis, who lives near the two intersections, brought the issue to the board at Tuesday night’s meeting.

    He said the wreck involving a car and an ambulance was the third in the past five weeks on Mulberry Street, and something needed to be done.

  • ‘Black Friday’ attracts shoppers, despite economy

    Local merchants reported “Black Friday,” the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season, was a modest success in Brunswick County.

    Retailers say they are looking forward to a successful shopping season, despite the slowdown in the economy.

    At Belk in Shallotte, store manager Beth Herndon said 250 people were in the store by 5:10 a.m., judging by the results of the store’s gift card giveaway.

    Herndon said sales were “very good” this year and about on par with last year’s Black Friday receipts.