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  • Nonprofit secures $45,000 grant for Shallotte, Supply, Holden Beach cats

    Thanks to the efforts of local nonprofit Paws-Ability in conjunction with fellow nonprofit PetSmart Charities, a $45,000 grant to assist with cat spaying and neutering has been granted for Shallotte and Supply.

  • Birthday boy brings pet food 'presents' to animal shelter

    SUPPLY — Matthew Slaughter wanted to celebrate his ninth birthday June 18 by feeding homeless animals.

    That’s just what he did, requesting pet food in lieu of presents at his birthday party the following Saturday.

    Two days later, on the afternoon of June 23, Matthew and his family brought seven big bags of dog and cat food collected at his birthday party to donate to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services.

    This isn’t the first time for Matthew to help the animals.

  • Despite call for continued review, Holden Beach board approves budget

    HOLDEN BEACH – Holden Beach board members approved the 2014-15 budget despite two commissioners’ concerns that they didn’t put enough time into their review.

    At the start of the June 10 meeting, Commissioner Sheila Young made a motion to remove the budget vote from the agenda.

    “I’m not prepared to vote on this yet,”

    “We have not spent enough time to vote on so thorough a task.”

  • Mayors group calls for second sales tax referendum

    Several mayors are encouraging Brunswick County commissioners to keep the quarter-cent sales tax proposal alive.

    Mayors from 14 of the county’s 19 towns added their names to a letter sent to county officials calling for a second referendum on the sales tax increase to pay for school and beach projects.

    The mayors want the referendum added to the November general election ballot with more effort to sway voters to fund the beach and school needs with the tax shared by residents and visitors to Brunswick County.

  • Shallotte holds second public input session for park

     SHALLOTTE — For the second time in three weeks, town officials wanted to hear what the public thinks about a proposed new park.

    They liked what they heard as Shallotte residents piled in the town council chambers and supported officials’ plans to move forward with the 10-acre Mulberry Street Park.

    Mayor Walt Eccard reminded those in attendance that taxes would not be raised to help pay for the park.

  • Shallotte approves 2014-15 budget

     SHALLOTTE — The Shallotte Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the 2014-15 fiscal year budget at a workshop Wednesday, June 18.

    The board and Mayor Walt Eccard praised town administrator Albert Hughes and finance director Mimi Gaither for their hard work in presenting a balanced budget.

    “Your hard work with our budget has made our vision of the (Mulberry Street) park possible,” Eccard said.

    Budget highlights in the general fund:

  • Controlled burn tests firefighters’ mettle on hot day

     SHALLOTTE — Emergency personnel were on hand to test the vital signs of the firefighters brave enough to step inside a burning house Saturday, June 21, in Shallotte.

    On a day where temperatures reached into the mid-90s, the Shallotte Fire Department, along with various agencies from across the county, conducted a controlled burn on Wall Street off of Main Street in Shallotte.

  • Civietown VFD receives $75,000 from Homeland Security

     The Civietown Volunteer Fire Department has received more than $75,000 in federal funds.

    The $75,520 total comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency through its competitive Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

    Congressman Mike McIntyre announced June 19 the Civietown Volunteer Fire Department has received $75,520 in federal funds for operations and safety improvements.

  • Tourist boy makes Father’s Day special

     HOLDEN BEACH — “I’m Carter Hemric, I’m 7 years old, and I wanted to wish you a happy Father’s Day.”

    That was the message the boy from Mount Airy had for fathers up and down the streets of Holden Beach last Sunday.

    Not only did he wish eight dads a special day, he made a card to accompany his well wishes.

  • Trustees vote to put new roof on Southport BCC campus

     SUPPLY — To demolish or not to demolish, that was the question that perplexed members of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees on Friday, June 20, during their budget retreat and monthly board meeting in Supply.

    Eventually, the trustees voted to put a new roof over the college’s Southport campus instead of demolishing a large portion of the building that was originally suggested by trustee Bobby Long.