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  • Cape Fear sweeps BCC

    The Brunswick Community College volleyball team lost 25-17, 25-22, 25-23 to the Cape Fear Community College Sea Devils in match Sept. 24 at West Brunswick High School.

    The Dolphins fell behind 9-4 in the first game but cut the lead to 9-8 behind the serving of Jordan Clear. But the Sea Devils outscored the Dolphins 8-2 in taking a 17-10 lead and control of the game. Cape Fear scored the final two points of the game on back-to-back aces.

  • School board member calls for superintendent's termination

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education member Ray Gilbert publicly announced his dissatisfaction with Superintendent Katie McGee at a specially called meeting Tuesday night.

    He made a motion to terminate her contract, which died due to a lack of second.

    Board chairwoman Shirley Babson, vice-chair Charlie Miller and member Jimmy Hobbs were silent after the motion was made. Board member Scott Milligan was absent from the meeting.

    “I think it’s her time, she should go,” Gilbert said after the meeting.

  • Bolivia student killed in wreck

    A 10-year-old Bolivia Elementary School student died in a car wreck in Columbus County over the weekend.

    According to Sgt. J.M. Lewis of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Tyler Bethune was in the front passenger seat of a 1999 Chevrolet passenger vehicle being driven by his 19-year-old sister Jasmine Jones.

    Jones was traveling north on Hallsboro Road just before 7 p.m. Sunday when she attempted to turn into the parking lot of a drag strip and was struck by an oncoming pickup truck, Lewis said.

  • Disaster declaration sought for Brunswick

    N.C. Gov. Mike Easley has requested a federal disaster declaration for the three counties that suffered the most damage from Tropical Storm Hanna—Brunswick, Beaufort and Person counties.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson said the state met the threshold for damages, allowing Easley to request the federal disaster declaration.

    Preliminary damage estimates to public infrastructure completed last Friday topped the $14 million mark.

  • Man pleads guilty to gun on campus

    Perritt Alford, the parent of a Shallotte Middle School student who was arrested in February for impersonating a law enforcement officer and carrying a gun on campus, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to carrying a firearm on campus.

    Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Alford to 18 months of supervised probation to include psychiatric testing and treatment, assistant district attorney Chris Thomas said.

    Another requirement of Alford’s probation, Thomas said, is for all of his firearms and law enforcement paraphernalia to be destroyed.

  • BEMC addressing energy efficiency, environmental issues

    Energy efficiency is a hot topic, and Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. (BEMC), the county’s electric cooperative, is investing in ways to balance the need for affordable power with protecting the environment.

    “We know what we’re supposed to do: provide safe, reliable and affordable power, and we also want to have a social conscience by learning about environmentally sound techniques,” BEMC CEO Chip Leavitt Leavitt said.

  • A (smaller) sign of the times in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town planning board members say they are happy with a smaller sign that was recently installed at the new CVS drugstore.

    The lighted message sign at the town’s future drugstore, slated to open Sunday, Oct. 12, at the corner of U.S. 17 and Calabash Road, merited favorable comments at an Aug. 25 meeting of the Carolina Shores Planning and Zoning Board.

    “It’s a comfortable sign,” said town commissioner Joseph Przywara, who serves as commission liaison with the planning and zoning board.

  • AGs office to mediate public records dispute with town, local contractor

    It has been more than three months since Kevin Alderman requested public records from the town of Holden Beach, and the N.C. Attorney General’s Office is now involved.

    Since first sending the request to Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett in June, Alderman has not received any requested records.

    On June 13, Alderman, the president of Alderman Brothers Construction Inc., requested official documents from the town regarding the Holden Beach Harbor dredging project.

  • Ocean Isle Beach has annual Trash Bash

    The Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners Association had its annual Trash Bash Saturday morning.

    Bob Calhoun, chairperson, said 353 volunteers helped make a clean sweep of the island and collected about 1,500 pounds of trash.

    “We were blessed with good weather and everybody had a good time,” he said.

    Calhoun said 15 teams were given specific sections of the island so all areas could be cleaned.

  • Aldermen positive about SAFER grant, set vote

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen aren’t going to hire four full-time firefighters but say they are inclined take advantage of a federal grant for new personnel by hiring two part-time employees and two full-time employees.

    The rest of the grant money would pay the salaries of two part-timers who are already on staff.

    Aldermen said at Tuesday’s pre-agenda meeting they would like people who’ve called about addressing the board to have their say at next week’s regular board meeting. They delayed the vote until then.