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  • No tax, water or sewer increases proposed for Ocean Isle Beach budget

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The proposed budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year does not include any increases in tax rates, water or sewer services for the town of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The proposed budget presented at Tuesday’s board of commissioners meeting shows $8,857,023 in revenues and expenditures, a $3 million decrease from the 2008-2009 budget.

    The general fund budget of more than $4 million was based on a valuation of more than $2.6 million at .09-tax rate per $100 valuation with a 99.3 percent collection rate.

  • Future of Calabash fire department hot topic at town and joint meetings

    CALABASH—The future of the Calabash Fire Department is getting closer scrutiny, with a joint town meeting scheduled Friday.

    “Not-for-profits are not surviving,” Calabash Commissioner Cecelia Herman said at town commissioners’ monthly meeting Tuesday night, noting the possibility of “municipalization” of the fire department will be discussed.

    The joint meeting with Carolina Shores commissioners is slated for 9 a.m. this Friday, May 15, at the Calabash Fire Department on Persimmon Road.

  • Sunset Beach council denies request to use vehicle on beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A resident’s quest to use a vehicle on the beach for research has failed to garner the approval of Sunset Beach Town Council.

    At their May 4 meeting, council members voted to deny the proposed amendment requested by Jo O’Keefe of Carolina Shores.

    O’Keefe sought permission from the town to use a vehicle on the strand because she is physically handicapped and does research from “institutes all over the world,” Sunset Beach Mayor Ronald Klein noted at council’s April meeting.

  • Commissioner urges county to seek stimulus funds for foreclosure prevention

    Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren wants to keep people in their homes.

    Last week, Warren announced he wanted the county to pursue stimulus money aimed at foreclosure assistance programs—a move he says helps homeowners and the county.

    “Taxes are the No. 1 issue in the county. But the idea is we need taxes to run the county,” Warren said. “It would also provide resources to the homeowners so they can pay their taxes and stay in their homes, which would benefit the county.”

  • Change-of-government proposal draws fire in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A full-house crowd turned out for a 45-minute public hearing Monday regarding a proposal to change the town’s mayor-council form of government to a council-manager form.

    About a dozen residents brought comments and questions, several asking about and voicing support for Mayor Stephen Selby, who is out of town and did not attend the meeting. Mayor Pro Tem Jack Csernecky presided over the meeting in Selby’s absence.

  • Senate passes smoking bill; House must agree to changes

    The N.C. Senate has passed a bill prohibiting smoking in bars and restaurants, eliminating several “loopholes” in the bill passed by the House. However, the proposed legislation does not ban smoking in all workplaces.

    On Monday, the Senate passed the “Prohibit Smoking in Certain Public Places” bill to ban smoking in eating establishments. The bill originally proposed would have called for a ban on smoking in all public places, with the exception of certain tobacco shops.

  • Calabash EMS chief placed on involuntary leave pending financial investigation

    CALABASH—Calabash Volunteer Emergency Medical Services Chief J.P. Knott has been placed on involuntary leave pending an investigation into financial discrepancies within the department.

    Calabash EMS board president Ray Little said the action came at a specially called May 4 board meeting. The next morning, Little alerted the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, which is conducting an investigation, and Randy Thompson, director of Brunswick County Emergency Services.

  • Town's first-ever Bike Week event off and running

    The first couple of days of the Harley-Davidson event in Shallotte, the windy and rainy weather made it somewhat difficult for vendors to attract customers, but once the sun came out, business began picking up, vendors said.

    By Tuesday, the parking lot at Beach House Harley Davidson/Buell on U.S. 17 was full of shiny motorcycles and their leather-clad riders stopping to get a look at the various items for sale on the adjacent property and in the store.

  • New Shallotte Food Lion opens this week

    The new, larger Shallotte Food Lion store, opening this week at 301 South Willis Drive, will encompass 34,928 square feet and contain expanded departments, larger aisles and more fresh items, staffers say.

    Tammy Worthington, also the manager of the former location in Shallotte Plaza, said she and her staff worked “long, hard days” over the past week to prepare the new store for its Wednesday morning grand opening.

    The Shallotte store also added an additional 30 employees to its roster.

  • BSRI to close senior sites for four days due to dwindling funds

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., which provides meals and other programs for senior citizens in need, has announced it must take “drastic action” in May and June to make its finances last until the end of the fiscal year.

    To do so, BSRI director Jim Russell has announced all senior centers and nutrition sites will be closed two Fridays in May and two in June—May 15 and 29 and June 12 and 26.

    The BSRI staff will be furloughed during the closures, and all other BSRI programs will not operate those days.