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  • Calabash mayor makes plea for county fire assistance

    CALABASH—Mayor Anthony Clemmons has written a letter requesting Brunswick County’s direct involvement in discussions about the future of the Calabash Fire Department.

    In the letter dated Aug. 13 to Brunswick County Commissioner Bill Sue, Clemmons cites only three of six options he would like the county to actively explore.

  • Residents get on board with public transportation

    Having access to public transportation is more than just a convenience for Joyce Marlowe of Ash—it’s a necessity.

    Diagnosed with severe fibromyalgia in 1997, Marlowe sees a chiropractor twice a week and her regular physician about once a month. Like everyone else, she also has regular errands to run and other appointments to meet. Unlike everyone else, her illness leaves her unable to drive.

  • County, city tax bills joined for 13 towns

    Brunswick County taxpayers should begin receiving their tax bills Saturday.

    But for residents of nine municipalities, there’s a slight change in their bills.

    Residents of Belville, Boiling Spring Lakes, Bolivia, Carolina Shores, Leland, Northwest, Shallotte, Sunset Beach and Bald Head Island will receive only one tax bill this year, with both the county and the town taxes together on one bill.

  • Doberman owners vow to fight Brunswick County's dangerous dog ruling

    BOLIVIA—Over protests, a county committee upheld a dangerous dog designation for two Doberman pinschers a resident said threatened her in June.

    The decision came Monday during an appeals hearing before the environmental health committee of the Brunswick County Board of Health.

    Thirty people, many of them sporting paper buttons reading, “Free Teddy & Nina” with photos of the rescued dogs, turned out in support of the dogs and their owners, Larry Kirby and Diane Robinson of Bald Head Island.

  • Brunswick County now authorized to accept passport applications

    The Brunswick County Register of Deeds Office is now authorized to accept U.S. passport applications in Brunswick County.

    During September, the office has been authorized by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs Passport Services, to provide an outreach program within Brunswick County.

    Citizens who wish to apply may do so from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 3 at Sunset Beach Town Hall and 1-3 p.m. Sept. 3 at Carolina Shores Town Hall.

  • Devaun Park annexation approved in Calabash

    CALABASH—The seafood capital is growing even larger with an annexation approved Tuesday night.

    Commissioners unanimously approved the voluntary annexation of 15 acres of Devaun Park subdivision off Beach Drive and along the Calabash River. They also agreed to the approval of an annexation map and ordinance effective Aug. 13.

    Devaun Park developer Scott Stewart noted the annexation has been a long time coming and that he looked forward to it.

    In other business:

  • Interim fire chief taking helm in Calabash

    CALABASH—Calabash Fire Department has a new interim chief.

    Carl Naecker, a retired fire chief from Maryland who has recently served on the Calabash Fire Department board, officially took the helm Aug. 1.

    “Right now it’s interim, for six months,” Naecker said Monday as he and outgoing chief Karl Bennett convened to go over departmental business at the main fire station on Persimmon Road.

  • Tree ordinance upheld in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town recently received a magistrate’s approval to collect a fine for violation of its tree ordinance.

    Town commissioner Gere Dale said the decision followed a small claims judgment in March that found defendant Bill E. Lane in the wrong for violating the town’s tree ordinance.

    According to the complaint, the town’s building inspection department noticed construction activity had occurred at the site, at 9351 Ocean Highway West, while inspecting an adjacent subdivision in July 2007.

  • Holden Beach approves $184,000 more for new Emergency Operations Center

    Tuesday night, Holden Beach Commissioners approved, by a 3-1 vote, spending an additional $184,000 to finish the new Emergency Operations Center.

    The money the previous town board had allocated for the project was just for the shell of the building and did not address paying for furnishings, communications or parking, current commissioners said Tuesday.

    Commissioner Gary Staley, who was also on the previous board, questioned why the on-site wastewater facility tab had gone from $6,000 to $50,000.

  • Town considers amendment to flood damage prevention ordinance

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A proposed resolution to Ocean Isle Beach’s flood damage prevention ordinance may make it easier for homeowners to make additions or changes to their homes.

    According to Justin Whiteside, planning director, the current ordinance prohibits homes built after 1972 from constructing additions less than 50 percent of the value of the existing structure without making the addition comply with the current flood elevations. In some cases that could be as much as 7 feet higher than the existing structure.