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  • Land Trust completes Town Creek project

    The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, a nonprofit conservation organization, recently completed a project protecting more than 36 acres along Town Creek in Brunswick County.

    The Coastal Land Trust purchased a conservation agreement and development rights over the property, which is owned by the Witdoeckt family. Grants from the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund and from private donors Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stanback made the project possible.

  • County tax administrator's office wins award

    Brunswick County Tax Administration employees Renee Adams, Tom Bagby, Tom Davis, Ladoska Jones and Beverly Mercer have been recognized with a 2007-08 Ralph W. Ketner Employee Productivity Award from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners for development of a program that gets “up close and personal” with businesses to help them become compliant with tax laws.

  • Passengers rescued following charter boat fire

    CALABASH—Twenty-six people were rescued at sea last week following a fishing boat fire that destroyed and sank a Calabash charter boat.

    Men, women and children from several states were forced to don life jackets and jump ship after an engine fire ignited around 8:35 a.m. July 30 aboard “Miss Calabash II,” a 41-foot charter boat in the Calabash Fishing Fleet.

  • Carolina Shores tables code book help

    CAROLINA SHORES—Just who will assist the town with its code book revision is still up in the air.

    Tuesday, the town board of commissioners voted to table consideration of the matter because the town has not properly detailed what is needed.

    “Three different people talked with three different consultants and only did price quotes,” said town commissioner Joseph Przywara, who serves as liaison with the town planning and zoning board.

  • Dancer makes it into television program's final four

    CAROLINA SHORES—It all started with one dance audition in Charleston, S.C.

    From thousands of hopefuls to the top 20, Dolores Galiano’s granddaughter, Courtney Galiano, danced her way into the final four and will perform one last time on FOX’s reality show “So You Think You Can Dance” Wednesday night.

    Dolores and her husband Vincent took Courtney to the audition and have supported her every step of the way, calling in votes, sending encouraging text messages and even making the trip to Los Angeles for a live taping.

  • OIB Aviation celebrates grand opening

    Ocean Isle Beach Aviation is ready for takeoff. Its grand opening and ribbon cutting was celebrated Tuesday at the Odell Williamson Municipal Airport.

    Ocean Isle Beach Aviation is a fixed-base operation at the airport. David Hill of Jackson/Hill Aviation said the 10,000-square-foot state of the art facility is equipped with fax and Internet capability, rental car service, a 24-hour pilot’s lounge complete with showering facilities and the lowest fuel price in the county. The center provides hanger space available for rent and employs an in-house mechanic.

  • Construction begins on new shopping center

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Construction has begun on The Landing at Ocean Isle Beach Shopping Center, a project three and a half years in the making.

    Ground broke Thursday as Crescent Retail announced the start of construction on The Landing, a 65,000-square-foot shopping center at the corner of N.C. 179 and Ocean Isle Beach Road.

  • San Rio's Phase II requests pulled

    SHALLOTTE—A week after being accused of poor sediment and erosion control practices on their vacant land, developers of San Rio Ocean and River Club have withdrawn petitions to annex 78 acres for Phase II of the project.

    Wakefield Coastal’s Senior Vice President Jim Wiseman withdrew the requests, which had been pending for the past two months, during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s board of aldermen meeting.

  • Shallotte Point residents appeal judge's dismissal

    The Shallotte Point residents who sued the town over a rezoning in their neighborhood have appealed a judge’s recent dismissal of the suit, hoping the state court of appeals will reverse the decision.

    Husband and wife Chris Musi and Pam Sabalos, who live on Riverbend Drive, filed suit last year against the Town of Shallotte, claiming the town’s rezoning of land on the street for the proposed Holden’s Landing condominium project was “arbitrary” and amounted to illegal “spot zoning.”

  • Shallotte schedules hearing on vision plan, approves annexations

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen have set a public hearing and presentation on the town’s vision plan for the pre-agenda meeting Aug. 26.

    At Tuesday night’s town board meeting, the board of aldermen agreed to hear from consulting planner Allison Platt at the 5:15 p.m. pre-agenda meeting. Platt will give a final presentation on the 10-year vision plan and answer questions from the board and the public.

    At the regular board meeting the following week, aldermen will consider voting on the plan, according to town administrator Paul Sabiston.