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  • Calabash advised to release closed-session minutes

    CALABASH—Town attorney Mark Lewis has recommended the town release March 8 closed-session meeting minutes having to do with property acquisition.

    In a March 22 letter to town clerk Kelley Southward, Lewis wrote town commissioners on that date “inadvertently became involved in a brief discussion of a matter more appropriately delineated for closed discussion.” He cited North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(a)(5) having to do with property acquisition.

  • Firefighters on standby after woods fire

    CAROLINA SHORES—A woods fire is mostly extinguished after it broke out Wednesday in South Carolina and spread across the state line into North Carolina.

    The fire came close to some homes in the Carolina Shores North community, where a number of area fire departments and emergency crews converged Wednesday afternoon.

    Thursday morning, Calabash fire personnel were still on standby at the scene.

    Calabash Fire Chief Randy Bork that was just as a precautionary measure, as smoke curled from a small blaze near a house on Boundaryline Drive.

  • Crews battle blazes in southwestern Brunswick County

    Area firefighters battled a woods fire that spread from South Carolina into North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon, endangering homes in the Carolina Shores North community.

    Calabash, Grissettown-Longwood and Sunset Beach firefighters and other emergency crews were at the scene in the residential community.

    Because of windy conditions, the fire spread quickly but was fully contained in about two and a half hours.

    The call went through at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a spokeswoman for the Calabash Fire Department.

  • Social services board appoints new permanent director

    BOLIVIA—Operating without a permanent director since last August, the Brunswick County Department of Social Services now has a full-time director.

    At their regular meeting Tuesday, March 22, DSS board members unanimously approved appointing Patricia Connelly as DSS director.

    Connelly will begin Monday, April 11.

    In a press release from commissioner Charles Warren, who serves as DSS chairman, he described Connelly as having “extensive experience as a leader in social services in both New York and California.”

  • Sunshine Week: The true cost of government charts

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH

     

    Town of Ocean Isle Beach mayor/commissioner salaries and benefits

    •Salaries reflect 12 months

    •Travel/Training expenses are from July 1, 2010-March 1, 2011

    •All salary numbers include 7.65% FICA contributions

    •The mayor and commissioners are not covered by the town’s health, dental, vision, life insurance and short-term disability plans

     

  • Sunshine Week: The true cost of government

     

    In honor of Sunshine Week, the Beacon is running a month long investigation into the “true cost” of government. Last week we brought you information about the county, this week we will take a look at expenses in Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte and Holden Beach.

    In celebration of freedom of information and the public’s right to know, the Beacon requested extensive information from each of the three municipalities.

  • Beacon to launch TV newscast on ATMC-TV

    SHALLOTTE—The Brunswick Beacon will soon be on air.

    “Brunswick Beat,” a 15-minute news program highlighting news and events from each week’s edition of The Brunswick Beacon, will premier at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, on ATMC-TV Channel 3.

  • South Brunswick Middle School bus driver suspended following DWI charge

    OAK ISLAND—A South Brunswick Middle School bus driver has been suspended from driving duties after being charged with driving while impaired.

    According to the arrest report provided by the Oak Island Police Department, Penny F. Whitlock, 47, of 219 NE 42nd St., Oak Island, was charged with driving while impaired and driving left of center after an officer witnessed her green minivan drifting left of center on East Oak Island Drive at about 3:45 a.m. last Sunday, March 13.

  • Habitat hires new executive director

    Brunswick County Habitat For Humanity has a new executive director.

    Deanna Antonio was selected for the job earlier this month. She succeeds outgoing director Gary Knapp.

    Antonio started working with Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity in September 2007 following her retirement from a career in education and moving to Southport in October 2006.

    She was hired as a part-time administration associate, working three days a week, and also became secretary to the board of directors at Habitat.

  • Carolina Shores focuses on budgetary belt-tightening

    SUPPLY—Carolina Shores may soon be adjusting for some budgetary belt-tightening in the coming fiscal year.

    Town finance director Julie Munday, speaking at town commissioners’ annual retreat Monday, said staff has been told to prepare for an estimated 30 percent reduction in revenues.

    Munday presented preliminary overview figures showing if the town leaves the tax rate where it is, a budgetary shortfall of about $339,000 is predicted due to falling property revaluations and other revenues.