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  • Ocean Isle Beach mayor honored with award

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Sloane Smith has been recognized among her peers for her leadership.

    The Cape Fear Council of Governments recently presented the 2010 Lynwood Norris Regional Champion Award to Smith. Each year the council presents the award to an elected local government official who demonstrates leadership in both their jurisdiction and throughout the Cape Fear region. The council encompasses Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.

  • Shallotte swears in new mayor, seeks new board member

    The April 5 Shallotte board of aldermen meeting ended with a new mayor.

    Alan Lewis, former mayor pro tem, was sworn in as mayor of Shallotte.

    The vote was unanimous. Lewis was appointed to fill the vacancy of mayor created by the death of Mayor Buddy Kelly on March 2.

    The board was advised of proper procedure to fill the vacancy by Laura Thompson, town attorney. Lewis will serve as mayor until the next General Election in November. At that time he has the option to run for the position.

  • A better year for real estate is predicted for 2011

    SUPPLY—Is the real estate market turning around?

    That is the $10 million question.

    The Brunswick County Association of Realtors is optimistic that recent trends in activity mean things are beginning to look up.

    “We see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s not a train,” said Pete Frandano, president of BCAR during the organization’s legislative media breakfast Monday. “We are turning today’s challenges into tomorrow’s successes.”

  • Local religious leaders speak out about racism

    SHALLOTTE—Area religious leaders are set to speak in favor of the North Carolina Racial Justice Act.

    Several religious leaders from across southeastern North Carolina are participating in a press conference in conjunction with the Carrboro-based nonprofit organization People of Faith Against the Death Penalty to raise awareness about the N.C. Racial Justice Act. The meeting, hosted by Rev. Robert Ippolito, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7, at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church in Shallotte.

  • Local religious leaders speak out about racism

    SHALLOTTE—Area religious leaders are set to speak in favor of the North Carolina Racial Justice Act.

    Several religious leaders from across southeastern North Carolina are participating in a press conference in conjunction with the Carrboro-based nonprofit organization People of Faith Against the Death Penalty to raise awareness about the N.C. Racial Justice Act. The meeting, hosted by Rev. Robert Ippolito, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7, at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church in Shallotte.

  • Property values down, Ocean Isle Beach officials talk budget

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Balancing a budget is never easy, but this year it’s even harder for commissioners and town officials in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Recent tax revaluations hit the town hard. Ocean Isle Beach suffered a 33 percent decrease in property values. The goal of commissioners and staff is to create a revenue-neutral tax rate for the 2011-2012 fiscal year starting on July 1, 2011. They said that means tough budgeting decisions will have to be made.

    Last Thursday, the board and staff met for the first of several budget workshops.

  • Leland man sentenced on federal firearms charges

    NEW BERN— A Leland man was sentenced to prison for federal firearms charges.

    According to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson Robin Zier, Christopher Harold Goins, 35, of Leland, was sentenced to 240 months, or 20 years, in federal prison for firearms charges.

  • Landfill expansion draws full-house crowd

    BOLIVIA—Though commissioners were careful to articulate they might not approve a future landfill expansion on the site, they took the necessary steps toward the expansion by approving the potential site’s rezoning Monday night.

    In a 3-0 vote with commissioner Charles Warren absent and commissioner Marty Cooke abstaining, commissioners approved rezoning the land slated to house the expanded construction and demolition landfill from rural residential to industrial general, the only zone that allows a landfill as a permitted use.

  • Commissioners OK patient move for July’s hospital swap

    BOLIVIA—Novant Health has enlisted the help of the county to transport patients when hospital officials open the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center this summer.

    At their regular meeting Monday night, commissioners approved an agreement between Novant Health, the owners of Brunswick Community Hospital and the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center, and Brunswick County, which would allow Brunswick County EMS to transport patients from the old hospital to the new hospital.

  • HOA-POA reps converge with concerns in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Road repairs, a recent fire, swimming pool concerns and mosquito-spraying—or the lack thereof—are among issues aired at a March 30 meeting of the Carolina Shores HOA-POA Advisory Committee.

    Formed last summer, the committee meets monthly as a means of providing better communication and comparing notes among the six communities that compose the town. It also makes recommendations and suggestions to the town board of commissioners about community concerns.