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  • Carolina Shores ponders hiring public safety officer

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town has begun exploring the possibility of hiring a public safety officer to patrol and provide police protection.

    During a Dec. 1 commission workshop, it was noted preliminary research shows it would cost about $105,120 annually, plus gas, to hire county deputy dedicated to serving both neighboring towns of Carolina Shores and Calabash.

    The cost to Carolina Shores would then amount to a little more than $52,000 per year.

  • Seventy percent increase in homeowners’ insurance requested for coastal counties

    The North Carolina Rate Bureau has submitted a rate filing with the state Department of Insurance requesting a nearly 70 percent in increase in homeowners’ insurance rates in coastal counties like Brunswick and a nearly 50 percent increase on the beaches.

    The bureau’s general manager said this week the request is just a starting point, and he does not expect it to be approved. The state Department of Insurance similarly issued a statement saying the department has not historically approved the exact rates recommended by the bureau.

  • Annexation, trash talk in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The future of annexation and trash were hot topics at two specially called commissioners meetings Monday.

    N.C. Sen. R.C. Soles took part in one of the afternoon sessions to discuss municipal legislation, which is up for consideration in the upcoming General Assembly long session that launches Jan. 28.

    Stephanie Lewis, Brunswick County operation services assistant director, answered commissioners’ questions at the other meeting regarding how refuse is handled between the county and Waste Industries.

  • Shallotte planning board attempts to close permitting loophole

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended amending the town’s unified development ordinance to require developers to obtain town approval for driveways and roadways before they receive approval of their development plans.

    At its regular meeting Dec. 9, the planning board unanimously approved the changes, prompted by a recent incident in which a “loophole” in the current UDO was discovered.

  • Toy Run another hit for Brunswick County bikers, kids

    The 16th annual Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts Toy Run was a successful one, organizer Jerome Munna said this week.

    The enthusiasts shopped with 80 children, a smaller number than usual due to a strain on the economy, he said.

    “We hope to still help with a couple of scholarships this year,” Munna said.

    Bill Carter of Holden Beach won the fundraising raffle of a 2009 Harley Davidson Crossbones.

  • Preliminary annexation meeting draws questions

    SUNSET BEACH—A handful of residents showed up to ask town council about the town’s plans to annex a 99-acre residential tract at a specially called meeting Monday night.

    The questions came after council unanimously approved a resolution of intent to annex the property, most of it along N.C. 179 between The Colony II at Oyster Bay and the Calabash River.

  • NHRMC breaks ground for new facility in Brunswick Forest

    Construction has begun on a project that will bring New Hanover Regional Medical Center services directly to northern Brunswick County.

    Steel beams are going up on the medical center’s new 40,000-square-foot medical complex in The Villages at Brunswick Forest. When complete, area residents will have easier access to imaging and urgent care services as well as primary and specialist physicians.

  • Restaurants receive health grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the week of Dec. 1-5.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Sunset Beach pontoon bridge operators to be laid off

    SUNSET BEACH—Operators of the Sunset Beach pontoon bridge are feeling the effects of a tightening economy—they received notice last week they’re being laid off after they've trained their replacements.

    In a Dec. 8 letter included in the employees’ paychecks last week, NCDOT Division 3 director Allen Pope noted the department is “facing a very difficult financial time, with its annual budget reduced by 35 percent from the budget it had planned since July 1.

  • Shallotte to seek state grants for waterfront development, access

    Shallotte is continuing its efforts to put the town’s 10-year vision plan into place by applying for grants from the state, hoping to tap into the Division of Coastal Management’s (DCM) Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program.

    At its December meeting, the town board voted unanimously to allow staff to begin the application process.