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  • The true cost to be governed: A look at the total (and hidden) county personnel costs

    There are numbers, and then there are the real numbers—how much something really costs.

    In honor of Sunshine Week, the national initiative organized by the National Association of News Editors focused on freedom of information and the public’s right to know, The Brunswick Beacon is shining the light on the true cost to be governed at the county level.

    We requested information about the true cost to fund Brunswick County personnel and commissioners—from salaries to benefits, from clothing allowances to car stipends.

  • 2011 values sent to property owners

    If you haven’t already done so, check your mailbox.

    You might find your 2011 property values waiting for you.

    The 2011 countywide property revaluation is complete, and Brunswick County Tax Administrator Tom Davis said Brunswick County’s value dropped 29 percent, down from $30.9 billion in 2010 to $22 billion in 2011.

    Bolivia, Leland and Northwest fared best in revaluation, with drops of 5 percent, 10 percent and 9 percent respectively.

  • Stone Chimney Road re-opens to traffic

    SUPPLY—After months of being closed for bridge repairs and several delays, Stone Chimney Road has re-opened to traffic.

    According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Stone Chimney Road in Supply re-opened for traffic last week after being closed for road work and bridge repairs since Aug. 4, 2010.

    Originally scheduled to re-open in November 2010, the project was pushed back until December 2010, then again until February 2011. Recently, DOT officials said work would be completed by March 31.

  • Waccamaw School remembers Ash family of four killed in wreck

    ASH—The Waccamaw School community sent dozens of paper angels tied to balloons into the sky last Friday morning in memory of the Ash family of four that was killed in a head-on wreck that involved a Brunswick County school bus.

    According to Sgt. T.T. Daniels of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Joshua Steed Williams, 31, of Ash, was driving his passenger vehicle west on Camp Branch Road near Makotoka Road and N.C. 211 when he crossed the centerline and collided with a school bus just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 8.

  • Holden Beach commissioners to buy 18 second-row lots

    HOLDEN BEACH—Commissioners approved buying 18 second-row lots from Holden Beach Enterprises for $76,000, during their regularly scheduled meeting at town hall Tuesday night.

    Town manager David Hewett said in an interview before the meeting that a CAMA survey will be needed to find out if any of the lots are “buildable.”

    The current tax value on the property is $104,000 per lot or $1.976 million for the total, he said. However, recently a comparable lot appraised for $7,000.

  • Censure hearing set for commissioner for ethics violation

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have set a censure hearing for one of their own.

    At their regular meeting Monday night, commissioners voted 4-1 to set a censure hearing  Monday, April 4, at their regular meeting in commissioners’ chambers.

    The hearing is to determine whether commissioner Charles Warren, who refuses to step down as chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, is in violation of the county’s code of ethics.

  • Commissioners mull financial guarantees criteria

    BOLIVIA—A committee made up of several county departments has begun to look at the county’s financial guarantee requirements for developers.

    Brunswick County Planning and Community Development Director Leslie Bell said the committee was mulling the requirements in the county’s Unified Development Ordinance “to protect Brunswick County, its property values and the public from losses that arise from incomplete subdivision activity.”

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Feb. 28-March 6, K-9 deputies issued 12 citations and made 10 arrests.

    K-9 deputies set up checkpoints at Hale Swamp Road and Ash-Little River Road.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Timothy Wayne Ezzell, 43, of 106 Waynes Way, Whiteville, was charged with possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • NAACP head claims Brunswick County violates federal law with discriminatory practices

    BOLIVIA—The accusations were lengthy and harsh. But is it all bark and no bite?

    At a press conference at the county complex in Bolivia last week, William Barber, president of the North Carolina Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), outlined numerous claims of racially motivated bias and discrimination by Brunswick County officials.

  • Destroyed but not out of business

    SHALLOTTE—Saturday morning’s fire at Long’s Garage didn’t only destroy the automotive business but also Hewett Glass.

    Hewett Glass and Long’s Garage shared a building at 250 Holden Beach Road. A fire broke out on Saturday morning inside Long’s Garage. The fire spread through the walls and also devastated Bryan Hewett’s longtime business.

    “What is not burnt is totally black,” Hewett said. “My life’s business was shut down in one day.”