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  • NWS unveils new tornado, tsunami warning system

    Don’t ignore your cell phone if it starts vibrating strangely. It could be an emergency message from the National Weather Service.

    The National Weather Service is part of the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), which allows the agency to interface to the Wireless Emergency Alters (WEA) service being rolled out by wireless carriers across the country this year.

    CMAS is a partnership between Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and wireless carriers to enhance public safety.

  • Holden Beach budget passes with some objections

    Holden Beach commissioners approved an $8.3 million budget by a 3-2 vote at their regular meeting in town hall Tuesday night.

    The budget includes a $2.45 million operating fund, $3.4 million water and sewer fund and $2.4 million BPART fund.

    Commissioners Sandy Miller, Don Glander and Ray Lehr voted for the budget, which does not include a tax increase, while commissioners Dennis Harrington and Sheila Young voted against the budget.

  • Commissioners deny manager’s plea for $11,000 personnel policy revision

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have denied county manager Marty Lawing’s request to hire a consultant to review the county’s 16-year-old personnel policy manual. 

    Lawing wanted to hire an outside consultant to review and draft an updated personnel policy for $11,000, because he said no county department head had adequate time to devote to the project.

    Lawing said the county previously formed a committee to review the document and to draft a new policy, but the committee was unable to come up with a workable document.

  • Town Creek Park improvements, Leland senior center pushed back to 2013-2014 budget

    BOLIVIA—Two capital projects won’t make it into the county’s 2012-2013 fiscal year budget after all.

    Commissioners reconsidered two capital projects—Town Creek Park improvements and a new senior center in Leland—at a budget workshop Thursday, June 7. But neither will be in the proposed $196.2 million budget when commissioners vote on it at their next meeting June 18.

    Instead, the projects will appear on the 2013-2014 fiscal year’s budget.

  • Sunset Beach Orchid merits an award

    SUNSET BEACH—This coastal town has its own beach, beauty and high-rise bridge.

    As if Sunset Beach didn’t already have it all, now it has its own award-winning orchid.

    The town has Atlanta resident and orchid grower David Kessler to thank for that.

    Kessler, a frequent visitor to Sunset Beach, received the coveted Award of Merit from the American Orchid Society for the photogenic, brilliant yellow-and-orange-hued orchid he developed and named “Sunset Beach.”

  • Towns set sights on urban transportation planning

    CAROLINA SHORES—Municipal leaders have plenty of questions about Brunswick County towns becoming part of the Grand Strand Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

    They brought those questions to an informational meeting Tuesday focused on the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) based south of the border in South Carolina.

  • Carolina Shores comes to a stop on proposed speed reduction

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board has tabled a proposal to set the town speed limit at 25 mph after several residents spoke out against it.

    The unanimous board decision to remove from its consent agenda a proposed 5 mph speed reduction came at commissioners’ monthly meeting June 7.

    During public comment, resident Maslin Kain said she doesn’t see much difference between 30 mph—the limit in the main Carolina Shores acreage and the Village at Calabash—and 25 mph, which is already the maximum in The Farm at Brunswick.

  • From tragedy to triumph

    High school wasn’t a walk in the park for one local teen.

    There were times the recent graduate said she wanted to drop out.

    During Kelsey Moseley’s freshman year, tragedy struck her family—and the entire WBHS campus.

    On Thursday, May 7, 2009, Jacob Moseley, an 18-year-old senior at West Brunswick High School, died in a car crash on Royal Oak Road just one month before his graduation.

    There were five students in the car. Moseley was thrown from the backseat along with two other passengers.

  • Shallotte reduces bond as town works out Rivers Edge solution

     

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen and the mayor are working together with Mark Saunders to find a solution to issues in Rivers Edge.

    At the June 5 aldermen meeting, the board took major steps toward a solution. They released bonds in the amount of $168,050, de-plated a section and approved a change to sewer lines.

    Before voting and/or discussion of the matters, Alan Lewis recused himself due to potential personal conflicts.

  • 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.