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  • Ingram Planetarium theater goes dark for digital installation

    SUNSET BEACH—Ingram Planetarium’s Sky Theater has temporarily closed this week for installation of a new high-definition digital projection system slated to make its public debut May 23.

    Scott Kucera, executive director of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation that oversees the Sunset Beach planetarium, said it would be the world’s third SciDome high definition digital projection system.

    The planetarium, which turns seven years old in May, is trading in its old analog system for the new system, the final part of a three-phase $255,000 project.

  • Tax task force, county commissioners move forward for tax relief for senior citizens

    BOLIVIA—A new county tax task force established at the request of county commissioner Charles Warren has presented county commissioners with its first recommendation.

    At their meeting last week, county commissioners approved a resolution presented by the task force, which would increase property tax exemption amounts for Brunswick County’s senior citizens.

  • Southport man charged in motorcycle fatality

    A Southport man has been charged in a wreck that killed a motorcyclist in Wilmington on Sunday night.

    According to the Wilmington Police Department, around 7:57 p.m. Sunday, Jason Albert Smith, 32, was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee west on Market Street. He allegedly turned left onto Wilmington Avenue where he drove into the path of an eastbound motorcycle.

    The impact knocked Stanley Torr Barnes, 31, Burlington, off the bike. He died from injuries suffered in the wreck.

  • Alleged co-conspirator of convicted murderer back in jail

    Joshua Caudill, the second suspect awaiting trial for the July 2007 murder of Oak Island restaurateur Phillip Cook, is back in jail awaiting trial after his co-conspirator was convicted of first-degree murder.

    On April 17, a Brunswick County jury found James Dean Martin, 20, guilty of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery. Martin was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

  • 'We can't afford it,' Calabash residents still fume about future sewer

    CALABASH—Residents who showed up at a sewer meeting Monday are saying the same thing they’ve said before about the future project—they can’t afford it.

    They also complained town commissioners aren’t doing enough to help them out of the situation.

    “We helped get you elected,” Calabash Acres resident Mitch Meares told Mayor Anthony Clemmons.

    “What’s happened since then is we have told you what we think,” he said. “You are not listening to the citizens of Calabash.”

  • Tax department begins bank attachments, wage garnishments to collect delinquent taxes

    Brunswick County Tax Collector Ken Perry compares his job to walking a tightrope.

    “I have to walk this tightrope between compassion and collecting money to fund government services,” Perry said, adding the county tax department has begun bank attachments and garnishing wages from delinquent property owners.

    About 200 delinquent property owners, those who haven’t satisfied their 2008 or previous years’ tax bills, have noticed fewer funds in their bank accounts or a 10 percent per pay period wage garnishment on their paychecks.

  • Brunswick County to sponsor weeklong events for county government week

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County government officials are marking National County Government Week with a week’s worth of activities. May 4-8 is National County Government Week, and Brunswick officials have dedicated the week to: “Greening our Future.”

    For more information on National County Government Week, or for more information on any of the scheduled events, call 253-2000, or visit the county’s Web site at www.brunsco.net. The events are free and open to the public.

    The following events are planned:

    Monday, May 4

  • Shallotte board discusses budget

    The Shallotte aldermen are meeting weekly to plan for the 2009-2010 town budget.

    The board met April 22 and will continue to meet at 3:15 p.m. every Wednesday at town hall to discuss various expenses in the budget with staff and department heads until May 20.

    Between May 20-27, town administrator Paul Sabiston will present a proposed budget and budget message to the board. The board will schedule a public hearing on the proposal.

    A public hearing will be set in June. Sabiston said June 16 is the target date for adopting the budget following the hearing.

  • Shallotte extends deadline for dumpster screening

    SHALLOTTE—Town aldermen have extended the deadline for businesses to come into compliance with a new Dumpster screening ordinance.

    At Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting, the board voted to extend the deadline to Jan. 7, 2010 from the original cutoff date of May 7.

    The ordinance requires business owners to “gate and screen all four sides of an on-site Dumpster to ensure that the Dumpster container is not visible.”

    Screening should follow the town’s buffering requirements using such methods as buffering strips, fencing, walls or berms.

  • Commissioners' illegal gathering aired in Calabash

    CALABASH—Mayor Anthony Clemmons and town attorney Mark Lewis urged three commissioners to be more mindful of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law after Clemmons encountered them together at a county meeting last week.

    Clemmons called a special meeting Tuesday afternoon after commissioners Cecelia Herman, Emily DiStasio and John Melahn showed up at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia on April 16 for a meeting with county officials about the town’s future sewer project.