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  • Beach Plan bill passes in House, Senate

    House Bill 1305, which amends the coastal homeowners’ insurance pool known as the Beach Plan, passed in the state Senate and House last week.

    The bill now awaits Gov. Bev Perdue’s signature.

    A Perdue spokesperson said Perdue would sign the bill, “in the next couple weeks.”

    Introduced in the House on April 9 by Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson, the bill passed in the Senate 42 votes to 5 votes Aug. 5, and 92 votes to 19 when it went back to the House Aug. 6.

  • Shallotte to take its time to select new administrator

    Shallotte aldermen want to take their time choosing a new town administrator—not only because new aldermen will take office in December, but also because they want to do it right.

    Last week, the board voted to advertise in two N.C. League of Municipalities’ publications for a town administrator, soon after Paul Sabiston, who had been with the town since 2004, announced he had been hired as the new town manager at Roanoke Rapids.

  • Calabash man indicted in sports-betting enterprise

    A Calabash man is among 11 people indicted last week for unlawfully operating a sports-betting enterprise in Queens County, N.Y.

    Investigators with the Queens County District Attorney’s office executed search warrants Aug. 5 and recovered $210,100 from a safe at the home of William E. Jennings, 55, 1380 N. Middleton Drive in Brunswick Plantation near Calabash. The safe was found in a box of Christmas decorations.

    Jennings is listed in a press release from the DA’s office as one of eight “agents” in the operation.

  • Tax liens, second bankruptcy pending for Carolina Shores Golf Course

    Liens are pending against Carolina Shores Golf and Country Club for nonpayment of property taxes totaling $22,542.57.

    Brunswick County tax administrator Tom Davis said last week the golf course also is in bankruptcy.

    “We’ll file a claim with bankruptcy court,” Davis said of pending tax liens for the unpaid balance on approximately 14 property parcels. “We stand in line with everybody else.”

    Davis said the county tax office couldn’t force payment when someone goes into bankruptcy.

  • Carolina Shores OKs injunction, fines against Internet sweepstakes business

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners last week approved an injunction and fines against an Internet sweepstakes business they say is continuing to operate in violation of town ordinances.

    Commissioners voted Aug. 4 to direct town attorney Holt Moore to proceed with an injunction against Cyber Connect, 10200 U.S. 17. They also approved having town building inspector Chuck Riggins impose fines against the business.

    Town commissioner Gere Dale deemed the situation an “ongoing fight for the last several months.”

  • Iler talks about first eight weeks in legislature

    State Rep. Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, has completed his first eight weeks in the N.C. General Assembly, and the legislature has adjourned its long session.

    Iler was chosen to fill out the unexpired term of former Rep. Bonner Stiller, also an Oak Island Republican, when he resigned in June. Since that time Iler has been able to vote on numerous bills that affect Brunswick County.

  • Longtime town employee, Hughes is happy to fill in as administrator

    Shallotte Public Works Director Albert Hughes has seen the town grow from a small, rural community to a commercial hub, and during his 26 years with the town, he has had a front row seat for most of that growth.

    Hughes has been with the town of Shallotte since 1983, when he was hired as public works director to oversee the implementation of the town’s sewer system. During his tenure, his duties have also including serving as the town’s building inspector and zoning administrator.

  • St. James hears from residents of area planned for annexation

    SUPPLY—Residents of the Midway Road area say they don’t have anything against the residents of St. James—they just don’t want to be forced to live there.

    That was the consensus of speakers at Monday night’s public hearing on the town of St. James’ attempt to annex properties on Midway Road and across from Arbor Creek on N.C. 211. The hearing was in the events center at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Drug agents seize 158 marijuana plants

    SHALLOTTE—An afternoon fly-by eradication operation led to the seizure of 158 marijuana plants—some reaching 8-10 feet tall.

    During a joint eradication operation with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the State Highway Patrol Monday afternoon, a highway patrol helicopter spotted marijuana plants growing in a Shallotte backyard.

  • Bonds granted for murder suspects

    Bonds have been set for murder suspects Craig Bryant and Lora Moultrie.

    According to District Attorney Rex Gore, Bryant and Moultrie, who are both in custody awaiting trial for the April 27, 2008, murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, were given bonds because it will be prosecuted as a non-capital case.

    Superior Court Judge Frank Floyd set Bryant’s bond at $310,000, while Moultrie was later given a $200,000 bond.

    At press time Tuesday, both suspects were in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center.