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  • Christmas officially lights up Calabash

     CALABASH—Christmas arrived in Calabash last week as the seafood capital's 13th annual tree lighting launched with a huge crowd, onstage entertainment, a new mini-parade and Santa visit Dec. 5 in the parking lot of Callahan's store.

    Observers estimated 300-400 people turned out for the holiday event Friday night at the corner of River Road and Beach Drive, where a parade rolled down to lead Santa into town on a Calabash fire engine.

     

  • Milliken, Armour arrested on tax charges

    Shallotte businessmen Lloyd Milliken and Robert Armour were arrested last week on charges relating to tax fraud in South Carolina.

    South Carolina Department of Revenue investigators charged Milliken, 77, with five counts of state income tax evasion on revenue from his Murrells Inlet, S.C., restaurant.

    He was in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center Dec. 5 and released the same morning.

  • Holden Beach considers joining beach towns in move to have lobbyists push for terminal groins

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett expects in January to bring Holden Beach Commissioners a request to help fund a General Assembly lobbyist promoting building terminal groins on the coast.

    The cost from North Carolina’s 20 coastal counties would be a total of $75,000, he said at Tuesday night’s meeting of Holden Beach Commissioners. He wasn’t sure yet how much Holden Beach’s share of that would be.

  • CIS program provides more than after-school care

    The Brunswick County Board of Education voted at its December meeting to pay $30,000 toward the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant, a program which provides free after-school remediation and transportation to students performing below grade level.

    Getting the board’s approval was no easy task. The board voted 3-2 to approve the money, with newly elected board members Bud Thorsen and Catherine Cooke dissenting.

  • One dead after Oak Island bridge girder collapses; multiple agencies launch investigations

    Just before noon on Wednesday, Dec. 3, Bill Holub was 20 blocks away from the construction site of the second bridge to Oak Island when he felt the earth shake violently beneath his house.

    First dismissing it as Seneca Guns, Holub quickly learned the vibration he felt was not a natural phenomenon, but a girder crashing to the ground from the Middleton Street construction site of the second bridge to Oak Island.

    Meanwhile, at the construction site, Kyle Thomas, public information officer for the town of Oak Island, was filming for a documentary about the future bridge.

  • Shallotte prepares to reduce spending in strained economy

    SHALLOTTE—Town aldermen are attempting to arm this year’s budget against the recession by making it easier to reduce spending.

    At the recommendation of the N.C. League of Municipalities, the town has moved 8 percent of its budget, nearly $550,000, to a reserve fund in case of a revenue shortfall.

    According to a memo from the league’s Web site, “The League advises municipal officials to consider reducing expenditures for the current fiscal year in the expectation of lower consumption-based revenues” to keep up with the economic downturn.

  • Ocean Isle contributes money for lobbyist to help pass bill allowing terminal groins

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The town of Ocean Isle Beach is joining forces with other beach communities and hiring a lobbyist, which may be the key to passing a bill that will allow now-illegal terminal groins to be built in North Carolina.

    Mayor Debbie Smith has long been in favor of terminal groins and thinks it may be the best solution to erosion issues plaguing the ends of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Charges filed in ambulance wreck

    SHALLOTTE—A Sunset Beach teenager has been charged in last week’s wreck involving an ambulance at the corner of Mulberry and White streets in Shallotte.

    Milton D. Gore, 17, of 40 Frink Way SW in Sunset Beach, was charged with failure to see before turning.

  • First class graduates from sheriff’s office citizens’ academy

    BOLIVIA—The most recent class to graduate from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office won’t be carrying guns or badges, but they know something about law enforcement.

    On Thursday, Dec. 4, 19 students graduated from the first class of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy.

  • Community members turn out for parks and recreation input meetings

    SUPPLY—Only a handful of community members were in attendance last Thursday afternoon at a public meeting soliciting input for the county’s comprehensive master plan, but organizers say turnout for the meetings has been strong throughout the county.

    Jim Pryor, the county’s parks and recreation director, recently solicited Nashville-based Lose and Associates to complete a comprehensive master plan for the county’s parks and recreation facilities.