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  • Ocean Isle Police Department incident reports

    The following information is from the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department for the 2007-2008 fiscal year:

    Employees:

    15 year-round employees

    5 beach patrol officers

    Salaries & Wages:

    $597,146.94

    General Fund:

    $1,049,947.00

    Traffic Accidents:

    31 total

    July: 9

    August: 3

    September: 4

    October: 2

    November: 5

    December: 1

    January: 0

    February: 0

    March: 1

    April: 2

    May: 1

    June: 3

    Traffic Citations:

    520 total

  • County government: How'd they do?

    What we asked for: Closed session meeting minutes from county commissioners’ closed session meetings from Dec. 1, 2008-March 2, 2009.

    What the law says: North Carolina General Statute 143-318.10(e) requires that “Every public body shall keep full and accurate minutes of all official meetings, including any closed sessions held pursuant to G.S. 143-318.11.”

    The minutes can be released to the public as long as the disclosure of the minutes would not “frustrate the purpose of the closed session.”

  • Ocean Isle Beach: What we asked for, how they did

    What we asked for

    The Beacon requested documents regarding the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department during the 2007-2008 fiscal year, including:

    •Department budget

    •Complete personnel list, including salary and benefit information

    •List of assigned equipment

    •Employee work log information

    •All incident reports and all activity reports

    What the law says

  • Cross-country petitions are in the mail for Sunset Beach sewer 'bailout'

    SUNSET BEACH—As entities around the country line up for bailouts during the economic downturn, a group of Sunset Beach residents have taken their own unique path to bail out from underneath a projected $8,000-$12,000 sewer fee.

    Sunset Beach resident Carol Scott researched a North Carolina statute that allows Brunswick County to approve a 30-year payback schedule for the sewer assessment if a majority of owners of at least 66 percent of the property petition the county for the longer payback plan.

  • Disputes ignite over proposed Calabash Town Center plans

    CALABASH—An attorney for Calabash Town Center argued for a height variance Tuesday while a representative for the adjacent Thistle talked about pursuing legal channels as well, charging the proposed multifamily development is incompatible with the Thistle’s single-family homes.

    Attorney Bob Burris of Charlotte, representing developer Shallotte Partners of Calabash Town Center, was responding to the town’s rescindment of a conditional use permit at Tuesday night’s town commissioners meeting.

  • Local Harley dealership plans week-long grand opening event during Bike Week

    SHALLOTTE—The Carolina Harley-Davidson Dealers Association opted not to choose Shallotte as the site of its official spring rally, but the owner of the town’s new Harley dealership has decided to have his own celebration during Bike Week.

    Last week, the association announced it was moving its Spring Beach Rally, set for May 10-17, from Myrtle Beach, S.C., to New Bern.

  • Planning board sets priorities for 2009

    SHALLOTTE—Establishing an urban waterfront zoning district in keeping with the town’s vision plan leads the planning board’s list of priorities for 2009.

    At their regular meeting Tuesday night, Shallotte Planning Board members unanimously approved a list of priorities for the year and sent them to the board of aldermen.

  • Grant-funded ACE team targets speeders, impaired drivers to keep highways safe

    There’s a stretch of highway on U.S. 74-76 near the Columbus County line where drivers often push the envelope. There are also four Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) deputies armed with radar who can clock drivers in just about any direction.

    If a driver is speeding—in the same direction, the opposite direction, passing or after passing in the opposite direction—ACE deputies will catch the driver.

    But the four-man team’s goal is not to terrorize drivers on the highways; it’s the opposite.

  • Immigration officials won't comment on inmate groom's immigration status

    Although a court order recently allowed a Mexican national inmate at the Brunswick County Detention Center to marry a U.S. citizen, the union does not change Luis Miguel Gamboa-Gomez’s immigration status.

    Citing U.S. Department of Homeland Security privacy laws, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson Ivan Ortiz-Delgado wouldn’t comment on Gamboa-Gomez’s immigration status, but confirmed ICE has lodged a detainer on Gamboa-Gomez.

  • First mental health superior court in the state debuts in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—Mental health services throughout the state continue to suffer budget and program cuts, and many people in need of mental health services are unable to receive the treatment they need.

    A new court program launched this week in Brunswick County Superior Court aims at ensuring people who go through the court system in need of mental health services receive the services they need. On Thursday, March 5, the state’s first-ever Mental Health Superior Court had only one participant, but court organizers hope to see the program expand.