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  • Carolina Shores ready to adopt next budget

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners is poised to approve the town budget for fiscal year 2014-15 that takes effect July 1.

    The proposed, finalized $1,384,200 budget draft calls for retaining the town’s current tax rate of 10 cents (.1016) per $100 property valuation. A 5 percent merit raise for town employees, $100 stipend quarterly increase for commissioners, upgrading town computers and paving and stormwater work in the Village at Calabash are among proposed expenditures. Copies of the draft budget are available at town hall.

  • Princess pageant raises money for breast cancer awareness

     CAROLINA SHORES — There was plenty of glitz and glamour on display Saturday, May 31, in Carolina Shores. 

    The Princess of the Southern Carolina Pageant presented “Under the Boardwalk,” its 2014-15 competition at the South Brunswick Islands Center on U.S. 17 in Carolina Shores.

    The pageant and its contestants raised more than $1,000 for breast cancer research and awareness, director Crystal McLamb said.

  • Beaches begin preparation for summer season after deadly 2013

     The beach towns of Brunswick County have policies and procedures in place anticipating yet another busy summer season on the North Carolina coast.

    After a deadly summer in 2013, which was marked by four drownings in a 36-hour period in July, town administrators, police chiefs and emergency personnel are buckling down in preparation for this year’s season.

    Ocean Isle Beach Police Chief John Goodwin wants to remind the public that while he wants all who visit the beach to enjoy their vacation time, they must adhere to town ordinances.

  • Cedar Grove nails lip dub at Friday filming

     CEDAR GROVE — Lip dubs have become increasingly popular in 2014, and Cedar Grove Middle School didn’t want to miss out on the fun.

    After principal Rhonda Benton pitched the idea to literacy coach Dale Giannatasio, “Mrs. G” made it happen.

    After a practice run Thursday morning, May 29, the school videotaped its first official lip dub Friday, May 30.

  • Caison’s legacy lives on at Lockwood Folly

     LOCKWOOD FOLLY — Four months after his death, his legacy lives on.

    Tony Caison, a former Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detective, died in late January following a long bout with pancreatic cancer.

    Tony’s wife, Shannon, said it’s been a big adjustment without her husband of more than 12 years, but the Dixie Youth baseball league in Lockwood Folly has helped her through the most difficult four months of her life.

  • Sunset Beach working toward no tax increase

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council is continuing to comb through financial figures in an effort to offset a possible tax increase proposed for fiscal year 2014-15.

    Mayor Ron Watts said the town’s goal is not to have a tax increase.

    Watts’ remark came near the conclusion of a third council budget work session at town hall May 28, when council continued to scrutinize numbers and look for ways to cut expenditures after town administrator Susan Parker unveiled a proposed 31.4 percent tax increase at the May 5 council meeting.

  • Former resident charged with sex crimes involving children

     A former Brunswick County resident is accused of multiple sex crimes involving a child that allegedly took place more than 15 years ago.

    Joseph Robert Hall, 62, of Pamela Street in Gastonia, was arrested by Gaston County sheriff's deputies Thursday, May 29.

  • Former Brunswick man charged for multiple sex crimes

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested a former Brunswick County man for multiple sex crimes involving a child.

    Joseph Robert Hall, 62, of Pamela Street in Gastonia, has been charged with first-degree rape of a child, first-degree sexual offense of a child, second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense, four counts of indecent liberties with a child, three counts of statutory rape, and three counts of statutory sexual offense.

  • County proposes simplified fee schedule to improve customer service

    Brunswick County staff suggested a simplified building inspection fee schedule for the 2014-15 budget.

    The suggested fee schedule, proposed by code administrator Reggie Hucks is intended to ease the process for builders and move more county building and permitting processes online while cutting down planning fees.

    The current fee schedule is eight pages long. Huck’s proposed fee schedule is two pages.

  • Rare Agave Americana bloom 17 years in the making in Supply

    SUPPLY — It didn’t take 100 years, but John and Alice Greene’s Century Plant is about to bloom.

    The Galleon Alley residents have grown an Agave Americana plant, known as a Century Plant because of its rare bloom, since it was given to his mother, Betty Ann Corner Greene, 17 years ago.

    Greene named the plant Betty after his mother.

    He planted it at the end of their small backyard where his mother, who lived with the couple until her death in 2003, could watch it grow.