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  • Revenue neutral tax hike on Holden Beach likely

    HOLDEN BEACH — Town Manager David Hewett intimated Holden Beach taxes will go up half a percent in the budget he will propose to commissioners June 1.

    At the end of their regular meeting Tuesday, May 12, in town hall, resident Lou Cutajar asked if town taxes are going to increase by half a percent.

    “Tax values (of property) on the island are down 3 percent,” Hewett said. “To get the same revenue, you’ve got to charge 13.2. It was 12.7.”

  • Detectives investigate missing Leland woman’s death as suspicious

    WHITEVILLE — Detectives with two sheriff’s offices are investigating the death of a Leland woman, whose body was discovered Wednesday, May 13, in rural Columbus County, as suspicious.

    Alicia Marie Deans, 26, who had been missing since April 28, was found dead in a wooded area off John Coleman Road. Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher announced the sad news Thursday afternoon, May 14, at the Columbus County Board of Commissioners Chambers in Whiteville.

  • Budget, annexation move ahead in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have given preliminary approval to the town’s proposed 2015-16 budget and final approval on annexation and economic-incentive measures.

    Action on these items came at the town board’s monthly meeting last Thursday, May 7.

    The town’s $1,410,600 balanced budget for fiscal 2015-16 does not raise taxes or fees and in fact represents a 3 percent tax cut because of the drop in assessed values countywide, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall noted in his monthly report.

  • Jaguar's Lair mediation at impasse

    Mediation between the town of Sunset Beach and developer of Jaguar’s Lair has hit an impasse following a meeting last week.

    Town Administrator Susan Parker issued a news release following the May 6 pre-litigation mediation session between members of the town’s mediation team and representatives of Jaguar’s Lair developer Coastal Companies.

  • A few comments as Sunset Beach unveils budget

    SUNSET BEACH — A handful of residents had comments as town staff outlined details of a recommended $5,833,278 budget for fiscal 2015-16 calling for a 5½ cent tax rate increase.

    Sunset Beach Finance Director Bonnie Schwerd presented an overview at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly meeting Monday night.

    The rate increase, if approved, will go up from 11½ cents to 16 cents per $100 of valuation.

  • Town Creek Park reopens after renovation

    After a year and a half of renovations, Town Creek Park has reopened.

    The park upgrade, which began in October 2013, was intended to be a yearlong, $5.3 million project — if construction delays could be avoided.

    Although weather delays extended the work by another half year, the project stayed on budget coming in at about $5.4 million, parks and recreation director Aaron Perkins said.

    “Weather backed us up in the fall and winter. That was a big thing,” he said.

  • Tax rate increase proposed to offset OIB revaluation losses

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach residents will have the chance to speak on the proposed 2015-16 town budget at a June 9 meeting.

    Town Administrator Daisy Ivey presented town board members with the budget at Tuesday’s regular May meeting. The board voted unanimously, 5-0, to set the public hearing for the budget at 9 a.m. to open the June meeting.

    The town staff has proposed a tax rate of .1875 per $100 valuation for fiscal year 2015-16.

  • Tropical Storm Ana makes mess of Kindred Spirit

    Kindred Spirit’s mailbox and bench on Bird Island took the brunt of the damage when Tropical Storm Ana made its slow, wet march across Brunswick County on Sunday.

    The storm swept away the mailbox and tossed the bench down to the Little River, S.C., jetties, according to members of the Bird Island Stewards, who found the mailbox after a few hours of hunting for it Monday. The storm left the site’s flagpole bent but still standing.

  • Shallotte Point residents want county back in beaver business

    SHALLOTTE POINT — While Brunswick County officials decide if a beaver bounty program belongs in the 2015-16 budget, some Shallotte Point residents just want a policy with teeth.

    Joe Cartrett, who lives on Pigott Road SW, has begun trapping beavers that have dammed up the waterways surrounding his neighborhood because there’s no one else to do it.

  • BCC graduates celebrate achievement during commencement ceremony

     SUPPLY — The early stages of Tropical Storm Ana rolled through Brunswick County late Friday afternoon, but couldn’t prevent more than 1,000 people from celebrating Brunswick Community College’s spring commencement ceremony inside Odell Williamson Auditorium on May 8.

    Several former graduates also lined the seats of the auditorium that nearly reached capacity crowd despite the wet conditions outside.

    One of those former graduates was Jonathan Thrift, who completed his studies at BCC more than 10 years ago in 2004.