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  • Tailgate farmer’s market allowed at county complex

    A mini farmers’ market will operate at the Brunswick County government complex once a week through Thanksgiving.

    Mark Blevins, North Carolina Cooperative Extension director for Brunswick County, proposed that county commissioners allow the market at the complex every Thursday from 11 a.m. to1 p.m.

    Blevins described it as “a quick tailgate market at the corner of the walking track.” He said cooperative extension staff will supervise it.

    “Several farmers have already expressed interest,” Blevins said.

  • Brunswick County’s unemployment rate stays under 10 percent

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate yoyo-ed from March to May, but remained under 10 percent.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 10.0 percent in May 2012, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The rate almost reached that point again in March, hitting 9.9 percent. But unemployment dropped to 8.9 percent in April. The latest statistics from NCDOC for May 2013, which were released July 2, saw Brunswick County creeping back up to 9.6 percent unemployment.

  • Sheriff’s office assumes control of 911 center after commissioners’ vote

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is overseeing the county’s 911 call center following a unanimous 5-0 vote by the Board of Commissioners on July 1.

    The central communications department includes the 911 dispatch, Viper radio maintenance and technical support.

    Until the commissioners’ action, the division had been under the supervision of Emergency Management Director Anthony Marzano. The commissioners’ vote happened after a closed session during the July 1 meeting.

  • Ovensik named Ingram Planetarium manager

    Edward Ovensik has been named new manager of Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Terry Bryant, executive director of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, chose Ovensik to succeed Mark Jankowski, who has left to help with his church ministries and a new business.

    For the past few years, Ovensik has worked as education and outreach coordinator for the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach and Ingram Planetarium. Ovensik said he worked two-and-a-half years as an employee and two-and-a-half years as a volunteer.

  • Carolina Shores discusses future election charter change

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners is mulling the possibility of a charter change that would evenly split town board elections.

    It isn’t something that would happen right away, however, and a referendum would likely be required.

    Town commissioners discussed the possibility at their board workshop Monday, July 1.

    The idea is to have three board seats up for renewal in one election year for the six-member board, and the other three up for renewal in the next election year two years later, Mayor Walter Goodenough said.

  • Whispering Pines Nudist Resort to participate in National Nude Recreation Week

    At first, it looks like any other upscale campground. There’s a bathhouse, a clubhouse, a swimming pool, walking trails, grills and picnic shelters. The people there are just like anyone else — except they’re nude.

    At Whispering Pines Nudist Resort, members and guests do everything any other camper would do; they just leave their clothes at home.

  • Supply woman bitten by shark on Holden Beach

    A shark at Holden Beach bit a 63-year old woman Thursday afternoon.

    Barbara Corey of Supply was bitten in 3-4 feet of water near the 200 block of Ocean Boulevard East, Holden Beach Police Detective Jeremy Dixon said in a statement.

    Brunswick County Emergency Management Services Director Anthony Marzano said the woman was bitten on the lower leg, but kicked at the shark until she got away.

    According to Dixon, Corey felt something bite her right foot in the water, then the animal began thrashing around in the water.

  • Filing for municipal elections now open

    Candidate filings for the Nov. 5 municipal elections have opened as of noon Friday, July 5. Residents have through July 19 to seek office in those elections.

    Alan Holden, the mayor of Holden Beach, was the first candidate to file at the Board Elections office last week. He is seeking re-election.

    “If I am going to do it, I just want to go ahead and make everybody aware,” he said. “If anybody wants to join in the fray, they’ll know who their opposition is.”

  • BCSO arrests Albemarle man for sexual exploitation of minors

    A 68-year-old Albemarle man is accused of sexually assaulting children in Brunswick County in June.

    Deputies from Brunswick and Stanly counties arrested Clyde Wesley Way, 68, of Kirk Avenue at his home last week.

  • Whispering Pines Nudist Resort to participate in National Nude Recreation Week

    At first, it looks like any other upscale campground. There’s a bathhouse, a clubhouse, a swimming pool, walking trails, grills and picnic shelters. The people there are just like anyone else—except they’re nude.

    At Whispering Pines Nudist Resort, members and guests do everything any other camper would do; they just leave their clothes at home.