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  • County approves financing plans for Calabash, Sunset Beach sewer

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have approved financing for sewer systems for Sunset Beach and Calabash, giving customers 10 years to pay the assessments in installments.

    Those who pay their full assessments within 30 days will receive a 5 percent discount, as recommended by county finance director Ann Hardy, who presented the proposed agreements for approval at Monday night’s commissioners’ meeting.

    According to Hardy, county utilities director Jerry Pierce anticipates awarding four contracts for the Sunset Beach project.

  • Calabash merchants demand 'people's rights' regarding UDO

    CALABASH—Despite what town officials say, a pending Unified Development Ordinance draft will hurt local businesses, merchants claim.

    “The town should be representative of the people,” local restaurateur Jeff Sisk said last week following a Jan. 27 hearing that drew a standing-room-only crowd of business owners opposed to the draft as it’s written.

    “They shouldn’t impose their philosophy or opinions unless it’s done by the people,” he said, standing outside his family’s Sunrise Pancake House on Beach Drive.

  • Carolina Shores nixes sheriff's contract with Calabash

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners on Tuesday voted against contracting with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to provide additional law enforcement protection for Carolina Shores and Calabash.

    The unanimous vote at the specially called meeting came after all five commissioners voiced concern about the minimal annual cost of $150,000 for an entry-level officer, which the two towns would split if both approved such a contract.

  • Town Creek redistricting brings up fears about transportation, traffic and ride times

    LELAND—Traffic and transportation were among parents’ major concerns at last Wednesday’s public forum regarding redistricting lines for Town Creek Elementary School, which is set to open in fall 2009.

    Cristie Ledlord has three children in Brunswick County Schools, one of which may be affected by redistricting lines. Her son currently attends Belville Elementary School, but would be redistricted to Town Creek if the board of education chose scenario three.

  • Searcher believes remains found in S.C. are missing woman

    Authorities have recovered a human skull and bone fragments off a rural road in Horry County, S.C., believed to be connected with the disappearance of a woman who was abducted and brought to Brunswick County in November 2002.

    The possible remains of Alice Donovan of Galivants Ferry, S.C., have been sent to a lab in Columbia, S.C., for DNA testing. They were discovered last week by a voluntary search group with the CUE Center for Missing Persons in Wilmington.

  • Facing mastectomy, 37-year-old shares story

    SHALLOTTE—The breast pain came on suddenly last September, alarming 37-year-old Angie Sutton with its persistence.

    In November, Sutton, director of advertising for The Brunswick Beacon, was diagnosed with Stage 0 ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a “non-invasive” cancer of breast milk ducts that does not spread to surrounding tissue.

  • UDO draws objections from Calabash business owners

    CALABASH—A standing-room-only crowd, consisting mostly of local business owners, turned out Tuesday night to register complaints about the town’s pending Unified Development Ordinance.

    The gist of their argument is the draft UDO imposes rules over the town’s core commercial district that don’t fit in with Calabash, such as banning roof signs, requiring uniform design and dictating colors buildings can be painted.

  • Officials allow gap in sandbag line to be filled

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Officials from the Division of Coastal Management (DCM) have given the go-ahead for Ocean Isle Beach to write a permit for sandbags which will close a gap in a continuous line that runs from the quickly eroding east end to Charlotte Street.

    The gap, which is west of Shallotte Boulevard, was previously unable to be sandbagged because it did not meet a state rule that states sandbags have to be 20 feet from a structure.

  • Brunswick backs Dare County lawsuit

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have joined the fight against the N.C. Department of Insurance and its escalating homeowners’ insurance rates.

    At their Monday meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to contribute $10,000 to Dare County officials, who filed a lawsuit last month, claiming the N.C. Department of Insurance “violated constitutional provisions,” when approving rate increases of up to 30 percent in coastal North Carolina counties.

  • U.S. 17 can be part of UDO process in Carolina Shores, consultant says

    CAROLINA SHORES—As the town updates its UDO, any changes it wants for U.S. 17 could be considered, a consultant said at a planning and zoning board workshop last week.

    Don Eggert of the Cape Fear Council of Governments said recommendations for the 2.7 miles of highway corridor under town domain could be part of the Unified Development Ordinance process.

    Among details under consideration are restricting the number of driveways per lot.