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  • Brunswick County receives hurricane grant, plans large-scale ‘disaster’

    On the morning of Saturday, July 11, a major training exercise will unfold in Shallotte, complete with a few homes being destroyed.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services was recently awarded a hurricane grant, and director Randy Thompson said they’re putting the money toward training for a large-scale disaster.

    To do so, they’ll create the disaster.

    “We’ve actually got a few homes we’re going to destroy,” Thompson said.

    The grant included money to lease the property on which the homes will be destroyed.

  • Budget undergoes last-minute scrutiny in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Recycling and a second fire station were among last-minute budgetary topics at a town council workshop last week.

    Council is expected to adopt the proposed $5,056,955 fiscal budget for 2009-2010 at its next meeting June 29. The meeting was scheduled a week early in lieu of a monthly meeting connecting to the July 4 holiday weekend. The new fiscal budget year takes effect July 1.

    The proposed budget includes retaining the town’s current tax rate at 9 cents per $100 of valuation and is about $200,000 below the current year budget.

  • Varnamtown aldermen to vote on budget Monday

    VARNAMTOWN—A public hearing for the town’s fiscal year 2009-2010 budget is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 22, at town hall.

    The Varnamtown Board of Aldermen is also expected to vote on adopting the proposed budget, according to mayor pro tem Ennis Swain, who chairs the town finance committee.

    Proposed $170,472 budget appropriations consist of $146,155 for town operations, $16,200 for the town park and $8,117 for the contingency fund.

    The proposed tax levy remains at 5 percent for each $100 of valuation on taxable property.

  • Frank Iler appointed to Bonner Stiller's seat

    State Rep. Bonner Stiller’s resignation from the N.C. General Assembly became effective Monday, and on Tuesday night, the Brunswick County Republican Party’s executive committee elected Frank Iler to replace him.

    The vote was 25-10 in favor of Iler, of Oak Island, over Brunswick County Board of Education Chairwoman Shirley Babson, who also sought the seat.

    Iler was set to go to Raleigh at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, he said, and was to be sworn in that evening.

  • Northern Border Bluegrass pickin' and singin' at Concerts on the Coast

    Northern Border Bluegrass pickin’ and singin’ at Concerts on the Coast

    Concerts on the Coast have launched for another season and are well under way in Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Shallotte and Boiling Spring Lakes.

    Sponsored by the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department, Concerts on the Coast offer free admission and a chance to take in a variety of music that changes weekly from May through September.

  • Group gathering signatures for petitions in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Joyce Dunn, clipboard in hand, strolled down Oakbark Court as she prepared to collect more petition signatures Monday.

    Part-time resident Peter Gulliver was among residents she encountered.

    “I think this is an important enough issue where the residents of our community should have a voice in deciding it, not just five people,” said Gulliver, who didn’t sign the petition because he only lives here part-time and doesn’t vote locally.

  • Holden Beach agrees to fund back-up sewer equipment costs

    HOLDEN BEACH—Town commissioners have approved transferring $80,000 from the capital project fund to buy sewer equipment to use in the event of equipment failure.

    At Tuesday’s board meeting, the board voted unanimously to pay for the back-up equipment after discussing the matter in a budget meeting earlier in the day.

  • Local annexation foes fight against Progress Energy bill

    SOUTHPORT—An anti-annexation group is speaking out against a bill pending in the state legislature that would exempt Progress Energy from paying city taxes on most of its Brunswick Nuclear Plant for the next 65 years, in exchange for annexing 5 acres of the utility’s property.

  • Longtime volunteer fireman, Democratic chairman dies

    A longtime volunteer fireman, political fixture and active community member has died.

    Louis Vernon Ward, 68, past chairman of the Brunswick County Democratic Party and member of the Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department, died June 3.

    Born in Columbus County, Ward graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and was a Navy Veteran. Ward moved to Shallotte in 1980, where he taught at Brunswick Technical Institute, which is now Brunswick Community College, before later serving on its board of trustees.

  • Schools prepare for uniformed school year

    Students in the north end of the county are enjoying their last days at school in clothes of their choice.

    Beginning in the fall, Belville, Town Creek and Lincoln elementary students will be expected to show up to the first day of classes in uniforms, recently approved by the Brunswick County Board of Education.