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  • Civietown, Navassa fire departments get grants

    Civietown Volunteer Fire Department Inc. and the Navassa Volunteer Fire Department have been awarded grants through the 2009 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of North Carolina.

    Civietown has been awarded a $29,095.00 grant. Navassa has been awarded a grant for $2,905.

    The checks will be mailed to the departments’ chiefs. Funds may be used to purchase needed equipment.

    The equipment is purchased using matching funds and must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.

  • Midway area property owners considering legal action

    Property owners along Midway Road are considering legal action against the town of St. James now that the town council has approved involuntarily annexing the area.

    At its last meeting, the council voted 5-0 to annex the property as well as another tract near Tri-Tech Forensics. The annexation will take effect Oct. 7, 2010. The property owners have 60 days from the day of the decision to file suit against the town.

  • Calabash scrutinizing UDO recommendations

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners has begun scrutinizing recommended changes for Calabash’s proposed Unified Development Ordinance.

    At a special meeting last Thursday, Oct. 8, the board met with members of a mayor-appointed UDO committee to go over recommendations.

    “They were just asking for clarification on why some changes were necessary,” town clerk Kelley Southward said.

    It’s likely more workshops will be required because the board and committee only got to Article 2 of the proposed UDO during the review session, she said.

  • Possible business award scam reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Local business owners have been alerted to a possible scam regarding a “best of Sunset Beach” window and door award.

    Cathy Altman, president of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, said she has gotten at least a dozen queries in the past two weeks from local companies that have received a letter about a “vanity type” award from the “US Commerce Association.”

    The e-mail from “Ashley Carter, selection committee chair” reads:

  • Calabash approves zoning for newly annexed area

    CALABASH—The town board approved zoning 92 properties formerly in Sunset Beach’s ETJ that were annexed into Calabash on July 1.

    Parcels individually voted on and approved by commissioners with respective zoning include 20 lots with R.J. Sommersett (MFH-II), 18 lots in Bonaparte Retreat I (MFH-II) 11 lots in Oak Ridge Plantation (PUD), 16 lots on Shady Forest Drive (MFH-II), and 11 lots in Landing II subdivision (R-8).

    The goal is to officially zone about 92 parcels but to keep zoning the same, town commissioner Forrest King said.

  • South Carolina woman arrested for trafficking opium, striking officer's vehicle

    A South Carolina woman was arrested last week for multiple drug charges and for driving her car into a car driven by undercover narcotics officers.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Steve Lanier said drug agents arrested Melissa Russelletta Skeeter, 36, of 100 Apt. 4 Christy Way, Little River, S.C., after a brief chase, during which she allegedly drove her car into a car driven by undercover drug agents. Skeeter was arrested as she attempted to cross the state line into Horry County, S.C., Lanier said.

  • Sudan Daredevils named best overall unit, mini-car winners

    They don’t do it for the glory; they do it for the kids.

    But recently, members of the Sudan Daredevils of the South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club in Shallotte brought home the glory when they won two awards at the South Atlantic Shrine Association’s (SASA) meeting in Virginia Beach. Va.

    The unit won first place in the minicar division and best overall unit, beating numerous other units for the top award.

  • Contract OK'd for Carolina Shores assistant

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have approved a two-year contract for assistant town manager Amanda Chestnut.

    But Mayor Stephen Selby declined to sign the contract until a form-of-government referendum is decided by voters Nov. 3.

    Town staff would not release a copy of Chestnut's contract Tuesday. Chestnut also declined to answer a reporter's questions or take a phone call.

    The vote for the controversial contract was 4-1, with commissioner Joseph Przywara casting the only “nay” vote.

  • Forms of government detailed in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—It isn't meant for a mayor to left out of a municipal governing body, an official with the Cape Fear Council of Governments said at a specially called meeting last week.

    “The mayor and commissioners are the governing body,” Chris May, executive director of the Cape Fear Council of Governments, said at the Oct. 8 meeting to explain differences between mayor-council and council-manager forms of government.

    And a town administrator or town manager has the “exact same powers” via North Carolina statute, May said.

  • Carolina Shores agrees to release closed-session minutes; mass-mailing idea fails

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have agreed to release the town’s closed-session minutes following a resolution posed at their monthly meeting Oct. 8.

    Town commissioner Joseph Przywara proposed the resolution “since the town has never opened up any closed-meeting minutes.”

    Citing state statute, he said those minutes over the past nine years should be opened as long as they no longer frustrate the purpose for the closed session.