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  • Jet Ski venture OKed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The town board of adjustment has unanimously approved a special-use permit for a proposed Jet Ski rental business.
    The decision at a hearing Thursday morning at Sunset Beach Town Hall clears the way for Sea Thriller Water Sports to establish a personal watercraft rental business on property owned by Twin Lakes Restaurant at 102 Sunset Blvd.
    Several citizens, including Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato and town councilwoman Carol Scott, voiced concerns about the proposal prior to the board’s decision. Several complained the business will create noise and congestion.

  • No increase in Ocean Isle Beach tax rate

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The new tax rate for Ocean Isle Beach will be 13 cents per $100 of property valuation, the same as the current fiscal year.

    Town commissioners reviewed a budget for the fiscal year 2012-2013, which included the new tax rate, last Wednesday during a specially called budget workshop.

    According to Daisy Ivey, town administrator and finance officer, only a few changes have been made to the general fund budget.

  • Dove award winner to perform in Shallotte Sunday

    Two-time Dove winning and three time Grammy-nominated Southern Gospel group Karen Peck and New River will perform at 6 p.m., Sunday, May 6, at Old Shallotte Baptist Church on Longwood Road.

    On April 19, Karen Peck and New River won gospel music’s top awards for their latest album, “Reach Out,” and Country Gospel Song of the Year for “Good Things Are Happening.”

  • Local candidates report campaign donations

    Clarification: District 3 county commission candidate Jwantana Frink said while her reports were not at the board of elections office when a reporter audited campaign finance reports, they had been postmarked by the April 30 deadline date. An elections official confirmed she had received Frink’s campaign finance reports.

    BOLIVIA—The price of politics is up. Way up.

  • Court of appeals split in libel case involving Brunswick judge

    RALEIGH—The North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled in favor, in part, with Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis in her libel lawsuit against local political activist Ed Rapp.

    However, the court also ruled in favor, in part, with Rapp.

    Hugh Stevens, a Raleigh-based media law attorney who represents Rapp in the case, which goes back to Rapp’s April 2010 blog postings, said the case involves complex issues of defamation law.

  • Suspect free: still no charges in death of 3-year-old

    It has been two months since 3-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister was pronounced dead after being dropped off at Brunswick Novant Medical Center.

    One suspect remains in the Brunswick County Detention Center, but a second suspect was released on Tuesday for time served.

    Neither have been charged with Jaronn’s death.

  • Changes afoot for Sunset Beach seasonal patrol

    SUNSET BEACH—The town is changing its beach patrol for the upcoming season.

    Bob Tone, longtime code enforcement supervisor for the town’s seasonal code enforcement “beach patrol,” was recently notified by the town he was not selected for consideration for this year’s patrol.

    The town has hired retired New York police detective Tom Bertolino to serve as supervisor of the beach code-enforcement team this season, which launches May 21 and continues through Sept. 14.

  • Carolina Shores Tour of Gardens blooms May 12

    The gardens of five homes are featured in the Carolina Shores Garden Club’s 2012 Tour of Gardens scheduled for 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. next Saturday, May 12.

    The theme of this year’s tour is “A Day of Wine and Roses.”

    Featured gardens include two homes with more than 200 plant varieties each, and another with a large atrium with a flowing water fountain.

    Also featured are an English-style garden and a relaxing-tiered water fountain at another well-manicured address.

  • Carolina Shores workshop May 7, meeting May 10

     Carolina Shores workshop Monday, meeting May 10

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will meet at a regular monthly workshop at 10 a.m. next Monday, May 7.

    Agenda copies will be available at town hall by the end of this week.

    The board’s regular monthly meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at town hall on Persimmon Road.

    Agendas and additional packet items will also be available at town hall.

  • Jet Ski hearing Thursday in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A proposal to set up a Jet Ski venture at the Intracoastal Waterway will be considered by the town board of adjustment at a hearing Thursday.

    The 9 a.m. meeting in town hall council chambers is a continuation of an April 19 hearing.

    Shane Hollar with Sea Thriller Water Sports wants to put in a personal watercraft rental business on property owned by Twin Lakes Restaurant at 102 Sunset Boulevard.