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  • Town charged 20 times tax value for land

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The town has reluctantly agreed to purchase land for a rate 20 times its tax value.

    Tuesday at commissioners’ June meeting, concern was expressed with negotiations for a parcel of land needed by the town to complete cyclical canal dredging.

    Commissioners voted unanimously to purchase tax parcel No. 257CA03701 from Stuart Cooke and Serenity Bay LLC for $60,000, but not without consideration.

  • Hospice prepares to open new facility in Brunswick

    The long-awaited unveiling of the new SECU Hospice House is just around the corner.

    On Sunday, June 24, the SECU Hospice House will open its doors to the public. From 1-4 p.m. there will be an open house for the community.

    “It has been so amazing,” said Cindy Cheatham, development manager Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.

    Cheatham has been instrumental in the fundraising portion of the project and she can’t say enough about the outpouring of support from the community so the SECU Hospice House could become a reality.

  • The man behind the land

    In less than a month, Brunswick County residents will be taking a turn on Hope and turning right on Mercy as they visit the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick.

    The task of naming the roads was left up to the man who donated the 7.5 acres of land where the newly constructed Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter now sits. The facility is slated to open on July 1, with an open house planned for 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 24.

  • Former Sunset Beach mayor dies

    Former Sunset Beach Mayor Mason Barber has died.

    Barber, 88, passed away Wednesday, June 6.

    The World War II and Korean War veteran worked for Exxon Mobil for 37 years prior to retiring in 1986 and moving to Sunset Beach, where he served four terms as mayor.

    Mason is survived by his wife, Virginia, two daughters and a son, five granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.

    Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, June 8, in the Brunswick Funeral Service Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

  • School system to charge $25 fee for driver’s education course

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education have agreed to start charging students for driver’s education classes.

    At their meeting Tuesday, June 5, board members voted to allow the school system to charge up to $25 per student for driver’s education courses.

    Until now, the school system did not charge students to take the course, Jessica Swencki, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman, said.

    The state allows school systems to charge up to $45 per student, Swencki said.

  • Three local employees among company-wide layoffs at Novant Health

    Winston-Salem-based nonprofit healthcare company Novant Health, parent company of Brunswick Novant Medical Center, recently announced nearly 300 layoffs company-wide.

    Amy Myers, director of marketing and community relations for Brunswick Novant Medical Center, said 289 leader and staff positions were eliminated last week within the healthcare organization.

  • Resident complains panel-box placement causes unsightly "red light district"

    SUNSET BEACH—Karla Squier is ready to flush an unsightly electrical sewer panel box recently installed on the front of her house.

    “I have a 5-foot monstrosity attached to the front of my garage with a huge red light on it, and I’m naming it the red light district,” said the Sea Trail resident, speaking during public comment time at Monday night’s Sunset Beach Town Council meeting.

  • June 12 meeting to address tapping onto Metropolitan Grand Strand

    SUNSET BEACH—Will Sunset Beach and other towns in Brunswick County become part of the greater metropolitan Grand Strand stretching well into South Carolina?

    That’s an issue that will be discussed at a meeting scheduled for 10:30 a.m. next Tuesday in Carolina Shores.

    Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker said the discussion will center around an “MPO proposal to add Sunset Beach to the Grand Strand, S.C., MPO”—which stands for Metropolitan Planning Organization.

  • Carolina Shores looking at speed-limit reduction to 25 mph

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners is poised to review a proposed town-wide speed limit of 25 mph.

    The proposed change would mostly affect the town’s main residential area adjacent to Carolina Shores Golf Course as well as the Village at Calabash, where the speed limit is now 30 mph on town-operated streets in both communities. The speed limit is already 25 mph in The Farm at Brunswick.

  • Calabash Fire board approves bonds for new firehouse

    CALABASH—The Calabash Fire Department has approved a bonds resolution for its future fire station.

    The unanimous vote Tuesday by the fire department board is for issuance of up to $2 million in bonds or notes to construct a firehouse. The resolution will be forwarded to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners for consideration at their June 18 meeting.

    Calabash Fire Chief Randy Bork said it’s a tax-free loan that places no liability on the county.

    “The IRS has rules that we’re following,” he said.