Local News

  • Holden Beach sets tax rate

    By Sarah Sue Ingram

    Beacon correspondent

    Holden Beach Commissioners unanimously approved a $7.2 million total operations budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

    The estimated new tax rate for property owners will be 12.7 cents for every $100 of valuation.

    The main thing commissioners changed from town manager David Hewett’s proposed budget was not approving a cost-of-living raise but rather giving a one-time bonus with $31,000 to be split among the town’s 24 employees.

  • Volunteer for Sunnyside today

    SHALLOTTE—Old Sunnyside School is approaching its 100th birthday.

    The school built in 1915 contains many fond memories for area residents. Over the years a dedicated group of volunteers formed a non-profit organization called Save Old Sunnyside to help save the building and relocate it as close as possible to its original location.

  • Making tough choices but not going anywhere

    SHALLOTTE—Recently word worked its way through the grapevine and back to Brunswick Family Assistance Executive Director Carol Phelps that the nonprofit was in danger of shutting its doors.

    “I want to reassure the community and clarify the financial health of this organization,” Phelps said. “Yes, we are operating in a deficit (of donations) like all nonprofits, but we are not going anywhere.”

  • County issues water conservation alert

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County officials have issued a water conservation alert.

    Brunswick County is currently in a drought, and Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce said water usage levels are nearing capacity.

    Recently, peak water usage was more than 24 million gallons per day, which represents about 80 percent of the county’s 30-million-gallon-per-day capacity, Pierce said.

  • Paving change-order OK'd in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is working to remedy problems with paving in the Village at Calabash, last week approving a contract change-order and budget amendment.

    While road improvements on Palmer Drive are nearing completion, the change-order is to repair roads damaged during construction, town administrator Mike Hargett said.

    “The damage was not unanticipated,” Hargett said at town commissioners’ June 9 meeting. “It was certainly known beforehand substandard condition of the streets would result in some damage.

  • Calabash adopts budget for fiscal year 2011-2012

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners adopted a budget ordinance for fiscal year 2011-2012 calling for a .0875 ad valorem tax rate over the current .07 rate.

    During public comment time, residents Emily DiStasio, Cecelia Herman and Mack Sanders expressed concern about the increase that they said would put a hardship on residents on fixed incomes, coupled with the sewer assessment.

  • Committee prepares for hurricanes in Calabash

    CALABASH—FEMA forms, damage assessments and safety are among topics stirring at recent emergency management committee meetings.

    Now that hurricane season has officially descended, the town committee, consisting of Mayor Anthony Clemmons, Calabash Fire Chief Randy Bork and former Fire Chief Karl Bennett and his wife Linda, is focusing on organization in the event a hurricane hits.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

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

    •Assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a female at Second Street Bar and Grill; a female victim was hit in the head with a glass beer bottle during a domestic violence incident on Monday, June 13.

  • Shallotte Crime

    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.

    •Tony Cherrie Clark, 37, of 615 McMilly Road, Shallotte was arrested on two counts of failure to appear in Richmond County; suspect was picked up while a passenger during a traffic stop.

  • Governor vetoes GOP budget; lawmakers poised to override veto

    RALEIGH—It looks as if N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of GOP lawmakers’ budget may be short-lived.

    On Sunday, the first-term Democrat governor vetoed the GOP-led budget. But Republicans were quick to announce they had the numbers to override Perdue’s veto.

    In her veto announcement, Perdue accused the legislature of “turning its back on our schools, our children, our longstanding investments in education and our future economic prospects.”