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  • BEMC addressing energy efficiency, environmental issues

    Energy efficiency is a hot topic, and Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. (BEMC), the county’s electric cooperative, is investing in ways to balance the need for affordable power with protecting the environment.

    “We know what we’re supposed to do: provide safe, reliable and affordable power, and we also want to have a social conscience by learning about environmentally sound techniques,” BEMC CEO Chip Leavitt Leavitt said.

  • A (smaller) sign of the times in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town planning board members say they are happy with a smaller sign that was recently installed at the new CVS drugstore.

    The lighted message sign at the town’s future drugstore, slated to open Sunday, Oct. 12, at the corner of U.S. 17 and Calabash Road, merited favorable comments at an Aug. 25 meeting of the Carolina Shores Planning and Zoning Board.

    “It’s a comfortable sign,” said town commissioner Joseph Przywara, who serves as commission liaison with the planning and zoning board.

  • AGs office to mediate public records dispute with town, local contractor

    It has been more than three months since Kevin Alderman requested public records from the town of Holden Beach, and the N.C. Attorney General’s Office is now involved.

    Since first sending the request to Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett in June, Alderman has not received any requested records.

    On June 13, Alderman, the president of Alderman Brothers Construction Inc., requested official documents from the town regarding the Holden Beach Harbor dredging project.

  • Ocean Isle Beach has annual Trash Bash

    The Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners Association had its annual Trash Bash Saturday morning.

    Bob Calhoun, chairperson, said 353 volunteers helped make a clean sweep of the island and collected about 1,500 pounds of trash.

    “We were blessed with good weather and everybody had a good time,” he said.

    Calhoun said 15 teams were given specific sections of the island so all areas could be cleaned.

  • Aldermen positive about SAFER grant, set vote

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen aren’t going to hire four full-time firefighters but say they are inclined take advantage of a federal grant for new personnel by hiring two part-time employees and two full-time employees.

    The rest of the grant money would pay the salaries of two part-timers who are already on staff.

    Aldermen said at Tuesday’s pre-agenda meeting they would like people who’ve called about addressing the board to have their say at next week’s regular board meeting. They delayed the vote until then.

  • Board discusses next steps toward vision plan

    SHALLOTTE—The board of aldermen talked about the next steps toward achieving the goals of the town’s vision plan during its pre-agenda meeting Tuesday night.

    Town planner Chris Rogers informed the town board the planning board has recommended extending the plan’s boundaries to include Mulberry Creek and adding the area to the Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) land use plan.

  • Bridge construction on schedule in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—With a peak-hours, tourist-season construction moratorium lifted since Labor Day, new bridgework is progressing on time, a construction official said this week.

    Project superintendent Mark Hackney, on duty at the mainland construction site of the future $31 million, 65-foot-tall Intracoastal Waterway high-rise bridge, said Tuesday work is on schedule.

    Construction of a concrete-and-steel detour bridge on the island is also nearing completion. Hackney said the structure should be ready for public use in about three more weeks.

  • Second teen arrested, more charges in Sunset Beach thefts

    SUNSET BEACH—A second teenager has been arrested and more charges have been placed against another 16-year-old charged last week with theft of a golf cart.

    Carlos Morales, 16, of 7219 Westbrook Ave., was arrested Sept. 24 in connection with the theft of a golf cart from Live Oak Drive reported Sept. 20.

    Additional charges against Morales and Shay Gales of 7267 Lula St., Ocean Isle Beach, include larceny of a firearm, first-degree burglary, and two counts of larceny after breaking and entering. Gales was initially charged with the golf cart theft Sept. 22.

  • South Brunswick tennis team goes 13-0

    The South Brunswick girls tennis team continued its unbeaten season by beating East Columbus 8-1 Sept. 22 at home, Pender 9-0 Sept. 23 and South Columbus 5-3 Sept. 24.

    South is 7-0 in the Waccamaw Conference, 11-0 overall.

    Against East Columbus, Kelley Presson, Katie Soden, Lauren Scheetz and Sarah Brock each won two matches.

    At Pender, South lost seven games in 12 sets of singles matches.

  • Soccer team in transition midway through conference

    Halfway through the conference season, the West Brunswick High School soccer team is in a transition that will affect this season and next.

    The Trojans lost two conference games last week, 9-0 to Jacksonville (ranked No. 13 in Class 3-A) and 2-1 to Ashley.

    The losses dropped West’s conference record to 0-5, 7-5 overall.