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  • Former sheriff's state charges still pending

    U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt made former sheriff Ronald Hewett listen to what the U.S. Attorney’s Office could prove he did “beyond a reasonable doubt,” before accepting Hewett’s plea agreement Monday morning.

    As Hewett sat stoically at the defendant’s table with his attorney, W. Douglas Parsons, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Duffy read the U.S. Attorney’s Office case against Hewett.

  • Annexation efforts moving more smoothly in Calabash

    CALABASH—Residents had more questions than complaints last month about the town’s plans to annex their neighborhoods along Beach Drive.

    Three weeks after a roomful of residents turned out April 29 to express reservations about the town’s plans to annex a 174.4-acre area between the Calabash River and Sunset Beach, residents were back, this time with more questions about what Calabash will provide.

    The 20-minute annexation hearing May 20 consisted of residents asking about a timeline and procedures for streets dedication to the town.

  • Search for new administrator continues in Calabash

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have taken no action on filling its open town administrator position.

    The town recently advertised the opening for the staff position that has been vacant since former town administrator Donna Prince was fired in February.

    Commissioners convened at a specially called session last Thursday afternoon, May 29, to discuss the matter in a closed executive session. No action was taken, interim town clerk Kelley Southward said.

  • Fees draw fire at Calabash meeting

    CALABASH—It took a tiebreaker vote for a Calabash Fire Department committee to approve maximum fees for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons and Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby voted against the fees, outlining before the vote their objections to an increase the department hasn’t seen for the last six years, except for population growth increments.

    Prior to the vote, Calabash Fire Chief Karl Bennett outlined departmental needs and expenses for which finances have not kept pace, he said.

  • Carolina Shores approves $27,000 for fire department

    CAROLINA SHORES—Following lengthy, at times heated, debate, a majority of Carolina Shores commissioners on Tuesday approved contributing $27,000 to the Calabash Fire Department for the next fiscal year.

    The board rejected an amendment by commissioner Joseph Przywara, who voted against the contribution, to delete the $27,000 earmarked for the fire department in the 2008-2009 budget.

    Przywara said he felt the contribution imposed an extra fire fee, since the fire fee committee last week approved maximum county fire fees for the department.

  • Bait boards recommended for Holden Beach fishing area

    HOLDEN BEACH—The Holden Beach Public Area Improvement Committee recommended the town install two bait boards on the pier in the public fishing area of Jordan Boulevard during its meeting Tuesday afternoon.

    The cutting boards will each have a hole in the center.

    “My husband is a fisherman, and he said, ‘Design two cutting boards with a hole in it so they can scrape bait scraps into the water,’“ said Carol Moneypenny, who co-chairs the committee.

  • Brunswick County native committed to helping and sharing gospel with prisoners

    SHALLOTTE—Joyce Gause of Shallotte has finally realized a near lifelong dream.

    The IRS recently approved her prison ministry, Evangelistic Outreach Ministries, to operate as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization.

    Since her call to prison ministry more than 12 years ago, Gause has prayed with, counseled, clothed and fed hundreds of inmates and former convicts, all from the goodness of heart and pocketbook.

  • Proposed budget includes water rate hike

    SHALLOTTE—The town administrator’s proposed 2008-2009 budget keeps the tax rate at 27 cents per $100 valuation of property and includes a 20.8 percent increase in tax valuation over the current year.

    The water rate is proposed to increase from $4.56 per 1,000 gallons to $4.69 per 1,000 gallons to cover the county’s .13 percent increase, according to the budget proposal presented last week by town administrator Paul Sabiston.

    The service charge will remain at $2 per month per customer.

  • DTV changeover addressed at Sunset Beach meeting

    SUNSET BEACH—Brunswick County is part of a local viewing area that will be switching over to digital TV transmission five months sooner than other parts of the country, an FCC representative told town council Monday night.

    While most of the country is transitioning next February, Brunswick County is part of a five-county test site in the southeastern corner of the state that will be changing over in September, said Jessica Przybyla of the Federal Communications Commission’s media bureau.

  • Special banquet celebrates softball season

    Dining on steak and shrimp at home plate, the West Brunswick High School softball team celebrated its 19-victory season May 29, a season coach Joe Noble said was special because of team unity. He gave them plaques with the inscription: Thanks for the teamwork, spirit and unity.

    “This was by far the best team the we’ve had as far as unity and playing together and playing as one,” he said.