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  • Board of adjustments talk tabled in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town planning and zoning board has tabled discussion about how to best compose the town board of adjustments.

    Town commissioners have asked P&Z members to serve a dual role as the board of adjustments, but concerns were discussed at the March 19 workshop.

    Members Jim Parsch, John Miner, Ruth Martin and Jim Mokrycki initially agreed the board of adjustments should be a separate entity.

    Parsch said it was his understanding the board of adjustments would review matters that had already been addressed by the P&Z board.

  • Former planning and zoning chairman dies

    CAROLINA SHORES—Ed Gillin, former chairman of the town planning and zoning board, died last Saturday at the age of 81.

    Tribute to Gillin was paid this week by colleagues who recalled his years of service for the town dating back to when it was still merged with the neighboring town of Calabash.

    “We have lost a very dear member of our community,” said former town commissioner Kathryn Powell, speaking at Monday’s meeting of the town planning and zoning board on which she presently serves.

  • Holden Beach commissioners mull committees, talk about appointments and terms of service

    HOLDEN BEACH—Terms of service, appointments and the purpose of non-mandated committees were tossed around Tuesday night by town commissioners.

    Commissioners discussed a draft resolution defining four existing non-mandated town committees and one proposed committee.

    Commissioners Don Glander and Ray Lehr were charged with mulling the various committees’ purpose, its members’ appointments and terms of service, and with drafting a resolution for the board’s discussion of these committees.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners get update on ongoing projects

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners has received updates on some of the town’s current and upcoming projects.

    The updates came at its board retreat meeting last week.

    Canal dredging

    The board received an update on the natural canal-dredging project, which is scheduled for a March 31 completion date.

  • Shallotte adopts sewer transmission fee policy, discusses San Rio agreement

    SHALLOTTE—The town has a new sewer transmission fee policy in place, developed after disagreements with developers over the previous policy resulted in a need for compromise.

    At Tuesday’s pre-agenda meeting, Shallotte aldermen unanimously approved a policy requiring developers to pay $60,000 for 60 units at the time they request preliminary plat approval and another $60,000 when they start the next phase. The developer has five years to pay the full amount.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council gets focused on future; looks to next budget

    SUNSET BEACH—A new boat ramp and bridge, bike and pedestrian trails and road improvements are at the top of town council’s planning list.

    Following an executive session at a March 19 day-long planning retreat at Sea Trail, Mayor Ron Klein announced council has authorized town administrator Gary Parker to negotiate possible purchase of a 1.2-acre tract on Sunset Boulevard for a public boat ramp. The site is next to the Intracoastal Waterway, across the street from Twin Lakes Seafood Restaurant.

  • No-shows at land use open house in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—No citizens showed up for an open house to review the town land use plan last Thursday morning, March 20.

    The planning and zoning board session, which lasted about 15 minutes, was scheduled to offer the public a chance to view the town’s draft of its updated CAMA land use plan.

    Penny Tysinger, town planning consultant with the Cape Fear Council of Governments, said the no-show could be a good sign indicating citizens have no more questions following a succession of meetings over the past two years.

  • Josh Johnson makes a comeback, recovers from injury

    His life changed in an instant.

    Josh Johnson went from being the fastest guy in town, to the guy in a cast, to the guy making a comeback.

    It was not how the only Trojan who went to last year’s track and field state championships would have scripted it.

    But Johnson broke the tibia on his left leg in a flag football game in Shallotte Park during Christmas vacation. On the first kickoff, he caught the ball and tried to cut between two defenders.

  • Southpaw propels Trojans to 5-0 triumph

    SHALLOTTE—Ethan Cox’s arm was “on” from the get-go, and the left-hander led West Brunswick to a 5-0 win over North Brunswick Friday night.

    The victory sent the Trojans into the championship game of the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational Baseball Tournament.

    “A 3-hit shutout with 10 Ks is a good day’s work,” said a beaming West coach Mike Alderson.

    Cox got stronger as the game went on, recording eight of his 10 strikeouts in the last four innings.

  • Ashley slips past West Brunswick 5-4 in tennis

    West Brunswick’s tennis match against Ashley last Wednesday was a contact-lens wearer’s worst nightmare, and it wasn’t any fun for the Trojans and Eagles with 20-20 vision either.

    Winds were sustained at 16 to 20 mph with gusts up to 36 mph, and they changed directions as a storm approached.

    Ashley nipped West Brunswick 5-4 in a contest ultimately decided by the last doubles match.

    Manu Jarvis and Devon McDaniel defeated Jack Donohue and Chandler Inions 8-0 to give the Eagles the edge.