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  • TEA Party draws crowd in D.C.

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—“Give me liberty, not debt” was among signs raised as a crowd of 2,000 gathered for a TEA Party in front of the U.S. Capitol on the Fourth of July.

    The TEA Party—an acronym for Taxed Enough Already—has been one of dozens staged around the country, a rally for participants protesting rampant federal spending.

  • Realtors see increase in activity; buyers seeking deals

    Brunswick County Realtors sold more homes in May than April, and the latest reports from local real estate agents indicate an unusually busy summer.

    Most agents agree potential homebuyers are still looking for deals such as foreclosures and short sales, and buyers and sellers are, in some cases, meeting in the middle.

    In April, agents sold 141 homes in Brunswick County. That number grew to 170 in May, a decrease of two from May 2008, according to the latest information from the North Carolina Association of Realtors.

  • Calabash OKs sewer not to exceed $5,500 per parcel

    CALABASH—Town commissioners unanimously approved the entire Calabash wastewater treatment collection project Monday at an assessment fee not to exceed $5,500 per lot.

    Residents will be able to pay sewer assessments during a 10-year period.

    Commissioners also approved transferring appropriated funds of $350,000 from the town’s capital-project Fund 65 for sewer expansion to reduce assessment fees to Calabash property owners.

    The vote came at the end of a specially called meeting Monday that lasted two and a half hours.

  • Carolina Shores commissioners approve November referendum, contract for assistant administrator

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to set a November referendum on changing the town’s form of government.

    A majority of commissioners also voted to negotiate a contract for assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut.

    The referendum is the result of a petition signed by 830 registered voters that was presented to the board of commissioners at their monthly workshop Monday morning.

    That number exceeded the required 10 percent or 275 voter signatures required to have a referendum.

  • Planning board to take another look at island setbacks

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board last week voted to review proposed property setbacks in the island business district and get input from citizens.

    Some of that input came at the July 2 meeting, when island business owners outlined the challenges of trying to operate in the spaces they have.

    In June, the board approved a proposal to increase rear and side-yard setbacks for businesses that abut residential property in the beach business district.

  • Area events scheduled for 4th of July fun

    Saturday, July 4, will be celebrated with a parade beginning at 11 a.m. The route will travel down Moore and Howe streets. Food and concessions will be served along Howe Street from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The evening and Fourth of July celebration will conclude with fireworks at the waterfront at 9 p.m.

    For a complete listing of the Fourth of July Festival events, visit www.nc4thofjuly.com.

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH

  • Candidate filings for municipal elections open today

    The candidate-filing period for the 2009 municipal elections begins Monday.

    Filing for the Nov. 3, 2009, municipal election opens at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 6, and runs until noon Friday, July 17, at the Brunswick County Board of Elections in Bolivia. The 2009 elections are for municipalities, sanitary districts and Dosher Memorial Hospital trustees.

    The following seats are up for election:

    •Bald Head Island: Mayor and one councilman seat

    •Belville: Mayor and two commissioners’ seats

  • UPDATE: Health department officials begin reading TB skin-test results

    BOLIVIA—County health department officials have read about 250 of the nearly 400 tuberculosis skin tests administered after a Brunswick County Detention Center inmate tested positive for TB.

    Twenty-eight positive skin tests have been identified as of Thursday afternoon.

    “We have had some positives, but the reading is just getting underway,” Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey wrote in an e-mail to the Beacon.

  • Confirmed case of tuberculosis linked to jail

    A former Brunswick County inmate had a positive skin test for tuberculosis, while a second inmate who tested positive for the disease was transferred to a different detention facility.

    Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey on Wednesday said two possible cases of TB have been linked to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    “There was a case who came to us Friday,” Yousey said. “We traced his exposure back to the jail.”

  • Experts raise environmental concerns over planned terminal

    SOUTHPORT—A new international terminal proposed for 600 acres near Southport and Boiling Spring Lakes could potentially pollute the Cape Fear River with petrochemicals, construction waste material, cleaning compounds, stormwater runoff and invasive species, environmental experts told citizens gathered at the Southport Community Building last week.

    In addition, dredging a deepwater channel between the ocean and the Cape Fear River could destroy nursery areas for a number of marine animals.