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  • Businesses starting to smart from delayed bridge project

    Kelly Beeler is definitely feeling the effects of a bridge project not yet finished.

    Beeler, owner of Pro Tee golf practice range on N.C. 179, said it was bad enough when a detour for bridge replacement work at Jennies Branch cut off traffic past his business at the end of November.

    But now that the project has extended past the May 15 deadline, he said it’s about to put him out of business. For the first time in his 20 years in business, Beeler has had to apply for unemployment and is struggling to support his family with a second job.

  • Existing home sales: Local agencies see increases in sales, interest

    Existing home sales in Brunswick County during April were up over the previous month as well as last year’s April sales. Some local Realtors say the market may have turned the corner, as sellers are starting to meet buyers’ prices.

    According to the latest report from the N.C. Association of Realtors, agents sold 141 homes in April, compared to 124 in March and 137 in April of 2008.

    The average cost of a home is still lower than last year—$223,328, down from $276,308.

  • Mandatory sewer hookup requirement postponed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Council has postponed voting on an amendment that would require mandatory sewer hookup for anyone applying for a building permit.

    Town attorney Michael Isenberg, speaking at Monday’s monthly council meeting, said the measure would make the town ordinance consistent with Brunswick County, provider of future sewer service for the town.

    He said the rule would apply to any type of building permits, including those for accessory buildings.

  • Citizens to launch petition drive after change of government approved in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A group of residents is launching a referendum petition after town commissioners approved a charter amendment Tuesday changing the town’s form of government from mayor-council to council-manager.

    Residents calling themselves Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores said they plan to initiate the petition to force the board to put the ordinance to a vote of citizens.

  • Board votes to leave Waccamaw district lines alone

    The Brunswick County Board of Education voted Tuesday to amend its redistricting plans for the 2009-2010 school year, leaving all current Waccamaw School students unaffected by the newly drafted lines.

    When the board approved the redistricting lines in March, they did not realize a small portion of students currently in the Waccamaw district would be rerouted to Shallotte Middle School. The board was under the impression from the start of the redistricting process Waccamaw would not be affected in anyway, Shirley Babson, board chairwoman, said.

  • Three arrested in China Panda drug bust

    CALABASH—Drug agents say the owners of the China Panda knew nothing about the drug activity allegedly taking place at their restaurant.

    But last week, drug agents arrested three suspects, including one suspect who worked at the Calabash eatery, for selling marijuana at the restaurant.

    On Saturday, May 23, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Agents ended a three-month investigation when they made three arrests and seized more than five pounds of marijuana and a loaded handgun.

  • Public hearing tonight on proposed county budget

    Brunswick County Commissioners will have a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Monday on the proposed county budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

    The public hearing will be in the county commissioners’ chambers in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building in Bolivia.

  • Meals on Wheels

    SUPPLY—“Good morning, Mr. Charlie,” Buddy Kelly says as he walks into a small trailer to hand an elderly man his lunch.

    The gentleman greets his visitor, asking him how he’s doing and welcoming him to his home.

    “I’m doing pretty good,” Kelly tells the man, reminding him no one will be dropping by the next day, so the Meals on Wheels workers packed an extra meal for him.

  • Weekend-long celebration planned for town’s 50th birthday

    The town of Ocean Isle Beach is turning 50 years old, and a weekend full of events are planned to celebrate the big day.

    The festivities begin at 2 p.m. Friday, June 5, with a commemorative celebration at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall. There will be a presentation of the town’s history, as well as a walk down memory lane, Sue Sturh, town clerk, said.

    Stations will be set up with photographs, and artifacts from the town’s 50-year history, including natural disasters and obstacles faced, nature and beautification projects, will be among the stations.

  • Shallotte native chosen as this year’s Oyster Festival artist

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The official artwork for this year’s North Carolina Oyster Festival was created by one of Brunswick County’s own.

    Keith White, a Shallotte native, was selected as the official artist for this year’s Oyster Festival. Rather than classic paintings and scenic overviews of Ocean Isle Beach and the festival, White’s winning submission is more of a cartoon, with oysters taking the place of human festival-goers and humans in the buckets ready to be shucked by hungry oysters.