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  • No tax increase in manager’s $196.2 million proposed budget

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing has recommended a county budget with no tax increase for the upcoming fiscal year.

    At Monday night’s county commissioners meeting, Lawing made his annual budget presentation to commissioners; proposing a $196.2 million county budget with a 44.25-cent property tax rate.

    The 44.25-cent rate for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, is the same as the current fiscal year’s tax rate. A homeowner of a $250,000 home, for example, would pay $1,106.25 on their tax bill, Lawing said.

  • Stanley, health department recognized for flu immunization program with schools

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Health Director David Stanley and members of the health department have been recognized for their efforts to immunize all Brunswick County Schools students.

    During Monday’s county commissioners meeting, Stanley and health department staff received an award from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, the 2011 Outstanding County Program Award in the human services category for their school-based influenza vaccination program.

    The program has been recognized statewide and nationally for its innovation.

  • Commissioners OK contract to outsource food services, cafeteria operation

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved a contract to outsource its food services and cafeteria for an estimated savings of more than $873,000 in the first year.

    Commissioners voted four votes to one, with commissioner Charles Warren dissenting, to approve a contract with ARAMARK to take over the entire food services operation at the county, which includes retail cafeteria sales, inmate meals and meals for Brunswick Senior Resources Inc.

  • State’s unemployment rate drops to 9.4 percent in April

    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point to 9.4 percent in April.

    April’s rate was down from the state’s March unemployment rate of 9.7 percent, according to the numbers recently released by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina.

    The number of unemployed North Carolinians in March decreased by 12,686 people to 439,368.

  • Two injured in weekend shooting

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested one suspect and are searching for a second believed to be involved in a weekend shooting that injured two people.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh said sheriff’s deputies responded to a home at 2528 Blue Marlin St. SW in Supply around 12:48 a.m. Sunday, May 20.

    When the first deputy arrived on the scene, a neighbor told the deputy that two people—29-year-old Jose Aguire, and Francheska Rivera Rodriguez, 23—had been shot.

  • Community ready for Sunset Beach to take its road

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Lakes Homeowners Association has an offer it hopes the town of Sunset Beach can’t refuse—taking over one of its streets.

    The offer came from Duane Lewis, chairman of the Sunset Lakes HOA, who told Sunset Beach Town Council last week his HOA voted to dedicate Medcalf Drive to the town. The vote came unanimously at an HOA meeting April 28, Lewis said.

    “We present the road to you,” Lewis told the town board. “We hereby dedicate the roadway.”

  • Tolling agreement in works for Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH—Town attorney Michael Isenberg is drafting a tolling agreement with The Coastal Companies that town council will review next week.

    At a monthly workshop Tuesday, Sunset Beach Town Council instructed Isenberg to proceed with the draft that it will consider at a budgetary continuation session at 9 a.m. next Thursday, May 24.

  • New restrooms spark 'royal flush' in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Beach island officially has new public restrooms.

    Sunset Beach Town Council, town staff and residents took part in a ceremony Monday morning to officially open the new town-funded restrooms at either end of the island gazebo parking lot.

    The restrooms, including facilities for the handicapped, will be cleaned and monitored daily and will be closed overnight. They replace port-a-potties previously used on the island near the gazebo.

  • Calabash, Carolina Shores team up for Fourth of July fireworks

    CAROLINA SHORES—The separate-yet-adjacent towns of Carolina Shores and Calabash are reuniting—at least where fireworks are concerned.

    At its monthly meeting last Thursday, May 10, the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners approved teaming up with Calabash to donate $5,000 to help cover for the cost of fireworks at this year’s Fourth of July festivities in Calabash.

    Carolina Shores Mayor Walter Goodenough called it an “opportunity to partake in a major celebration”—something his own town has been interested in having.

  • Commercial strip up for new ownership in Calabash

    CALABASH—A commercial strip at Calabash Town Center is undergoing a change in ownership.

    The 11.85-acre site was previously part of a parcel pegged for development by Jim Myers of Shallotte Partners.

    The site was recently posted for sale for $1.55 million by Cape Fear Commercial of Wilmington. The property consists of five parcels composing the total acreage. It is part of Calabash Town Center, a mixed-use commercial and residential project by Myers’ company.

    Myers said Monday the property was taken from Calabash Town Center LLC.