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  • County, schools hope to finalize funding agreement by end of year

    It’s back to the drawing board for Brunswick County Schools and Brunswick County Commissioners, as they hope to create a new funding agreement by the end of the year.

    Officials from both sides decided to revisit the agreement earlier this year after initial disagreements regarding terms of the previous contract.

    “My real concern is the fact that we don’t have an agreement,” board of education member Scott Milligan said during a liaison meeting Tuesday. “As we sit here right now, there is no agreement.”

  • Carolina Shores board poised to reinstate banner rules

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have agreed to rescind a resolution suspending enforcement of a ban on commercial flags and banners.

    At a town workshop Tuesday, the town board agreed to have rescindment of the resolution, which it previously approved Aug. 5, on its consent agenda at its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 9.

    Town administrator Linda Herncane said the rescindment is recommended by the town planning and zoning board, which at its Aug. 18 meeting scolded the town board for suspending commercial banners and flags enforcement.

  • Acquisition of 5-acre park site on Sunset Beach agenda Monday

    Sunset Beach Town Council is scheduled to discuss potential acquisition of a 5-acre lot on the Intracoastal Waterway at its monthly meeting next Monday, Sept. 13.

    The discussion is listed under “new business” items on the agenda for the meeting that starts at 7 p.m.

    The topic has to do with an undeveloped 5.22-acre site behind Twin Lakes Seafood Restaurant that is being eyed by the town for a future town park. The property owner, Tidal Ventures, owned by Greg Gore and Sammy Varnam, has offered the site to the town for $3.75 million.

  • Sunset Beach meeting to go into closed session Thursday

    Sunset Beach Mayor Ronald Klein has called a special meeting of Sunset Beach Town Council for 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, to go into closed session.

    According to a press release, council will meet in closed session in accordance with N.C. General Statute 143-318.11 (a) (5).

  • Calabash meeting Tuesday, Sept. 14

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners will meet in regular monthly session at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 14.

    A meeting agenda for the upcoming meeting was not available by press deadline Tuesday.

    Calabash town clerk Kelley Southward said a meeting agenda should be available by this Friday. 

  • Sept. 11 services set Saturday in Brunswick County

    Nine years ago this Saturday, America changed forever as terrorist-directed planes crashed into the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and a Pennsylvania field.

    On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 lives were lost, including 343 FDNY—New York City Fire Department—firefighters and paramedics.

  • Hurricane Earl stays offshore; doesn’t impact Brunswick beaches

    Hurricane Earl passed by the coast of Brunswick County Thursday, leaving little more than memories of gnarly waves for surfers in its wake.

    When Earl passed by the Brunswick coast during the evening of Thursday, Sept. 2, it was a Category 3 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph.

    Late Thursday afternoon, Earl “wobbled” east, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said, which took Earl about 30 miles east of where officials had initially projected Earl would be at that time.

  • DSS bills mount as Orrock investigation continues

    Brunswick County Division of Social Services Director Jamie Orrock remains on administrative leave with the county, but legal and other bills associated with an investigation requested by the Brunswick County Social Services Board are beginning to mount.

    At their Aug. 6 meeting, members of the five-person board approved hiring a private investigator to investigate Orrock. They also voted to suspend Orrock with pay. Orrock has been on paid administrative leave since Aug. 11, he said.

  • Constitutional amendment to ban felon sheriffs to be on November ballot

    A constitutional amendment to ban convicted felons from serving as sheriff in North Carolina will be on the Nov. 2 ballot.

    The constitutional amendment in this year’s midterm election is the first constitutional amendment since the 2004 General Election, Brunswick County Board of Elections Director Greg Bellamy said.

    N.C. State Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick, was a co-sponsor of House Bill 1959, No Felon as Sheriff, introduced in the state House on May 25.

  • Sheriff's office investigating shooting deaths

    Just before 9 p.m. Saturday night, Brunswick County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a call about three people being shot on Sunset Harbor Road.

    When deputies arrived, they found one male dead inside a vehicle.

    Two other people were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. According to Brunswick County Sheriff's Office spokesperson April Stanley, they later died at the hospital from apparent gun shot wounds.

    The investigation is ongoing. Additional details will be released when available.