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  • VIDEO INCLUDED Outgoing board member cites mayor's meeting prayers in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioner Gere Dale last week took issue with prayers Mayor Stephen Selby regularly says at town meetings.

    Meanwhile, the Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores continued to ask questions about contracts approved for town administrator Linda Herncane and assistant administrator Amanda Chestnut.

    The contracts were ratified by the board at the Nov. 5 meeting.

  • Developer shushed at Calabash meeting

    CALABASH—Jim Myers waited for the duration of Tuesday night’s town commissioners’ meeting to speak, once again, about Shallotte Partners’ proposed multi-family and commercial development on the east end of town.

    It’s a scenario the developer of the planned Calabash Town Center at the corner of Old Georgetown and Clariday roads has gone through repeatedly for the past year with both this board and the town planning and zoning board.

  • Will R.C. Soles Jr. serve another term?

    With criminal investigations and some unsavory allegations swirling around him, state Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. has begun to consider not serving a 22nd term in the North Carolina legislature.

    He has not decided against seeking an 18th term in the North Carolina Senate in 2010.

    “My plans are to run again, and if it were today, I would file,” Soles said Tuesday.

  • Town talks about out-of-control vegetation ordinance

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—An amendment to the town’s noxious vegetation ordinance raised questions among some commissioners Tuesday morning at the Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners’ monthly meeting.

    “We did work on this ordinance last month, and the town attorney has requested an additional clarification in regards to the definition,” Daisy Ivey, town administrator, said.

  • Altered plans get informal approval from Sunset Beach Planning Board

    SUNSET BEACH—A developer got an informal go-ahead last week to convert 28 planned townhouses into 19 single-family homesites instead.

    David Wilkes of Dock Street Communities distributed handouts showing altered plans for Seaside Village.

    He noted construction started in 2006 near Ingram Planetarium. Of 55 current standing townhomes, he said all but six sold.

    With changes in the real estate market, “we’re trying to adapt as quickly as possible,” Wilkes said at the Nov. 5 town planning board meeting.

  • Groundbreaking launches sewer project in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The town’s new sewer project officially launched Friday with a groundbreaking on the Sunset Beach mainland.

    Town and county officials took part in the ceremony at the corner of Oyster Pointe and Oyster Bay drives.

    That was the site chosen for the groundbreaking, but it’s not necessarily where the actual digging will begin, Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker said this week.

    A contractor at a pre-construction meeting Friday said he isn’t sure where the project will start.

  • Family of parasail accident victim files response to 'limit of liability' claim

    Representatives of the estate of one of two women who died in a parasailing accident on Ocean Isle Beach in August have filed a claim in U.S. District Court. They are seeking damages against the parasail business owners beyond the $100,000 limitation the owners have requested.

    On Nov. 3, David Woodcock, administrator of the estate of Cynthia Diane Collins Woodcock, answered the previous limitation of liability action filed by Ocean Isle Beach Watersports, owner of the boat Tied High and the parasailing equipment, and N.C. Watersports, which leases the equipment.

  • Leland pastor charged with attempted rape, sex offenses on child

    While detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Crimes Unit were investigating claims a Leland man sexually abused a child, he was serving as a pastor at Olive Branch Church.

    Detectives didn’t know whether he still served as a pastor since his arrest Nov. 3, but James T. Johnson, 45, of 9120 Green Loop Road, Leland, has been charged with attempted first-degree rape of a child, two counts of first-degree sexual offense of a child and three counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to detective Candi West.

  • Commissioners OK temporary impact fee deferment

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners at their Nov. 2 meeting approved an interim deferment of water and sewer capital recovery and transmission recovery fees until a certificate of occupancy is issued.

    County manager Marty Lawing said the fee deferment was “in the name of stimulating the economy,” which he said would create more jobs and get people back to work.

  • Progress Energy selected for $200 million Smart Grid grant

    The U.S. Department of Energy has accepted Progress Energy’s $200 million Smart Grid grant application, as part of the federal stimulus package.

    The $200 million grant application proposes to use grant funds, combined with $320 million in matching dollars from Progress Energy, for several system and equipment upgrades in the Carolinas and Florida.

    The goal is to control voltage levels and facilitate a more efficient flow of electricity across power lines, according to a news release.