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Archive for February, 2009

For the birds, your backyard tally counts

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

If you aren’t suspicious and have a backyard and some time on your hands, think about participating in the 12th annual Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend.

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Building colors up for debate in Calabash

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

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The South Brunswick County town of Calabash has its own certain character.

Business owners worry that if a new ordinance goes through, that character will change and the town won’t feel, or look, like home any more.

When you drive down beach drive in Calabash, you’re greeted by the smiling sun of the Sunrise Pancake House.

If the board of commissioners votes in favor of the Unified Development Ordinance, UDO, it could mean sunset for the restaurant’s sign.

Rector Sisk owns the Sunrise Pancake House, and he’s worried if the sign comes down so will his business.

Clabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons said businesses like the Sunrise Pancake House will be protected by a grandfather clause.

But if they need to change the sign or make repairs business owners would then be forced to comply.

Clemmons says he’s aware of the residents concerns. “We will have a committee that will address the issues and concerns of our citizens as voiced to the town.”

If the UDO is approved buildings within Calabash could be forced to meet a new color pattern, which means the yellow at the Sunrise Pancake House would violate the new ordinance.

“My yellow is my signature,” Sisk said. “Sometimes your color and your logos, or what have you, that’s what people recognize you for.”

Clemmons said even though the UDO is more comprehensive and should help Calabash grow, it still needs some work.

The meeting on the new ordinance is happening Tuesday evening.

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videoThe South Brunswick County town of Calabash has its own certain character.

Business owners worry that if a new ordinance goes through, that character will change and the town won’t feel, or look, like home any more.

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Navassa residents to discuss proposed children’s group home

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

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There’s an on-going battle over bringing a group home for troubled kids to the Brunswick County town of Navassa. Residents don’t want it in their community, but the town council has already approved it.

People who work near a Leland facility may be able to ease the minds of concerned Navassa residents.

The Strategic Behavioral Health Center in Leland is a lockdown facility that offers several types of treatment to troubled kids ages 12 to 17.

Although it’s not in a residential neighborhood, like what’s proposed in Navassa, it is surrounded by several businesses, including flow sciences, across the street.

“It’s been a non-event,” said Ray Ryan who works near the SBHC. “They’ve been great neighbors, there’s been no problems whatsoever.”

Navassa residents say something like this in their neighborhood would be anything but a gem.

The proposed group home would be built on open lot on Wide Way Road, not far from where a few families already live. It would house about 12 people, ages seven to 17, and would be locked 24 hours and day, seven days a week.

Navassa resident Yolanda Lee said, “I’m all for whatever to help the children, but I do feel there is a safety concern.”

Ryan encourages residents to speak to the developer, Alfred Dixon, but when they tried to do that at a recent public meeting, Dixon refused to participate when he saw our camera. WWAY was told he’s out of the country for weeks.

Still, residents aren’t backing down and are planning to meet this Saturday at 6:00. They hope to get some answers about why the town’s planning board recommended council approve the group home.

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videoThere’s an on-going battle over bringing a group home for troubled kids to the Brunswick County town of Navassa. Residents don’t want it in their community, but the town council has already approved it.

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CUE Center gets help from inmate to solve mysteries

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Every year during the holidays Kandi Burns lights a candle to remember her daughter who disappeared in 2002 and was never seen again. Other times she visits a tombstone in the family cemetery, a reminder not only of Samantha Burns’ death at 19, but also that the grave it marks remains empty.

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Officials tweak school zones in Brunswick County

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Oak Island students probably won’t be split up or separated from Southport’s.

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