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  • Holden Beach commissioners get look at new budget

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year keeps the town tax rate at 6.9 cents per $100 valuation, but the water rate will go up by 20 cents.

    Hewett presented his proposed $12,601,747 budget to Holden Beach commissioners last Wednesday during a budget workshop in the chapel fellowship hall.

    Holden Beach gets its water from the county. It would be the first rate hike in the water bill in several years.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man graduates from West Point

    He may have just graduated from a four-year university, but the next 10 years of his life are already planned out.

    James Hart, 21, of Ocean Isle Beach, recently graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, about 56 miles north of New York City. He is now a second lieutenant in the Army, where he will serve five years active duty and three years in the reserves after completing a two-year flight school.

  • One-cent tax increase proposed for Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The town administrator has proposed a 1-cent tax increase for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

    When presented to the board of commissioners Tuesday morning, the general fund balance was based on a tax rate of 9 cents per $100 valuation with a .995 percent collection rate. That is up from the current 8-cent tax rate.

  • Shallotte planning board sets workshop with developer as a result of last-minute revisions

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has scheduled a workshop with a developer whose request for plat approval was shot down Tuesday night because of last-minute revisions.

    Instead of recommending to the board of aldermen final plat approval for phase 1A of Sea Wynde Plantation, planning board members voted to meet with developer Adam Lisk on June 26 before the July 1 board of aldermen meeting to work out the issues staff and the board members had with the original plat.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board nixes variance for proposed sewer pump site

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Beach Planning Board has rejected a setback variance for a sewer pump house.

    At a June 5 board of adjustment hearing, URS Greiner Corp., the engineering company charged with building the Brunswick County-operated sewer system, requested a variance to the 25-foot front yard setback for a two-story vacuum pump house on a vacant lot at 407 North Shore Drive East.

  • Post 68 stays unbeaten

    LELAND—So far, so perfect.

    The Brunswick County Post 68 American Legion team is 7-0 after beating Post 178 9-0 and 7-2 in a doubleheader Friday.

    This is the first time in Randy Fennell’s four seasons as manager the team has started 7-0, and he said it may have been longer than that since the team has had such a perfect start.

  • Holmes pitches Trojans to victory over Hampstead

    Brock Holmes struck out nine batters in five innings and hit a home run as the Southwest Trojans won 9-1 Saturday at Hampstead in a Junior American Legion baseball game.

    Holmes gave up one hit and walked one. At the plate, Holmes was 1-for-3 with the home run and two RBIs.

    Alex Memory pitched the last two innings. Hampstead scored its only run in the seventh.

  • Fatal wreck on N.C. 904

    A Shallotte man was killed Monday afternoon when his moped struck a tractor on N.C. 904 near Sunset Beach.

    Just before 4 p.m. Monday, Keith Howard Lofton, 58, of 1059 Radford Way, was traveling north on his moped at about 35 mph, according to 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes, of the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

    Lofton was driving in the roadway and apparently didn’t see the tractor with a bush hog on the back of it, which was partially on the shoulder of the road and moving at about 15 mph.

  • 5th teen guilty of home invasion

    BOLIVIA—A jury found 18-year-old Darren Deanthony Marlow guilty Friday in connection with the December 2006 home invasion of an elderly Hickmans Crossroads woman.

    The former West Brunswick High School athlete was sentenced to serve between three and a half years to five years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Tom Lock. A 12-member jury found Marlow guilty May 30 of first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, and felony larceny.

  • April's real estate sales up over '07

    SUPPLY—The Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR) wants to get the word out that real estate is still a good investment. It’s even starting to rally after hitting rough waters in recent years, the group says.

    According to the latest numbers from the North Carolina Association of Realtors, Brunswick County was the only county in the state to post an increase in sales between April 2007 and April 2008.

    This April, the number of units sold was in the county was 137, up from 116 last April, a 19 percent increase.