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  • Commissioners eye solutions for Lockwood's dwindling water quality

    BOLIVIA—If you’ve never heard of bioremediation before, you’re probably not alone.

    Bioremediation enlists bacteria or microbes to destroy hazardous or toxic compounds, including organic waste.

    It’s been around since 1992 but “still hasn’t gone as far as it should,” Joe Robertson, of the Georgia-based Enviremed, explained to Brunswick County Commissioners Thursday afternoon.

    “It’s really bio-augmentation,” Robertson explained.

  • Proposed animal welfare changes agreeable with local department

    Brunswick County has no issues with animal welfare rules slated to be voted on by the state General Assembly this Thursday.

    Richard Cooper, director of Brunswick County Animal Services, said the local shelter meets the new guidelines.

    Proposed changes have been on the agenda of the Brunswick County Board of Health for discussion for the past couple of monthly meetings, including Monday night.

  • Proposed rule changes to affect Brunswick beaches

    Up and down the North Carolina Coast, officials with the Coastal Resources Commission and the Division of Coastal Management had public hearings for input on the proposed change to oceanfront setback rules this week and last.

    Brunswick County had its turn Monday night, but if you couldn’t make it out to the public hearing, there is still time to be heard.

    The final public hearing is slated for 5 p.m. July 24 at the CRC’s regular meeting at the Holiday Inn Brownstone, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

  • Planning board approves rezoning, special exception

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board approved two map amendments and a special exception at their regular meeting Monday night.

    Board members approved a request to rezone 7.18 acres off Pirate Shores Drive, Patrick Street, Dal Street, and Shane Street of Seashore Road near Holden Beach to medium-density residential from high-density residential.

    Also approved was a request to rezone 8.17 acres on Barnhill Road off U.S. 17 near Shallotte to industrial general from rural residential. The associated land-use map amendment was also approved.

  • Woman's final wishes honored at Calabash restaurant

    CALABASH—All her life, Norma Ebert loved visiting the beach.

    When she and her sister, Laura, were growing up in Durham, vacationing at the beach and dining in Calabash were part of their family’s summer routine.

    “We all would come every summer back down on the coast, usually this area,” said Laura Urbanik, who now lives in Shallotte. “This was our place to be, and we’d always go to the Seafood Hut.”

  • County board nixes sewer for Carolina Shores North

    BOLIVIA—A county utility board decided Monday to scrap a possibility of extending sewer service to Carolina Shores North.

    The decision came after the nine-member board heard from residents on both sides of the issue.

    The board also heard from county engineering clerk Beverly Adams, who said discrepancies were detected in returned surveys issued by the department to determine whether a majority of property owners in the unincorporated community want sewer.

  • Aldermen to vote on vision plan in August

    SHALLOTTE—The far-reaching goals of the proposed 10-year vision plan will be the subject of the Aug. 5 board of aldermen meeting.

    The consulting planner who drafted the plan is set to present a report outlining how to achieve the goals of creating a walking waterfront and a more attractive downtown at the meeting.

    Allison Platt of Allison Platt and Associates said recently the report would include options for accomplishing everything in the plan and implementation strategies for each option.

  • Shallotte mayor home after hospital stay

    Shallotte Mayor Gerald Long returned home July 3 from several weeks in the hospital recovering from bleeding ulcers and two mini-strokes, he said this week.

    Long said he will find out if he can attend the next town board meeting this week during his doctor’s appointment.

    “I’m basically homebound now,” he said. “It’s certainly a privilege to be back home and to be out of the hospital. Hopefully, I’ll be getting back to doing some of the things I used to do.”

  • Sunset Beach ABC store moving to shopping center in village

    SUNSET BEACH—A new site is being readied for the town’s ABC store.

    “We’re in the last stages,” Bob Bobinski, a Sunset Beach town councilman who serves on the town’s three-member ABC board, said last week. “I would hope to be in there in about two to three weeks.”

    The store is moving from its current location at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Shoreline Drive West on the mainland to a new, 5,000-square-foot site on High Market Street in The Village at Sunset Beach.

  • Summer food collection launches in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Carol Scott hates the thought of wasted food—so much so, it spurred her to take action.

    A few weeks ago, the Sunset Beach resident initiated a first for her island—a summer food collection and fundraiser for the dwindling pantry at Brunswick Family Assistance.

    “Like many other people on the island, many of us started out as renters,” said Scott, a Virginia resident who lives part-time on the island with her husband, Pete, and hopes to retire there permanently in the near future.