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Today's News

  • Cutbacks foreseen in Calabash's next budget year

    CALABASH—“Lean year,” “bootstraps,” “economize” and “shortfall” were among terms bandied about by town commissioners at an April 2 workshop to discuss the proposed 2009-2010 budget.

    “Last year was a lean year, and I think we’re going to have another lean year,” said mayor pro tem Forrest King, who serves as finance officer for the town board, advising they’re going to have to “pull bootstraps and cut out some of the ridin’.”

  • Carolina Shores mayor: I won't step down

    CAROLINA SHORES—Mayor Stephen Selby recently told a number of people he intended to step down in the wake of “discord and disharmony” at town hall.

    “This was my intention up until a few days ago,” Selby said, reading from a prepared statement at the monthly Carolina Shores commissioners meeting Tuesday. “However, I was elected by the people to change the past reputation of this town into one that would encourage folks to move here and enjoy the great place we have here in Carolina Shores.”

  • Sheriff's office to host weekly senior citizens' academy

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is gearing up for its newest community-based initiative, a senior citizens’ academy.

    Crime prevention officer Sgt. Todd Coring said the eight-week senior citizens’ academy, which will be 9-11 a.m. every Tuesday at Shallotte Town Hall, is slated to kick off Tuesday, April 14. The 16-hour course is free and open to the public, and there is no application process, Coring said.

  • Sewer plan in Sunset Beach may have financial downside

    SUNSET BEACH—Petitions endorsing a 30-year sewer payback plan have more than met their mark, but now there’s a downside to consider.

    Island resident Carol Scott, who initiated the effort in March, said this week she and her team of volunteers have received petitions from 75.8 percent of property owners representing 75.2 percent of land parcels value in the assessment district.

    “As you know, a month ago you all voted to finance a mailing drive with your blessing,” Scott said, speaking Monday night to Sunset Beach Town Council members.

  • Dog adoptions still suspended at shelter

    The Brunswick County Animal Shelter continues to suspend dog adoptions until cases of distemper have been eliminated.

    David Stanley, director of environmental services for the Brunswick County Health Department, said four dogs were brought to the shelter Monday, one of which was showing symptoms of illness.

    The illness did not involve respiratory problems that are usually symptoms of distemper.

    “We didn’t see that with this particular dog,” Stanley said, adding, “Dogs are just like people,” with varying symptoms.

  • Halushki is 'coal food' to immigrants from western Pennsylvania

    My aunt and uncle were from Beaver Falls in western Pennsylvania, which is about 20 miles from Pittsburgh. We always enjoyed going there, especially when Aunt Jeanne was going to have some “halushki.”

  • A time for taxes

    Tax Ladies preparer Judy Galloway talks taxes on Tuesday with Tommy Helms of Ocean Isle Beach while business founder Diana White stands in the background. The office on Holden Beach Road has been busy with clients coming in to have their returns prepared before tax deadline April 15.

     

  • Garden observations: Spring is the most colorful time of the year in the garden

    Spring is our most colorful time of year in the garden. Camellias are finishing up just in time to let flowering dogwoods and azaleas take center stage.

    In the midst of all of this beauty, here are a few of my garden observations about all of the beauty and some potential disease problems.

  • Get out your shovel--there are plenty of gardening chores to do in April

    Spring has arrived and people are in a hurry to spruce up their yards. There are a few things that need more time to pass before doing. Hopefully, the pine pollen problem will be ending as you read this.

  • Calabash commissioners debate UDO on next agenda

    CALABASH—Over objections, the town’s proposed Unified Development Ordinance is supposed to be on the town’s next meeting agenda next Tuesday, April 14.

    Town commissioner Emily DiStasio said at an agenda workshop Tuesday she would like to see the UDO brought to a vote since a good amount of time has already been spent working on it.

    “I feel like we should go ahead and vote on it,” she said.