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  • Sharon UMC’s new building to open Easter Sunday

    What started out as an unheated log cabin schoolhouse serving as a church in 1825 has transformed into Sharon United Methodist Church on Holden Beach Road.

    The church has seen its share of buildings over the years, and now, on Easter Sunday, if all goes according to plan, the church’s members will have their first services in a new, larger building. It has been made possible by the generosity of the congregation and years of planning.

  • County, town governments can't call bonds on stalled projects until 2011

    Shallotte officials say they want to help owners of land that is now unusable because developers haven’t completed the infrastructure. A state law, however, has placed a hold on calling bonds to allow the projects to be completed.

    That’s not good news for the 60-plus property owners in uncompleted phases of Rivers Edge in Shallotte, several of whom recently asked the town board for assistance. The group learned at a board meeting the state law had tied the town’s hands.

  • Brunswick County dips to 38th fastest-growing county in the country

    Once the 14th fastest-growing county in the country, recent U.S. Census estimates rank Brunswick County as the 38th fastest-growing county in the country.

    U.S. Census population estimates released March 23 show Brunswick County as the 38th fastest-growing county in the nation with an estimated 107,062 people in July 2009. Compared to an estimated 73,107 people in April 2000, Brunswick County’s population increased by 33,955 people, or 46.4 percent in the 10-year period.

  • Convicted sex offender eligible for parole

    A Brunswick County man sentenced to life in prison in 1988 for first-degree sex offense is eligible for parole in 2013, according to the North Carolina Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission.

    According to the commission, David A. Bullard, 59, will be eligible for parole March 17, 2013, through the commission’s Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP).

  • McIntyre, VA official to visit Brunswick County next week

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., will be in Brunswick County next week, joined by VA Deputy Undersecretary for Health Operations and Management William Schoenhard.

    The visit, McIntyre said, is for McIntyre and Schoenhard to tour Brunswick Community Hospital—a site McIntyre supports converting to a future VA facility once Novant Health moves into the new hospital, slated for summer 2011.

  • General Assembly to decide whether to lift ban on terminal groins

    Previously not allowed in North Carolina, the General Assembly will decide if it will make an exception to the hardened structures ban and allow the construction of terminal groins along the coastline.

    Or elected members may decide to keep the current ban in place.

    The General Assembly enacted Session Law 2009-479 in August, which instructed the Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) to conduct a study to determine the feasibility and advisability of terminal groins as erosion control devices and report back its findings by April 1.

  • Carolina Shores sets meetings next week; new Web site

    STAFF REPORT

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will have two special meetings next Monday.

    The board also has changed its regular meeting day from Thursday to next Wednesday for April.

    Monday’s first meeting is a specially called one to inform residents about stormwater and paving information gathered at the board’s annual retreat March 9. The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, April 5, at the Calabash Fire Department.

  • Sewage leak cleaned fixed in Sunset Beach

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—A sewer leak that occurred Friday night at a local condominium complex has been cleaned up and fixed.

    Leakage from manholes was reported shortly after 9 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sunset Village condominiums near Sandpiper Bay.

    “We had an overflowing situation and were able to catch it,” Sunset Village POA president Bob Taylor said.

  • Preliminary plans unveiled for second fire station in Sunset Beach

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—Initial design for a second fire station was outlined at a specially called town council meeting March 26.

    Preliminary details for the future 7,297-square-foot station on Old Georgetown Road were presented by architect Scott Garner and engineer Michael Norton.

    The town has been awarded a $1,494,103 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to build the station on a 1.6-acre site behind the Sunset Commons center. The town paid $275,000 for the property.

  • Sunset Beach meetings, Good Friday closing set at town hall

    STAFF REPORT

    The Sunset Beach Planning Board will meet in regular session 9-11 a.m. Thursday, April 1, to discuss proposed open-space requirements in residential zones.

    At a March 18 work session, the board reviewed a possible ordinance provision to allow developers to present plans to the board for approval if there is a unique or special circumstance. Examples of that would be wetlands, large stormwater facilities and buffers.