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  • Group to discuss library relocation

    The Hickmans Crossroads Friends of the Library (FOL) will have its annual meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the library, 1040 Calabash Road NW in Calabash. Refreshments will be served.

    Library manager Christi Iffergan will talk about moving the library from its current location to the South Brunswick Islands Center. All who visit the library are welcome to attend and join the FOL.

  • Shallotte holds annual retreat

    SHALLOTTE — A discussion of Shallotte’s fund balance led the town’s annual retreat at town hall Jan. 31.

    Mayor Walt Eccard said the plan of the meeting was to focus on “projects we’ve agreed to undertake, look at the budget implications of them and come away with a priority list.”

    Finance officer Mimi Gaither explained how much available cash the town would have if it maintained either a 90 percent or 80 percent fund balance.

  • Leland budget talks begin with review of town needs

    LELAND — Leland town officials and staff began budget discussions Feb. 5 anticipating working with a $14.5 million budget.

    But for their first budget talks in 2018 they focused more on goals officials want to meet than revenues and expenditures.

    Town Manager David Hollis said the staff will develop budget numbers in March and April once they have more information on sales and use taxes and town growth.

  • OIB residents share thoughts on parks and rec planning

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials and consultants from McGill Associates hosted more than 50 residents at town hall Monday night to talk about parks and recreation wants and needs.

    Commissioners hired McGill Associates to create a Town Park Master Plan for the 1.7 acres next to the Museum of Coastal Carolina and a System-Wide Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

    At Monday’s meeting, residents shared opinions on specific ideas for site amenities and facility recommendations at the proposed town park site.

  • Corrections

    A story published in the Jan 25 edition contained an error. Dare to Care for Children’s Skip Wittkofsky and Skip Watkins, New Hanover County commissioner and New Hanover Regional Medical Center trustee, donated 175 tickets to the Cape Fear Fair and Expo for the Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinic in Wilmington to share with families.

  • Lockwood Folly dredging project delayed, another to start soon

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County officials planned for two attempts to dredge the Lockwood Folly Inlet navigation channel in late 2017.

    One plan will have to wait until late 2018 or 2019.

    Ken Willson represents Aptim Coastal Planning and Engineering of North Carolina Inc., the firm commissioners unanimously approved hiring at their Nov. 20 meeting to study the feasibility of a “piggyback” pipeline dredge project.

  • Officials support request to name I-140 bridge for Sue

    The family and friends of former Brunswick County commissioner Bill Sue want the recently opened Interstate 140 bridge over the Cape Fear River named for him.

    Brunswick County commissioners and Leland town council members each approved a resolution supporting the request at their January meetings.

    Sue served as a Brunswick County commissioner for 18 years from 1994 through 2012, and for five years served as its chairman.

    Assistant County Manager Steve Stone said Bill Sue’s wife, Bidgie, started the process to name the bridge.

  • Sunset Beach ponders proposed no wake zone

    SUNSET BEACH — Residents had an opportunity to ask questions and make comments at a no-wake-zone hearing Monday night in Sunset Beach.

    The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission conducted the Feb. 5 hearing as part of a process to establish a no wake zone along the Intracoastal Waterway in the vicinity of the Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge and the WRC boat launch and pier.

    The session was conducted by Betsy Haywood, WRC community liaison and no wake zone coordinator, who said the measure is out of safety concerns.

  • Carolina Shores casts unanimous board choice

    CAROLINA SHORES — Beverly Mayhew, an alternate town planning board member, has been appointed as a Carolina Shores commissioner by unanimous vote of the town board.

    Mayhew was named at the board’s monthly workshop Monday, Feb. 5, following a tally of paper ballots submitted by other commissioners. She will fill a seat vacated when former town commissioner Mary Timothy resigned last December.

    Mayhew will take the oath of office at the town board’s monthly meeting at 2 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 8.

  • Carolina Shores residents complain about clear-cutting

    CAROLINA SHORES — More than 40 residents turned out for a community meeting initiated by Mayor Joyce Dunn last week to address complaints about recent clear-cutting off Thomasboro Road.

    Dunn said she called the Jan. 30 meeting in response to complaints about the contracted work to enable access to a stormwater runoff canal between Pinewood Drive and the Village at Calabash off Thomasboro Road.