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  • Drowning victim’s body recovered; town considering warning sign

    A drowning death in the Lockwood Folly Inlet may lead to Holden Beach erecting a warning sign on the beach where the accident occurred.

    The body of the Ohio man who drowned while visiting Holden Beach was recovered early Sunday morning, May 19.

    Kwesi Sample, 21, a member of the Xenos Christian Fellowship of Columbus, Ohio, a group that has visited Holden Beach for several years, drowned May 14 while attempting to swim the Lockwood Folly Inlet from Holden Beach to Oak Island.

  • Commissioners to give county employees pay raises

    Commissioners chose a method to reclassify county jobs and institute pay increases, but the process won’t be finalized until the new fiscal year.

    The county hired Evergreen Solutions in July 2012 to review compensation, job classifications, performance evaluations and benefits for all county employees.

    The county received Evergreen’s initial recommendations in January and spent the past five months tailoring the plan.

  • More arrests in BSL prostitution case include officer, volunteer firefighter

    A prostitution investigation in Boiling Spring Lakes has lead to charges against a police officer and volunteer firefighter.

    In early May, Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said his department began a complex investigation involving advertisements for prostitution on the Internet via different social medial websites.

    That lead to Kyle Bradley Wolf, 20, 1911 Robin Road, Boiling Spring Lakes, and Shawn Christopher Conley, 20, North Twin Lakes Drive, Southport, each being charged with two counts of promoting prostitution of a minor.

  • Brunswick 2013-14 budget presented Monday night

    County Manager Ann Hardy summed up the 2013-14 budget proposal with the message: NO PROPERTY TAX RATE INCREASE.

    It was included on a PowerPoint slide that filled the screen behind county commissioners, summarizing the budget with $201.8 million, $0.4425 cents, 95.04 percent collection rate, 1 cent=$2,351,329.

    “Can I use that as a screensaver?” Commissioner Marty Cooke asked after Hardy put up the summary page.

  • Smart Start celebrates 20th anniversary with barbecue

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    Smart Start of Brunswick County hosted a barbecue Thursday at its office on Sellers Street in Shallotte to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Smart Start.

    The staff served barbecue and sides and organized games for children.

    According to Smart Start of Brunswick County executive director Linda Gironda, the staff had wanted to host a community event.

  • CIS hosts fifth annual Big Toy Day

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    SOUTHPORT—Trucks, planes, cars and trains took center stage as Communities In Schools of Brunswick County hosted Big Toy Day at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport last Saturday.

    About 1,400 people attended the fifth annual Big Toy Day. More than 70 exhibitors participated, including the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the Oak Island Police Department, Yaupon Beach Fire Department, Oak Island Fire and Rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard.

  • Southport woman sues funeral home for losing ashes

    A Southport woman has filed a lawsuit against a local funeral home.

    The lawsuit was filed on May 20 at the Brunswick County Courthouse by Jennifer Dunn against Peacock Newnam Funeral Home, White Funeral Services, Gregory L. White, Delores H. White and Shawna Sanders.

    Attorney Patrick Mincey of Wilmington is representing Dunn.

  • Grass grows blue Saturday in Shallotte

    It’s that time of year for the Mostly Bluegrass Spring Festival.

    This year’s ninth annual festival is taking place 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in Riverside Park on Main Street in Shallotte (farmers market site behind the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce).

    Highlights include arts and crafts, food and produce vendors and area bands and musicians in the jam tent.

  • Food distribution helps more than 1,000 households

    BOLIVIA—Before the sun came up, people started gathering outside Brunswick County Democratic Headquarters just to get a little extra food.

    By the time the doors opened at 9 a.m., vehicles were lining both sides of Old Ocean Highway, the sheriff’s office was directing traffic, and people were given numbers to wait their turn in line.

    Teresa Roth said she was No. 491.

    “I got here about a quarter to 9,” Roth said as she waited outside with the crowd.

  • Veterans favor memorial for Sunset Beach park

    SUNSET BEACH—With the town planning to have its second annual Memorial Day ceremony in its new park next Monday, veterans and committee members are also hoping for a permanent memorial.

    Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, May 27, in the new Sunset Beach Town Park on Sunset Boulevard. The public is invited to bring a lawn chair and take part.