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  • Carolina Shores homeowners seek answers from management

    CAROLINA SHORES—Property management representatives for Beacon Townes condominiums say they are trying to resolve issues that have arisen over the past couple of years in the Carolina Shores community.

    A roomful and newly organized alliance of homeowners from the community met with property management representatives Feb. 1 in a conference room in Little River, S.C.

  • Calabash P&Z member remembered

    CALABASH—It was a somber session as the town planning and zoning board convened Monday night to remember a member who died last week.

    Longtime board member Alton Watts, 76, passed away suddenly after suffering a heart attack Jan. 31, interim administrator/town clerk Kelley Southward said.

    She said he had served on the board a long time.

  • Commissioner gets retraction, apology for erroneous attribution

    CALABASH—Town commissioner Forrest King requested and got a retraction from fellow commissioner John Melahn on Tuesday night.

    King said Melahn committed an ethics violation and injured his reputation when he erroneously attributed to King a statement about the “terrible people from Carolina Shores who took away animated signs” at the Calabash board’s monthly meeting Jan. 11.

  • BCC presidential search committee members announced

    BOLIVIA—An 18-person search committee that will help facilitate the Brunswick Community College presidential search has been announced.

    A link to the committee listing posted on the BCC website was included in an e-mail sent Monday from Liz McLean, the college’s marketing director. The search committee includes: Lynda Stanley, BCC trustee, search committee chair; John Jones, BCC trustee;

  • Commissioners restrict amount of food vendors allowed on beach strand

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—In an attempt to control the amount of food vendors on the beach strand, Ocean Isle Beach commissioners adopted a resolution to the town’s ordinance Tuesday.

    Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution to ordinance 14-47, which outlines a new application process in which town officials will issue only five mobile vendor licenses each year. Licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Ocean Isle Beach town leaders recognized for 20 years of service

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Two of Ocean Isle Beach’s town’s leaders were recognized Tuesday for 20 years of service to the town.

    At the board of commissioners’ monthly meeting, Mayor Debbie Smith presented Town Administrator Daisy Ivey and Police Chief John Goodwin with 20-year service awards.

    Ivey began working for the town on Feb. 25, 1991, when she left a career in banking to take over the town clerk and finance officer positions.

  • Commissioners to consider moving utilities hardship program to general fund

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners will revisit moving the county’s utilities hardship program for low-income water and sewer customers to the general fund at their next meeting. 

    A recent University of North Carolina School of Government ruling has prompted Brunswick County Finance Director Ann Hardy to recommend commissioners nix a water and sewer hardship program.

  • Who’s paying for legal research into code of ethics?

    With censure proceedings under way for an alleged code of ethics violation of commissioner Charles Warren, who is paying for legal research into the code?

    Warren has repeatedly refused to step down from the DSS board, which prompted the censure proceedings, even soliciting DSS attorney Gary Shipman, who county commissioners voted to fire last month, to investigate the code of ethics with the University of North Carolina School of Government

    Shipman has billed the county more than $400 to do so.

  • Supply man arrested for Shell Point area break-ins

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Supply man for several residential break-ins in the Shell Point area of Supply.

    In December 2010, forced entry was made to three homes on Goldfinch and Chickadee Place. Nearly $600 worth of personal property was stolen from the homes.

    On Feb. 7, detectives arrested Corbit Lee McLean, 24, of 1722 Wood Duck Lane, Supply, and charged him with three counts of breaking and entering and three counts of larceny.

    The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are pending.

  • Mental health court graduates first class

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County’s Mental Health Treatment Court graduated its first group of participants last week since the court’s inception nearly two years ago.

    Launched by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis in April 2009, four participants were among the first group to graduate in a ceremony last Thursday, Feb. 3.