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  • A few comments as Sunset Beach unveils budget

    SUNSET BEACH — A handful of residents had comments as town staff outlined details of a recommended $5,833,278 budget for fiscal 2015-16 calling for a 5½ cent tax rate increase.

    Sunset Beach Finance Director Bonnie Schwerd presented an overview at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly meeting Monday night.

    The rate increase, if approved, will go up from 11½ cents to 16 cents per $100 of valuation.

  • Town Creek Park reopens after renovation

    After a year and a half of renovations, Town Creek Park has reopened.

    The park upgrade, which began in October 2013, was intended to be a yearlong, $5.3 million project — if construction delays could be avoided.

    Although weather delays extended the work by another half year, the project stayed on budget coming in at about $5.4 million, parks and recreation director Aaron Perkins said.

    “Weather backed us up in the fall and winter. That was a big thing,” he said.

  • Tax rate increase proposed to offset OIB revaluation losses

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach residents will have the chance to speak on the proposed 2015-16 town budget at a June 9 meeting.

    Town Administrator Daisy Ivey presented town board members with the budget at Tuesday’s regular May meeting. The board voted unanimously, 5-0, to set the public hearing for the budget at 9 a.m. to open the June meeting.

    The town staff has proposed a tax rate of .1875 per $100 valuation for fiscal year 2015-16.

  • Tropical Storm Ana makes mess of Kindred Spirit

    Kindred Spirit’s mailbox and bench on Bird Island took the brunt of the damage when Tropical Storm Ana made its slow, wet march across Brunswick County on Sunday.

    The storm swept away the mailbox and tossed the bench down to the Little River, S.C., jetties, according to members of the Bird Island Stewards, who found the mailbox after a few hours of hunting for it Monday. The storm left the site’s flagpole bent but still standing.

  • Shallotte Point residents want county back in beaver business

    SHALLOTTE POINT — While Brunswick County officials decide if a beaver bounty program belongs in the 2015-16 budget, some Shallotte Point residents just want a policy with teeth.

    Joe Cartrett, who lives on Pigott Road SW, has begun trapping beavers that have dammed up the waterways surrounding his neighborhood because there’s no one else to do it.

  • BCC graduates celebrate achievement during commencement ceremony

     SUPPLY — The early stages of Tropical Storm Ana rolled through Brunswick County late Friday afternoon, but couldn’t prevent more than 1,000 people from celebrating Brunswick Community College’s spring commencement ceremony inside Odell Williamson Auditorium on May 8.

    Several former graduates also lined the seats of the auditorium that nearly reached capacity crowd despite the wet conditions outside.

    One of those former graduates was Jonathan Thrift, who completed his studies at BCC more than 10 years ago in 2004.

  • Patients receive ‘Dentistry from the Heart’

     BOLIVIA — If you drove on N.C. 211 Friday, May 8, you probably thought Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry was the busiest dentist office you’ve ever seen.

    In fact, the dentistry was hosting its Fourth Annual Dentistry from the Heart day, serving people in Brunswick County and the surrounding regions with free dental care.

    Dentists Darren Harrington, Gregory Hohl, Tony Michelakis, Matt Miller and Aaron Wilharm welcomed more than 200 patients during the event, when patients had the opportunity to receive a cleaning, filling or extraction.

  • Leland student wins national essay competition

     LELAND — Eighth-graders in John Holleman’s early college preparation course at Leland Middle School submitted essays about their potential career choices before winter break last year as part of a contest. 

    Not only did Holleman select 14-year-old Sarah Tisinger’s essay as a winner at the school level, he was proud to announce Tisinger as a winner in the national competition, too.

  • WBHS students earn ‘proficiency’ honors at international competition

     SHALLOTTE — After 21 West Brunswick High School DECA students placed in the state competition during a February competition in Greensboro, they earned a trip to Disney World for an international academic competition.

  • Fire destroys Ocean Isle Beach house

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A fire that started during Tropical Storm Ana destroyed one house and damaged two others on Ocean Isle Beach on Sunday, May 10.

    Firefighters responded to the fire at 456 S. Fourth St. before 3 p.m. Sunday, Fire Chief Robert Yoho said. Two Ocean Isle Beach police officers, Nathan Brown and Britt Buell, saw the fire and quickly reported it to the fire station.

    Firefighters were able to control the blaze within an hour to an hour-and-a-half of the call.By the time the fire was extinguished, the home was a total loss, Yoho said.