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  • Sunset Beach Planning Board approves 15 percent open space over objections

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has approved 15 percent open space for all mainland residential districts.

    The board’s unanimous vote came at a July 29 meeting, following a public hearing when representatives with several local golf course communities urged the board to consider a different formula.

    Lawyer Elaine Jordan and Dan Weeks spoke on behalf of The Coastal Companies, owner of Ocean Ridge and future Jaguar’s Lair golf course communities.

  • Sunset Beach boards agree future appearance is everything

    SUNSET BEACH—Looks are important, town board members informally agreed during a joint meeting Monday.

    “One of my concerns is the look of our community,” town council member Karen Joseph said during the afternoon session of fellow council members and the town planning board.

    Joseph joked she keeps hoping she’ll get a phone call from town administrator Gary Parker informing her a tornado came through Sunset Beach, “but all it did was knock down the old Food Lion—the whole thing.”

  • Carolina Shores board debates paving in Village at Calabash

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are debating whether they agreed to pave all of Palmer Drive in the Village at Calabash in one year.

    Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby, speaking at a town workshop Monday, doesn’t believe the board has decided how much of the 2010-2011 budget will be spent on Village at Calabash roads.

    “We agreed Palmer [Drive] was the next road we’re going to repair,” Selby said. “I don’t recall $350,000 worth of Palmer Drive in one year.”

  • Committee organizing four-day fair/expo for 2011

    If all goes according to plan, Shallotte will be the site of a four-day “family fair and exposition” Sept. 9-12 of next year.

    A committee of local community promoters is seeking sponsors and vendors and obtaining the proper permits to create the first “county fair” in Brunswick County.

    “It’s going to be a combination of fairs,” explained committee member Stan Rogoff.

  • Local stars to spin around ballroom in upcoming fundraiser

    Brunswick County “stars” have raised more than $500,000 in the past two years, which has provided 210 scholarships for Brunswick Community College students. This Friday, they hope to raise even more.

    “Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars” is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 6, at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center gymnasium on the Brunswick Community College campus.

    “It is phenomenal; the success has been unbelievable,” event organizer Clarice Holden said of the annual fundraiser.

  • Strong storms knock power out in parts of the county

    A strong storm system moved through Brunswick County Thursday afternoon, producing heavy rain and frequent thunder and lightning.

    Power was knocked out in parts of the county and a number of possible fire calls went out to local emergency personnel. So far, there have been no reports of actual fire damage caused by the storm. The town of Holden Beach reported a possible lightning strike to a power pole.

  • Leland mother dies after crash in Columbus County

    Dawn Baldwin-Ivey of Leland, a former Miss Brunswick County and lifelong county resident, died yesterday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center related to injuries received in a traffic collision on July 23.

    She was the wife of Officer Tillman Ivey of the City of Wilmington Police Department. They have three children Jacob 12, Shelby 9, and Bryanne 5.

    The Whiteville News-Reporter reported Baldwin-Ivey was critically injured at 4:14 p.m. last Friday while driving a 2001 Honda south on N.C. 11 in Columbus County, according to a report by Trooper Scott Floyd.

  • Blessing of new sanctuary at St. Brendan

    More than five years ago, parishioners at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Shallotte began planning to expand their fellowship hall and sanctuary.

    According to St. Brendan’s social ministries coordinator Kathy Doyle, the church began planning the expansion in 2002, but the land for the expansion was not purchased until 2005.

    The Rev. Robert Ippolito and the Rev. Hector LaChapelle have been working with the building committee since their arrival in 2005.

  • More people looking for work in Brunswick County; BCC offers tips for job seekers

    When he leads classes at Brunswick Community College, re-employment services training instructor Richard Gomrick asks students to turn off their cell phones, but last week during a class for job seekers at the Employment Security Commission office in Shallotte, he told participants to keep them on.

    “It might be someone calling for an interview.”

  • Sunset Beach firefighters rescue sea turtle

    Two Sunset Beach firefighters, Scott Bookout and Henry Klutz recued a sea turtle near the Sunset Beach Pier last Friday. The turtle was swimming in the area around the Sunset Beach Pier when it became entangled in fishing line.
    According to Carmel Zetts, coordinator of the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch program, someone called her to report a turtle in distress near the pier. She assessed the situation and realized the turtle was caught.