Local News

  • School board adopts interim budget with $6 million shortfall

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools will begin the 2010-2011 fiscal year $6 million in the red, but district officials have not suggested any job cuts to help offset the deficit. Instead, several millions of dollars from its fund balance and a list of reductions will be needed.

  • On the Town entertainment and dining guide

    Looking for a place to eat or something to do in Brunswick County? Check out our new entertainment and dining guide—On the Town—by clicking here.

  • From the capital: General Assembly’s ‘short session’ convenes in Raleigh

    State Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick, said it was business as usual for the first week of the N.C. General Assembly’s “short session,” which convened last week in Raleigh.

    “It was fairly common, I guess for the first week,” Iler said last Thursday. “We didn’t tackle anything big.”

  • County manager unveils $196 million county budget

    BOLIVIA—No tax increases. No new fees. No layoffs.

    On Monday night, Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing unveiled a recommended $196 million budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year—1.3 percent less than the current fiscal year’s budget—and it did not include a property tax increase, new fees or layoffs for county employees.

  • Pope ‘We did even better than we had hoped’ in May 4 primary

    Butch Pope, the Whiteville defense attorney who ousted longtime incumbent Democrat District Attorney Rex Gore in the May 4 primary election, said recently, “We did even better than we had hoped,” in the election.

    Now, Pope said he’s looking forward to November’s General Election, where he will face GOP candidate Jon David, an assistant district attorney in New Hanover and Pender counties.

  • Increased sweepstakes machine fees in store in towns

    As Internet sweepstakes businesses proliferate in North Carolina, so does the possibility of increased fees.

    Last month, the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners approved an amendment imposing a $1,000-per-machine increase over the town’s previous $50 fee.

    And last week, Calabash commissioners discussed the possibility of increasing its own $5-per-machine fee.

  • County names new emergency management director

    BOLIVIA—Just in time for hurricane season, Brunswick County now has a new emergency management director.

    On Monday, Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing introduced Brunswick County’s new emergency management director, Anthony Marzano.

    Marzano, a certified emergency manager through the International Association for Emergency Mangers (IAEM), was most recently the deputy director of emergency management in Will County, Ill.

  • N.C. Tea Party Summit this weekend in Wilmington

    Americans for Prosperity, the Civitas Institute and numerous local grassroots organizations such as We the People of Brunswick County, will host the North Carolina Tea Party Summit this weekend in Wilmington.

    Scheduled for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, May 21, 8:15 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 22, and 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, May 23, the N.C. Tea Party Summit will be at the Wilmington Hilton in downtown Wilmington.

    Joe Kronski, of We the People of Brunswick County, said the tea party summit is open to anyone who wants to attend.

  • Gas prices to stabilize as summer approaches

    Scott and Marlene Hahn of Holden Beach have heard rumors that gas prices will drop in the next few weeks, but since it’s also the beginning of the tourist season in the South Brunswick Islands, they’re not sure they believe it.

    “Prices always go up in the summer, right?” Marlene Hahn commented, as she and Scott filled up at Family Fare/Caraco on Main Street in Shallotte recently.

  • Coastal Horizons celebrates Brunswick County location

    Coastal Horizons mental health and substance abuse facility celebrated the opening of its Brunswick County location with a grand opening celebration Friday. The facility, located behind Ocean City Chevrolet in Shallotte, provides professional assistance including counseling, prevention and substance abuse services.