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  • Loyack, Lewis to continue as chairman, vice-chairman

    BOLIVIA—Planning board chairman Michael Loyack and vice-chairman Alan Lewis will continue with their respective duties, board members voted Monday night.

    Lewis, who led Monday’s meeting because Loyack was absent, said he spoke with Loyack, who said he would like to continue as board chairman.

    Board members also granted an extension request for Oak Harbor Phase 3, which was tabled at the board’s Aug. 11 meeting.

    The development received approval Sept. 25, 2006, and received a six-month extension March 10.

  • Calabash commissioners OK sewer assessment

    CALABASH—Town commissioners on Tuesday night approved recommending a sewer assessment payback plan of “at least” 10 years.

    The recommendation will be forwarded to Brunswick County commissioners, who will make the ultimate decision on the period citizens will have to pay their individual sewer assessments.

    At present, options offered by the county are three-year, six-year, or a 10-year plan.

    Commissioner Emily DiStasio expressed concern.

  • Widow's Mite Experience helps women and children across the globe

    When a pastor at Highest Praise Worship Center urged his congregation to take a “corporate fast” and figure out what God’s purpose for their lives, Janet Baker and a group of woman all came to the same purpose.

    “We had just been called to help women and their children. We just had a real heart for that,” Baker said.

  • Planning board OKs outside storage request with conditions

    SHALLOTTE—Despite objections from a neighboring property owner, the town planning board has recommended allowing outdoor storage at a Main Street business as long the business owner meets town code requirements.

    During its regular meeting Tuesday night, the planning board heard from Super Sod owner Al Braden, who had received violation notices from the town for not replacing dead trees that were serving as landscape buffers and for storing rock for sale on pallets in violation of town ordinances.

  • Shallotte's August fire department report

    Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell has reported the department responded to 106 incidents in August, with an average response time of 3 minutes, 45 seconds.

    Calls included two building fires, one forest fire, 52 instances of assisting EMS with advanced life support, 30 responses for basic life support, seven motor vehicle accidents, one hazardous materials combustible liquid spill, one power line down, one electrical wiring problem, one biological hazard, one unauthorized burning, two service calls, four alarm malfunctions and three accidental alarm activations.

  • Awarded fire grant sparks debate in Shallotte

    Two years ago, the Shallotte Board of Aldermen instructed fire chief Paul Dunwell to apply for any and all available grants to keep the department moving forward.

    Last year, the board signed off on an application for a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Homeland Security division. The board approved another SAFER application this year.

    SAFER grants are available to departments to help them meet federal standards including a four-minute response time and four firefighters per shift.

  • Streets amendment raises concerns in Sandpiper Bay

    SUNSET BEACH—Several residents in newly annexed Sandpiper Bay had questions as town council approved a streets amendment Monday night.

    The amendment deletes an exception and requires roads in new subdivisions to meet town design standards. The measure was approved by the town planning board at its Aug. 14 meeting and forwarded to town council for consideration.

  • South Brunswick Cougars lose conference match to Pender

    The South Brunswick volleyball team lost two matches last week, the first a conference match Sept. 2 to Pender.

    Pender won the first game 25-12 and then won two competitive games 25-19 and 25-20.

    For South, the leader in points was Jenna Kazmierczak, who scored eight, with two aces. Christina Deveney, Brittany Spivey and Hannah Fullwood scored four points each.

    Kazmierczak also led in digs (25). Madison Walker had seven, Caitlin Bevill six, Christina Deveney five and Brittany Spivey four.

  • South tennis team stays unbeaten

    The South Brunswick girls tennis team opened its conference season by routing East Columbus 9-0.

    The Cougars, who completed a season sweep of West Brunswick with a 9-0 victory Aug. 25, are 5-0 for the season.

    “I knew East Columbus still had some strong players—their top three—from last year’s team,” South coach Debbie Adams said. “But my girls proved to be better.”

    At No. 1, Summer Phillips beat Valerie Edwards 6-3, 6-1.

  • West Brunswick defeats Myrtle Beach

    The West Brunswick girls tennis team split two conference matches, losing 8-0 to White Oak on Sept. 2 but beating Myrtle Beach 6-3 on Sept. 3. Aimee Rourk and Jordan Sanchez each won two matches.

    Below are the individual results in the victory over Myrtle Beach.

    Singles

    1. Amanda Silva v. Taylor Childress (L) 0-6,1-6.

    2. Becky Bennett v. Amanda Hill (W) 6-4, 6-2.

    3. Gabrial Sanders v. Sabrina Brown (L) 2-6, 2-6.

    4. Aimee Rourk v. Amanda Richards (W) 7-5, 6-4.

    5. Jordan Sanchez v. Syndney Orwig (W) 6-3, 7-5.