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  • Women's Bar Association begins volunteer work

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—They weren’t exactly in their element, wielding hammers and saws and measuring vinyl siding, but seven members of the Brunswick County Women’s Bar Association were proud to be on site at the construction of a Habitat for Humanity house last week.

    Group members gathered at the construction site on Dixon Street, the county-sponsored Habitat project, on May 1 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Law Day.”

  • Dems to vote for sheriff Saturday

    The race for the next sheriff is drawing to a close. Ten candidates have expressed interest in the job, but any Democrat who meets the criteria could still pull a last-minute upset Saturday.

    Members of the Brunswick County Democratic Party Executive Committee and other eligible voters, totaling at least 105, will cast their votes for a nominee for sheriff at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at party headquarters on Old Ocean Highway, Supply.

  • Cooke appointed new county commissioner

    Marty Cooke wears many hats—businessman, husband, father, community and political activist.

    On Monday, the 51-year-old father of four officially donned his newest hat as a county commissioner.

    As his wife Catherine and their children—Katie, 16; Mary Lou, 13; John, 9; and Annabelle, 7—looked on, Cooke took his oath of office as county commissioner at the board’s regular meeting Monday.

  • Strong voter turnout reported Tuesday

    Voter turnout in Brunswick County was good for a primary election, said Greg Bellamy, Brunswick County’s director of elections.

    The unofficial tally Tuesday night showed a turnout of 23,573 voters or 33.6 percent of the county’s 70,139 registered voters.

    Of that number, 16,808 voted in the Democratic primary, 6,690 in the Republican primary and 62 posted nonpartisan ballots.

    Bellamy said the fact it was a presidential primary probably drew more voters.

    “You had more candidates at the national, state and local level,” he said.

  • Calabash American Legion Post plans Memorial Day activities

    In observance of Memorial Day, Nocha White American Legion Post 503 in Calabash has planned the following programs that all veterans and the general public are encouraged to attend:

    Sunday, May 25, at 1 p.m. in Shallotte at the National Guard Armory on Main Street: Local and county officials, military organizations, veterans groups and the JROTC Color Guard from West Brunswick High School will participate.

  • Town opts for reduced contribution to fire department

    CAROLINA SHORES—After lengthy debate, town commissioners decided at a budget workshop Monday to reduce an initially proposed contribution to the Calabash Fire Department.

    The initial proposal was for $37,000, plus $3,000 from town fire fees.

    But when a consensus was taken, commissioners John Russo, Joseph Przywara and Tom Puls said they would not favor the proposed $37,000, which commissioner Gere Dale said represents half the federal SAFER grant awarded to the fire department to hire four fulltime firefighters.

  • Capacity crowd turns out to oppose at-large voting in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A spillover crowd, most of them from the town’s District 1 consisting of the Village at Calabash, turned out for a public hearing Monday night to protest town commissioners’ plan to do away with its two voting districts and adopt at-large voting.

    Despite that, commissioners unanimously approved the plan at their monthly meeting Tuesday.

  • 'Jerry Jones Day' draws crowds in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—Jerry Jones wasn’t able to attend the event in his honor May 2 at the National Guard Armory, but his family was there to receive well-wishers and talk about how important their father has been to them.

    Shallotte Mayor Gerald Long officially proclaimed May 2 “Jerry Jones Day,” and Jones’ friends and family organized a benefit barbecue lunch and blood drive at the armory, to assist with Jones’ medical bills.

  • Shallotte board OKs new sewer fee policy

    SHALLOTTE—The town board has approved a new sewer transmission fee policy it says will aid both developers and the town.

    In the newly amended sewer policy, adopted at last Wednesday’s pre-agenda meeting, only 75 percent of a developer’s transmission fees will be available for reimbursement to the developer.

    The town will have 25 percent of all fees for transmission-related expenses, according to town administrator Paul Sabiston.

  • New generators needed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—As town council gets ready for a preliminary budget workshop next Monday, new generators for the town are among big-ticket items under consideration as a possible budget amendment.

    The budget workshop for fiscal year 2008-2009 is set for 1 p.m. May 12 at town hall.

    Town administrator Gary Parker, speaking at the monthly town council meeting Monday night, said council may consider amending the 2007-2008 budget to buy new generators that are needed for the police department at town hall on Sunset Boulevard and the town fire station on Shoreline Drive.