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  • Calabash adopts budget for fiscal year 2011-2012

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners adopted a budget ordinance for fiscal year 2011-2012 calling for a .0875 ad valorem tax rate over the current .07 rate.

    During public comment time, residents Emily DiStasio, Cecelia Herman and Mack Sanders expressed concern about the increase that they said would put a hardship on residents on fixed incomes, coupled with the sewer assessment.

  • Committee prepares for hurricanes in Calabash

    CALABASH—FEMA forms, damage assessments and safety are among topics stirring at recent emergency management committee meetings.

    Now that hurricane season has officially descended, the town committee, consisting of Mayor Anthony Clemmons, Calabash Fire Chief Randy Bork and former Fire Chief Karl Bennett and his wife Linda, is focusing on organization in the event a hurricane hits.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a female at Second Street Bar and Grill; a female victim was hit in the head with a glass beer bottle during a domestic violence incident on Monday, June 13.

  • Shallotte Crime

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Tony Cherrie Clark, 37, of 615 McMilly Road, Shallotte was arrested on two counts of failure to appear in Richmond County; suspect was picked up while a passenger during a traffic stop.

  • Governor vetoes GOP budget; lawmakers poised to override veto

    RALEIGH—It looks as if N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of GOP lawmakers’ budget may be short-lived.

    On Sunday, the first-term Democrat governor vetoed the GOP-led budget. But Republicans were quick to announce they had the numbers to override Perdue’s veto.

    In her veto announcement, Perdue accused the legislature of “turning its back on our schools, our children, our longstanding investments in education and our future economic prospects.”

  • Commissioners schedule final budget workshop

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have scheduled one final budget workshop before adopting the fiscal year 2011-2012 operating budget.

    The workshop was scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, in the Brunswick County Commissioners Chambers at the county complex in Bolivia.

    Commissioners are expected to adopt the $190 million operating budget at their next regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 20.

    The 2011-2012 fiscal year begins July 1.

  • Brunswick Novant Medical Center to open July 31

    SUPPLY—Hospital officials have announced the official opening of Brunswick Novant Medical Center.

    Brunswick Community Hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said the 78-bed hospital will open to the public Sunday, July 31.

    The new Brunswick Novant Medical Center is on U.S. 17, about three miles north of the current hospital facility on the southbound side of U.S. 17, at 240 Hospital Drive NE in Bolivia.

  • Jolly urges state’s high court to toss out DA’s complaint

    RALEIGH—Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly has appealed to North Carolina’s high court to throw out District Attorney Jon David’s traffic court appeal.

    Jolly claims David doesn’t have the right “to an administrative traffic court or administrative traffic court days,” in his response filed in the North Carolina Supreme Court on June 8.

  • Investigator finds no discrimination against commissioner

    BOLIVIA—Case closed.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Sgt. Mark Francisco has found no evidence of discrimination—internally by sheriff’s deputies or by fellow commissioners—against county commissioner Charles Warren.

    Warren filed a police report last Tuesday, June 7, claiming racial harassment and discrimination by Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies, as well as fellow commissioners Scott Phillips and Bill Sue.

  • Brunswick Beat for June 8, 2011