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  • County keeping employee service recognition simple

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners decided a firm handshake, a certificate of recognition and a longevity bonus are the best ways to thank county employees for their years of service.

    Debbie Barnes brought a proposal to cut the cost of the employee service recognition program by doing away with the expensive pins the county has given employees when they hit milestone years.

    “We had a policy that required pins with diamonds, sapphires, solid gold. We changed that policy to add more flexibility for recognition,” she said.

  • Possible raise on hold for county employees

    BOLIVIA—Commissioner Marty Cooke wants to pump 5 percent more money into Brunswick County employees’ salaries. He brought it up at the Dec. 17 commissioner meeting, but other commissioners weren’t on board.

    Instead the board will wait for results of a salary study commissioned in July.

    The study is a review of compensation, job classifications, performance evaluations and benefits for all county employees. Evergreen Solutions was selected from 11 contractors to perform the survey.

  • BFA Christmas distribution

    The elves with Brunswick Family Assistance have been busy assisting clients with the annual community holiday distribution.

    This year’s event took place at The Brunswick Beacon building on Smith Avenue in Shallotte.

    People started lining up around 7:30 a.m. Thursday to receive toys, frozen turkeys and other food being distributed from the Beacon’s old pressroom at the rear of the building.

    BFA’s distribution for seniors took place Wednesday.

  • Living through the itchy agony of shingles

    Sarah Sue Ingram and Linda Schueller know all too unfortunately the firsthand experience of contracting shingles.

    Shingles, a painful skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, is more common in people ages 50 and older. It often erupts when a person’s immune system is weakened by some diseases, steroid drugs or chemotherapy, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control.

    At least 1 million people in the United States get shingles annually.

  • Got gold? There's money to be made in selling old jewelry

    Got any old gold jewelry knocking around that you haven’t worn in years?

    If so, you can make extra money just in time for the holidays.

    Doug Turner, owner of Douglas Diamond Jewelers in Shallotte Crossing Shopping Center, says the holidays have been prime time for people to bring in old gold jewelry to sell for money.

    “More than ever, people are looking for disposable dollars,” Turner said.

    Selling old gold jewelry pieces they no longer wear is a “nice, safe, easy, advantageous” way to do that, he added.

  • Dec. 21, 2012: Is it the end of the world as we know it?

    Will it or won’t it?

    Will the world end Friday?

    Should we worry? Should we hunker down like some folks plan to, with basic survival supplies and skills? Or should we be partying like it’s, er, 2012?

    This Friday, Earthlings will find out once and for all about reported demise of their world that may or not be greatly exaggerated, based on interpretation of an ancient Mayan calendar that seems to go nowhere after Dec. 21, 2012.

    Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach is opting for a celebration.

  • Calabash mayor called on carpet for flooring cost

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners voted 3-2 to “remove the powers” of Calabash Mayor Mary Knight after she spent $1,152 for new office flooring at town hall.

    The vote came at the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night upon a motion from Calabash commissioner Jody Nance.

    Nance’s motion was to “remove the powers of the mayor” and consult the state Local Government Commission and Cape Fear Council of Governments to see what further action may be needed.

  • Refrigerated truck manufacturer picks Shallotte for startup’s hub

    SHALLOTTE—A new business that opened in Shallotte on Dec. 5 intends to revolutionize the refrigerated trucking market, but local officials are happy just to have the anticipated 30 new jobs created in the first year.

    NEAH Transportation Holdings chose an existing building in Shallotte Business Park to base manufacturing and assembly of a new Refrigerated Transportation Vehicle (RTV).

  • Diaper drive benefits from car show, bike show set for Dec. 18

    LELAND—Smithfield Chicken ’N Bar-B-Q’s final classic car show of 2012 brought in 100 pounds of donations for General Manager Tonia Atkinson’s annual diaper drive.

    “The diaper drop off is going great. People are coming by dropping off a couple boxes at a time. We’ve started building our wall of diapers,” Atkinson said after the Dec. 3 car show.

    “We have a half-wall of diapers already. Within the last week and a half, people really started getting into the giving spirit.”

  • Brunswick County elected officials sworn in to new terms

    BOLIVIA—The 2012 elections may have been decided in early November, but elected officials didn’t reach their final destinations until they were sworn in Dec. 3 at the Brunswick County Commissioners’ meeting.

    The two new county commissioners, Frank Williams and Pat Sykes, and re-elected incumbent Scott Phillips, along with Register of Deeds Brenda Mercer Clemmons and Brunswick County Coroner Greg White took their oath of office.