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  • Despite call for continued review, Holden Beach board approves budget

    HOLDEN BEACH – Holden Beach board members approved the 2014-15 budget despite two commissioners’ concerns that they didn’t put enough time into their review.

    At the start of the June 10 meeting, Commissioner Sheila Young made a motion to remove the budget vote from the agenda.

    “I’m not prepared to vote on this yet,”

    “We have not spent enough time to vote on so thorough a task.”

  • Mayors group calls for second sales tax referendum

    Several mayors are encouraging Brunswick County commissioners to keep the quarter-cent sales tax proposal alive.

    Mayors from 14 of the county’s 19 towns added their names to a letter sent to county officials calling for a second referendum on the sales tax increase to pay for school and beach projects.

    The mayors want the referendum added to the November general election ballot with more effort to sway voters to fund the beach and school needs with the tax shared by residents and visitors to Brunswick County.

  • Shallotte holds second public input session for park

     SHALLOTTE — For the second time in three weeks, town officials wanted to hear what the public thinks about a proposed new park.

    They liked what they heard as Shallotte residents piled in the town council chambers and supported officials’ plans to move forward with the 10-acre Mulberry Street Park.

    Mayor Walt Eccard reminded those in attendance that taxes would not be raised to help pay for the park.

  • Shallotte approves 2014-15 budget

     SHALLOTTE — The Shallotte Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the 2014-15 fiscal year budget at a workshop Wednesday, June 18.

    The board and Mayor Walt Eccard praised town administrator Albert Hughes and finance director Mimi Gaither for their hard work in presenting a balanced budget.

    “Your hard work with our budget has made our vision of the (Mulberry Street) park possible,” Eccard said.

    Budget highlights in the general fund:

  • Controlled burn tests firefighters’ mettle on hot day

     SHALLOTTE — Emergency personnel were on hand to test the vital signs of the firefighters brave enough to step inside a burning house Saturday, June 21, in Shallotte.

    On a day where temperatures reached into the mid-90s, the Shallotte Fire Department, along with various agencies from across the county, conducted a controlled burn on Wall Street off of Main Street in Shallotte.

  • Civietown VFD receives $75,000 from Homeland Security

     The Civietown Volunteer Fire Department has received more than $75,000 in federal funds.

    The $75,520 total comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency through its competitive Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

    Congressman Mike McIntyre announced June 19 the Civietown Volunteer Fire Department has received $75,520 in federal funds for operations and safety improvements.

  • Tourist boy makes Father’s Day special

     HOLDEN BEACH — “I’m Carter Hemric, I’m 7 years old, and I wanted to wish you a happy Father’s Day.”

    That was the message the boy from Mount Airy had for fathers up and down the streets of Holden Beach last Sunday.

    Not only did he wish eight dads a special day, he made a card to accompany his well wishes.

  • Trustees vote to put new roof on Southport BCC campus

     SUPPLY — To demolish or not to demolish, that was the question that perplexed members of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees on Friday, June 20, during their budget retreat and monthly board meeting in Supply.

    Eventually, the trustees voted to put a new roof over the college’s Southport campus instead of demolishing a large portion of the building that was originally suggested by trustee Bobby Long.

  • Group tries to change auto insurance rates in North Carolina

     A group of automobile insurance companies are trying to change the rate system in North Carolina.

    FAIR NC, a group that includes State Farm, Allstate and Geico, has formed another plan in an effort to change the way auto insurance rates are issued in the Tar Heel State. FAIR NC says the system is broken and the only way to fix it is to break away from the Rate Bureau.

  • Fewer problems indicated locally for veteran care

    CALABASH — In the wake of the nationwide VA hospital scandal about a lengthy backlog of care and waiting lists, there seem to be fewer issues locally.

    “As far as a list, we’ve not seen or heard of one as far as local clinics or Fayetteville,” Anita Hartsell, Brunswick County Veterans Services director, said last week.

    Hartsell attended a meeting June 16 and “found no secret list” or backlog of patient care regionally.