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  • Help the county’s children in need by volunteering or packing a backpack

    Brunswick Family Assistance is looking for volunteers to donate time or resources to change the lives of Brunswick County youth.

    There are several opportunities for the community to get involved. One way is to serve youth breakfast and/or lunch through the summer food service program. Volunteers are also needed to transport children to and from the sites.

    The program, now in its second full week, served more than 2,100 meals the first week.

  • Toxicology back for 3-year old; still no charges in death

    SHALLOTTE—A toxicology report shows atropine was in the body of a dead 3-year-old boy.

    Jaronn Ladale McAllister’s toxicology report shows his body had no other drugs present except atropine. Atropine is sometimes used in emergency situations to maintain proper function of the heart.

  • Wilmington woman charged in fatal wreck that killed Southport woman

    BELVILLE—A Wilmington woman has been charged with the death of a Southport woman after a fatal wreck last Monday, June 18.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. C.K. Parks said Anna Pierce, 27, of Wilmington, has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in the fatal head-on collision that killed 55-year-old Sheila Sorrentino of Southport.

    Parks said Pierce was driving her 2008 Ford passenger vehicle on River Road (N.C. 133) near Belville around 7:39 a.m. last Monday, June 18.

  • Senate passes $20.2 billion budget

    RALEIGH—The state General Assembly has passed a $20.2 billion budget.

    The budget includes a slight raise for teachers and other state employees—the first raise since 2008.

    Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said the budget was “a positive step forward for North Carolina.”

  • Sunset Beach set to discuss Jaguar's Lair agreement next Monday

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council is scheduled to discuss an agreement update with representatives of Jaguar’s Lair at its upcoming monthly meeting Monday night, July 2.

    Town councilwoman Karen Joseph had requested town clerk Lisa Anglin place the item on the agenda, “both the public portion and as a closed-session agenda item.”

    But Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato took issue, stating he consulted town attorney Michael Isenberg about keeping the discussion in open session.

  • Sunset Beach approves $6-million-plus budget

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has adopted a $6,385,819 town budget for fiscal 2012-13.

    The tax rate remains unchanged.

    The budget was approved 3-2 by the five-member council at a special called session June 19.

    Town council members Lou De Vita, Karen Joseph and Wilson Sherrill approved the budget. Fellow council members Carol Scott and Mike Williams cast dissenting votes, town clerk Lisa Anglin said.

  • Sunset Beach boat access officially opens Friday

    SUNSET BEACH—The town is poised to officially launch its new boat launch and fishing pier.

    An hour-long ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly constructed Sunset Beach Boating Access Area at the Intracoastal Waterway is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, June 29.

    The event will feature opening remarks and guest speakers from Brunswick County, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and other officials.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Team roundup

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From June 18-24, special operations deputies issued 241 total traffic citations and charges.

  • Sixty-eight-year-old business getting ready to retire

    SUPPLY—It was the mid 1940s when John Morton “Hitch” Parker first opened a store at the corner of what now composes the busy intersection of U.S. 17 and N.C. 211.

    Al Parker recalls his grandfather started his business, J.M. Parker & Sons, as a feed-and-seed and general store.

  • Shallotte budget

    SHALLOTTE—The town passed the fiscal year 2012-2013 budget last Thursday afternoon during a public hearing. No one from the community attended the meeting.

    The tax rate remains unchanged from the current fiscal year at a rate of 35 cents per $100 of valuation. The new town budget is 3 percent less than the previous fiscal year.

    As of June 21, the total percentage spent from the 2011-2012 budget is 80.91 of the general fund total of $4,091,598.99 with 90.76 percent of general fund revenues collected.