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  • Home and Garden Show this weekend at West Brunswick High

    Check out plants, find “green” products and learn the basics of timber framing a house at the Eighth Annual Brunswick Island’s Home and Garden Show, set for this Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

    The two-day event is presented by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and will feature a variety of classes, demonstrations and exhibitors. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

  • Shallotte considering de-annexing outlying properties

    Now that Brunswick County is providing sewer service to former Shallotte customers in areas the town previously annexed, is it time to consider de-annexing those properties?

    Shallotte Town Administrator Albert Hughes asked aldermen that question at last week’s town board retreat. Aldermen agreed the town had nothing to offer those property owners anymore but wanted more information on the process of de-annexing before making a decision.

  • Realtors reveal political agenda, 2009 numbers

    This election year, Brunswick County Realtors are supporting state candidates who oppose any increase in the privilege tax, oppose any tax on real estate services and are in favor of allowing terminal groins on beaches.

    Locally, they want to work with the county on its upcoming property revaluation, be involved in the discussion about involuntary annexation, support “fair distribution of sales tax” and support the preservation of natural vegetation.

  • 'Turbo-tourists' a key to county's economy; Hall predicts end of downturn

    Tourism leads to more people choosing to live permanently in their vacation destinations, which is a key factor in the economy of North and South Carolina, particularly in coastal areas like Brunswick County.

    That’s what Patrick Mason, co-founder of the Center for Carolina Living, said at last week’s Joint Economic Growth Summit at UNC Wilmington. And if an economic forecaster’s prediction of an economic turnaround is correct, 2010 is a good time for

    Brunswick County to capitalize on this trend.

  • N.C. Open Meetings Law: Shining the light on public business

    All public bodies in North Carolina are subject to the N.C. Open Meetings Law, N.C. General Statute 143-318.11.

    A public body is defined by N.C. General Statute as “any elected or appointed body, committee, commission, board or other group that is composed of two or more members who are authorized to exercise legislative, policy-making, quasi-judicial, administrative or advisory functions.”

  • Volunteers once again coming to aid of Brunswick County Animal Shelter

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    Brunswick County Animal Services is reviving a volunteer program, this time to assist with follow-up of its spay-neuter program.

    David Swain, director at the county animal shelter on Green Swamp Road (N.C. 211) said about 20 people have offered to help.

    “So I’ve got plenty right now for what we have,” he said.

    March 8 was the cutoff date for people interested in participating to submit names.

    Swain is compiling a list he hopes to have in place this week.

  • Calabash Fire Department gets $132,335 federal grant to buy equipment

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CALABASH—Fire Chief Randy Bork has a list of items a recently bestowed grant will be used to buy for the Calabash Fire Department.

    That’s because the $132,335 U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant has a built-in earmark for how it’s to be spent.

  • County to aid effort supporting commercial fishing site

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    Brunswick County commissioners have informally agreed to help move forward efforts to secure a commercial fishing resource site next to the new Oak Island bridge.

    The approval comes with a stipulation local fishermen will need to form their own nonprofit organization, because the county doesn’t want to get involved in the commercial fishing industry.

    A majority of fishermen voting at a recent meeting in Bolivia indicated they favor establishing the site next to the new Oak Island bridge.

  • Commissioners appoint committee to meet with New Hanover about Southeastern Center

    BOVLIA—Two county commissioners and two county administrators will meet with officials from Southeastern Center for Mental Health and New Hanover County to discuss a funding agreement for Southeastern’s proposed new administrative building.

    Commissioners on Monday appointed commissioners Phil Norris and Charles Warren to join county manager Marty Lawing and assistant county manager Steve Stone to discuss with New Hanover and Southeastern officials Brunswick County’s future share of the news 25,000-square-foot facility proposed by Southeastern.

  • Carolina Shores OKs drainage help in community

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CAROLINA SHORES—Larry and Cherry Thurman loved building and retiring to their new home on a cul-de-sac overlooking a pond two-and-a-half years ago.

    But an abundance of recent rain has brought the water a little too close for comfort in the backyard in the Village at Calabash community.

    Since January, rising water from the 5-acre retention pond has spilled into their yard. Because the pond has no drainage system, the water hasn’t ebbed and continues to stand just a few feet from their house.