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  • Bushes make Brunswick's best stew - Video included

    SHALLOTTE—Though the origin of Brunswick stew may be up for discussion, it’s no question who makes it best in Brunswick County.

    Barbara Bush and Cameron Bush representing WHQR, Friends of Public Radio, were voted the best in Saturday’s first-ever Brunswick Stew Cook-off, hosted by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

    Barbara Bush said she has been making Brunswick stew for her church for many years and sells between 150-200 quarts every year. But no matter how often she makes it, each stew is a little different.

  • Sheriff's substation pondered in Calabash

    CALABASH—It would cost at least $150,102 a year to provide 12-hour, entry-level law enforcement protection in Calabash and Carolina Shores, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office officials said.

    A Jan. 28 workshop gave town commissioners and residents a chance to ask questions about Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram’s proposal for a contract between his department and the two neighboring towns, both of which have expressed interest in beefing up and sharing reinforced patrol.

  • Sunset Beach council OK with 10-year payback plan for sewer

    SUNSET BEACH—Town councilmen indicated they are in sync with county commissioners' approval Monday of a 10-year payback period for sewer installation in Sunset Beach.

    In a memo to council, town administrator Gary Parker wrote after discussion with engineers and the county finance director, town officials concluded it would be unlikely they would receive a petition from at least 50 percent of property owners “who represent at least 66 percent of the assessed value of all real property affected by the project” favoring a 30-year plan.

  • Wildwood Village neighbors debate park plans

    SHALLOTTE—Residents of Wildwood Village packed the board of aldermen meeting Tuesday night to voice their views on a town park proposed for vacant land behind their neighborhood.

    The town has applied for a $462,460 state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grant to put a 10-acre park on property donated by Grady Hardwick, the developer of Wildwood Village.

  • State legislators begin new session

    Members of Brunswick County’s delegation in the N.C. General Assembly say the budget is the biggest issue they will face during the new session, which started this week.

    Both Rep. Bonner Stiller (R-Brunswick) and Sen. R.C. Soles say some cuts will be needed.

    The legislature is facing a $2 billion shortfall, and it’s going to affect programs in Brunswick County as well as the other counties in the state.

    “I am not prepared to raise taxes,” Stiller said this week. “That’s not the appropriate way to go.

  • Schools calendar may include Saturday make-up days

    BOLIVIA—Multiple make-up days may result in Saturday classes for all Brunswick County Schools students next year.

    The 2009-1010 calendar committee, which was made-up of one parent and one teacher from all 18 schools, unanimously agreed to use half-day Saturdays in times of emergency.

  • WBHS performs 'Rumors'

    What should be an evening of celebration quickly turns into a mystery involving blood betrayal and baffling situations.

    “Rumors,” a farce by Neil Simon, was performed at the West Brunswick High School Theatre. The student-directed show involved a cast of 10 characters who walk into a night of chaos when arriving at the New York home of Charley and Myra Brock.

    The Brocks are holding a party celebrating their 10th anniversary, but their friends arrive to find Myra nowhere in sight and Charley in an upstairs bedroom, bleeding from a gunshot wound to his ear.

  • EDC director says new terminal can be beneficial if it's done right

    Brunswick County Economic Development Commission Director Jim Bradshaw says if citizens’ environmental and transportation issues are properly addressed, the international container terminal planned for Southport can be a positive addition to Brunswick County.

    Bradshaw said half the prospective businesses he’s working with that are considering locating in Brunswick County are related to the existing port in Wilmington, and if a new terminal were to be built, that number would increase dramatically.

  • Brunswick native McLamb donates more land for affordable housing

    Driving down Marlowtown Road last week, W.J. McLamb pointed out houses he built for employees in the 1970s and explained why he recently donated another 11 lots for affordable housing.

    More than three decades ago, McLamb saw a transformation in workers settling into one of the freshly built houses they could finally call home.

    “It gave them more pride,” said the longtime developer and Brunswick County native as he rode along with local developer Brian Smith and his daughter, Teresa McLamb. “They actually worked harder and were more dependable.”

  • Traffic accident delays Shallotte Middle's afternoon release

    SHALLOTTE—A nearby traffic accident kept Shallotte Middle School students on school grounds a few minutes longer than usual this afternoon.

    According to SMS principal Paul Price, a wreck occurred just after 3 p.m. about five miles from the school. The school's front lawn was used as a landing pad for a helicopter called in for medical assistance. Some students were already on the buses, Price said, and the rest were kept inside the school until the helicopter took off and cleared the scene.