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  • Shallotte approves permit for second Harley Davidson rally

    Beach House Harley Davidson on U.S. 17 is planning its second spring bike rally for May 7-16 on the field adjacent to the store.
    At last week’s town board meeting, Shallotte aldermen approved a temporary use permit for the festival. Beach House owner Rick Noyes requested the permit and proclaimed attendance at last year’s event better than he expected.

  • Shallotte planning board recommends approval of new parking, sidewalk regs

    The Shallotte Planning Board has recommended the board of aldermen add new parking, driveway and sidewalk requirements to the unified development ordinance, taking the first steps toward implementing recommendations in the town’s vision plan.

    Planning director Allen Serkin recommended the changes at Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, explaining they came out of discussions at the recent board of aldermen retreat.

  • Locals to participate in green jobs summit

    OAK ISLAND— To Kim Jones, green energy is more than just a catchy slogan or pipe dream.

    Jones is a Brunswick Community College science instructor who now has a second job: running “Alganomics,” a business dedicated to growing algae to obtain oil for use in biodiesel fuel.

    She has a three-year lease with the Town of Oak Island to work with their re-used wastewater to grow algae and extract the oil for use as feedstock for biodiesel.

    “That’s the No. 1 obstacle to biodiesel, getting the feedstock,” Jones said.

  • Ocean Isle Beach to contribute $10,000 to terminal groin lobbyists

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach commissioners have agreed to contribute $10,000 toward the hiring of two lobbyists to aid coastal communities in the fight for a change in the legislature regarding the current ban on terminal groins.

  • Ocean Isle Beach town administrator recognized by Cape Fear Council of Governments

    According to the Cape Fear Council of Governments, Ocean Isle Beach has one of the best government managers around.

    Daisy Ivey, town administrator of Ocean Isle Beach, was named the 2009 Outstanding Local Government Manager by the Cape Fear Council of Governments (CFCG) at an awards presentation March 30.

    “I was shocked,” Ivey said of receiving the award. “It’s a great honor to be chosen from the many managers in the region.”

  • Board of education prepares to compensate for estimated $3.3 million shortfall

    After calculating preliminary budget numbers, Brunswick County Schools faces a net funding shortfall of $5.8 million. School officials estimate having to use $2.5 million of fund balance and having to make more than $3.3 million in reductions.

    Transferring the Pre-K spots to private sectors and applying for a grant to operate the Transition Academy are among ideas to help offset the deficit.

  • Shallotte approves permit for second Harley Davidson rally

    Beach House Harley Davidson on U.S. 17 is planning its second spring bike rally for May 7-16 on the field adjacent to the store.

    At last week’s town board meeting, Shallotte aldermen approved a temporary use permit for the festival. Beach House owner Rick Noyes requested the permit and proclaimed attendance at last year’s event better than he expected.

  • Artist gets second chance at life, repays those who saved him with artwork

    BOLIVIA—Just like he had nearly every day for the past year, Ronald Williams spent the morning of Jan. 25 on the indoor track at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College. He intended to walk three miles.

    Just before he finished his last few laps, Williams, 64, collapsed and fell to the ground in cardiac arrest.

    Williams had just passed two women who were also walking on the track.

    “I probably never should have passed them,” Williams said with a laugh.

  • Board to vote on policy limiting drug testing

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education will discuss a proposed policy change, which would no longer require pre-employment drug testing for all employees. The will take the matter up at the next board meeting on Tuesday, April 13.

    The North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) is recommending board members change the policy to require only those applying for “safety sensitive positions” to be drug tested, Deanne Meadows, personnel director, explained at a policy/curriculum committee meeting last month.

  • Conversations with the Congressman

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C, says he will stay as long as it takes to speak to everyone who shows up to Conversations with the Congressman.

    McIntyre was in Ocean Isle Beach Tuesday for another round of conversations, something he said he does as often as he can in each of the counties he represents.

    Brunswick County residents had the chance to meet privately with McIntyre Tuesday.

    “I always want to have an opportunity for any citizen to come in and talk about any issue, concern or question they may have,” he said.