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  • A change of pace

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH—These days Bazil Geckler spends a lot of time bird watching and taking in the scenery from his porch situated on the Intracoastal Waterway in Ocean Isle Beach.

    At 90 years old, he has had to slow down a bit from his youth. In days gone by Geckler was a man constantly on the go along with his wife, Louise Tripp Geckler.

    Louise was born and raised in the local area and has strong family ties to Brunswick County. Her father built the historic Sunnyside schoolhouse.

  • Tax-less savings

     Summer is drawing to a close. With Brunswick County Schools resuming classes on Thursday, Aug. 25, teachers and parents are preparing for the return of the school year by stocking up on back-to-school items.

    This weekend is the perfect time to ring up the savings as North Carolina celebrates its annual sales tax holiday. This 2011 holiday will last three days beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, and ending at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

    The sales tax holiday applies to many necessary back-to-school items and offers all shoppers a chance to save.

  • Unsightly’ fence takes board by surprise

     SHALLOTTE—No one seemed to know NCDOT planned to install a chain link fence along Main Street and Smith Avenue until it was already in place. There was a definite air of frustration about it at Tuesday’s board of aldermen meeting.

    The board and town staff received a copy of a letter from the North Carolina Department of Transportation outlining the policy and guidelines for control of access fence. The letter states, “when the Department acquires control of access, of any type, that control of access shall be fenced.”

  • Independent film opens in Shallotte

     SHALLOTTE—Moviegoers in Shallotte have the opportunity to support two local independent filmmakers as “Pendulum Swings” debuts at Frank Theatres in Shallotte.

    Ocean Isle Beach residents Adam Melton and John Keogh teamed up with Tri-Rahn Pictures and Vela Films to create the feature film “Pendulum Swings.”

    Melton, a partner in Vela Films, served as both the lead actor in the film and the producer and is now working as the film’s promoter. Keogh utilized his extensive writing background to bring life to the script.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

     The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Joseph Lewis Allen, 36, of 348 Wright’s Creek Road, Georgetown, S.C., was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest and DWI on U.S. 17.

  • Four-wheeling shopping adventure

     When I first moved to the area, one of the things I loved right away was how easy the area is to navigate—or rather was. Yes, there were orange traffic barrels lining large portions of Main Street, but it was rather simple to find an alternate route.

    Over the months I found myself more and more avoiding the intersection of Main Street and Smith Avenue at all costs because I never knew from day to day where the traffic barrel jungle was going to take me. It was easier to find an alternate route.

  • Sea Trail Corp. contesting foreclosure action

    SUNSET BEACH—Sea Trail Corp. is contesting a foreclosure notice recently issued by Waccamaw Bank.

    Gregg DeCrane, president of the Sea Trail Master Association, sent out an email July 20 to association members notifying them of the bank’s recent action.

    “Yesterday we were informed of an official notification that states Waccamaw Bank, as noteholder, intends to commence foreclosure on notes and deeds of trust executed by Sea Trail Corp.,” DeCrane wrote in the email.

  • Sunset Beach tables putting police officers on beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has tabled a proposal to replace the town’s code enforcement officers with reserve police officers to patrol the beach.

    Council voted to table the matter after debate ensued at Monday night’s meeting about the idea, one that town administrator Gary Parker said was spurred by an audit by the North Carolina League of Municipalities.

    Town finance director Donna Rogers found Sunset Beach is the only coastal town in the state using civilians to provide beach-patrol service.

  • Carolina Shore OKs part-time position

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have approved on a split vote hiring a finalist for a part-time administrative position.

    Mayor Stephen Selby cast a tie-breaking vote at a monthly workshop Monday to approve the hiring.

    Town commissioner Tom Puls, who voted “nay,” said he had a problem with town commissioners not having a say-so in the applicant and interview process.

    Town administrator Mike Hargett said there were 13 applicants and eight people were interviewed, with town staff making recommendations.

  • Foreclosure papers pending for Lighthouse Cove in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A foreclosure sale on the Lighthouse Cove community has been pending since March but keeps getting delayed.

    Copies of a legal notice about a pending foreclosure sale have been posted on stakes of undeveloped lots in the Carolina Shores community, as well as posted at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    The first notices were filed in March. The most recent notices called for a hearing that has been postponed until September, according to town building inspector Chuck Riggins.