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  • Child Abuse Prevention Month shines light on Brunswick's statistics

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and although agencies like Brunswick County Smart Start are working to ensure people know what to do to prevent abuse, the numbers of reported cases are rising each year.

    Before the month began, Smart Start employees placed blue ribbons on trees planted on the Brunswick County Courthouse grounds in 2004 in memory of children in North Carolina who died as a result of abuse in 2002.

  • What can Brunswick County do to encourage entrepreneurs?

    Brunswick County’s business and economic development leaders learned at last week’s entrepreneurial conference that nurturing small business owners is a key to a vital economy.

    So what can they do to encourage business start-ups as well as support existing businesses?

    “Entrepreneurs are like fish: If you box them in, they won’t grow. They need support,” said Leslie Scott of the Rural Economic Development Center at the conference.

  • Democratic Party to nominate sheriff May 10

    The 30-day clock to appoint a new sheriff began ticking last Tuesday when former sheriff Ronald Hewett resigned.

    Members of the Brunswick County Democratic Party Executive Committee are set to cast their ballots May 10 for the county’s next sheriff.

    The group will meet at 10 a.m. at the party headquarters, Old Ocean Highway, between Supply and Bolivia.

    County commissioners will then appoint the Democrat’s nominee as sheriff.

    Since Hewett’s suspension March 27, county coroner Greg White has been serving as sheriff, per state law.

  • Commissioner walks out of fire department meeting

    CALABASH—The board chairman of the local fire department says he was surprised when Calabash commissioner Cecelia Herman walked out of an April 15 meeting.

    But Herman said she was tired of an hour-long grilling by board members about why her town is questioning finances and has not committed to a budgetary donation to the Calabash Fire Department for the upcoming fiscal year.

  • 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.