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  • 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.

  • Traffic alert: Northbound lanes closed on U.S. 17

    A wreck on northbound U.S. 17 near Walmart in Leland has closed northbound lanes, according to Brunswick County Emergency Services.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports the wreck includes two vehicles with injuries.

    Alternate routes should be used for northbound travel.

    Suggested routes include: Lanvale Road to N.C. 74/76; and Maco Road to N.C. 74/76

  • Shallotte town administrator to leave in August for Roanoke Rapids job

    Shallotte town administrator Paul Sabiston has accepted a job as the city manager in Roanoke Rapids, a city of about 16,500 people, after nearly five years on the job.

    His last day in Shallotte is Aug. 14.

    Sabiston earns an annual salary of slightly more than $82,000. The starting salary for his new position is $95,000, according to a report from the Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald.

    “Nothing’s forcing me to leave. … It’s just a good opportunity. I think I’ll be more comfortable in a larger town,” Sabiston said Thursday.

  • Nudist resort to bare all for shot at skinny-dipping record

    Whispering Pines Nudist Resort in the Grissettown area of Brunswick County is among nudist colonies throughout the country staging a shot at the World Record Skinny-Dip at 3 p.m. Saturday.

    Nudists and would-be nudists have been invited to take part in the simultaneous skinny-dip for an attempted listing in Guinness World Records.

    The American Association for Nude Recreation is organizing the event at 102 legally sanctioned nudist resorts throughout the U.S. and nine in Canada.

    Rules require all counted participants to be completely nude during the skinny-dip.