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  • FOCUS discussion centers on affordable housing

    Workforce housing, affordable housing, low-income housing, section 8 housing — whatever description is used, why housing for lower income employees is looked down on was a main issue addressed at the FOCUS discussion in Leland.

    FOCUS, a program of the Lower Cape Fear Sustainable Communities Consortium created with a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant, presented the meeting Wednesday, Aug. 15.

  • New school start times frustrate some parents

    Flipping elementary schools from early to late start times created a need for before-school care programs for working parents.

    Jennifer Jordan, a social services director at a nursing/rehabilitation facility, has a daughter going into second grade at Bolivia Elementary School.

    When the elementary schools opened early, at 7:50 a.m. last year, she cold drop off her daughter and get to work by 8:30 a.m.

    But switching the elementary schools to a start time of 8:45 a.m. made her morning schedule impossible.

  • Brunswick County’s month to month unemployment rate back up

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate ticked back up from May to June, but remained below 10 percent.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 9.8 percent in June 2012, according to the latest figures from the N.C. Commerce Department’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The rate was down .2 percent in May, hitting 9.6 percent.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was .5 percent above the state average of 9.3 percent, while the national unemployment rate number is 7.6 percent, according to data.

  • Education the goal for guarding against rip current accidents

    A lot more rip current warning signs will appear in Brunswick County beach towns between now and next summer.

    The Brunswick Beach Consortium added a special update to its Aug. 15 meeting agenda for the beach communities to discuss their plans and share their thoughts.

     “A month and a half ago four people caught in rip currents who did not survive. We all hate that that happened,” said Harry Simmons, Caswell Beach mayor and consortium chairman.

  • DA: Officers in Leland checkpoint shooting won’t face charges

    Eight officers involved in the shooting of two Leland men during a traffic checkpoint in June will not face charges, District Attorney Jon David said Friday.

    The injured men, Antoine Levar Graham and Jerry Onasis Melvin, were accused of trying to kill the officers during their attempt to flee the checkpoint on U.S. 17 in Leland.

    David said he based his decision on the results of a State Bureau of Investigation probe, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings. He said the investigation involved more than 50 interviews.

  • Brunswick deputy arrested, fired

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit has arrested Timothy Paul Caulder, 36, of Bostic Place in Shallotte and a deputy with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, for two counts of soliciting crimes against nature, two counts of soliciting for prostitution, and one count of willful failure to discharge duties.

    The charges are a result of a two-week internal investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office of Professional Standards, which referred the investigation to the Drug Enforcement Unit.

  • Shallotte Senior Center nears completion

    It won’t be long before construction noise inside the spacious building with the stone arch entryway off U.S. 17 is replaced by the din of conversation, the crack of billiards and the hum of exercise equipment as seniors settle into the new Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. center in Shallotte.

  • New Sea Trail owner focuses on upgrades

    SUNSET BEACH — The new owner of Sea Trail Corp. has a vision for the crown jewel resort, hundreds of property owners were told at a meeting last week.

    “Changes are coming — I hope you’ve noticed some of the changes,” said Peter Reichard, Sea Trail’s new CEO, speaking at the Aug. 14 meeting on behalf of new owner Jean Quinn Pan of China.

  • Sunset Beach soaking up info on beach tents

    SUNSET BEACH — The town is not banning beach tents, at least not this week.

    With the town shading ordinance on their monthly workshop agenda Tuesday, council members insisted it was just for discussion after a half-dozen residents spoke out against any prohibition.

  • Residents eye coastal-wind turbine simulations

    CAROLINA SHORES — Local leaders and residents are taking a closer look at how wind turbines might appear off the local coast.

    At an Aug. 14 meeting, they reviewed results of a visualization study conducted by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to “accurately show” how wind turbines could be viewed from the shore during various weather conditions and times of day.