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  • Boil water advisory results from low chlorine levels, low usage in certain areas

    Routine water sample tests indicated higher-than-normal readings of coliform bacteria in Shallotte last week, resulting in a boil-water advisory for the entire town, public works director and interim town administrator Albert Hughes said Monday.

    The advisory was issued Friday; by Monday morning it had been lifted.

    Hughes said the high readings were the results of low chlorine levels combined with a lack of usage in the three areas.

  • Parade of Homes continues this weekend

    The first weekend of Brunswick County Parade of Homes was successful for builders, parade chairwoman Kathy Six said. Organizers expect this weekend to be even better.

    “The builders were very pleased with the traffic they received,” Six said. “One builder had already made appointments for people for custom homes.”

  • Carolina Shores releases copy of assistant's contract

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town staff has released a copy of assistant town manager Amanda Chestnut’s new two-year contract.

    The contract, released last week, stipulates an effective date of Oct. 8, the day town commissioners voted 4-1 to approve it. The contract continues through Oct. 31, 2011.

    The contract outlines annual pay and benefits for Chestnut including her $40,000 salary, retirement, health and life insurance, 12 vacation days, 12 sick days and standard paid holidays. She also may accrue additional vacation and sick leave at the rate of other town employees.

  • Shallotte man arrested for assaulting elderly couple during break-in

    A 21-year-old Shallotte man was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 14, charged with assaulting an elderly couple while attempting to burglarize them.

    Joshua Garnet Carlisle of 3042 Bird Drive, Shallotte, was charged with felony assault on a handicapped person, assault on a female, breaking and entering and attempted larceny.

    At press time Tuesday, Carlisle was in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $500,000 secured bond.

  • Bolivia man sentenced to prison for federal mortgage fraud scheme

    RALEIGH—A Bolivia man is one of two suspects sentenced to federal prison earlier this month for his involvement in a six-year mortgage fraud scheme.

    On Oct. 6, Stanley Garfield Williams Jr., 38, of Bolivia, was sentenced to 70 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

  • Bolivia men indicted as habitual felons

    Two Bolivia men have been indicted as habitual felons after being charged with drug violations.

    Nicholas La’Voir Smith, 32, and Nathan Rudolph Smith, 29, both of 802 Randolphville Road, Bolivia, were indicted on the charge of habitual felon Sept. 14, according to the district attorney’s office.

  • Liaisons meet; commissioner reports back to board

    BOLIVIA—Flanked by a small group of senior staff members, liaisons for county commissioners and board of education members met last week at the school district’s central office in Bolivia.

    They discussed traffic concerns at Town Creek Elementary School, sales tax proceeds, fund balance, stimulus money, test scores, accomplishments, facility needs and the need for a new high school.

  • More stimulus funds land in Brunswick County

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is the latest local agency to benefit from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    At their regular meeting Monday night, county commissioners accepted a stimulus grant totaling $19,464 for the sheriff’s office recently acquired helicopter. Board members unanimously OK’d the grant acceptance, which totals three years and requires no matching funds, sheriff’s office Lt. Mark Trull said.

    The grant funding was designated for aircraft hangar fees and portable aircraft wheels.

  • Tracking H1N1: Vaccines arrive locally, but not as many as first anticipated

    BOLIVIA—H1N1 vaccines continue to arrive in Brunswick County along with local health departments across the country, but health officials say they have not received as many as first anticipated.

    Fred Michael, Brunswick County Deputy Health Director, said the county has received about 800 of the nearly 9,000 H1N1 vaccine doses the health department first expected to receive.

  • Water woes: Shingle Tree Acres residents file complaints over water, sewer petitions

    Residents of the Shingle Tree Acres community near Calabash say they have been asking for water and sewer from the county for years.

    But feeling their voices remain unheard, they recently took their complaints to the U.S. Department of Justice and Housing and Urban Development.

    Corrine McCray, a Shingle Tree Acres resident, along with her father-in-law, recently attended a county commissioners meeting to address the lack of basic infrastructure, including water, sewer and roads.