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  • Controlled burn tests firefighters’ mettle on hot day

     SHALLOTTE — Emergency personnel were on hand to test the vital signs of the firefighters brave enough to step inside a burning house Saturday, June 21, in Shallotte.

    On a day where temperatures reached into the mid-90s, the Shallotte Fire Department, along with various agencies from across the county, conducted a controlled burn on Wall Street off of Main Street in Shallotte.

  • Civietown VFD receives $75,000 from Homeland Security

     The Civietown Volunteer Fire Department has received more than $75,000 in federal funds.

    The $75,520 total comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency through its competitive Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

    Congressman Mike McIntyre announced June 19 the Civietown Volunteer Fire Department has received $75,520 in federal funds for operations and safety improvements.

  • Tourist boy makes Father’s Day special

     HOLDEN BEACH — “I’m Carter Hemric, I’m 7 years old, and I wanted to wish you a happy Father’s Day.”

    That was the message the boy from Mount Airy had for fathers up and down the streets of Holden Beach last Sunday.

    Not only did he wish eight dads a special day, he made a card to accompany his well wishes.

  • Trustees vote to put new roof on Southport BCC campus

     SUPPLY — To demolish or not to demolish, that was the question that perplexed members of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees on Friday, June 20, during their budget retreat and monthly board meeting in Supply.

    Eventually, the trustees voted to put a new roof over the college’s Southport campus instead of demolishing a large portion of the building that was originally suggested by trustee Bobby Long.

  • Group tries to change auto insurance rates in North Carolina

     A group of automobile insurance companies are trying to change the rate system in North Carolina.

    FAIR NC, a group that includes State Farm, Allstate and Geico, has formed another plan in an effort to change the way auto insurance rates are issued in the Tar Heel State. FAIR NC says the system is broken and the only way to fix it is to break away from the Rate Bureau.

  • Fewer problems indicated locally for veteran care

    CALABASH — In the wake of the nationwide VA hospital scandal about a lengthy backlog of care and waiting lists, there seem to be fewer issues locally.

    “As far as a list, we’ve not seen or heard of one as far as local clinics or Fayetteville,” Anita Hartsell, Brunswick County Veterans Services director, said last week.

    Hartsell attended a meeting June 16 and “found no secret list” or backlog of patient care regionally.

  • Narcotics arrests made

       

     

    Tommy Lanier, 55, of Cotton Patch Road, Shallotte, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and/or deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on June 6. Three hundred and forty grams of marijuana was found in the residence. He was detained briefly at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released under $5,000 bond. Cotton Patch Road is in the Shallotte Point community of Shallotte.

  • FEMA assesses Sunset Beach

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is in the process of reviewing information compiled following a visit earlier this month to Sunset Beach.

    Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker said she spoke with Collis Brown, staff member with FEMA’s Region IV office based in Atlanta, during the visit June 10 and 11 in Sunset Beach.

    “We were set up in the (town) conference room,” she said. “We pulled all files we’d created since the last time he was here.”

  • Kindred Spirit gets an airing on 'CBS Evening News'

    SUNSET BEACH — For more than 35 years, the Kindred Spirit mailbox has been collecting messages from inspired writers trekking or pedaling down to uninhabited Bird Island just a half-hour walk west of the Sunset Beach island.

    Monday, TV viewers nationwide got a chance to be inspired, too, when the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" featured a closing segment focused on the Kindred Spirit and Sunset Beach resident Frank Nesmith.

    Nesmith, along with an old girlfriend, was instrumental in launching the mailbox overlooking the ocean 37 years ago.

  • Sunset Beach to vote on budget Monday

    Sunset Beach Town Council is poised to address and vote on its proposed $5,865,487 budget for fiscal 2014-2015 at its upcoming monthly meeting Monday night, June 30.

    After three workshops, Mayor Ron Watts says the town has found an additional $300,000 in revenue over the amount shown in an initial budget draft for fiscal 2014-15 that takes effect July 1.

    Watts’ observations came at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly meeting Monday night, June 2.