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  • Sunset Beach Town Council mulls, debates budget

    SUNSET BEACH—Following debate that took up most of the day, town council has approved 4-1 incorporating a 2 percent cost-of-living increase for town employees.

    The decision came at council’s monthly workshop Tuesday.

    Along with the raise, council approved a $500-per-employee cash bonus in lieu of a 1 percent longevity (Christmas) bonus in its upcoming, estimated $5,194,600 budget for fiscal year 2013-2014, which takes effect July 1. No property tax increase is forecast.

  • Farm donates strawberries to children's home

    Billy and Katherine Ingram wanted to have their usual day to give back.

    So last Wednesday, May 22, is the day the owners of Waccamaw River Farm Nursery in Ash had folks with the Odum Home in Pembroke come out to pick strawberries.

    The Baptist children’s home provides continuing care services for children in 10 counties, including Brunswick and Columbus.

    Childcare workers, accompanied by one of the teenaged residents of the Baptist home, came out to pick berries that morning to take back to the home that night.

  • Hi-ho, Trigger: Rescued horse gets new home

    Trigger the horse now has a new home.

    Earlier this month, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services issued a request for a new home on behalf of Trigger, a 25-year-old white quarter-horse mix rescued last September from starving, “deplorable” conditions at a Brunswick County residence.

    Trigger was eventually nourished and nursed back to health by his foster mom, Laura Konigsbacher of Wilmington. But Konigsbacher could no longer care for Trigger because she had to move.

  • Two Brunswick County teens killed in separate wrecks

    Two Brunswick County teenagers have died from injuries sustained in wrecks during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

    Brittany Carol Rayl, 18, of Supply died following a one-car collision around 1:30 a.m. Monday on Mount Pisgah Road north of Shallotte.

    According to Sgt. E.C. Harris with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Rayl’s 2005 Chevy Cobalt struck a mailbox, overcorrected, crossed the road and hit a tree. Speeding, drugs and alcohol did not appear to be factors. Rayl was not wearing a seat belt.

  • Korean War veteran reveals 61-year-old flag 'secret'

    By Frank Richardson

    Frank Pinkerton, an 80-year-old Korean War veteran, kept a 61-year-old secret boxed up among contents of a duffel bag he brought back to the United States after serving with the 8th Army Division.

    Now the secret’s out.

    On Saturday, May 25, Pinkerton, who was distributing Memorial Day poppies for Calabash VFW Post 7288, put his secret on display for all to see.

  • Sunset Beach seeks relief from 'unsightly' bridge fence

    SUNSET BEACH—Don’t fence me in.

    That might be the latest theme song in Sunset Beach, where town council is seeking to remove what it deems an unsightly chain-link fence from underneath the Mannon C. Gore high-rise Intracoastal Waterway bridge.

    Friday, NCDOT division engineer Karen Fussell didn’t make any promises, but told council members she’ll research the matter to see what, if anything, can be done.

  • UPDATE: Missing teens found

    Missing teens Christian Smith and Kayla Ray have been located and are with their families, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff's Office press release issued Saturday night.

    Kayla Elizabeth Ray and Christien Aurianna Smith were reported missing Friday. They were believed to have gotten into a vehicle and left South Brunswick Middle School at about 7:45 a.m. Friday. No description of the vehicle or driver were available at press time.

  • Brunswick County Summer Concerts & Movies launch for season

    Get ready for seasonal concerts at the beach and beyond.

    Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is set for the spring-into-summer season for 2013.

    New this year is a Thursday series in Calabash, where concerts will take place on Thomasboro Road and movies shown in the town’s new Calabash Community Park at the corner of Persimmon Road and Traders Lane.

    More of the series is in store in Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, Holden Beach, Sunset Beach, Leland and Southport.

  • Leland proposes $1 inspection fees to attract growth

    Leland’s financial plan for 2013-14 is willing to risk the status quo to draw in business and developers.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented the budget message to commissioners May 16, announcing town officials plan to reduce building permit fees “dramatically” to just $1.

    “We can use building inspection service as (public relations) for the town and invite builders into the town,” Hollis said. “Building permits would be essentially free.”

  • County board skips manager search, selects Hardy

    Brunswick County commissioners called off their search for a new county manager Monday night.

    Two weeks was all they needed to decide Ann Hardy is all they need.

    Board members had just elevated the finance director to interim manager at the May 6 county meeting, after Hardy had served a month-and-a-half as special assistant to former county manager Marty Lawing to get up to speed on county needs before he left to be Guilford County’s manager.