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Today's News

  • Holden Beach commissioners approve budget amendments

    HOLDEN BEACH—Town commissioners on Tuesday approved three budget amendments including two amendments for the town hall and Jordan Boulevard projects.

    Board members approved realigning $30,000 from the town hall contingency fund to meet stormwater requirements for the town hall project.

    The stormwater requirements are a “must-do” for the completion of the town hall project, town manager David Hewett said.

    The $30,000 needed to satisfy the stormwater requirements “should do it,” Hewett said.

  • Town to take over Ocean Isle Beach fire department

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department will become a municipal department by July 1.

    Town commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday at their monthly meeting to make the department a municipal fire department. It will take over all assets and debts of the association.

    The board also voted to enter into a loan agreement with BB&T for $337,075 with an interest rate of 2.87 percent to finance the association’s outstanding debt.

    Commissioner Dean Walters said he was excited to see the town take this step.

  • Planning board recommends approval of Wisteria Place master plan

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended approving a master plan for a new, 89-unit development on Village Point Road. It also recommended denial of a rezoning request on the same road that would change the area from residential to multi-family, saying it goes against the town’s land-use plan.

    At Tuesday night’s meeting, the planning board heard an overview of the master plan for “Wisteria Place” from the developers and planners of the project.

  • Academy receives conditional use permit; board questions Walgreens

    SHALLOTTE—Town aldermen have approved a conditional use allowing The Academy of Coastal Carolina to continue to operate in Calvary Baptist Church.

    One of the administrators of the private Christian school, Terry Cox, came before the board at its meeting last Wednesday.

  • Sunset Beach gets ready to budget for upcoming fiscal year

    SUNSET BEACH—Read town administrator Gary Parker’s lips: no new tax increase is being projected for the town’s upcoming 2008-2009 fiscal year budget.

    The tax rate for the town’s proposed $5,785,436 fiscal 2008-2009 budget, in fact, is 9.5 cents per $100 of valuation, compared to the current 11.5 cents.

    That amount is expected to cover all of the town’s projected operating and maintenance expenses and capital expenditures while returning $200,000 to its fund balance.

  • It's refreshing to see Brunswick through newcomers' eyes

    I love the people and places of Brunswick County. As a relative newcomer myself, I’m just now getting the chance to give tours to family and friends around this place I call home.

    With great weather officially here and the ocean waters warmed up, I have a list of people who are salivating at the chance to come down and visit. I’d like to think the lure of my company is what brings them here, but in reality, I understand the chance for a getaway to warm weather, sandy beaches and the ocean probably beckons a bit more than my inability to cook.

  • If your goal is to have a college degree, don't put it off

    The girls wore white dresses under their Carolina blue gowns and gathered at the old well.

    They posed for photographs wearing mortarboards and offered each other congratulatory hugs, their families looking on.

    The young men stood near one of the residence halls. They wore dress shirts, slack and ties, and carried their gowns on racks over their shoulders. Their families followed behind.

    Two girls stood in the rose garden near the sundial. Mirror images of one another they stood in the light blue cap and gown with blonde hair blowing in the wind.

  • Community newspapers like ours are changing for the better

    The news business is evolving, and as it does, we plan to evolve with it.

    More and more people are turning to the Internet to get their news, and we’re committed to making up-the-minute news accessible to our readers on our Web site.

    You’ve probably noticed some of the many changes on our Web site in the past few months.

    The Web site has many new features, including a reader comments section, audio clips and comprehensive information on on-going stories.

    But the biggest change to the site is when we update it—when news breaks.

  • America is facing a leadership crisis

    America has come to a cross road in addressing its energy needs.

    Windmills, solar energy, hydrogen cells and corn-based fuels have been discussed as potential solutions to our energy needs.

    Environmentally friendly green energy resources are great but they offer no immediate solutions to America’s growing energy needs. The future has arrived. A failure to address the immediate energy needs of American will cause major problems.

  • Williams birth

    Allen and Lesley Williams of Holden Beach are the parents of a daughter, Ava Marie Williams, born at 9:48 a.m. April 10 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    She joins a sister, Aley, 17 months.

    Maternal grandparents are Lyn and Judy Holden of Holden Beach.

    Paternal grandparents are Fred and Eliza Williams of St. Pauls.

    Great-grandfather is Frederick Williams of Rex.