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  • Special meeting called in Calabash

    CALABASH—A special meeting for the Calabash Board of Commissioners has been called for 5 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at town hall.

    The purpose of the meeting is:

    •To review a proposed draft of the 2011-2012 fiscal budget and set a proposed tax rate.

    •To schedule a public hearing for proposed draft of the budget, to be considered at commissioners’ next monthly meeting at 6 p.m. June 14.

  • Devaun Park developers embroiled in legal clash

    CALABASH—Devaun Park was launched as a pristine, serene neighborhood with tree-lined streets and comfortable, upscale homes with wide front porches in a natural setting overlooking the Calabash River.

    But things aren’t so peaceful these days between Devaun Park’s developers, Vaughn Stanaland and Scott Stewart, who are involved in a legal battle involving money and management woes.

  • Bluegrass festival picking and singing Saturday in Holden Beach

    Four renowned North Carolina bluegrass groups are headlining this weekend’s seventh annual Mostly Bluegrass Spring Festival 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday at the Holden Beach Pavilion.

    The lineup includes A Deeper Shade of Blue of Monroe, The Huckleberry Brothers of eastern North Carolina, The Far City Boys of western North Carolina and Ted Jones and the Tarheel Boys of Smithfield.

  • DA re-opens Bald Head officer death case

    District Attorney Jon David is re-examining evidence and information surrounding the October 1999 death of Bald Head Island police officer Davina Jones.

    Jones died Oct. 22, 1999, from a single gunshot to the back of her head while on duty. Her body was found late that night near Old Baldy Lighthouse.

    By the following day, Jones’ body had been removed from the island, the shooting scene cleaned up to make way for a wedding, and her death deemed a suicide.

  • Services highlight Memorial Day weekend

    Several ceremonies are planned in the area this week in observance of Memorial Day.

    CALABASH

    Memorial Day ceremonies include two in Calabash, both starting at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30.

    One ceremony will be at the Calabash Fire Department on Persimmon Road and N.C. 179.

    The program, co-sponsored by the fire department and Calabash American Legion Post 503, will honor military from all branches and eras, especially those who gave their lives in service to our country.

  • Heated exchange over fire proceeds in Calabash

    CALABASH— Clashes have erupted in Calabash over ABC proceeds for the local fire department and hurricane readiness.

    At a fire department board meeting last week, department officials said proceeds from the town’s ABC store are down nearly 60 percent from last year.

    “We don’t know why, but that’s what they say,” said board president Jennings Edge.

  • D.A. re-opening Bald Head officer death case

    District Attorney Jon David is re-examining evidence and information surrounding the October 1999 death of Bald Head Island police officer Davina Jones.

    Jones died October 22, 1999, from a single gunshot to the back of her head while on duty.

    Former District Attorney Rex Gore, in conjunction with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation, determined Jones died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Gore subsequently ruled Jones’ death a suicide.

  • Brunswick Beat for May 18, 2011
  • DA David appeals judge’s traffic court order

    RALEIGH—District Attorney Jon David has fired back.

    Thursday morning in Raleigh, David filed a petition in the North Carolina Court of Appeals appealing an April 15 administrative order issued by Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly.

    Dick Ellis, spokesperson for the N.C. Court of Appeals, said the petition appealed Jolly’s administrative order, which, among other things, ordered a stay on a fledging traffic court program started by David.

  • Holden Beach property tax value likely to increase

    To achieve a revenue-neutral budget, Holden Beach officials are looking at a 12.7 or 13 percent tax rate per $100 of property value for the coming budget year.

    The current tax rate is 6.9 percent.

    “The revenue-neutral is less than double the current rate,” Mayor Alan Holden said at a budget workshop in town hall Tuesday afternoon. “We’re by no means through studying this thing.”

    Because of the recession, Holden Beach property values fell 45-47 percent during the 2011 revaluation performed by Brunswick County officials.