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  • Dean files lawsuit against school system

    Editor's note: In the print version of this story, it reads Williams' demand from the board of education is $10 million. This information came directly from the U.S. District Court docket for Williams' lawsuit. Williams' attorney, Romallus O. Murphy, says this is incorrect. Williams is seeking undisclosed damages in excess of $10,000.

    A Brunswick County Schools employee has sued the Brunswick County Board of Education, claiming her civil rights were violated.

  • Babson inspired by Palin's speech, holds her own with reporter from Comedy Central

    Even her run-in with a correspondent from “The Daily Show,” didn’t detract from Brunswick County Board of Education member Shirley Babson’s enjoyment of the Republican National Convention in Minnesota earlier this month.

    Babson, a lifelong Republican activist and school board member since 2000, said vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s speech was the highlight of the event and served to invigorate the party.

  • Wreck on N.C. 87 leaves one dead

    An 88-year-old Bolivia woman was killed Tuesday, Sept. 9, when her vehicle was struck by an on-coming SUV on N.C. 87 near Bolivia.

    According to 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes, of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Eleanor Waterford Harden was traveling north on N.C. 87 when she attempted to turn left onto Danford Road. She failed to yield and turned into the path of an oncoming SUV.

    Speed was not a factor, Holmes said, noting both drivers were driving the speed limit.

    Harden was taken to Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport where she died, Holmes said.

  • County nixes availability fees

    BOLIVIA—County residents who have opted not to hook onto the county’s water lines will no longer be charged a fee just because the water is there.

    With commissioners’ approval of the mandatory connection ordinance on Monday night, residents who were paying the $11 per month water availability fee will no longer be required to do so.

  • FEMA, state officials to determine disaster declaration

    State and federal emergency officials have been combing Brunswick County in the wake of Tropical Storm Hanna to determine if the county is eligible for a disaster declaration.

    If total damages left by Hanna top the $12 million mark, the county could receive a disaster declaration, thereby making the county eligible to receive federal funding to pay for damages, emergency services director Randy Thompson said.

  • Calabash sets merchants association meeting to unite area businesses

    CALABASH—An effort to unite businesses in the seafood capital is launching Thursday.

    An organizational meeting for a town merchants association is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Calabash Photography Studio on Beach Drive, commissioner Forrest King announced at the Sept. 9 monthly town board of commissioners meeting.

  • Carolina Shores 10th anniversary party Sept. 18

    The town of Carolina Shores will observe its 10th anniversary from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, with a celebration at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    Highlights will include tours of the new town hall addition, the newly carpeted commissioners’ chambers and the Calabash Fire Department’s new burn trailer.

    County commissioner Phil Norris’ bluegrass band and a barbershop quartet will entertain. Refreshments will be served 3-5 p.m. There also will be door prizes.

  • The Prohibition and Great Depression Years (1920-1939) at Ocean Isle Beach

    The National Prohibition Act passed over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto on Oct. 28, 1918, and provided enforcement for the 18th Amendment outlawing liquor. The act took effect on the Federal level on Jan. 29, 1920, and was not repealed until Dec. 5, 1933.

    During the Prohibition years in America, it was illegal to produce, transport, or possess liquor. However, sailing vessels routinely used Tubbs Inlet to smuggle rum, whisky and other liquor into Brunswick County from the Bahamas, Jamaica and Canada.

  • Shallotte planning board sets vision plan workshop

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board will meet in a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 to discuss a schedule of tasks to make Shallotte’s new vision plan a reality.

    “One of the things [the planning board] wants to focus on initially is the urban waterfront district,” town administrator Paul Sabiston said this week.

    Obtaining the required permits from the state Division of Coastal Management would require a lot of planning and paperwork.

  • Women's conference set for Saturday

    Raised in a family poisoned by addiction, Paula Gray-Slough of Shallotte saw things by age 10 that some 20-year-olds hadn’t seen.

    At 10 years old, her grandparents took her in. They raised her to go to church, but in her mind the damage was done, Gray-Slough said recently, and she veered off into a life with no direction.

    “I felt like I didn’t have a purpose,” she said. “I felt insignificant.”

    Her first marriage ended in a painful divorce, resulting in depression and suicidal thoughts.