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  • Sunset Beach agrees to pursue 'tolling' agreement with Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Council will consider approval of a tolling agreement with developer Mark Saunders at its monthly workshop at 9 a.m. next Tuesday, May 15.

    The decision came during a lengthy monthly council meeting Monday night, when Saunders, Jaguar’s Lair property owners and other residents spoke out on both sides of the issue about the unfinished development.

    “Tolling” is a legal term first broached at Monday night’s meeting by Elaine Jordan, general counsel for Saunders’ company, Coastal Communities.

  • Tree-cutting plan gets closer scrutiny in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A consultant with North Carolina State University is scheduled to be in town this week to assist with trees targeted for removal at Carolina Shores Golf Course.

    Town commissioner John Russo, speaking at a town board workshop Monday, said the consultant is set to accompany the town tree committee to the site this Wednesday, May 9.

  • Calabash ponders Fourth of July

    CALABASH—The town is hoping to have an annual Fourth of July event, but its co-sponsor is coming up short on funds.

    Calabash Mayor Mary Knight, speaking at the town board of commissioners monthly meeting Tuesday night, told representatives with the Calabash Merchants Association the town planned to contribute a record $8,500 for this year’s holiday event.

    But the merchants association has requested $10,000 to cover for this year’s fireworks show.

  • From the best to worst abs, local men show flaunt their physique

    SHALLOTTE—For the last six weeks six men have been getting up early and sweating as they worked toward a common goal—to get the best abs.

    For 40 days the group of friends worked on their goal. At 6:15 a.m. May 1, they had the “big reveal” complete with judging. One received first place with last place claiming the donut award.

    It started when Scott Nonnenman decided it was time to shed some winter weight and start getting his body in shape for the summer.

  • Up in the Air: Airport owners want $1 lease agreement

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Jackson Hill Aviation officials have asked the town for an OK to rent the Odell Williamson Municipal Airport for $1 for an entire year.

    The proposal also asked the town’s board of commissioners to make changes to the airport’s lease to include purchasing the fuel farm, changing hours of operation and taking additional safety measures.

    Jackson Hill Aviation and the town entered into a 20-year lease agreement in 2006 with Jackson Hill Aviation serving as the fixed-base operator.

  • Coalition works together to help the homeless

    SHALLOTTE—Brunswick County Homeless Coalition is looking for ways to help the homeless in Brunswick County.

    The group’s mission is “to serve as an advocate for the homeless through increasing awareness and educating the community about homelessness in Brunswick County. Members also are working to explore, promote, recruit and facilitate resources to aid the homeless with a goal of decreasing chronic and transitional homelessness in the county.

  • Senior center changes spark parking conversation

    SHALLOTTE—The Shallotte Senior Center is a step closer to finding a new, much-larger home.

    Jim Fish, executive director of Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., presented a parking plan to alderman at their May 1 meeting in hopes of moving the project along.

    While there were concerns about the terms of the proposed parking agreement, the town was willing to work with Fish and BSRI.

  • Free hot lunches to be served this summer

     

    Summer food service is coming back to Brunswick County for the summer of 2012.

    The summer food service is a program offered to all children and teens between the ages of 1 and 18. The program is geared to fill the gap in the summer months for children who rely on the free and reduced lunch program throughout the school year, but it is for all children in the county.

  • Sykes wins District 3 county commission race

    BOLIVIA—Pat Sykes has won the Republican nomination for District 3 county commission.

    In a four-person GOP race, Sykes defeated Dosher Trustee Joe Agovino, former Southport Alderman Jwantana Frink and incumbent county commissioner Charles Warren for the District 3 Republican nomination.

    “I’m very excited. I’m glad to be able to serve the people of Brunswick County. I’m looking forward to it in January,” Sykes said.

  • Voter turnout tops 30 percent

    BOLIVIA—Elections officials are reporting strong voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary election.
    Of Brunswick County’s 79,600 registered voters, 25,395 voters cast their ballots in this Primary Election, which is a 31.88 percent voter turnout. That’s up over the May 2010 primary election, which had a 20 percent voter turnout.
    Brunswick County Elections Director Greg Bellamy said this year’s turnout was not comparable to 2010 because 2010 didn’t have a presidential election.