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  • Mandatory sewer hookup requirement postponed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Council has postponed voting on an amendment that would require mandatory sewer hookup for anyone applying for a building permit.

    Town attorney Michael Isenberg, speaking at Monday’s monthly council meeting, said the measure would make the town ordinance consistent with Brunswick County, provider of future sewer service for the town.

    He said the rule would apply to any type of building permits, including those for accessory buildings.

  • Citizens to launch petition drive after change of government approved in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A group of residents is launching a referendum petition after town commissioners approved a charter amendment Tuesday changing the town’s form of government from mayor-council to council-manager.

    Residents calling themselves Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores said they plan to initiate the petition to force the board to put the ordinance to a vote of citizens.

  • Board votes to leave Waccamaw district lines alone

    The Brunswick County Board of Education voted Tuesday to amend its redistricting plans for the 2009-2010 school year, leaving all current Waccamaw School students unaffected by the newly drafted lines.

    When the board approved the redistricting lines in March, they did not realize a small portion of students currently in the Waccamaw district would be rerouted to Shallotte Middle School. The board was under the impression from the start of the redistricting process Waccamaw would not be affected in anyway, Shirley Babson, board chairwoman, said.

  • Three arrested in China Panda drug bust

    CALABASH—Drug agents say the owners of the China Panda knew nothing about the drug activity allegedly taking place at their restaurant.

    But last week, drug agents arrested three suspects, including one suspect who worked at the Calabash eatery, for selling marijuana at the restaurant.

    On Saturday, May 23, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Agents ended a three-month investigation when they made three arrests and seized more than five pounds of marijuana and a loaded handgun.

  • Public hearing tonight on proposed county budget

    Brunswick County Commissioners will have a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Monday on the proposed county budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

    The public hearing will be in the county commissioners’ chambers in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building in Bolivia.

  • Meals on Wheels

    SUPPLY—“Good morning, Mr. Charlie,” Buddy Kelly says as he walks into a small trailer to hand an elderly man his lunch.

    The gentleman greets his visitor, asking him how he’s doing and welcoming him to his home.

    “I’m doing pretty good,” Kelly tells the man, reminding him no one will be dropping by the next day, so the Meals on Wheels workers packed an extra meal for him.

  • Weekend-long celebration planned for town’s 50th birthday

    The town of Ocean Isle Beach is turning 50 years old, and a weekend full of events are planned to celebrate the big day.

    The festivities begin at 2 p.m. Friday, June 5, with a commemorative celebration at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall. There will be a presentation of the town’s history, as well as a walk down memory lane, Sue Sturh, town clerk, said.

    Stations will be set up with photographs, and artifacts from the town’s 50-year history, including natural disasters and obstacles faced, nature and beautification projects, will be among the stations.

  • Shallotte native chosen as this year’s Oyster Festival artist

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The official artwork for this year’s North Carolina Oyster Festival was created by one of Brunswick County’s own.

    Keith White, a Shallotte native, was selected as the official artist for this year’s Oyster Festival. Rather than classic paintings and scenic overviews of Ocean Isle Beach and the festival, White’s winning submission is more of a cartoon, with oysters taking the place of human festival-goers and humans in the buckets ready to be shucked by hungry oysters.

  • L Bookworm celebrates anniversary as Holden Beach landmark

    HOLDEN BEACH—It’s been a local institution since it first opened its doors in a small building on the Holden Beach Causeway some 21 years ago.

    Now, two moves later, L Bookworm is still going strong, supplying beach visitors and longtime customers with the latest bestsellers, lesser-known paperbacks, children’s books, locally published works and the chance to browse the stacks in air conditioned comfort.

  • Commissioners adopt parks and recreation master plan

    BOLIVIA—One day, a multi-state greenway will span the eastern seaboard from the Florida Keys to Maine, including through Brunswick County.

    A recently completed comprehensive parks and recreation master plan shows Brunswick County should beginning planning for its span within the next five years, and plan for construction within the next 10 years.

    The county’s greenway span was one of many projects highlighted in the plan, which was approved by county commissioners during their Monday night meeting.