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  • Holden Beach commissioners approve $6.9 million operating budget for upcoming fiscal year

    HOLDEN BEACH—Holden Beach commissioners on Tuesday approved a $6.9 million operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year that did not include a tax increase.

    Commissioners OK’d the budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, which town manager David Hewett described as “a real skinny budget.”

    The 2010-2011 fiscal year budget “Holds the tax rate the same at 6.9 cents and attempts to hold the water and sewer rates the same, although we’re probably going to take a real, hard look at our water and sewer rates,” Hewett said.

  • Commissioners pass on smoking ban

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday voted against a tobacco ban that would have prohibited tobacco products on all county-owned property, including all county parks.

    After a public hearing in which only two people spoke out against the ban, commissioners voted 4-1 not to implement the ban. On the county campus in Bolivia, commissioners agreed to let department heads determine smoking areas for county employees. Commissioners also agreed not to establish smoking areas at the county’s parks, or ban tobacco products altogether.

  • Folk art show at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash

    CALABASH—Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash is featuring Kimberly Dawn & Friends, a group show of works on canvas, wood, glass and metal by folk artists Kimberly Dawn Clayton, Shauna McGoldrick and Daniel MacCosbe.

    The show opened June 1 and runs through July 10.

    The exhibition presents three distinct styles, with the common thread being that all are considered outsider art.

    Kimberly Dawn is self-taught, but no longer considers herself untrained.

  • Calabash adopts budget, debates machine license fees

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners approved a $1,084,933.50 budget for fiscal year 2010-2011 with no tax increase at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting.

    Approval was 4-1 with town commissioner Mary Knight casting the only “nay” vote.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board still debating open space

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board debated at length last week whether to require 12½ or 15 percent open space for residential projects with more than 10 dwelling units.

  • Sewer update in Sunset Beach

     SUNSET BEACH—As of Monday, Brunswick County has gotten a 72 percent response rate from residents who will be on a low-pressure sewer system, county public utilities director Jerry Pierce said.

    Of 1,266 letters sent out, 912 people had responded, said Pierce, speaking at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly meeting.

    Responses were due by June 4.

  • New Sunset Beach bridge now fully connected

    It’s official—the Sunset Beach island is now connected to the mainland after the last girders of the new high-rise bridge went up last Friday.

    But the general public will have to wait a few more months before it can officially cross the new span, which is to be named the Mannon C. Gore Bridge per a resolution approved Monday by Sunset Beach Town Council.

  • Ocean Isle Beach mayor lobbies for final chance for terminal groin to be heard in short session

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith has one final try to convince N.C. Speaker of the House Joe Hackney to allow Senate Bill 832 to be heard and voted for on the House floor during the General Assembly’s short session.

  • Fundraiser paying tribute to homeless man set for Saturday

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—A fundraising dinner to raise money for a homeless shelter is set for 4-7 p.m. this Saturday, June 12, at Little River United Methodist Church.

    Organizer and church member Cookie Weber was inspired to launch the Phillip Fund Spaghetti Dinner after a homeless man she befriended several months ago, Phillip Riley, was found dead behind the church in March.

  • 'Big John' takes reins at Ocean Isle Beach Police Department

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—“Calling me chief, I’m having trouble dealing with that,” newly-appointed Ocean Isle Beach police chief John Goodwin said. “So if you want to call me ‘Big John,’ that’s fine.”

    Although taking awhile to adjust to his new title, Goodwin, 52, said serving as the town’s next police chief is a natural progression and the next step in his 31-year career in law enforcement.