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  • Marine Patrol seizes illegal grouper catch

    Marine Patrol officers seized 12 illegally caught grouper Friday night, after staking out a Brunswick County fish house, waiting for the commercial fishing vessel Capt. Star.

    Marine Patrol Officers Jonathan Weaver and Jonathan Hall charged the boat’s captain, Milton Muellerweiss, 50, of Ocean Isle Beach, with engaging in a commercial fishing operation without being properly licensed and with exceeding the harvest limit for black and gag grouper.

  • Local officials, activists endorse competing annexation reform laws

    Competing bills in the state House and Senate address the controversial issue of involuntary annexation, something that has been debated locally for several years.

    The N.C. League of Municipalities recently announced support of bills in the House and Senate that would require towns to provide citizens with at least two of four major services before annexing, and other requirements while retaining towns’ rights to annex if needed.

  • Seeking stimulus money: County looks to cash in on stimulus grants, loans

    BOLIVIA—With two county water projects already in the pipeline to receive stimulus money, county commissioners have approved submitting three more projects to tap into additional stimulus funding.

    Commissioners previously approved submitting two shovel-ready water projects to the Public Water Supply Section of the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, which provides loans and grants for local governments for water projects.

    On Monday, commissioners OKed submitting three more projects for stimulus money.

  • Cutbacks foreseen in Calabash's next budget year

    CALABASH—“Lean year,” “bootstraps,” “economize” and “shortfall” were among terms bandied about by town commissioners at an April 2 workshop to discuss the proposed 2009-2010 budget.

    “Last year was a lean year, and I think we’re going to have another lean year,” said mayor pro tem Forrest King, who serves as finance officer for the town board, advising they’re going to have to “pull bootstraps and cut out some of the ridin’.”

  • Carolina Shores mayor: I won't step down

    CAROLINA SHORES—Mayor Stephen Selby recently told a number of people he intended to step down in the wake of “discord and disharmony” at town hall.

    “This was my intention up until a few days ago,” Selby said, reading from a prepared statement at the monthly Carolina Shores commissioners meeting Tuesday. “However, I was elected by the people to change the past reputation of this town into one that would encourage folks to move here and enjoy the great place we have here in Carolina Shores.”

  • Sheriff's office to host weekly senior citizens' academy

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is gearing up for its newest community-based initiative, a senior citizens’ academy.

    Crime prevention officer Sgt. Todd Coring said the eight-week senior citizens’ academy, which will be 9-11 a.m. every Tuesday at Shallotte Town Hall, is slated to kick off Tuesday, April 14. The 16-hour course is free and open to the public, and there is no application process, Coring said.

  • Sewer plan in Sunset Beach may have financial downside

    SUNSET BEACH—Petitions endorsing a 30-year sewer payback plan have more than met their mark, but now there’s a downside to consider.

    Island resident Carol Scott, who initiated the effort in March, said this week she and her team of volunteers have received petitions from 75.8 percent of property owners representing 75.2 percent of land parcels value in the assessment district.

    “As you know, a month ago you all voted to finance a mailing drive with your blessing,” Scott said, speaking Monday night to Sunset Beach Town Council members.

  • Dog adoptions still suspended at shelter

    The Brunswick County Animal Shelter continues to suspend dog adoptions until cases of distemper have been eliminated.

    David Stanley, director of environmental services for the Brunswick County Health Department, said four dogs were brought to the shelter Monday, one of which was showing symptoms of illness.

    The illness did not involve respiratory problems that are usually symptoms of distemper.

    “We didn’t see that with this particular dog,” Stanley said, adding, “Dogs are just like people,” with varying symptoms.

  • A time for taxes

    Tax Ladies preparer Judy Galloway talks taxes on Tuesday with Tommy Helms of Ocean Isle Beach while business founder Diana White stands in the background. The office on Holden Beach Road has been busy with clients coming in to have their returns prepared before tax deadline April 15.

     

  • Calabash commissioners debate UDO on next agenda

    CALABASH—Over objections, the town’s proposed Unified Development Ordinance is supposed to be on the town’s next meeting agenda next Tuesday, April 14.

    Town commissioner Emily DiStasio said at an agenda workshop Tuesday she would like to see the UDO brought to a vote since a good amount of time has already been spent working on it.

    “I feel like we should go ahead and vote on it,” she said.