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  • Beach town gears up for tourist season

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Eleven events/group activities are returning to Ocean Isle Beach in 2013.

    On Tuesday morning during the board of commissioners’ regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve group activities by four organizations.

    Girls on the Run/Stride 5K will return to the island on April 27, the South Brunswick Sea Turtle Festival returns on July 10, and Paws-Ability’s third annual Bicycle Poker Run will be Oct. 12.

  • BEMC makes change in pay-as-you-go service

    Recent changes to Brunswick Electric Membership Corporations’ PowerStat Prepaid Power had many customers concerned when a misconception circulated.

    On Monday, March 4, BEMC’s pay-as-you-go metering program implemented a change at its payment terminals.

    The machines no longer accept $1 bills.

    The change is intended to allow the PowerStat program to operate more efficiently for customers and BEMC, officials said.

  • Coastal homeowners' insurance rates to go up 20 percent

    North Carolina residents are going to pay more for homeowners insurance—again.

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has signed a settlement agreement with homeowners insurance companies that will impact coastal counties with the highest rate hikes.

    The agreement represents an overall average statewide increase of 7 percent. The highest hikes are nearly 20 percent for beach coastal areas of Brunswick County, with lower increases for inland coastal areas.

    The increases take effect July 1.

  • Driver charged: Car crash shuts down Wendy's in Shallotte

    Wendy’s fans in Shallotte will temporarily have to head out of town to get their Baconator or Frosty fixes.

    The Wendy’s restaurant on Whiteville Road in Shallotte has been closed for the past week after a driver lost control and slammed into the building.

    A restaurant employee was taken to the hospital, and the building sustained significant structural damage following the incident reported at 10:26 p.m. Wednesday, March 6.

  • Generations bring in fresh, local seafood in Varnamtown

    VARNAMTOWN—Fishing boats lining the docks along the Lockwood Folly River are a common sight in this Brunswick County town where time seems to stand still.

    That’s the way the locals like it, one reason why the town incorporated a quarter-century ago in 1988.

    But just like everywhere else, Varnamtown hasn’t been immune to changes in the economy or the time of year, when boats along the docks are idle.

  • Get your green on: Local activities celebrate St. Patrick's Day

    Don’t be tardy to the Paddy parties or forget to wear green.

    An array of St. Patrick’s Day events is scheduled in the region.

    St. Patrick’s Day festivities are planned at Fibber McGees Irish Pub, 1780-1 Queen Anne St. in Sunset Beach.

    Call 575-2271 for more details.

    Twin Lakes

    Twin Lakes Seafood Restaurant at 102 Sunset Blvd. in Sunset Beach will serve a St. Patrick’s Day special starting at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, consisting of corned beef and cabbage for $12.99 and 99-cent green draft beer.

  • Sunset Beach officials speak about rift with mayor

    Fifteen months after being sworn into office, Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato is still at odds with other town officials.

    Since his November 2011 election and subsequent December 2011 swearing-in, the outspoken citizen-turned-mayor continues to rankle council members and town staff alike.

    Cerrato has said he intends to serve as advocate and representative of the people. He said he believes in open government and wants the town to be open with citizens as well.

    Often, however, his viewpoint hasn’t jibed with council and staff members.

  • Brunswick County reduces tax obligation for developer

    Brunswick County has released a 2010 tax obligation on 550 parcels of property owned by Mark Saunders and his Coastal Companies development company.

    The action is part of a consent agenda approved by county commissioners at their March 4 meeting.

    The tax reduction on Saunders’ properties is a result of a North Carolina Supreme Court ruling in January that the county had unlawfully reappraised the tax value of more than 100 lots in Ocean Palms, one of Saunders’ developments near Ocean Isle Beach, county tax administrator Ken Perry confirmed Tuesday.

  • Carolina Shores sets sights on celebration

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is pursuing having its own celebration.

    Town commissioner Joyce Dunn, speaking at the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting March 7, said the idea is for the town to have a 15th-anniversary party next September.

    With efforts already under way for a community “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” program, Dunn said it would bring people together.

  • Carolina Shores Arbor Day celebration set for March 22

    The town of Carolina Shores will have its fifth annual Arbor Day Celebration at 9 a.m. Friday, March 22, at town hall.

    Highlights include presentation of a Tree City USA Award by the North Carolina Forestry Service and a tree-planting ceremony with Ms. Parton’s second-grade class from Jesse Mae Monroe Elementary School.

    The Calabash Fire Department will bring a fire engine, and there will be refreshments. The public is invited.

    For more information, call 575-4877.