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  • Calabash tables UDO for further consideration

    CALABASH—A roomful of residents brought more questions about the town’s pending, controversial Unified Development Ordinance update, which commissioners tabled for further consideration Tuesday night.

    Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons also appointed a five-person committee to address the UDO and any amendments that might need to be made in the near future.

    At the start of the meeting, town commissioner Cecelia Herman requested that agenda items related to the UDO and its accompanying zoning map, including action to vote on them, be removed.

  • Association of Realtors gives presentation to Holden Beach homeowners

    Bills for beach-house insurance are set to go up a staggering 30 percent this year, deductibles are also skyrocketing, and if the “beach plan” is passed, property owners who once insured their homes for $1.5 million will not be able to insure anything more than $750,000.

    That’s what Steve Candler, government affairs director of the Brunswick County Association of Realtors, reported about North Carolina insurance rates during the Holden Beach Commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday night.

  • Longtime postmaster gets retirement send-off from Supply Post Office

    SUPPLY—A changing of the guard took place this week in ZIP code zone 28462.

    Jay Hamer, retiring postmaster at the Supply Post Office, worked his last official postal day Tuesday.

    A new officer-in-charge, Scotte Horne, is assuming temporary detail and leadership at the local facility off Southport-Supply Road.

    Hamer, who turns 55 in April, is ready to retire after 33 years with different post offices in North Carolina, including his postmaster position for the past seven in Supply.

  • Shallotte Police arrest suspect for threatening phone calls to The Brunswick Beacon and Oceanside Family Medicine

    SHALLOTTE—Police have arrested a suspect in connection with last week’s threatening phone calls that temporarily shut down The Brunswick Beacon office and Oceanside Family Medicine on Smith Avenue.

    Brandon Elliott Coleman, 35, of 1006 Bricklanding Road, Shallotte, was arrested last Thursday and charged with communicating threats and making a false report concerning a destructive device.

  • Sheriff's office starts professional standards, internal affairs division

    BOLIVIA—Mark Francisco retired in December after 22 years with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, but his retirement was short lived.

    On Feb. 1, Francisco, 49, began at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office as a sergeant over the newest department at the sheriff’s office, a professional standards and internal affairs division.

    The professional standards and internal affairs department is just one of many new initiatives Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram has implemented since being elected sheriff in May, Francisco said.

  • Holden Beach's 'Mr. Sewer' remembered

    HOLDEN BEACH—Former town commissioner Charlie Boyle, known for his commitment to bringing sewer to the island as well as his devotion to Clemson sports, died last week of a heart attack.

    “He was known as Mr. Sewer,” Holden Beach Commissioner Sandy Miller said this week. “That was one of his goals for the island. It took a long time and a lot of persuading, but he got it done.

  • Signage, sidewalks part of bike path recommendation in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Sharing the road, signage and sidewalks are part of a bike-path plan recommendation approved Feb. 5 by the town planning board.

    Sunset Beach town administrator Gary Parker said streets on the island and mainland are not wide enough to safely accommodate a bike trail 3-5 feet wide.

    “The only way we could do striping of a bike path on any of the town streets is to add pavement,” he said.

    The estimated cost is $505,000.

  • Carolina Shores board OKs contribution to fire department

    CAROLINA SHORES—Commissioners have approved a $29,500 contribution to the Calabash Fire Department.

    Town commissioner Gere Dale made a motion last week to contribute the town’s allocated $27,000, plus $2,500.

    Dale, who serves as commissioners’ liaison on the fire department board, said to fully implement SAFER grant schedule requirements, it was necessary with go with the extra amount.

    The additional cost for this fiscal year is $9,000 to “meet the precise letter of the law for the SAFER grant,” Dale said.

  • Brunswick County hires new animal services director

    Brunswick County has a new animal services director.

    David Swain, 43, began his duties Monday at the county animal services headquarters and shelter on Green Swamp Road (N.C. 211).

    Swain takes over from interim director Dennis Harpster, who has been filling in after former director Richard Cooper resigned abruptly in September after 12 years with the department.

    Swain is originally from Moore County. He has four-and-a-half years experience in law enforcement and three years in animal control, he said.

    Most recently, he has been working in construction.

  • Volunteer center seeks professional volunteers

    BOLIVIA—Jayne Mathews is looking for a new corps of volunteers.

    While traditional volunteers are always needed, Mathews, director of Brunswick County Volunteer Center, says she is seeking volunteers for the county’s Volunteers in Management Program.

    Traditional volunteering and its associated time constraints don’t appeal to many people, Mathews said, so she developed a new program, which allows volunteers to work at their own pace and on their own time.