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    Holden Beach police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests during the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident logs.

    •Larceny and burglary on Ocean Boulevard East; suspect stole diapers, an extension cord, a vacuum, a storage tub, a cork remover, shorts, a tool pouch, measuring tape, a screw driver set, diagonal cutters, pliers, a hammer, hand tools, a tool box and a cordless drill.


    Ocean Isle Beach Police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from arrest reports.

    •Mark T. Heckman, 45, of Little River, S.C.; charged with driving while impaired.

    •Anthony Leavitt Cushing, 24, of Baltimore; charged with driving while impaired, speeding, and driving left of center.

    •Gregory T. Skipper, 18, of Sunset Beach; charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a fictitious driver’s license.

  • Jessie Mae Monroe students participate in STARBASE

    The UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter touched down Friday at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School in conjunction with the STARBASE program.

    STARBASE is a hands-on educational program focusing on science, math, technology, positive personal goal setting, substance abuse prevention and teamwork skills. Aimed at fifth-grade students, students learn aerodynamics, engage in flight simulation activity, test Newton’s three laws of motion, and build and launch rockets at the end of the program.

  • Mayberry comes to Brunswick County

    Mayberry came to Brunswick County last Tuesday as Union Elementary School fourth grade presented the ninth annual production of “An Evening in Mayberry” at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Former Union teacher Ellen Gordon wrote the play, which is based on the fictional town and characters of Mayberry. The plot revolves around a North Carolina state history school project. In turn, it showcases the actual fourth-grade curriculum taught in North Carolina public schools.

  • Schools receive national award

    Three Brunswick County Schools have received a national reading award after raising end-of-grade test scores.

    SRA/McGraw Hill honored Belville, Lincoln and Jessie Mae Monroe elementary schools with a national reading award for their continually improving EOG scores. The award was one of three given nationwide.

  • Board debates new school name

    After the Brunswick County Board of Education committee meetings last month, board members discussed naming the district’s new middle school David R. Sandifer Middle School, after the late county commissioner.

    While all seemed in favor of the name, opinions changed at Tuesday’s monthly board meeting.

    Board member Ray Gilbert said he had received “numerous” calls from members of the Cedar Grove community who think the school should be named after the community. Gilbert said the board should hear more from the community before voting on a name.

  • 'Jerry Jones Day' draws crowds in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—Jerry Jones wasn’t able to attend the event in his honor May 2 at the National Guard Armory, but his family was there to receive well-wishers and talk about how important their father has been to them.

    Shallotte Mayor Gerald Long officially proclaimed May 2 “Jerry Jones Day,” and Jones’ friends and family organized a benefit barbecue lunch and blood drive at the armory, to assist with Jones’ medical bills.

  • Shallotte board OKs new sewer fee policy

    SHALLOTTE—The town board has approved a new sewer transmission fee policy it says will aid both developers and the town.

    In the newly amended sewer policy, adopted at last Wednesday’s pre-agenda meeting, only 75 percent of a developer’s transmission fees will be available for reimbursement to the developer.

    The town will have 25 percent of all fees for transmission-related expenses, according to town administrator Paul Sabiston.

  • New generators needed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—As town council gets ready for a preliminary budget workshop next Monday, new generators for the town are among big-ticket items under consideration as a possible budget amendment.

    The budget workshop for fiscal year 2008-2009 is set for 1 p.m. May 12 at town hall.

    Town administrator Gary Parker, speaking at the monthly town council meeting Monday night, said council may consider amending the 2007-2008 budget to buy new generators that are needed for the police department at town hall on Sunset Boulevard and the town fire station on Shoreline Drive.

  • Sea Trail community to get new entrance sign

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has approved a new entrance sign for the Eastwood Landing community at Sea Trail Plantation.

    The proposal is for a free-standing 5-foot-tall by 10-foot-long sign valued at $6,000 in the mainland multi-family residential (MR-3) district at 11 Clubhouse Road.

    Robert Duffy, representing the Eastwood Homeowners Association, said the sign would be surrounded by assorted landscaping, including viburnum, weeping yaupon holly, yeddo hawthorn and plum delight. Duffy said extra landscaping would be placed at the sign’s matching columns.