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  • Local reps focus on local roads at transportation meeting

    CAROLINA SHORES — Brunswick County leaders are focused on local roads as they continue to convene at meetings of the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS).

    Brunswick County Commission Chairman Phil Norris, speaking at the latest GSATS meeting Friday, Aug. 16, would like to get Carolina Shores Parkway back on the radar.

    Hickman Road is another possible link as regional roads are earmarked for future improvements.

    Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden said he sees nothing on the map to give relief to N.C. 130.

  • Carolina Shores Golf Course swings a few changes

    CAROLINA SHORES — A few changes have occurred at Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club.

    Property owner Mike Matheny is no longer operating the 39-year-old course.

    A new company, Lune de La Maison LLC of Wilmington, Del., has taken over day-to-day operations.

    “They are just operating it until everything gets sorted out,” said Philippe Bureau, who has assumed a new title with the new company as area golf director at the course.

  • Calabash still looking for a cleaner sweeper

    CALABASH — The town is still pursuing possible purchase of a street vacuum.

    The tabled item was brought back before the town commissioners at their Aug. 13 meeting.

    Town commissioner Daria Buccilli said there is no available machine to sweep sand, which would be needed in the Seafood Capital. But the board voted 4-1, with Buccilli casting the dissenting vote, to have town commissioner Buddy Walton do further research.

  • Candler named chairman of planning board

     Steve Candler, CEO of the Brunswick County Association of Realtors, has been named the chairman of the Brunswick County Planning Board.

    Candler will fill the void left by longtime planning board member Alan Lewis, who resigned as chairman after accepting an appointment to the N.C. School of Science and Math Board of Trustees. North Carolina laws prevent someone from serving on more than two public boards, so Lewis chose to step down from the planning board to remain a Shallotte town alderman.

  • Brunswick County Association of Realtors discusses rise in flood insurance

     Legislators have started making amendments to the federal Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act because of the impact the drastically increased rate premiums will have on the economy, a Brunswick County insurance provider said.

    Jonathan Peele, president of Coastline Insurance in Southport, spoke about the act, which passed in July 2012, during the Brunswick County Association of Realtors meeting Thursday, Aug. 15.

  • 15-year-old boy struck by lightning in Belville

    A 15-year-old boy in Belville was struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon.

    The boy, who was playing Xbox at the time, suffered burns after being struck in his home on the 200 block of East Wood Lane, said Anthony Marzano, Brunswick County emergency services director. Emergency personnel responded after someone in the residence called about 4:45 p.m. and complained of an “electrical burning smell.” The extent of the boy’s injuries is not yet available.

  • Detectives search for would-be Southport store burglars

    Deputies are looking for three men who tried to break into a Southport business about 30 minutes before it opened the morning of Monday, Aug. 19.

    Cash Unlimited employees were setting up items outside the building at 4593 Long Beach Road about 8:30 a.m. when three black men with bandanas covering their faces got out of a teal car and tried to open the front door, according to a news release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. When they found out the door was locked, they got back into the car, possibly an older model Ford Escort, and left.

  • Shallotte man arrested on drug charges

    A Shallotte man faces multiple charges after a traffic stop yielded about $14,000 in drugs Sunday, Aug. 18.

  • Former district attorney Gore pleads guilty to misdemeanor

    Former district attorney Rex Gore pleaded guilty Monday, Aug. 19 to misdemeanor willful neglect to discharge a duty after reaching a plea agreement during a special session of Brunswick County Superior Court.

    The state’s felony conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense charge against Gore was dismissed as part of the agreement.

    Judge W. Robert Bell handed down a suspended sentence of 60 days in jail and 12 months of supervised probation and ordered Gore to pay a $5,000 fine and court costs.

  • Challenge of traditional school drew Snyder to SBHS

    While students still have one more month of summer vacation, Vicky Snyder’s first day of school was Aug. 5.

    The new South Brunswick High School principal began the transition to her new post from Brunswick County’s Early College High School where she worked since it opened in 2006.

    “I was looking for something different and the Early College High School is doing great,” Snyder said.