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  • Holden Beach budget proposes water/sewer rates up, taxes steady

    Holden Beach town manager David Hewett presented a $10.25 million budget at the town board’s regular meeting in town hall June 11.

    The tax rate would remain 12.7 cents on every $100 of property valuation on a $1.2 billion tax base.

    The tax collection rate is anticipated at 96.7 percent, based on actual collection rate for fiscal year 2012.

    The budget would include a $2.4 million operating fund, $4 million water and sewer fund and $2.1 million Beach, Parks, Access and Recreation Tourism (BPART) fund.

  • County approves budget that cuts debt for capital improvement projects

    County commissioners unanimously approved the recommended 2013-14 budget at the June 17 meeting.

    County Manager Ann Hardy made only a few changes from the budget proposal presented May 20, which came down to paying for capital improvement projects as the county can afford them rather than adding more debt.

    “We are only restructuring the timing on the capital improvement plan to fund projects out of our reserves,” Hardy said. “We will have one major cultural and recreation project a year.”

  • Brunswick County sticks with staff, hires Miller as new finance director

    Brunswick County officials continue to go with the people they know to fill open staff positions.

    When Brunswick County commissioners tapped finance director Ann Hardy as their interim replacement as county manager, it left a gap in the finance office.

    Then Hardy’s hiring as county manager continued the game of musical chairs, with Julie Miller named interim finance director May 20.

    Now the county has wasted little time deciding Miller is the right choice to lead the finance office.

  • Sea Cruz sails into Ocean Isle Beach on Friday

    The season for summer concerts and movies is under way at the beach and beyond. Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is set for the spring-into-summer season for 2013.

    New this year is a Thursday series in Calabash, where concerts will take place on Thomasboro Road and movies shown in the town’s new Calabash Community Park at the corner of Persimmon Road and Traders Lane.

    More of the series is in store in Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, Holden Beach, Sunset Beach, Leland and Southport.

  • Hagan and McIntyre press President on MSA

    U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre have joined forces to ask the White House to reverse the recent decision by the Office of Management and Budget that moves Brunswick County from the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) into the Myrtle Beach, S.C., MSA.

  • Sea Trail Corp. sold for $8.5 million

    SUNSET BEACH—Sea Trail Corp. in Sunset Beach has been sold for $8.5 million.

    Sunset Beach’s crown-jewel golf resort and convention center was sold during a bankruptcy auction June 17 to Wealth Spring Industry LLC of Wilmington, a newly formed company whose chairman is a man referred to as “Mr. Pan.” He is described as a successful investor and industrialist from China.

  • Former school board member Ray Gilbert charged with embezzlement

    A pastor and former Brunswick County board of education member was arrested and charged with two counts of embezzlement last week.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Emily Flax, Ray Gilbert was arrested for embezzling funds from the Parent-Teacher Association at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School.

    One count is for the amount of $1,128 and the second count is for $2,500.

    Flax said school officials alerted law enforcement.

    “We investigated and issued warrants,” Flax said.

  • Holden Beach commissioner dies

    Holden Beach commissioner Ray Lehr has died.

    Lehr, 75, died unexpectedly Thursday.

    Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden told the Beacon he found Lehr at his Holden Beach home Thursday morning when Holden arrived to pick up Lehr for breakfast. Holden said Lehr had suffered a massive heart attack.

    More information will be posted as it becomes available.

  • Brunswick County students receive diplomas

    The students gathered in small groups and traded hugs and high-fives and congratulated each other on a job well done.

    Others sought out their teachers to thank them for the ways they had enriched their lives during the last four years.

    A few appeared in awe of the moment as they stood silently and watched the faces of their friends go by in a slideshow.

    All of them had one thing in common: they were members of the class of 2013, and graduation day had come for all of them.

  • Disano to attend National Young Leaders Conference in D.C.

    West Brunswick student Daniel Disano has his sights set on Washington, D.C., and in just a few short days, he will be on his way.

    Disano, a Shallotte resident and rising junior, will be participating in the National Young Leaders Conference.

    The conference is a nine-day program allowing students the opportunity to interact with a variety of personnel who serve the three branches of government.

    The program appealed to Disano because of his interest in politics and current issues.