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  • Judge dismisses 'spot zoning' lawsuit against Town of Shallotte

    A judge has ruled in favor of the town of Shallotte and dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Shallotte Point residents who protested a rezoning that would allow condominium development near their home.

    Husband and wife Chris Musi and Pam Sabalos, who live on Riverbend Drive, filed suit last year against the town of Shallotte, claiming the town’s rezoning of land on the street for the proposed Holden’s Landing condominium project was “arbitrary” and amounted to illegal “spot zoning.”

  • HUD dismisses Cardinal Pointe complaints; resident vows to fight on

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has dismissed a complaint by a Cardinal Pointe resident who claimed she received unfair treatment from managers of the Shallotte apartment complex.

    The complainant, Amy Bass, said this week she plans to file for reconsideration and is also consulting with state disability rights officials about other options.

  • Town of Shallotte celebrates firefighters, new fire station

    SHALLOTTE—Firefighters stood at attention in the truck bay of the new fire station Thursday, receiving commendations from their chief and town staff.

    It was the first-ever achievement ceremony for the Shallotte firefighters and Fire Corps members, but it won’t be the last, officials say.

    Fire chief Paul Dunwell, Mayor Pro Tem Buddy Kelly and town administrator Paul Sabiston honored all the firefighters—full- and part-time, volunteers and paid staff—with achievement certificates.

  • Shallotte adjusts budget, discusses traffic

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen have approved allowing the town administrator to amend the 2007-2008 budget up to $5,000 to balance the outgoing spending plan as necessary.

    The board met Tuesday evening for its pre-agenda meeting, during which they also approved final tax releases for fiscal year 2007-2008.

    In other business, the board heard from town administrator Paul Sabiston about possible traffic options for the new Food Lion planned for South Willis Drive and Sellers Street.

  • Boat ramp closes

    Sunset Beach’s island boat ramp has closed.

    The privately owned boat access on the island causeway was to remain open through summer, but was closed last week to make way for construction of the new $32 million, 65-foot-tall Intracoastal Waterway bridge. It should be complete by the end of 2010.

    Boaters may use the boat ramp at Ocean Isle Beach as an alternative.

    The town of Sunset Beach has been negotiating the possible purchase of property for a boat ramp on the mainland side of town near the current pontoon bridge.

  • Sunset Beach meeting June 30

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 30, to vote on the town’s proposed budget, which takes effect July 1.

    No new tax increase is being projected for the 2008-2009 fiscal year budget.

    The tax rate for the proposed $5,785,436 budget is 9.5 cents per $100 of valuation, compared to the current 11.5 cents.

    The new, lesser rate is expected to cover all of the town’s projected operating anad maintenance expenses and capital expenditures while returning $200,000 to the fund balance.

  • Former state champs coaching summer team

    Two of the coaches this summer for the Southwest Trojans baseball team bring a unique perspective. Stuart Champion and Brett Hickman played on the West Brunswick High School baseball team that won the Class 3A state championship in 2004.

    The memory of that season is still fresh in their thoughts, and Champion and Hickman say that season has valuable lessons for these Trojans, a junior American Legion team of West Brunswick ballplayers, many of whom will be on the high school varsity next year.

  • Young shows skills in State Games

    GREENSBORO—Monica Young and her East All-Star soccer team failed to win the gold medal Sunday in the State Games, losing 2-0 to the South, but she left the competition with a sense of accomplishment.

  • Southwest Trojans win three games

    The Southwest Trojans swept Southwest Onslow in a doubleheader Saturday. Earlier in the week, the Trojans beat Whiteville 6-4. The Trojans are 11-2 as they enter the final games of the regular season, set to end July 2. Game summaries are below.

    Trojans 12, 7

    S.W. Onslow 1, 4

    The Southwest Trojans swept Southwest Onslow 12-2 and 7-4 in two Junior American Legion baseball games Saturday.

  • Post 68 goes 2-1 in recent legion baseball games

    LELAND—Another powerful hitting attack enabled Brunswick County Post 68 to beat Jacksonville Post 265 15-5 in eight innings June 18.

    Ryan Waldrep (2-0) was the winning pitcher.