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  • No tax hike included in county budget

    BOLIVIA—With soaring gas prices and increased food costs, Brunswick County residents won’t have to worry about one increase this year—property tax rates.

    County commissioners on Monday night voted to leave the ad valorem tax rate at its current rate of 30.5 cents per $100 of valuation for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1.

    But the $224.6 million budget commissioners approved along with the tax rate doesn’t leave much wiggle room.

  • Commissioners approve county employee health insurance

    BOLIVIA—County employees won’t see monthly insurance premiums taken out of their paychecks but will feel the increased costs in their wallets.

    After weeks of pleas by county employees not to change their insurance coverage, county manager Marty Lawing presented commissioners with two insurance plans—with commissioners opting for the plan that changes employee coverage from 100 percent to a 90-10 percent cost-sharing plan.

  • Budget workshop, adoption meeting set for next week

    CALABASH—Commissioners will convene next week for a budget workshop and meeting to consider adoption of the town’s 2008-2009 fiscal budget, which takes effect July 1.

    Copies of the proposed $1,022,950 budget are available for public review at Calabash Town Hall on Persimmon Road.

    A budget workshop is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 24. A meeting to consider adoption of the budget is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, June 26.

    The town’s ad valorem tax rate is expected to remain at 7 cents per $100 of property valuation.

  • Local woman's granddaughter thinks she can dance

    CAROLINA SHORES—Don’t even think of trying to call Dolores Galiano on a Wednesday night—you won’t get through.

    She’ll be busy making call after call, voting to keep her granddaughter Courtney safe from elimination on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

    Galiano’s granddaughter, Courtney Galiano, 20, of New York, made it to the top 20 of the prime-time dance show, and will compete each week so long as she is not eliminated by public vote.

  • Carolina Shores' new budget includes alarms, speed devices

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners’ approval of the town’s $1,475,844 fiscal 2008-2009 budget June 3 included some tweaks.

    Among them is $16,000 earmarked for an alarm or siren system to alert residents in the event of emergencies.

    At a June 2 pre-agenda workshop, town commissioner Tom Puls said the alarms could be triggered by any weather emergency such as tornadoes.

    Funding could come from the town’s $50,000 reserve police fund, which “might never come to fruition,” he said.

  • Shallotte considers urban waterfront district for development

    SHALLOTTE—Although the town’s 10-year vision plan hasn’t been officially adopted yet, the planning board is looking into the feasibility of applying for state permits allowing the creation of an urban waterfront district.

    Obtaining the required permits from the N.C. Division of Coastal Management would require a lot of planning and paperwork, but Shallotte officials say it would be worth it. The planning board and board of aldermen will most likely be working on the permits for the next several months, said town administrator Paul Sabiston.

  • Shallotte approves budget that keeps same tax rate, increases water fees

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen have approved the town budget for fiscal year 2008-2009, holding the property tax rate at 27 cents per $100 valuation of property but increasing the water rates to keep up with the county’s increases and adopting a tiered water rate system.

    No town residents turned out for Tuesday night’s public hearing on the budget proposal, and town administrator Paul Sabiston explained the proposed budget to the board.

    The budget includes a 20.8 percent increase in tax valuation over the current year.

  • Builder has beef about Sunset Beach building department

    SUNSET BEACH—It was just a routine pier repair, or so Tommy Perry thought.

    When the longtime Oak Island dock builder went to the town of Sunset Beach to outline minor repairs he planned to make to an Intracoastal Waterway pier for a client on West Canal Drive, he was told his plans would have to be approved by a civil engineer.

    It was the first time in his 22 years of building docks with his father for American Fish Marine Construction and Boat Yard that Perry said he was required to obtain an engineer’s approval to do minor repairs on a privately owned pier.

  • Brunswick County players have good showing in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO—Brunswick County baseball players made a good impression during the State Games Thursday through Sunday in Greensboro.

    The four county players—Dakota Irwin of North Brunswick High School and Pat and Wally Kamfolt and Joshua Powell of West Brunswick High School—were part of the Region 2 team, which finished 2-2 in the eight-team tournament. And in the final game, a come-from-behind 6-5 victory on Sunday against Region 5, Pat Kamfolt drove in the tying run on a 3-2 count with one out in the final inning.

  • South Brunswick wins conference's Wachovia Cup

    CHAPEL HILL—South Brunswick High School has won the year-long Wachovia Conference Cup competition for the Waccamaw Conference.

    The Wachovia Conference Cup, sponsored annually by Wachovia Bank, N.A., and sanctioned by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, recognizes high school sports programs that achieve the best overall performance within their respective athletic conferences. Wachovia has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980.