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  • Sunset Beach council approves per-parcel sewer assessment, 10-year payback plan

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council drew applause and a few cheers as members voted to have sewer assessed on a per-parcel basis Monday night.

    The vote came after nine residents voiced concerns about the estimated $35 million project slated to get under way by Brunswick County later this year.

    Council also voted to keep the sewer payback period at 10 years rather than extending it to 30 as had been favored by more than 80 percent of property owners in a recent petition drive.

  • Food Lion to open next week

    Food Lion in Shallotte will have its grand opening at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, at its new location on South Willis Drive.

    The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a chance for the public to get to know the management team and tour the store. According to a Food Lion spokesperson, grand opening festivities will continue throughout the weekend.

    The night before the grand opening is “dignitary night,” which will allow the mayor and other town leaders to get a preview of the new store, including product sampling and door prizes.

  • Southport, local Audubon Society set Ibis Fest

    The Cape Fear Audubon Society and the city of Southport are sponsoring Ibis Fest, a five-day event May 12-16 featuring workshops, field trips, music and speakers highlighting the natural resources of the Lower Cape Fear and Southport region, including Battery Island, an Audubon sanctuary for white ibis.

    Classes and presentations will cover the topics of birding, nature writing, photography, native plants and invasive species, while various field trips will take participants to special wildlife areas, according to organizer Sally Buchanan.

  • Unemployment numbers dip slightly due to seasonal hirings

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in March, going from 12.4 in February to 11.4.

    The local N.C. Employment Security Commission manager attributed the decrease to seasonal employment opportunities.

    The numbers are up over last year.

    In March 2008, the state paid slightly more than $1 million in benefits to Brunswick County. This past March, county residents received more than $2.74 million in unemployment benefits.

  • Home sales increase slightly in March; agents say buyers, sellers aren't meeting in the middle

    Brunswick County sold 8 percent more homes in March 2009 than in March 2008, and 20 percent more than last month, according to the North Carolina Association of Realtors’ latest statistics.

    In March of last year, Brunswick County Realtors sold 115 homes. This past March, the number went to 124. Last month, 103 homes changed hands.

    The average price of a home sold in the county continues to decrease, going from $318,894 last year to $262,417 in March.

  • Relay for Life set for Friday, Saturday at West Brunswick High School

    Free entertainment is on the agenda at the annual Brunswick County Relay for Life this weekend at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte

    The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, May 1, and continues until 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2.

    Events begin with an opening ceremony and survivors’ lap around the high school track, the centerpiece of the traditional two days of fundraising festivities.

    Food and fun activities are among other highlights at the annual fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society.

  • Local Smart Start group fights to keep More at Four program

    LONGWOOD—Four-year-olds at Longwood Head Start sit at tables and help each other with assigned classwork. They also work independently on a preschool computer program to learn their ABCs and play in educational “centers” throughout the classroom.

    The curriculum and childcare at the facility, on Mount Zion Road in the Longwood community, meets a higher standard ever since Head Start teamed up with the state More at Four program to provide quality pre-kindergarten education to at-risk 4-year-olds, according to Longwood Head Start Director Willie Mae Stanley.

  • Chamber collects clothing for S.C. fire victims

    SHALLOTTE—Hours after sending out an e-mail to collect clothing for fire victims in South Carolina, Cathy Altman was greeted with a surprise last Friday morning.

    “People were here this morning,” said Altman, president of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

    When chamber employees opened the door, bagfuls of assorted clothes in all sizes and shapes were “just pouring in.”

    By lunchtime, Altman had filled her car with bags to carry a first load to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for distribution by the American Red Cross.

  • Shallotte Middle teacher named best of the best

    For the second year in a row, the Brunswick County Teacher of the Year is from Shallotte Middle School.

    Daniel Richardson was awarded the honor at a luncheon Friday, succeeding his fellow teacher, Michelle Bennett.

    Richardson was selected Teacher of the Year by a judging panel who interviewed and critiqued all 18 county Teachers of the Year. Each nominee was required to submit a portfolio of past work and accomplishments. In his portfolio, Richardson wrote that he was “put on this Earth to be a teacher.”

  • Local firefighters, emergency personnel assist with S.C. fires

    CALABASH—The Calabash Fire Department and three Brunswick County fire task forces and other emergency personnel headed to Horry County, S.C., last week to help battle blazing wildfires that have destroyed more than 19,000 acres.

    Calabash Fire Chief Carl Naecker said firefighters from his department were dispatched to provide relief for Horry County firefighters last Wednesday, April 22, the day the fire broke out.