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  • Former inmate injured in jail sues sheriff, deputy

    Though he’s yet to be served, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram is being been sued by a former inmate who claims he was injured while in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    Shane Michael Johnson, who was arrested Oct. 4, 2008, for being drunk and disruptive, sued Ingram and former sheriff’s deputy John Thomas Albertson on July 10.

    Ingram is being sued in his official capacity as sheriff. Albertson is being sued in his official capacity and as an individual.

  • Five vying for three commission seats in Calabash

    CALABASH—Three incumbents have filed for re-election to town commissioners’ seats up for grabs this November in the Seafood Capital.

    They face a challenge from two other candidates who also filed for election during the two-week filing period that ended at noon Friday, July 17, at the Brunswick County Board of Elections office in Bolivia.

    Town commissioners Emily DiStasio, Bill Dixon and Cecelia Herman are each seeking re-election to four-year terms Nov. 3.

  • Six seeking two commissioners' seats in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Six people have filed for election for two available town commissioners’ seats for upcoming Nov. 3 municipal elections in Brunswick County.

    Incumbent Gere Dale has filed for re-election as town commissioner. Fellow commissioner Jack Csernecky is not seeking re-election.

    Other Carolina Shores residents who have filed for the town race are Bob Breen, Joyce Dunn, Walter Goodenough, Dave Jones and Leon Paulikas.

    Both available commissioners’ seats are for four-year terms.


  • Two for mayor, five for three council seats in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Two people are vying for the mayor’s race while five residents have filed as candidates for three available town council seats up for grabs in Nov. 3 municipal elections in Brunswick County.

    Sunset Beach Mayor Ronald Klein is seeking re-election to a third two-year term. Rich Cerrato also has filed as a candidate for mayor.

    Town council incumbents Lou DeVita and Len Steiner are seeking re-election to four-year terms in at-large races. The council seat of Ron Watts, who is not seeking re-election this year, is also available.

  • Carolina Shores assistant town manager apologizes for culvert letter tone

    CAROLINA SHORES—Assistant town manager Amanda Chestnut issued a written apology Tuesday for any harsh wording in a recent letter mailed to residents about maintaining their driveway culverts.

    A number of residents, at least one of them threatening to take legal action, expressed concern about what they thought was a threatening letter.

    Their concern centered around copies of a letter dated July 6 from Chestnut that was mailed to several hundred residents, said Marlene Stewart, a town resident and member of the newly formed Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores.

  • Special meeting Friday to consider censuring Carolina Shores mayor

    CAROLINA SHORES—Two town commissioners have called a special meeting for 11 a.m. Friday at town hall to consider appointing a replacement commissioner and a resolution of “formal censure” of Mayor Stephen Selby.

    The July 24 meeting was called after town commissioner Jack Csernecky resigned Tuesday.

    Selby took issue with the specially called session that includes him on the agenda, noting a sheriff’s deputy delivered a notice to his door Tuesday.

  • Calabash commissioners extend administrator’s probation following investigation

    CALABASH—Town commissioners unanimously voted late Tuesday night to extend town administrator Jeremy Cribb’s probationary period another 90 days without a pay increase.

    Per a state statute and town attorney Mark Lewis’ advice, they also voted to release as public information Cribb’s personnel folder to “maintain public confidence” in administrative and town services.

    The action followed an hour-and-a-half-long closed commissioners’ session to discuss personnel that was attended by Cribb and Lewis.

  • Coastal Horizons Brunswick center set to open by Sept. 1

    The Coastal Horizons Brunswick center, under construction on property by behind Ocean City Chevrolet on U.S. 17 in Shallotte, is set to open by Sept. 1.

    The agency will provide services such as individual and group therapy for adults and children, DWI assessments and treatment, a substance abuse intensive outpatient program (SAIOP), community support services to help clients successfully integrate back into the community, free testing for HIV and other STDs, psychiatric evaluations and other services.

  • Latest candidate filings for municipal elections

    Filing for the Nov. 3, 2009, municipal election opened at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 6, and continued until noon this Friday, July 17, at the Brunswick County Board of Elections in Bolivia. The 2009 elections are for municipalities, sanitary districts and Dosher Memorial Hospital trustees.

    The following seats are up for election. Information provided below is an update of candidate filings after filing closing time at 1 p.m. Friday, July 17.

  • New information: Discrepancies disclosed in Calabash administrator's resumes

    CALABASH—Town administrator Jeremy Cribb submitted false information in a resume when he applied for the job last year.

    As a result, the Calabash Board of Commissioners this week required Cribb to submit a “true and accurate resume,” commissioner Cecelia Herman said.

    Herman said the request followed a recent board investigation into Cribb’s background.