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  • Brunswick Beat for June 15, 2011
  • Brunswick health board names new director

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Health Department will have a new director at the helm of the agency beginning June 27.

    David Stanley, director of the county’s environmental health agency, will replace longtime health director Don Yousey, who is retiring from the health department after 14 years.

    Stanley has served as environmental heath director at the county health department for the last 15 years.

    For more on this story, pick up next week’s issue of the Beacon.

  • No charges in fatal officer shooting

    BOLIVIA—District Attorney Jon David has ruled a shooting that led to the death of a Sunset Harbor man was justified.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy Joe Genda has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the May 13 shooting death of 73-year-old William Gordon Brown, David announced Thursday.

    Around 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Brown’s home at 668 Bayshore Drive in Sunset Harbor.

  • Parking permits on Sunset Beach work session agenda next Tuesday

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council will continue discussion about a proposed parking-permit system during a three-hour workshop scheduled for next Tuesday, June 21, at town hall.

    It's the first of new, extended work sessions approved last month by town council and is scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon.

    The sessions are scheduled during those hours on the third Tuesdays of each month to discuss town business prior to monthly meetings on the first Mondays of each month.

  • Holden Beach sets tax rate

    By Sarah Sue Ingram

    Beacon correspondent

    Holden Beach Commissioners unanimously approved a $7.2 million total operations budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

    The estimated new tax rate for property owners will be 12.7 cents for every $100 of valuation.

    The main thing commissioners changed from town manager David Hewett’s proposed budget was not approving a cost-of-living raise but rather giving a one-time bonus with $31,000 to be split among the town’s 24 employees.

  • Volunteer for Sunnyside today

    SHALLOTTE—Old Sunnyside School is approaching its 100th birthday.

    The school built in 1915 contains many fond memories for area residents. Over the years a dedicated group of volunteers formed a non-profit organization called Save Old Sunnyside to help save the building and relocate it as close as possible to its original location.

  • Making tough choices but not going anywhere

    SHALLOTTE—Recently word worked its way through the grapevine and back to Brunswick Family Assistance Executive Director Carol Phelps that the nonprofit was in danger of shutting its doors.

    “I want to reassure the community and clarify the financial health of this organization,” Phelps said. “Yes, we are operating in a deficit (of donations) like all nonprofits, but we are not going anywhere.”

  • County issues water conservation alert

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County officials have issued a water conservation alert.

    Brunswick County is currently in a drought, and Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce said water usage levels are nearing capacity.

    Recently, peak water usage was more than 24 million gallons per day, which represents about 80 percent of the county’s 30-million-gallon-per-day capacity, Pierce said.

  • Paving change-order OK'd in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is working to remedy problems with paving in the Village at Calabash, last week approving a contract change-order and budget amendment.

    While road improvements on Palmer Drive are nearing completion, the change-order is to repair roads damaged during construction, town administrator Mike Hargett said.

    “The damage was not unanticipated,” Hargett said at town commissioners’ June 9 meeting. “It was certainly known beforehand substandard condition of the streets would result in some damage.

  • Calabash adopts budget for fiscal year 2011-2012

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners adopted a budget ordinance for fiscal year 2011-2012 calling for a .0875 ad valorem tax rate over the current .07 rate.

    During public comment time, residents Emily DiStasio, Cecelia Herman and Mack Sanders expressed concern about the increase that they said would put a hardship on residents on fixed incomes, coupled with the sewer assessment.