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  • 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.

  • Trojans breeze by Patriots in playoff game

    SHALLOTTE—Warning: Objects in strike zone may appear bigger than they really are.

    After West Brunswick’s baseball team walloped West Carteret 10-2 in a state playoff game Friday night, Trojan coach Mike Alderson said, “It looks like a softball to them now.”

    The Trojans pounded the baseball for 10 hits, including two each by Ryan Hill, Logan Tripp and Josh Powell.

    “We’ve been coming out of the gate really fired up,” said Powell, who batted in three runs.

    His first RBI came in the first inning.

  • Four Trojans qualify for state track meet

    Four West Brunswick track athletes performed well enough at the 3A Eastern Track Regionals to qualify for the 3A State Track and Field Meet Friday at North Carolina A&T State University.

    “We are really excited for our young people who qualified for the state championship meet this Friday in Greensboro,” West Brunswick head track coach Yogi Hickman said.

    “They have worked really hard and have improved their times throughout the season, and now they have a legitimate chance for a medal at the state meet.”

  • North's Balloon wins state championship in shot put

    North Brunswick’s Joshua Balloon won the state championship in the shot put at the 2A state championship track and field meet Friday at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

    The 6-foot, 220-pound senior threw 57’” to win the shot-put competition.

    “He did what all coaches hope their athletes can do—performed his best at the biggest meet of the year,” North coach Gary Bishop said.

    “Joshua beat his personal best by 3 feet.”

    Balloon also finished sixth in the state in the discus with a throw of 141 feet.

  • Lady Trojans stuggle at the plate, fall to Hoggard

    SHALLOTTE—West Brunswick’s loss to Hoggard last Thursday night wasn’t the kind of tune-up the Lady Trojans wanted.

    Instead, they hope to add new plugs in the form of hits when the state softball playoffs get under way.

    West struggled at the plate, while Hoggard pounded 13 hits on the way to a 7-3 win.

    “It wasn’t our night,” West coach Joe Noble said. “There was a lot of nerves because everybody knew it was Senior Night, and there were some college scouts in the stands.

  • Scorpion trio competes in tennis regionals

    Josh Carter, Noah Gotsch and Eric Spafford fell in the first round of the boys’ tennis regionals at Riverbirch Tennis Center in Greenville last weekend.

    Carter, who plays No. 1 for North Brunswick, qualified for regionals in singles, and Gotsch and Spafford qualified in doubles.

    “They did really well, and we’re really proud of them,” said Gary Baldwin, Scorpion athletic director.

    North Brunswick revived its boys’ tennis program this spring, and officials hope to field a girls’ tennis team next fall, Baldwin said.