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  • 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.

  • All-County track team selected

    Shawn Sanders of North Brunswick, who won four events at the county track meet, is the Male Track Athlete of the Year.

    Suzanne Costello of South Brunswick, the top distance runner in the county, is the Female Track Athlete of the Year.

    The team was picked by the sports staffs of The Brunswick Beacon and The State Port Pilot from nominations by the coaches at the three county high sachools.

    Members of the All-County Track team are below.

    ALL-COUNTY BOYS TRACK

    Shawn Sanders of North Brunswick is the Track Athlete of the Year.

  • Trojans defeat Whiteville, Hampstead in Legion play

    The Southwest Trojans improved to 8-2 in Junior American Legion baseball by beating Whiteville 11-1 in six innings Monday night. Last week, the Trojans lost 6-5 to New Hanover and routed Hampstead 17-5.

    Below are summaries of the games.

    TROJANS 11

    WHITEVILLE 1

    The Trojans showed some good defense in the early innings of the victory.

  • Post 68 improves to 10-0

    When Ryan Hill led off the game with a home run, it was a sign of things to come as Post 68 routed Hampstead 17-2 in an American Legion baseball game Monday.

    The victory at Hampstead—whose high school varsity finished second in the Class A state championship series—kept the Brunswick County team unbeaten (10-0).

    Hill finished 4-for-5 with a double and the home run. Two other Post 68 players also homered. Elliot Swain hit a grand slam. Ben Maggard hit a three-run home run.

  • Shrimp boat sinks, spills fuel in Varnamtown

    VARNAMTOWN—An old shrimp boat sank in this Brunswick County seafood town last week, spilling fuel into the Lockwood Folly River that required cleanup and a likely citation by the U.S. Coast Guard.

    The 70-foot-long boat, Second Joy, sank last Wednesday night, boat owner Albert Stanley said.

    “I wasn’t expecting it,” Stanley said as he waited out the cleanup with a few other residents Monday inside Robinson’s Seafood near the dock where his boat tipped over on its port side toward the channel.