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  • Candidate filings open for 2008 election

    Candidate filings have opened for the November 2008 election. Candidate filing opened at noon Monday, Feb. 11, and will close at noon Friday, Feb. 29.

    At press time Tuesday, the following candidates filed for office:

    N.C. State Senate

    •R.C. Soles Jr. (incumbent), Democrat, Tabor City

    •Bettie Fennell, Republican, Rocky Point

    N.C. House of Representatives

    (District 20)

    •Dewey L. Hill (incumbent), Democrat, Lake Waccamaw

    County Commissioner (District 3)

    •May Moore (incumbent), Democrat, Oak Island

  • Northwest says not to landfill

    NORTHWEST—The town board voted 3-2 Monday night not to annex or rezone a 300-acre tract in northern Brunswick County that a company wanted to use for a construction and demolition landfill.

    The proposed construction and demolition landfill would have been used for demolished homes and construction debris including wood, glass or shingles, according to the project management team.

  • Board members approve special exception, rezonings

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board at the regular meeting Monday night, heard the following items:

    •Board members recommended rezoning several parcels that were tabled at the board’s Jan. 14 meeting. The five parcels board members recommend rezoning to low-density residential from commercial low density total 33 acres on Benton Road in Supply.

  • Calabash commissioners approve rezoning

    CALABASH—After much debate Tuesday, commissioners approved rezoning property off Persimmon Road from agriculture to residential.

    The 11.55-acre parcel was recommended for rezoning by the town planning and zoning board to residential (R-6), which requires a minimum 6,000-square-foot lot. Mayor Anthony Clemmons said the issue has to do with “family transfer of land.”

    Town building inspector Stanley Dills said pending subdivision changes could perhaps make R-6 detrimental based on the 25 percent impervious surface calculation.

  • Mayor appoints security advisory committee

    CAROLINA SHORES—A new eight-member security advisory committee has been formed to address protection of life and property in the town.

    Carolina Shores Mayor Steve Selby said the committee he appointed consists of six retired law enforcement residents, including himself, who have more than 100 years of combined law enforcement experience.

  • Commissioner hear public comments on future Shallotte Point expansion

    HOLDEN BEACH—Town commissioners on Tuesday had a public hearing seeking input for an ordinance to establish an annexation agreement between Holden Beach and the towns of Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach.

    After outlining the current town limits to the public, Mayor Alan Holden said the agreement was for the town of Shallotte to incorporate any of the areas toward the Intracoastal Waterway, Holden Beach and Ocean Isle Beach along the Shallotte River.

    “Shallotte is moving its boundaries closer to us, Holden Beach, and closer to Ocean Isle,” Holden said.

  • Town recognizes Dycus at meeting

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department is exploring the possibility of becoming a municipal fire department.

    At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the town board of commissioners voted to hire a consultant to come in, inspect the fire department, personnel and equipment, and further explain to the department and the city the process of becoming a municipal fire department.

  • Lottery hits in Brunswick County

    More than $450,000 has been won in lottery tickets sold in Brunswick County.

    Bobbie Brooke Williamson of Ocean Isle Beach won $200,000 in the Feb. 6 Powerball drawing, according to a press release from the North Carolina Educational Lottery.

    Williamson purchased the ticket on Feb. 6 at the Minuteman Food Mart in Ocean Isle Beach, said the store’s manager, Janice Robinson.

    Williamson could not be reached for comment.

  • Fire victims' autopsy results in; high blood alcohol levels noted

    Autopsy reports for the seven college students killed in the Ocean Isle Beach are complete.

    The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill completed the final autopsy late last month. Justin Michael Anderson, 19, died of “carbon monoxide poisoning secondary to smoke inhalation,” his autopsy report states.

    Dr. Steven D. Dubner and Dr. John D. Butts, chief medical examiner, noted Anderson had an ethanol concentration of 290 mg/dl, or a blood alcohol concentration of .29.

  • Shallotte planning board grapples with land use plan discrepancies

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended approval of several rezonings that aren’t technically compatible with the recently approved land use plan.

    Board members say that plan is in need of some changes.

    At Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, the board approved rezoning two acres at 1290 Whiteville Road from light industrial to highway business.