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  • Ocean Isle Beach town officials to ask DOT for pedestrian crosswalks

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will soon be hearing from town officials in Ocean Isle Beach who plan to ask for additional safety features on the island.

    Daisy Ivey, town administrator, said commissioners decided at their Tuesday meeting to submit a letter to NCDOT asking for marked pedestrian crosswalks on First Street. The request for crosswalks near public beach access ramps along First Street initially came from residents, she said.

  • Sea Trail residents pushing for HOA reform in North Carolina

    For more than a year, Lou De Vita and Frank Wiedman have been traveling back and forth to Raleigh with a single purpose in mind—reform of state laws pertaining to homeowners associations.

    Their objective, De Vita says, is to see changes in laws to provide better protection for individual property owners in North Carolina’s planned communities.

    He said they’ve been attending and actively participating with the state House Select Committee on HOAs.

  • Carolina Shores to cast wider net for town administrator

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have agreed to post advertisements with more newspapers in North and South Carolina as they seek to find a qualified replacement for longtime town administrator Linda Herncane, who is retiring effective Feb. 1.

    During the board’s monthly workshop Dec. 6, it was noted only four people have applied for the position thus far, while Calabash had more than 100 applicants for its vacant administrator job last year.

  • BCC officials outline plans for south-end continuing education site

    CAROLINA SHORES—Plans are well under way for transforming a former adult entertainment club into Brunswick Community College’s new south-end continuing education facility.

    Before he officially leaves BCC effective Jan. 1 to take a new job in Kentucky, BCC President Stephen Greiner, along with BCC’s vice president for operations Jerry Thrift, presented drawings and details about the future South Brunswick Islands Center at the Dec. 9 Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners meeting.

  • Commissioners schedule public hearing on affordable housing incentives

    Is the cost of living too high in Brunswick County?

    Should commissioners employ incentives to reduce the cost of living, or should government stay out of private development?

    Commissioners want your input on these and other concerns regarding a proposed incentive policy for developers to develop affordable housing and workforce housing units in Brunswick County.

    The public hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 20, in Brunswick County Commissioners Chambers in the David R. Sandifer Building at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • Brunswick government briefs

    Brunswick County commissioners will have a workshop at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, to discuss the proposed landfill expansion and recycling options in Brunswick County.

    The meeting will be at the county commissioners chambers in the David R. Sandifer Building at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia.

    Commissioners’ regular meeting will follow with a closed session at 6 p.m., and regular session at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20.

    Commissioners also cancelled their first regular meeting of the new year. Commissioners will not meet Jan. 3, 2011.

  • Local veteran selected to represent Brunswick County in North Carolina Veterans Park

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County native and veteran Paul Fisher raised his right hand last week, just as he did when he first took his oath of service for the U.S. Army 54 years ago.

    But last week when Fisher held his hand steady, he then set it in a mold for a half hour. In July 2011, the mold of Fisher’s hand, cast in bronze, will be on display at the future North Carolina Veterans Park in Fayetteville.

    Fisher was one of 100 veterans from across the state selected to have their hands cast to be on display at the future park.

  • BCC board members name interim president

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees have selected an interim president to serve out what would have been the remainder of president Stephen Greiner’s contract.

    G. Frank Sells was announced as the interim president following a specially called meeting Tuesday morning. He replaces Greiner, who announced his resignation earlier this month. Although his contract was set to expire in June, Greiner is leaving early to fill the president/CEO position at Hazard Technical and Community College in Hazard, Ky.

  • VA seeks 2,000-square foot facility for local veterans’ clinic

    It looks like local veterans might just get their Christmas wishes after all.

    When the Department of Veterans Affairs first announced a veterans’ outreach clinic would be awarded to Brunswick County, the plan was for the outreach clinic to operate in an existing physician’s office several days a week.

    But a recent change of plans has VA officials looking for office space to operate a stand-alone clinic in Brunswick County, Brunswick County Veterans Services Director Anita Hartsell said.

  • BCC board members hope to find next president by May

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees hope to have a new president in place by May.

    At a specially called meeting Thursday night, Lynda Stanley, board chairperson, announced board members selected Hunter & Associates, of Broadway, to conduct the search for Brunswick Community College's next president.

    “That’s the same firm we used before and they were very successful,” board member John Jones said.