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  • Calabash fire chief and wife plan to retire (again) in June

    CALABASH—When they first settled in the seafood capital 12 years ago, Karl and Linda Bennett thought they were retiring.

    But then they started volunteering with the Calabash Fire Department. One thing led to another, and soon they were involved fulltime in a profession they thought they had left behind in Ravena, N.Y.

    After more than a decade with the Calabash department, fire chief Bennett and his wife, who serves as administrative assistant and board secretary for the department, plan to retire June 30. They have launched a search for their replacements.

  • Tree ordinance upheld in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A Brunswick County small claims judgment has upheld the town’s tree ordinance.

    Town administrator Linda Herncane, speaking at a town meeting last week, said the decision reached last month was the result of a small claims suit filed by the town earlier this year.

    The defendant is Bill E. Lane, owner of Blue Border Travel Trailers at 9351 Ocean Highway West.

    According to the complaint, the town’s building inspection department noticed construction activity had occurred at the site while inspecting an adjacent subdivision last July.

  • Second-row property owners to see some tax relief

    HOLDEN BEACH—Some second-row property owners may get some relief beginning in 2009 on their property tax bills.

    Brunswick County Tax Administrator Tom Bagby announced a $30 million tax adjustment for Holden Beach, mainly for second-row properties.

    “Most of us were upset with the tax values,” Mayor Alan Holden said, referring to the 2007 countywide tax revaluation, which valued Holden Beach at $1.85 billion.

    “Many of you asked for relief and for something to be done,” Holden said.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach police officers are investigating burglary, larceny and vandalism from a Starfish Street home.

    The victim reported that on April 4 more than $28,000 worth of property was stolen. Stolen items include fishing rods and reels, boating equipment, jewelry, money, electronics and tools.

    Police officers also arrested the following suspects and investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Richard Daniel Wilson, 40, of 4655 Old Lantern Way, Charlotte; charged with no operator’s license and driving while impaired.

  • Residents ask town to fund part of sandbag project

    Residents of Ocean Isle Beach’s East end are taking erosion issues into their own hands.

    Chris McKenzie addressed the board of commissioners Tuesday and informed them of the newly formed East End Association, residents who have had meetings, hired attorneys, and are ready to combat erosion on the east end to protect their homes.

    McKenzie said the group’s goal is to have a continuous sandbag line from the end of Shallotte Boulevard to the end of Third Street. To do this, McKenzie said the association needs the town’s help.

  • Town of Ocean Isle to purchase extra storage for ABC store

    After discussing the need for additional storage at last month’s meeting, Ocean Isle Beach Commissioners voted Tuesday to purchase a storage building for the ABC store.

    Commissioner Dean Walters said during summer, the store receives 800-900 cases of liquor at any given time. If on sale, purchasing the brands that sell well in bulk can save the store about $7,000, he said.

  • 'Avalon,' other Christian artists, to perform at Highest Praise

    As part of its 32-city tour, the contemporary Christian vocal group Avalon will perform at 7 p.m. April 12 at Highest Praise Worship Center on U.S. 17 Bypass and Red Bug Road.

    Joining the four-member vocal group will be singer Michael English and the bands Cadia and the Daniel Doss Band as part of the “We Will Stand Tour.” Doors open at 6 p.m.

  • Planning board OKs Food Lion plans

    SHALLOTTE—The planning board has recommended approval of plans for a new Food Lion shopping center off N.C. 179 near Willis Drive.

    On Tuesday, the board recommended approval of the preliminary plat presented by owner A.B. Willis and the site and landscaping plans presented by Tripp Engineering for the center.

    The shopping center is planned to include a large store of 34,928 square feet and 13 additional units, with a total square footage of 51,728.

  • Rourk Library in Shallotte dedicated April 6

    Fifty people attended the formal dedication of the recently revamped Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte on Sunday, April 6.

    The president of Friends of the Library Sheila Umbricht emceed the ceremony, with pastor John Causey of Shallotte Presbyterian Church giving the invocation.

    Among dignitaries attending were state Sen. R. C. Soles, Brunswick County Commissioner May Moore, county manager Marty Lawing, assistant county manager Steve Stone, county library director Reecie Tate, and Marylin Searby, president of the Brunswick County Library Board of Directors.

  • Council approves buying fire truck

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Council on Monday approved a bid waiver and purchase of a $785,000, 100-foot platform ladder fire truck for the town fire department.

    In February, Sunset Beach Fire Chief Chris Barbee said the matter was a “limited time offer” that had been extended by the fire truck’s manufacturer, E-ONE of Ocala, Fla., for the town to “piggyback” onto a previous bid contract from the city of Rochester, N.H.