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  • Calabash makes plea for county fire assistance

    CALABASH—Mayor Anthony Clemmons has written a letter requesting Brunswick County’s direct involvement in discussions about the future of the Calabash Fire Department.

    In the letter dated Aug. 13 to Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman Bill Sue, Clemmons cites only three of six options he would like for the county to actively explore.

  • Future of U.S. 17 at stake in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—What does the future hold for U.S. 17?

    It’s an ongoing topic of discussion in Carolina Shores that continues this week.

    The town’s planning and zoning board will meet Wednesday with transportation planner Don Eggert of the Cape Fear Council of Governments. They will resume discussion about the 3-mile stretch of U.S. 17 corridor that is under Carolina Shores’ municipal domain.

    The Aug. 20 workshop is at 3 p.m. in the meeting room at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

  • Carolina Shores 10th anniversary party Sept. 18

    The town of Carolina Shores will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, with festivities at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    Highlights will include tours of the new town hall addition, the newly carpeted commissioners’ chambers and the Calabash Fire Department’s new burn trailer.

    Brunswick County Commissioner Phil Norris’ bluegrass band and a barbershop quartet will entertain. Refreshments will be served from 3-5 p.m. There also will be door prizes.

  • Beachgoers, team try to save whale that came ashore on Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH—A huddle of humans placed wet towels and poured water on a pygmy whale that stranded itself on Holden Beach Saturday morning.

    Seeing the stranded whale was a rare experience for the two dozen people clustered around the sea mammal.

    Despite efforts to save the whale by beachcombers and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Marine Mammal Response Team, the male whale died enroute to a veterinarian.

  • Shallotte planning board recommends request approvals

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended board of aldermen approval of several projects.

    At last week’s regular meeting, the board recommended approval of the following:

    •Preliminary plat for Wisteria Place, a 41.16-acre project off Village Point Road. The project is planned to include 89 single-family homes, and the average size of the building site would be about 8,200 square feet.

  • Raising fence heights raises issues in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board is discussing whether to allow fence heights to grow from 4 to 6 feet.

    Town building inspector Jeff Curtis said at an Aug. 28 meeting one problem with the town’s current 4-foot maximum is most privacy fencing available at home-supply stores is 6 feet tall.

    “Four-foot really doesn’t give you much privacy,” he said.

    Board member Eddie Walters recalled one resident asked the town for permission to have a 6-foot fence that was denied several years ago.

  • UPDATE Board changes decision about West AD's hiring

    After not approving John Floyd as West Brunswick High School's athletic director last week, the Brunswick County Board of Education has changed its mind.

    Board chairwoman Shirley Babson said a board consensus is allowing Floyd to return to work and his recommendation to hire will be approved at the board’s Aug. 26 meeting.

    “The board did not know and was not informed that Mr. Floyd has been working two weeks,” Babson said. “It has caused a disruption in the school, and that’s not what we’re all about of course.”

  • Governor's veto of boat trailer bill draws fire from tourism groups

    Gov. Mike Easley on Sunday vetoed a bill that fishermen and tourism officials say was needed to stop recreational anglers from being fined for pulling wide boat trailers, which could negatively affect the tourist trade.

    Legislators introduced the bill after the state Board of Transportation adopted a resolution asking the General Assembly to review the laws regarding “special permits and commercial driver’s licenses” in reaction to public complaints.

  • New books available at Rourk

    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    NON-FICTION

    “All the Way Home” by David Giffels. An engaging tale of a young father’s struggle to restore a house and his way without losing himself.

    “Trespassers Will Be Baptized” by Elizabeth Emerson Hancock. The un-ordained memoir of a preacher’s daughter.

    “Solving Stonehenge” by Thomas Hudson. The new key to an ancient enigma

  • County teams scrimmage

    The three county high school football teams get a final warm-up this evening for the 2008 season when they play in the ATMC Wireless County Clash. The scrimmages begin 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at North Brunswick High School. This is a change in the schedule.

    The first games of the season are next Friday. For schedules, rosters and previews, see pages 8–9B.