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  • Holden Beach VFW waits for traditional Memorial Day for service

    HOLDEN BEACH — For VFW Post 8866, Memorial Day means honoring veterans May 30.

    While the week began with the national Memorial Day observance May 26, many local events took place throughout the May 24-26 weekend.

    But the Holden Beach veterans group prefers the traditional observance date and met Friday to remember the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines they served with who gave their lives for their country.

  • Business takes referral complaint to state Real Estate Commission

    A local businessman has taken his issue with the OIB Welcome Center to the state level.

    Kevin Godwin, owner of Sandlappers Beach Supplies in Ocean Isle Beach, had paid for the advertizing the center offers since 2010, but said he had a falling out with the center’s manager, Stuart Cooke, in 2013 over a question of business referrals.

    “They have a short list when people call in to ask (about businesses, and) he refers them to the preferred list,” Godwin said.

  • Belville Elementary essay winners become Mayors for the Day

    BELVILLE —Belville held a swearing-in ceremony Thursday morning, May 29, for its new town officials — three students who were selected as Mayor for the Day.

    “Mayor for the Day is a way to get kids involved in local government,” Belville Mayor Mike Allen said. “The young people learn how government works.”

    This is the first year of the Mayor for the Day, but Allen said the town intends to partner with Belville Elementary School to host it yearly.

  • Belville budget increases to $1.09M, tax rate unchanged

    Belville will hold a public hearing on the 2014-15 proposed budget at the regular June meeting June 23.

    The total requested budget for 2014-15 is $1,099,885.

    The property tax rate is proposed to remain at $0.0683 per $100 valuation the same rate used in 2013-14.

    For a home valued at $150,000, the tax would come to $10,245.

    The rate is based on Belville total assessed property value of $173,559,547.

  • Battleship North Carolina provides backdrop to second Brunswick WaterFest

    The second annual Brunswick WaterFest switches to a summer start, with a host of events taking place June 7.

    The first WaterFest was held Sept. 20, 2013 in the Brunswick River Park on River Road in Belville.

    This year the WaterFest was split into two events, June 7 and a returning event in the fall on Sept. 27.

  • Shallotte sign-maker hopes for new lungs

    SHALLOTTE — Buddy Norris is a go-getter.

    In his younger, healthier years, he did all the things most people take for granted.

    He was an avid surfer. He sang at church. He had a thriving career as a talented artist and sign painter at his Shallotte business, Norris Sign Works.

  • Sunset Beach budget hearing set for June 30

    SUNSET BEACH — After three workshops, Mayor Ron Watts says the town has found an additional $300,000 in revenue over the amount shown in an initial budget draft for fiscal 2014-15 that takes effect July 1.

    Watts’ observations came at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly meeting Monday night, June 2.

    Council also approved scheduling a hearing June 30 to adopt the budget one day before it takes effect.

  • 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.