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  • Planning board to take another look at island setbacks

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board last week voted to review proposed property setbacks in the island business district and get input from citizens.

    Some of that input came at the July 2 meeting, when island business owners outlined the challenges of trying to operate in the spaces they have.

    In June, the board approved a proposal to increase rear and side-yard setbacks for businesses that abut residential property in the beach business district.

  • Area events scheduled for 4th of July fun

    Saturday, July 4, will be celebrated with a parade beginning at 11 a.m. The route will travel down Moore and Howe streets. Food and concessions will be served along Howe Street from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The evening and Fourth of July celebration will conclude with fireworks at the waterfront at 9 p.m.

    For a complete listing of the Fourth of July Festival events, visit www.nc4thofjuly.com.

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH

  • Candidate filings for municipal elections open today

    The candidate-filing period for the 2009 municipal elections begins Monday.

    Filing for the Nov. 3, 2009, municipal election opens at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 6, and runs until noon Friday, July 17, at the Brunswick County Board of Elections in Bolivia. The 2009 elections are for municipalities, sanitary districts and Dosher Memorial Hospital trustees.

    The following seats are up for election:

    •Bald Head Island: Mayor and one councilman seat

    •Belville: Mayor and two commissioners’ seats

  • UPDATE: Health department officials begin reading TB skin-test results

    BOLIVIA—County health department officials have read about 250 of the nearly 400 tuberculosis skin tests administered after a Brunswick County Detention Center inmate tested positive for TB.

    Twenty-eight positive skin tests have been identified as of Thursday afternoon.

    “We have had some positives, but the reading is just getting underway,” Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey wrote in an e-mail to the Beacon.

  • Confirmed case of tuberculosis linked to jail

    A former Brunswick County inmate had a positive skin test for tuberculosis, while a second inmate who tested positive for the disease was transferred to a different detention facility.

    Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey on Wednesday said two possible cases of TB have been linked to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    “There was a case who came to us Friday,” Yousey said. “We traced his exposure back to the jail.”

  • Experts raise environmental concerns over planned terminal

    SOUTHPORT—A new international terminal proposed for 600 acres near Southport and Boiling Spring Lakes could potentially pollute the Cape Fear River with petrochemicals, construction waste material, cleaning compounds, stormwater runoff and invasive species, environmental experts told citizens gathered at the Southport Community Building last week.

    In addition, dredging a deepwater channel between the ocean and the Cape Fear River could destroy nursery areas for a number of marine animals.

  • Capital improvements part of Sunset Beach budget talk

    SUNSET BEACH—Timing rather than the economy is what is delaying many of the town’s capital improvement projects until the next fiscal year.

    Sunset Beach Town Council members convened last week at their annual budget retreat to discuss a five-year period (2008-2013) for such projects, including a proposed second fire station, bike trails and pedestrian walkways, street paving, Sunset Boulevard enhancements and public beach facilities.

  • Maternity nurse arrested on drug charges

    A maternity nurse at Brunswick Community Hospital has been arrested on multiple drug charges.

    Staci Avery Wood, 44, of 20 Durham St., Boiling Spring Lakes, was arrested Wednesday, June 24, and charged with trafficking amphetamines, obtaining a controlled substance through forgery or fraud, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Ocean Isle armed robbery suspects caught in South Carolina

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It was still daylight when a 57-year-old Kansas woman went to return her shopping cart to the cart rack at Lowes Foods on Beach Drive.

    When she did, around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, Shane Fletcher was allegedly there waiting for her. After unsuccessfully attempting to steal her purse, Fletcher is alleged to have cut the woman’s forearms several times, causing deep lacerations, and causing her to let go of her purse, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Capt. Gene Caison said.

  • County may revoke adult establishment permits in wake of arrests

    Brunswick County may revoke business permits for several adult and sexually oriented businesses if the employees recently charged with soliciting prostitution are convicted, county attorney Huey Marshall said recently.

    “The county will wait until those matters…have been adjudicated,” Marshall said. “We think the evidence will demonstrate what’s occurred in the establishments was not what the permits stated.”