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  • Shallotte mayor home after hospital stay

    Shallotte Mayor Gerald Long returned home July 3 from several weeks in the hospital recovering from bleeding ulcers and two mini-strokes, he said this week.

    Long said he will find out if he can attend the next town board meeting this week during his doctor’s appointment.

    “I’m basically homebound now,” he said. “It’s certainly a privilege to be back home and to be out of the hospital. Hopefully, I’ll be getting back to doing some of the things I used to do.”

  • Sunset Beach ABC store moving to shopping center in village

    SUNSET BEACH—A new site is being readied for the town’s ABC store.

    “We’re in the last stages,” Bob Bobinski, a Sunset Beach town councilman who serves on the town’s three-member ABC board, said last week. “I would hope to be in there in about two to three weeks.”

    The store is moving from its current location at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Shoreline Drive West on the mainland to a new, 5,000-square-foot site on High Market Street in The Village at Sunset Beach.

  • Summer food collection launches in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Carol Scott hates the thought of wasted food—so much so, it spurred her to take action.

    A few weeks ago, the Sunset Beach resident initiated a first for her island—a summer food collection and fundraiser for the dwindling pantry at Brunswick Family Assistance.

    “Like many other people on the island, many of us started out as renters,” said Scott, a Virginia resident who lives part-time on the island with her husband, Pete, and hopes to retire there permanently in the near future.

  • Trojans trip up first-round foes in playoffs

    The Southwest Trojans moved into the second round of the Junior American Legion baseball playoffs by routing Leland 10-0 on Friday and Ashley 16-6 on Saturday.

    The Trojans began the second round Tuesday and need to win two games to advance to the third round, which will take place this weekend in Cary. Winners in Cary go the state tournament.

    Here are summaries of the two routs:

    TROJANS 10

    LELAND 0

  • Post 68 swept from playoffs Sunday night

    LELAND—Brunswick County Post 68’s American Legion baseball season ended Sunday night in a 9-6 loss to Wilmington Post 10.

    The loss was Post 68’s third straight in the best-of-five series in the first round of the playoffs. The loss was a stunning and swift end to a season in which Post 68 won 17 of 22 games.

  • WBHS football fundraiser golf tourney July 26

    The fifth annual fundraising golf tournament for the West Brunswick High School football team will start at 8:30 a.m. July 26 at Brierwood Golf Club.

    Participants may sign up as late as the day of the tournament. Hole sponsorships are still available.

    The cost is $50 per person, and the cost covers fees for a cart and a complimentary breakfast and lunch. As with any golf tournament of this kind, there will be door prizes. For more information, contact Jimmy Fletcher at 209-3516 or Brierwood at 754-4660.

  • Middle school to be named Cedar Grove

    Cedar Grove residents got the news they have been hoping to hear for several months Tuesday night. The Brunswick County Board of Education voted in favor of naming the new middle school to be built on Grove Trail Road Cedar Grove Middle School.

    A months-long debate regarding naming the school began in May when board member Scott Milligan made a motion to name the middle school after the late county commissioners chairman David Sandifer.

  • Officials release revised draft of county's comprehensive traffic plan

    BOLIVIA—Wondering what Brunswick County’s roadways will look like in the next 25-30 years?

    Will the roads be able to handle the growth and the traffic if the county continues to grow as projected?

    These concerns and others have been factored into the county’s long-range comprehensive traffic plan, which spans until the year 2035.

    The first draft of the plan was released to the public and local officials last November, and the revised plan was released at a “drop-in” meeting Tuesday afternoon at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • Commissioners, sheriff compromise on grant-funded positions

    BOLIVIA—John Ingram means business.

    In the less than two months since being appointed Brunswick County Sheriff, he has implemented new programs, negotiated the department’s budget, restructured the sheriff’s office staff and sought out grant funding for new positions.

    The sheriff’s office has qualified for the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Grant, which totals $341,700.

    The grnat requires a $60,300 local match to provide four deputies and the necessary equipment and training.

  • County planning department, local merchants mull causeway improvement plan

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners on Monday gave planning director Leslie Bell the green light to move forward with a preliminary study of the future of the Holden Beach Causeway.

    The causeway, a predominantly commercial stretch, spans from the intersection of Sabbath Home Road to the foot of the bridge. Bell said the project would be a fact or data gathering project to solicit input from local merchants on the future of the causeway, including questionnaires and public input meetings.