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  • Harley dealership owner seeks to bring rally to Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—Will this little town be the new home of the Harley Davidson Spring Beach Rally? If Coastal Carolina Harley Davidson Owner Rick Noyes has his way, it will.

    And several town aldermen say they’re in favor of the plan—if the town has some control over the events.

    Noyes, who owns the new Coastal Carolina store on U.S. 17, has petitioned the Carolina Harley-Davidson Dealers Association to bring the May 10-17 rally to a 27-acre tract adjacent to the shop.

  • No billboards on U.S. 17, Carolina Shores P&Z says

    CAROLINA SHORES—As members adopted a U.S. 17 corridor plan this week, the town planning and zoning board also has agreed to ban billboards and regulate other signage.

    Members informally agreed at a Feb. 18 workshop they do not want billboards along the almost 3-mile stretch of highway corridor over which the town has domain.

    As assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut works on updating town ordinances, it also was agreed the town doesn’t want signs too close to the roadway or in the right-of-way.

  • Calabash business owners urge leniency in town rules

    CALABASH—Local merchants don’t want new rules that are going to place restrictions on their traditional way of doing business.

    The latest round of comments came last week at the first meeting of a Unified Development Ordinance committee appointed by Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, who headed the Feb. 19 meeting.

    “Everybody is fine with Calabash the way it is,” said Dean Spatholt of Callahan’s of Calabash, speaking amid a roomful of local business and property owners.

  • Calabash commissioners no-shows at special meetings

    CALABASH—The mayor and two commissioners refused to take part in a specially called meeting to go into closed session last week, then were no-shows when the session was recessed until Tuesday.

    Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, Mayor Pro Tem Forrest King and town commissioner Bill Dixon balked at the meeting called Feb. 20 because the town attorney wasn’t present.

    When town attorney Mark Lewis showed up for the second meeting Tuesday afternoon, a closed session could not be called because Clemmons, King and Dixon did not show up.

  • Calabash Elks celebrate 25th anniversary

    CALABASH—When comes to Calabash Elks Lodge No. 2679, a lot has happened in a quarter-century.

    Birthed in February 1984 in a local barbershop and reared in the seafood capital of the world, the lodge has blossomed from nearly losing its charter to the largest in the east district with more than 1,100 members.

    It’s a rich history commemorated in the lodge’s many books at its now flourishing headquarters on Carter Drive.

    This week, lodge members are celebrating that history with a party honoring original charter members this Friday, Feb. 27.

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  • North Carolina stimulus funding: more questions than answers

    RALEIGH—North Carolina is slated to receive a $6.1 billion share of the recently approved $787 billion included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    But exactly how and when the money will be spent has yet to be determined.

    “We do not have all of the requirements set out by federal agencies,” Chrissy Pearson, Gov. Bev Perdue’s press secretary, explained.

  • Insurance commissioner asks legislators to reject bills

    RALEIGH—If North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin threw the first punch, coastal legislators wasted no time hitting back.

    On Monday, Goodwin issued a letter to members of the North Carolina General Assembly, Gov. Bev Perdue and members of North Carolina’s Congressional delegation urging legislators to reject bills introduced in the state House and Senate, which propose capping homeowners’ insurance at current rates.

  • The other side of the argument: N.C. Rate Bureau justifies rate setting

    For months, county commissioners, state legislators and local officials have been hammering the North Carolina Department of Insurance and the North Carolina Rate Bureau over increases approved for homeowners’ insurance rates in coastal counties.

    In December 2008, former insurance commissioner Jim Long approved a 29.8 percent increase to homeowners’ insurance rates in Territory 42, which includes Brunswick County. While Long ordered the 29.8 percent increase, the rate bureau requested a 69.8 percent increase for Territory 42. The rates take effect May 1.

  • Unique items, low overhead make antique mall attractive to buyers, dealers

    Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a series of stories about local small business owners trying to make it in a challenging economy.

    SHALLOTTE—They know they’ll never get rich, but self-described “compulsive shoppers” like Melinda Johnson and Ella Oliveira have an outlet for their passion—The Fancy Flea Antique Mall on U.S. 17 Bypass.

    The mall contains 6,000 square feet stocked with old bottles, dolls, books, vintage fabrics, furniture, coins, dishes and even some new gift items.