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  • Rescued eagle released in South Carolina

    SUNSET BEACH—An eagle rescued near Oyster Bay Golf Links in February has been released in South Carolina.

    The bald eagle was rescued Feb. 16 after being attacked by another eagle near the golf course.

    Residents, including former Sunset Beach Mayor Ronald Klein, rushed to the aid of the eagle, believed to be a female who lost a territorial battle to another female eagle.

    The injured eagle was taken for treatment at The Avian Conservation Center’s Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw, S.C.

  • Bucket-list board at BCC: Before I die I want to…

    Have you ever stopped to write your personal bucket list?

    The idea of writing a bucket list inspired a traveling interactive art project that has made its way to Brunswick County.

    “It is a wonderful way to give back to the community,” Cindy Cheatham, of Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter, said.

  • Couple converts used computers into company

    CAROLINA SHORES—When it comes to the three R’s of older computers—refurbishing, repairs and recycling—Patty and Bill Germond mean business.

    The couple owns Calabash Wholesale Computers and E-Recycle Now LLC in the Carolinas Business Park.

    Their main business is the recycling company, which accepts old, unwanted computers and equipment, including fax machines, printers and other office apparatus.

    It’s one of the few computer-recycling businesses around.

  • Calabash approves Beach Drive sidewalk

    CALABASH—Town leaders have approved a grant-assisted sidewalk on Beach Drive and will also consider sharing the cost of having a sidewalk installed in front of Beck’s Restaurant on River Road.

    Approval for the sidewalk came at a specially called meeting Tuesday night.

  • Tanker truck collides with SUV on U.S. 17 in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—Northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. 17 are open after a tanker truck collided with a compact SUV at the intersection of Smith Avenue in Shallotte around noon Thursday.

    At 1 p.m., the fire department was waiting for a HAZMAT team to check the tanker as a precaution before the vehicles are towed.

    The right side of the car was smashed in and the left front bumper of the truck was damaged in the collision.

    Both vehicles came to rest in the median of the four-lane highway, causing traffic to slow while emergency workers responded.

  • Brunswick County man gets back to California roots through trip to Tanzania

    A trip to Tanzania strengthened one man’s ties to his old home in California and his new one in Brunswick County.

    Jim Cochran and his family moved from Tracy, Calif., to Brunswick County in 2012.

    Cochran lived in Tracy from 1996-2011 and was a member of the Tracy Community Church.

    In 2008 and again in 2011, Cochran joined a dozen members of the church on missionary trips to Moshi in Tanzania, Africa.

  • Holden Beach board moves ahead with park plans

    HOLDEN BEACH—Holden Beach officials finalized a plan for a park the town intends to build under the water tower across from town hall.

    Holden Beach Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members met twice in March to come up with a park design they could fully endorse after several months of delays.

    The parks and recreation board recommended a plan with three phases of amenities for the park at a cost of $138,000.

    Parks and Recreation board chair Peggy Schiavone said figures were adjusted up in the cost estimate presented to the town board.

  • Civil War shell found on Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH—A piece of Civil War history washed up on Holden Beach.

    Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne told town commissioners a resident with a metal detector came across an unusual find at the Boyd Street access.

    A shell—the metal, explosive kind—was found in the sand at low tide about halfway down the beach.

    Layne, who described himself as a bit of a military history buff, said he did some searching and determined it is a Parrott shell, named after a type of cannon used during the Civil War.

  • Leland’s old town hall site is county’s favorite option for future senior center

    If Brunswick Senior Resources and the town of Leland can agree Thursday, the corner of Village Road and Town Hall Drive will be the future home of the Leland Senior Center.

    Brunswick County commissioners voted unanimously Monday for the corner where Leland’s old town hall sits as the best location for a future senior center.

    BSRI executive director Jim Fish presented three potential spots for the senior center:

    •off Village Road at the old town hall site

  • Hardy not taking interim position for granted

    Brunswick County Commissioners set their sites on finance director Ann Hardy as interim county manager while they are between managers.

    But she’s not taking anything for granted, which could be the reason the board selected her.

    “The county attorney (Huey Marshall) advised they should not have an interim manager and a manager at the same time,” Hardy said.

    “At this point I’m special assistant to the county manager.”