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  • County agrees to fund completion of former Shallotte Rescue Squad building

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners on Monday agreed to fund the completion of the former Shallotte Rescue Squad building, and awarded the construction contract to 3M Construction.

    Of the four contractors who submitted bids, 3M Construction was awarded the contract with the low bid of $423,300, EMS director Brian Watts said.

    An additional $94,850 was appropriated for outside grading and paving to be completed by Brunswick County Operations Services, Watts said.

  • Federal funds secured for senior center

    SOUTHPORT—A multi-use senior center in the works for Southport has been awarded $250,000 in federal funds.

    According to Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. Director Jim Russell, the proposed senior center would likely cost about $2 million, with county commissioners appropriating roughly three fourths of total cost.

    Even with the county commitment and the recently federal appropriations, Russell said additional funds are still needed for furnishings and other equipment.

  • Turtle patrol surfboard behind locked doors

    Local retired artist Holly Shaker, who now donates much of her work to local charities, is one of the artists who has an original work in the former home of Sea Fine Art Gallery in Calabash.

    The difference is Shaker’s work is a painted surfboard she had on display at the gallery. She recently donated it to the Sunset Beach Turtle Patrol for an upcoming fundraiser.

    Now, Shaker says building owner Forrest King has refused to allow Shaker to remove the board, which she was planning to give to the turtle patrol volunteers for an upcoming auction.

  • Calabash closer to annexing Devaun Park

    CALABASH—The town is inching closer toward annexation of Devaun Park off N.C. 179.

    Tuesday night, Devaun Park developer Scott Stewart said he and business partner Vaughn Stanaland met in October with town administrator Donna Prince to discuss voluntarily annexing 16 lots at the community’s Riverside Park and Marina.

  • Carolina Shores residents still pushing for full-service post office

    CAROLINA SHORES—As efforts continue to secure a post office for the area, a local business owner said Tuesday he has been granted a contract postal facility.

    Tommy Reeves, co-owner of Calabash Ace Hardware on Beach Drive at Clariday Road, said he was notified Monday by the U.S. Postal Service the store has been awarded a contract postal facility.

    He said he hopes to have the facility operational within the next 45 to 60 days.

    “It won’t be full-service,” he said. “It will be everything but post office boxes.”

  • Holden Beach commissioners discuss hiring new manager, finance director

    HOLDEN BEACH—While town commissioners consider applications for the full-time town manager position, interim town manager Jim Lowell has been charged with hiring either a temporary or a full-time finance director for the town.

    The town’s finance director Kate White is set to resign before the end of the month and commissioners discussed whether to have Lowell hire a part-time or full-time finance director, or to wait until commissioners hire a new town manager.

  • Ocean Isle fire victims' autopsy results released

    The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill has confirmed six of the seven victims of the Oct. 28 Ocean Isle Beach fire had alcohol in their systems when they died.

    One report indicates alcohol intoxication as a “contributing condition” of death. All victims were under the legal drinking age of 21.

  • Ocean Isle's dredging bid approved

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners voted at a special meeting Wednesday, Jan. 2, to award the maintenance dredging project bid to Marcol Dredging Co.

    The bid came in at $846,971.60, while the total including consent agreement fees and other costs is at $1,078,929.

  • OIB fire department could be taken over by town

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department may soon become a municipal fire department.

    “They would like the town to look at taking over that fire department,” C.D. Blythe, mayor pro-tem, said. “The quality of the fire department would remain the same and the same people, but there would be some advantages. They’re asking if we can start meeting with their people and looking at the possibilities.”

    The OIBFD currently operates with 12 full-time employees and about 18 volunteers.

  • San Rio continues to move forward; Shallotte Point group seeks meeting, agreement

    SHALLOTTE—The board of aldermen on Monday approved requests from the developers of the San Rio planned residential development on Gray Bridge Road, moving the large-scale development forward.

    Aldermen also continued to hear opinions about the future of Shallotte Point, which is outside of town limits, from members of the Shallotte Point Preservation Group and one suggestion from a former alderman that the board did not owe anything to that group.