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  • 'Creative' signage could become law in Calabash

    CALABASH—A proposed text amendment allowing for “creative” signs in the commercial area will soon get closer review by the town planning and zoning board.

    The decision came following a two-and-a-half-hour-long joint workshop Monday attended by town commissioners and the planning and zoning board.

    Town commissioner Forrest King proposed “creative signs” text that he said could be implemented as an exception to the town ordinance prohibiting animated signs.

  • Carolina Shores P&Z gets help for UDO update

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town has begun working with a state consultant to continue updating its Unified Development Ordinance.

    Shanelle Bullock, community development planner with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, was introduced at the town planning and zoning board workshop Feb. 16.

    “It’s been a team effort to get to this point,” said new town administrator Mike Hargett, who will serve as acting chairman of the board until a new one is appointed. “Shanelle is going to help till we get to the finish line.”

  • 'No parking' approved for most Sunset Beach island streets

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council will be putting the brakes on parking on most portions of town-owned streets on the island.

    Approval of the measure came at a specially called meeting Feb. 18 after council and town parking committee members took a tour of the island aboard a Sea Trail shuttle bus for slightly more than an hour.

    Council took no action on other recommendations by a town-appointed committee, including an idea to implement a permit system that would charge visitors but allow residents to park for free.

  • Public, Warren spar over Warren’s service on DSS board

    BOLIVIA—The public-comment portion of Monday night’s county commissioners meeting quickly turned into a debate between members of the public and commissioner Charles Warren.

    Brunswick County resident Pat Sykes told Warren he should make a choice—either step down from the DSS board or step down as a county commissioner.

    “As public officials you have been charged with upholding the trust of the citizens of this county and obeying the law,” Sykes said.

  • Commissioners to ask General Assembly for authority to levy recycling fee

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have approved a resolution asking members of the local General Assembly delegation to give commissioners authority to levy a fee for countywide recycling.

    Steve Stone, assistant county manager, said North Carolina law allows municipalities to levy a solid waste or recycling fee, but not counties.

    For the county to implement countywide curbside recycling, a local bill would have to be approved in the general assembly giving the county the authority to do so.

  • Stone Chimney Road re-opening postponed until March 31

    SUPPLY—According to North Carolina Department of Transportation, Stone Chimney Road is expected to re-open for traffic March 31.

    The road was closed for repair to three bridges in August, and work was originally scheduled to be completed by Nov. 29, 2010.

    But in December it was announced the road would remain closed for a total 195 days, rather than the previously estimated 120 days.

    Most recently, it was announced the road would re-open for traffic Feb. 16.

  • Brunswick County VA Outreach Clinic to open by spring/summer 2011

    The good news is Brunswick County’s Veterans Affairs Community Outreach Clinic is set to open by late spring or early summer.

    The bad news is Brunswick County Veterans Services Director Anita Hartsell said she’s received no word on where the clinic will be.

    While progress is being made on bringing the much-needed clinic to a county with an estimated 15,000 veterans living in it, Hartsell has been left in the dark on many of the details about the clinic, most notably its location.

  • County tax base sees 28 percent dip in values

    BOLIVIA—The 2011 countywide property revaluation is in the home stretch, and property owners are expected to receive their property values in the coming weeks.

    Brunswick County’s preliminary tax base is valued at $24 billion, down some $9.5 billion from the current fiscal year’s tax value of $33.6 billion.

    Properties hit the hardest in this year’s tax revaluation were vacant land and properties closest to Brunswick County’s oceanfront and waterways.

  • DSS board members to begin interviewing director candidates

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services have begun to review applications for the department’s next director.

    Since board members voted to fire longtime DSS director Jamie Orrock in October, Neil Walters has been serving as interim DSS director, overseeing day-to-day operations of the department as well as reviewing candidates with board members.

    Last Wednesday, Feb. 16, board members called a special meeting to go into closed session to review applications.

  • Fifth annual Brunswick Beacon Health Expo set to unfold Feb. 26

    SHALLOTTE—The Brunswick Beacon is hosting the fifth annual Health Expo on Saturday, Feb. 26.

    The health expo, set to unfold from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Brunswick High School, is free and open to the public.

    Christy Williamson, Brunswick Beacon advertising sales representative, said the Beacon has been sponsoring the event for the past five years because there was a need in the community.

    Each year, the event continues to increase in size, Williamson said. Last year’s health expo drew a crowd of more than 600 people.