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  • County commissioners to consider reducing, nixing $11 water availability fee

    BOLIVIA—While $11 a month may not seem like much to some, for those on fixed incomes it can be an undue burden.

    That’s what Brunswick County Commissioner Phil Norris says he hears time and again from people who pay the county’s water $11 per month availability fee.

    “It’s been a hardship on some of those folks,” Norris said Monday night to his fellow commissioners.

    County residents who choose not to connect to the county water line, but have access to water, pay an availability fee.

  • Above the clouds with Discovery Flights

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Those wanting to take flight and soar above the clouds don’t need superpowers to do so. Discovery Flights are offered through Ocean Isle Beach Aviation, a fixed based operation at the Ocean Isle Beach Airport.

    A Discovery Flight is a one-time flying lesson introducing a student to the world of aviation.

  • Governor's veto of boat trailer bill draws fire from tourism groups

    Gov. Mike Easley on Sunday vetoed a bill that fishermen and tourism officials say was needed to stop recreational anglers from being fined for pulling wide boat trailers. They argue it could negatively affect the tourist trade.

    Legislators introduced the bill after the state Board of Transportation adopted a resolution asking the General Assembly to review the laws regarding “special permits and commercial driver’s licenses” in reaction to public complaints.

  • Mayor moves to eliminate commissioner appointments

    CALABASH—Mayor Anthony Clemmons drew objection when he moved to dissolve commissioner appointments last week.

    The proposal to do away with Clemmons’ appointments to specific town departments was tabled at the Aug. 12 commissioners’ meeting.

    Clemmons’ fact letter stated with the appointment of new town administrator Vincent Long, he felt it was no longer necessary to have “commissioner of” to the departments.

  • Couple says aging trees a danger for their home

    CALABASH—For the past two years, Randy and Anne Spooner have tried to contact an adjacent property owner about his towering longleaf pine trees they say are posing a hazard to their home.

    The retired couple said property owner J.W. Brown, who chairs the town’s planning and zoning board, has never responded to their phone calls and messages, and their certified letters have been returned.

  • County OKs Calabash inspections changes

    Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved requested changes to a building inspections agreement with the town of Calabash.

    The first change stipulates the agreement will be in the form of a letter from Calabash’s town administrator, formally requesting the county to conduct building inspections for specifically identified buildings under construction.

    The town also will request the county’s services prior to the town beginning any inspections for the buildings.

  • Calabash makes plea for county fire assistance

    CALABASH—Mayor Anthony Clemmons has written a letter requesting Brunswick County’s direct involvement in discussions about the future of the Calabash Fire Department.

    In the letter dated Aug. 13 to Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman Bill Sue, Clemmons cites only three of six options he would like for the county to actively explore.

  • Future of U.S. 17 at stake in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—What does the future hold for U.S. 17?

    It’s an ongoing topic of discussion in Carolina Shores that continues this week.

    The town’s planning and zoning board will meet Wednesday with transportation planner Don Eggert of the Cape Fear Council of Governments. They will resume discussion about the 3-mile stretch of U.S. 17 corridor that is under Carolina Shores’ municipal domain.

    The Aug. 20 workshop is at 3 p.m. in the meeting room at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

  • Carolina Shores 10th anniversary party Sept. 18

    The town of Carolina Shores will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, with festivities at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    Highlights will include tours of the new town hall addition, the newly carpeted commissioners’ chambers and the Calabash Fire Department’s new burn trailer.

    Brunswick County Commissioner Phil Norris’ bluegrass band and a barbershop quartet will entertain. Refreshments will be served from 3-5 p.m. There also will be door prizes.

  • Beachgoers, team try to save whale that came ashore on Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH—A huddle of humans placed wet towels and poured water on a pygmy whale that stranded itself on Holden Beach Saturday morning.

    Seeing the stranded whale was a rare experience for the two dozen people clustered around the sea mammal.

    Despite efforts to save the whale by beachcombers and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Marine Mammal Response Team, the male whale died enroute to a veterinarian.