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  • Aviation company sues Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Odell Williamson Municipal Airport’s fixed base operator has filed a lawsuit against the town of Ocean Isle Beach, alleging it tried to take over the airport building illegally last week. 

  • Charter school holds groundbreaking for permanent 45-acre site

     BOLIVIA — While teachers, students and administrators at first-year South Brunswick Charter School have been pleased with the school’s temporary location in Southport, a groundbreaking for the campus’ permanent location in Bolivia has those same folks even more excited about the future.

  • Career center leads BCC students on right path

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College officials not only want to offer their students an education, they want those students to be prepared for their workforce.

    The college’s Career Development Center plays an important role in doing just that.

    BCC President Dr. Susanne Adams asked professional counselor Christen Cox to lead the Career Development Center before its inception in the fall 2013 semester.

    Since then, the CDC has become a hub for BCC students looking to enter the workforce upon graduation.

  • Rate bureau files request to alter mobile home insurance rates

     The North Carolina Department of Insurance received a mobile homeowners insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau on Dec. 31, the last day of 2014.

    The rate bureau is not part of the department of insurance and represents all companies writing mobile homeowners insurance in the state. Two forms of mobile home coverage are offered: the MH(C) form and the MH(F) form. The forms are similar; however, the MH(F) form provides broader coverage.

  • OIB resident earns one of state’s highest honors at 90th birthday party

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — For one Brunswick County resident, Saturday night was a celebration, awards ceremony and a chance for family and friends to celebrate the first 90 years of their loved one’s decorated life.

    Bob Bradicich, a resident of Ocean Ridge Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach, celebrated his 90th birthday with more than 100 family members and friends inside the Plantation Club at Ocean Ridge on Saturday night, Jan. 17.

  • Commissioners create federal wish list for 2015

     The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners develop a list of goals they’d like to see at the federal level each calendar year. This year, coastal issues can be found several times on the list, which was handed over to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

    Brunswick County commissioners established these goals during a lengthy work session Jan. 13.

  • Sunset Beach may postpone paid parking

    SUNSET BEACH — Following much debate, Sunset Beach Town Council may be poised to delay for another year implementing paid parking on the Sunset Beach island.

    At council’s monthly workshop Tuesday, Jan. 20, council members offered varying opinions about the measure being proposed for 114 spaces under town domain in the gazebo parking lot as well as in lots on the east side of Sunset Boulevard.

  • Calabash commissioners salute former mayor

    CALABASH — The town board of commissioners kicked off their first meeting of the year Jan. 13 by paying tribute to former Mayor Keith Hardee, who died Jan. 12 at age 78 following an illness.

    Town commissioner Cecelia Herman said though she and Hardee were on opposite sides of the political spectrum, she had great respect for him.

    “Unlike other politicians, what you saw is what you got,” Herman said.

    Hardee, she said, helped move things forward and would also outline exactly where he stood on an issue.

  • Sunset Beach committee continues to mull west end plans

    SUNSET BEACH — A developer planning to build oceanfront houses on an undeveloped stretch between the Sunset Beach island and Bird Island said Brunswick County is supposed to provide water and sewer for the proposed 21-lot Sunset Beach West development.

    “As of right now, we still have a letter saying they will serve us,” developer Sammy Varnam said at a Jan. 15 town technical review committee (TRC) meeting.

  • Sunset Beach administrator gets raise

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker has merited the approval of town council and a boost in pay of nearly 6 percent after her first year on the job.

    Following a closed session of Sunset Beach Town Council’s regular monthly meeting Jan. 5 to evaluate Parker’s performance, council on Tuesday officially announced and approved a $5,000 raise for her.