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  • 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.

  • Shallotte man sentenced to four months for involuntary manslaughter

    A Shallotte man has been sentenced to four months in prison for the 2006 shooting death of 43-year-old Harry Robert Ponds.

    Steven Woods, 30, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter on Monday in Brunswick County Superior Court. Superior Court Judge Gary Locklear sentenced Woods to 16-20 months, which was suspended for five years. Woods will serve four months in the department of corrections as a condition of his suspended sentence, assistant district attorney Lee Bollinger said.

  • 13th Annual Candlelight Memorial Service to honor victims of crime

    Fourteen years ago this past June, Birdie Frink lost her daughter Amy to a violent murder. Since then she has been active in victims’ advocacy and pushing for legislation to help victims of violent crimes and their families.

    On Friday, The Citizens for Justice group, a nonprofit victim’s advocacy group, will host the 13th Annual Candlelight Memorial Service Honoring Victims of Crime.

    The memorial service is free and open to the public. The service begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Leland Baptist Church on Village Road.

  • Ocean Isle resident recalls dangerous service onboard USS Intrepid

    Joe Barry of Ocean Isle Beach was among a group of about 3,000 men who first boarded the USS Intrepid in 1943 during World War II.

    On Oct. 2, Barry was among a group of about 250 veterans who boarded the historical ship once more.

    Barry was invited to ride on the Intrepid’s journey from Staten Island to Pier 86, where it reopened as a renovated and upgraded historical museum. The exhibits inside show what Barry and his fellow crewmen endured on the ship 65 years earlier.

    Making history

  • County commissioner-elect Charles Warren to tackle taxes, housing, roads

    Republican Charles Warren upset incumbent May Moore in last week’s General Election to clinch the District 3 seat by about 4,200 votes.

    Warren, CEO of Warren’s Case Management Services in Wilmington, lives in Oak Island.

    Warren’s previous political experience includes serving as the Oak Island 2 precinct chairman and serving as the at-large member for the District 7 Executive Committee.

    “I decided to run based on citizens coming to me and asking me to run based on the tax situation,” Warren said this week.