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  • Annexation bill passes House, moves to Senate

    The N.C. House of Representatives has approved the third reading of a bill that would allow property owners to force a referendum for pending involuntary annexations.

    The bill now goes to the Senate, but at least one representative says it’s going to be a hard fight there.

    House Bill 524 passed its third and final vote last Thursday and includes a provision for town residents or residents of the area to be annexed to petition for a referendum as well as a requirement for the town to provide services to the annexed area.

  • Distemper halts dog adoptions at Brunswick County shelter

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Animal Services is continuing to suspend dog adoptions after more cases of distemper were confirmed earlier this month.

    Two weeks ago, two dogs at the shelter developed a respiratory illness. Laboratory results confirmed the cause of the illness to be distemper.

    Canine distemper is caused by a virus that is a highly contagious disease of wild and domestic carnivores.

  • Carolina Shores board votes 3-2 to censure mayor

    CAROLINA SHORES—After appointing former Mayor Dan Mann to fill a vacant seat and serve as mayor pro tem, town commissioners voted 3-2 Friday to censure current Mayor Stephen Selby for “inconsistent” behavior.

    The board censored the public by refusing to allow comments at the specially called meeting. An agenda stated no public comment would be allowed and cited a state statute that has no such provision.

    Mann and commissioners Gere Dale and Tom Puls voted for the resolution to censure Selby; commissioners Joseph Przywara and John Russo voted against it.

  • Remains positively identified as Alice Donovan's

    Remains recovered in January off a rural road in Horry County, S.C., have been positively identified as those of a woman who was abducted and brought to Brunswick County in November 2002 by two Kentucky prison escapees.

    The remains—bone fragments and a human skull—have been positively identified as those of Alice Donovan of Galivants Ferry, S.C., Horry County Police Sgt. Robert Kegler said Tuesday.

    Those findings were released last Friday following DNA testing at the University of North Texas, Kegler said.

  • Terminal groin bill stalled in committee

    Ocean Isle Beach—Senate Bill 832 is stalled in the N.C. House committee, and Debbie Smith, Ocean Isle Beach mayor, went to Raleigh earlier this month to find out why.

    Smith, along with several other local mayors and area representatives, met with Joe Hackney, speaker of the house, hoping to find out why Senate Bill 832, which would make terminal groins legal in North Carolina, has been stalled in the committee on environment and natural resources since May.

  • Woman bitten by shark at Holden Beach

    A woman was bitten by a shark while in the water at Holden Beach on July 22, according to Holden Beach Police.

    Police said a shark bit a 26-year-old woman around 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 22. Witnesses said Julia Anne Mittelberg of Morton, Ill., was in about 3-4 feet of water in the 400 block of Ocean Boulevard West. She reportedly felt something on her left foot in the water. After making her way to shore, she discovered a bite wound on her left foot.

  • Holden Beach Commissioners vote again on planning and zoning board appointments

    HOLDEN BEACH—Two people have been selected for the town’s planning and zoning board—one member and one alternate member—after two votes by town commissioners.

    At their monthly meeting July 14, commissioners unanimously voted to appoint Tony Marwitz to a vacant planning and zoning board seat and Nancy Sullivan to the alternate’s seat.

    But rather than vote vocally, the board voted by ballot.

  • Carolina Shores board votes 3-2 to censure mayor

    CAROLINA SHORES—After appointing former Mayor Dan Mann to fill a vacant seat and serve as mayor pro tem, town commissioners voted 3-2 Friday to censure current Mayor Stephen Selby for “inconsistent” behavior.

    Mann and commissioners Gere Dale and Tom Puls voted for the resolution at the specially called meeting. Commissioners Joseph Przywara and John Russo voted against it.

    “See you in November!” several residents called at the end of the hour-long meeting, which had to be moved to the Calabash Fire Department to accommodate the crowd.

  • Planet Fun set to open July 31

    East Coast Entertainment’s “Planet Fun” family entertainment center is scheduled to open in Shallotte July 31, according to president Brian McCall.

    The 50,000 square-foot business, located beside Lowes Home Improvement on Whiteville Road, is an entertainment center featuring 32 bowling lanes, four lanes of mini bowling, a two-story laser tag arena, nine-hole black light miniature golf, bumper cars, indoor soft playground, arcade, party rooms, concession stand, pro shop and a restaurant/bar.

  • Holden Beach Commissioners call special meeting to vote again on planning board appointments

    Holden Beach Commissioners will vote again Friday to appoint two nominees to the town’s planning and zoning board. Commissioners first voted to fill a vacant seat and an alternate seat at their monthly meeting July 14.

    But when they did, they voted by secret ballot.

    N.C. General Statute 143.318.13 states, “A public body may not vote by secret or written ballot.” While the statute allows some provisions for written ballots, secret ballots are prohibited under the N.C. Open Meetings Law.