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  • Sunset Beach meeting adjourned after councilman disruptions

    SUNSET BEACH — Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton abruptly adjourned Tuesday’s council meeting after repeatedly gaveling and asking councilman Richard Cerrato to stop interrupting and speaking out of order.

    Benton adjourned the May 15 morning meeting before council had finished addressing all meeting agenda items. Prior to that, he asked that Cerrato’s microphone be turned off as Cerrato continued to speak and disagree with meeting issues and procedure.

  • Shallotte development mediation paused until end of month

    At the request of Traditional Neighborhood Development Partners (TND), the developer selected for the town’s riverfront development project, the town has agreed to postpone mediation until the end of May.

    Mayor Walt Eccard said TND requested time to find a way to possibly assign its interest to another developer. The town didn’t give consent to a specific assignment, but said if TND presented another developer town officials would speak with them.

  • Carolina Shores maps flood meeting, concert

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is getting ready for a public information “catch-all” flood map meeting as well as its first public outdoor concert.

    At the town board of commissioners’ meeting last Thursday, May 10, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall cited the upcoming flood map meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. next Monday, May 21, at town hall at 200 Persimmon Road.

    The meeting has to do with flood map updates being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with Brunswick County.

  • A Taste of Calabash winners announced

    CALABASH — It was another successful town event with 760 tickets sold and 18 participating restaurants.

    Helen Kapalka, organizer of A Taste of Calabash, said the third annual festival April 21 was another hit.

    Kapalka, speaking at the monthly town commissioners’ meeting last Tuesday, May 8, also recognized this year’s People’s Choice winners: first-place restaurant The Boundary House, followed by second, third and fourth winners Bennett’s Grill and Café, Captain Nance’s Seafood and Mmm Que Rico.

  • Kitten healing after roadside rescue

    Heather Harrison was on her way home from work in Shallotte on May 5 when she saw the vehicle in front of her swerve around something at the side of the road.

    Seconds later, she saw a tiny ball of fur trying to scoot farther back from the road, away from westbound traffic rushing past on N.C. 130 into Columbus County just before dusk.

  • County approves $137M water plant expansion

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County committed to a $137 million expansion of the Northwest Water Treatment Plant including a $99 million reverse osmosis plant to filter out contaminants from the Cape Fear River, the source of the county’s drinking water.

    County commissioners voted unanimously, 5-0, to move forward on the RO/expansion project at a May 10 budget workshop for fiscal year 2018-19.

  • NCLCV announces Green Tie Award winners

    The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV) announced the honorees for its annual Green Tie Awards on May 8.

    Among them is Representative of the Year Deb Butler, D-Wilmington, who represents the northern portion of Brunswick County. Though she was omitted from the House committees studying GenX, Butler raised her voice and galvanized citizens to speak out against the pollution of the Cape Fear River.

  • Oak Island reports progress on dune restoration, other projects

    After Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, the town of Oak Island worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on a truck haul project to restore some of the dunes lost in the storm. The project began in the spring 2017 and was halted during turtle nesting season. The project resumed in November 2017 and was completed in early March 2018.

  • State chosen for FAA pilot drone program

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the N.C. Department of Transportation has been selected as one of only 10 participants in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, or drones) Integration Pilot Program, an initiative that will shape the future of drones in America.

    “We are looking forward to helping today’s winners unlock the enormous potential of drone operations, which will create new services and jobs in their local communities,” Chao said in a news release.

  • Holden Beach system development fees public hearing May 23

    The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, in the town hall public assembly at 110 Rothschild St. to hear a presentation on the study of system development fees the town could levy.

    This hearing, the study and the presentation are in accordance with NC Administrative Code 15A NCAC 18C.0409 and 15A NCAC 02T.011.

    McGill Associates will present the study results, which is posted on the town website, hbtownhall.com.

    All interested are invited to attend.