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  • Resident says town was 'sneaky' about voting districts

    CAROLINA SHORES—A Village at Calabash resident claims the town has been less than open about a proposal to do away with the town’s two voting districts.

    Walter Goodenough said this week the town did not notify anyone about an April 16 meeting in which commissioners met briefly to approve a public hearing for 6 p.m. Monday, May 5, to consider the matter.

    He said commissioners also scheduled the public hearing on a night when the Village has its POA meeting.

  • Carolina Shores P&Z board to OK serving as board of adjustments

    CAROLINA SHORES—Planning and zoning board members have indicated they will approve serving a dual role as the town’s board of adjustments when the need arises.

    At the April 16 workshop, board member Jonathan Miner said he has a better understanding about what the six-member board is being asked to do.

    “At last month’s meeting, this issue was brought up at the workshop, and there was gross misunderstanding on our part about what was being requested,” Miner said.

  • Holden Beach man takes property value appeal to Raleigh--and wins

    A Holden Beach man, who appealed his property value and lost at the local level, has taken his appeal to the state and won.

    John Lennon, who owns a second-row home on Holden Beach, said his property value, valued during the 2007 countywide revaluation at $842,950, was too high.

    Lennon wrote an appeal letter to the Brunswick County Tax Department, arguing his property value was too high, but nothing changed. Then he went before the board of equalization and review, only to be denied a second time.

  • Bark at the Beach raises more than $11,000

    HOLDEN BEACH—The second annual Bark at the Beach raised more than $11,000 for Easter Seals and B.A.R.K.

    The March 29 doggie walk and contests raised $11,171 for Easter Seals and $593 for B.A.R.K., a group that promotes responsible pet ownership, educational programs and meals on wheels for pets in conjunction with Brunswick County Social Services.

    About 30 dogs and their owners turned out for the event, which involved a 2 to 3-mile walk down Brunswick Avenue. Afterward, several canine competitions took place under the Holden Beach high-rise bridge.

  • New water meters to ease workload in Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It takes five people and one week to walk house to house and read all the water meters in Ocean Isle Beach. It can take another week to manually enter the information into the computer’s system and billing program.

    New radio-read water meters being installed will only require one person and one day of work, officials claim.

  • HUD takes over Cardinal Pointe complaint investigation

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has assumed responsibility for investigating a Cardinal Pointe resident’s complaint of unfair treatment.

    Amy Bass, who has lived in the Shallotte apartment complex for three years, originally complained to the N.C. Human Relations Commission, which has waived its jurisdiction and “referred the case to HUD for processing and investigation,” according to a letter from HUD to U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre concerning the case.

    Bass said this week she is happy about the decision to pass the investigation on to HUD.

  • Piggly Wiggly store near Sunset Beach to close on Saturday

    SUNSET BEACH—Employees at the Piggly Wiggly store on N.C. 904 were surprised when store officials told them last week the store is closing at 5 p.m. this Saturday, April 26.

    Customers were equally dismayed upon hearing the news.

    “I’m very surprised, since they’ve only been here a short time,” said Sunset Beach resident Pam Groce, who sensed something was amiss when she saw empty shelves while shopping at the store Monday.

    “There was no milk, no bread, no meat,” Groce said.

  • Sunset Beach planning board scrutinizes town's parking ordinance

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has taken a closer look at the town’s parking ordinance. Some requirements seem out of sync with what is practical, officials say.

    Town building inspector Jeff Curtis cited current parking requirements for golf courses as an example at the April 17 workshop.

    Under the current ordinance, stipulations for golf courses are eight spaces per green and one per employee. Previously, he said, the requirement was only three.

    “That right there was a drastic increase,” he said.

  • Church briefs

    Sharon United Methodist Men will sponsor a fish fry from 4-7 p.m. April 26 at the church at 2030 Holden Beach Road.

    Cost is $6 per plate. Proceeds will benefit the church building fund.

    For more information, call the church office at 842-2929.

    Temple sets

    Passover services

    Temple Emanu-El has announced its Passover schedule of services:

    7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25; 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 26; Yizkor service will be from 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, April 27.

    Holocaust Memorial Day observances

  • Jackie Henson

    Jackie Holmes Henson, 71, of Shallotte, died April 22, 2008 in Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Mr. Henson was born in Wilmington on Feb. 2, 1937 to the late Hoyle Jackson and Annie Layton (Mae) Holmes Henson.

    He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and infant son, Eric Samuel.