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  • Senator, USDA reps visit fire station

    SHALLOTTE—U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, a staffer from Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s office and representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development department paid a visit last week to the Shallotte Central Fire Station on Wall Street, built from a USDA Rural Development grant.

    The town planned a lunch and a celebration to honor the USDA grant and federal representatives for their assistance.

  • Shallotte Fire Department awarded hiring grant; board seeks more info

    SHALLOTTE—The federal government has awarded the Shallotte Fire Department $406,420 to hire four new firefighters, but town aldermen want to wait a week to decide whether to approve it.

    The new firefighters would provide enough staffing to meet federal recommendations for safety.

    The five-year grant requires the town to provide matching funds at a greater rate each year, and at Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting, aldermen said they wanted a week to have all their questions answered before approving it.

    The grant will be on the Sept. 2 meeting agenda.

  • CAMA grants $500,000 for Sunset Beach boat ramp

    SUNSET BEACH—A Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) grant of $500,000 has been approved for a new public boat launch site in Sunset Beach.

    “It’s good news, of course,” Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker said of the announcement made last week.

    Parker said the grant will have to be used for what the town has proposed—acquisition for $1.9 million of a 1.2-acre mainland site next to the waterway where the ramp is to be built.

  • ABC store reopens in Village at Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—“Today we should get our first customer,” Bob Bobinski said, standing in the town’s newly relocated ABC store as it opened in a drenching rainstorm at 9 a.m. Monday.

    The Sunset Beach councilman and local ABC board member was right.

    Minutes later, Roy Greenwood of Sunset Beach bellied up to the liquor-store counter to buy two George Dickel Tennessee Whisky mini-bottles from store clerk Brooke Farquhar for $3.21.

    “All my friends are coming to visit tonight,” Greenwood joked.

  • Football season opens Friday

    West Brunswick and North Brunswick open their high school football seasons with 7:30 p.m. home games Friday night.

    West plays Socastee and North plays Fairmont.

    South Brunswick opens its varsity season at home next week against Ashley.

    All three county teams played in a scrimmage Aug. 20 at North Brunswick. The scrimmage was the final tuneup for West and North before they begin the season, and both teams looked good against Wallace-Rose Hill.

    WRH score twice in its first possession against the Trojans, but West matched those scores in its first possession.

  • West wins volleyball opener

    West Brunswick opened its volleyball season Aug. 19 by beating South Brunswick 25-21, 25-20 and 26-24.

    “It’s good to win the first one,” coach Leslie Reeves said. “Plus, they’re a county rival. They played together as team. No matter who I put in there, they put it together.”

    The teamwork was especially impressive as the Trojans worked to secure game points.

  • Volleyball team hopes for banner season this year

    The West Brunswick High School volleyball team had a good season last year—but it wants a banner season this year.

    Last year the Trojans finished second in the conference to perennial conference champion Hoggard.

    “We only lost to them by two points in a five-game (match),” coach Leslie Reeves said.

    This season Reeves expects her team to contend again for a conference title.

    “I told the girls my expectations are high,” Reeves said. “I want to be No. 1 in the conference.”

  • Trojans defeat Scorpions in ladies' tennis

    The West Brunswick girls tennis team opened its season by losing 8-1 to South Brunswick at home on Aug. 19 but winning 8-1 Aug. 20 at North Brunswick.

    In the loss to South Brunswick, West’s only victory came at No. 1 doubles, where Becky Bennett and Amanda Silva were winners.

    For South, Lauren Scheetz, Sarah Brock, Hilary Walker and Kelly Sim each won two matches.

    In West’s victory over North Brunswick—whose girls tennis program is in its first year—West lost just three games in 12 sets of singles matches.

  • West Virginia man charged with raping girl in Brunswick County

    A West Virginia man has waived extradition and was scheduled to make his first appearance in Brunswick County District Court Monday for two sex charges.

    Eighteen-year-old Adam Wesley Hudson, of Belle, W. Va., has been charged with first-degree rape of a child and first-degree sex offense of a child, according to the Brunswick County Clerk of Court.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office to host a citizens' academy

    BOLIVIA—Have you ever wondered how to process a crime scene, or how officers investigate crimes?

    These topics, and many others, will be discussed at a new program at the sheriff’s office, the Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy, which begins Oct. 2.

    The class is free and open to the first 20 people who sign up, who are older than 18 and pass a background check.

    While the class won’t earn you a badge, you’ll be armed with the tools to make your community safer and help law enforcement officers.