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  • Local beach towns to ask General Assembly to include now-exempt clubhouses in tax systems

    HOLDEN BEACH—Local beach officials plan to once again ask representatives of the North Carolina General Assembly to introduce legislation that would make nonprofit homeowner association clubhouses subject to tax by local jurisdictions.

    During last week’s Brunswick Beaches Consortium (BBC) meeting, Holden Beach town officials proposed what they call a “fix for tax loophole” that concerns clubhouses built in a different jurisdiction than the development.

  • More than 13,000 votes cast in early voting in Brunswick

    More than 13,000 Brunswick County voters have already cast their ballots in this year’s midterm elections.

    As of Tuesday afternoon, 13,096 votes had been cast in Brunswick County since Thursday, Oct. 14, when early voting began. Statewide, more than 449,800 ballots had been cast.

    Brunswick County has 77,393 registered voters.

    Brunswick County Deputy Elections Director Sarah Ashcraft said early voting was “going smooth” at all the early voting locations, with no major problems being reported to the board of elections.

  • Campaign contributions for federal, state and local races

    With just days remaining before the Nov. 2 midterm election, most candidates have filed their third-quarter campaign finance reports with their respective elections boards.

    Federal candidates were required to report their third-quarter contributions, which ended Sept. 30, to the Federal Election Commission by Oct. 15, and they were also required to file pre-election reports, Oct. 1-13, with the FEC.

  • Charges dismissed against deputy involved in 100-mph wreck

    Charges have been dismissed against a Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy who was involved in a high-speed wreck earlier this year.

    Assistant District Attorney Cathi Radford said she dismissed a careless and reckless driving charge against Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy Samantha Lewis in mid-September.

    Radford said the case was dismissed for several reasons—none of which were that Lewis worked for the sheriff’s office.

  • Sunset Beach talks at stalemate, could resume later

    SUNSET BEACH—Recent negotiations by town council regarding possible purchase of a multi-million-dollar waterway site for a future park have been unsuccessful, according to town administrator Gary Parker.

    Parker wrote in an e-mail to the Beacon last week the town and Tidal Ventures, owner of the 5.22-acre Intracoastal Waterway site with a previous price tag of $3.75 million, “have been unable to reach an agreement on the purchase of the property.

    “I believe the owners are moving ahead with plans of their own,” Parker wrote.

  • Carolina Shores mayor says he won't seek re-election in 2011

    CAROLINA SHORES—A year before the November 2011 election, first-term Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby is already saying he won’t be seeking re-election.

    Selby, speaking to a reporter at a first-anniversary gathering of the Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores, said last Friday he has no plans to serve another term.

    “I didn’t come here to become a career politician,” said Selby, who was elected mayor as a write-in candidate in November 2007.

    Instead, Selby said he plans to devote more time to his ministry.

  • Brick sales to be part of fundraising for Calabash park

    CALABASH—Tentative plans for selling engraved bricks to raise money for the town’s new park were the focal point of a long-range committee discussion at town hall last week.

    Town commissioner Forrest King, meeting with fellow commissioner Mary Knight and interim town administrator Kelley Southward, said the standard 4-by-8-inch bricks have a base cost of about $20 or slightly more apiece.

  • Federal, state disaster assistance available at county complex in Bolivia

    BOLIVIA—The disaster recovery center is up and running at the county complex in Bolivia.

    Open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, the disaster recovery center is in Building G, 20 Referendum Drive, at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • Six NBHS students arrested for vandalism at SBHS

    Six North Brunswick High School students have been arrested in connection with vandalism that occurred at South Brunswick High School.

    According to information provided by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, South Brunswick school officials contacted Cpl. Larry Auman, school resource officer, at 9 a.m. Friday in regards to vandalism at the school's football stadium.

  • Sunset Beach park site negotiations 'unsuccessful'

    SUNSET BEACH—Recent negotiations by town council regarding possible purchase of a multi-million-dollar waterway site for a future park have been unsuccessful, according to town administrator Gary Parker.

    Parker wrote in an e-mail to the Beacon on Thursday that the town and Tidal Ventures, owner of the 5.22-acre Intracoastal Waterway site bearing a previous price tag of $3.75 million, “have been unable to reach an agreement on the purchase of the property.

    “I believe the owners are moving ahead with plans of their own,” Parker wrote.