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  • Local annexation foes fight against Progress Energy bill

    SOUTHPORT—An anti-annexation group is speaking out against a bill pending in the state legislature that would exempt Progress Energy from paying city taxes on most of its Brunswick Nuclear Plant for the next 65 years, in exchange for annexing 5 acres of the utility’s property.

  • Longtime volunteer fireman, Democratic chairman dies

    A longtime volunteer fireman, political fixture and active community member has died.

    Louis Vernon Ward, 68, past chairman of the Brunswick County Democratic Party and member of the Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department, died June 3.

    Born in Columbus County, Ward graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and was a Navy Veteran. Ward moved to Shallotte in 1980, where he taught at Brunswick Technical Institute, which is now Brunswick Community College, before later serving on its board of trustees.

  • Schools prepare for uniformed school year

    Students in the north end of the county are enjoying their last days at school in clothes of their choice.

    Beginning in the fall, Belville, Town Creek and Lincoln elementary students will be expected to show up to the first day of classes in uniforms, recently approved by the Brunswick County Board of Education.

  • Politicians react to Stiller's announcement

    Last week, State Rep. Bonner Stiller announced he was resigning from his seat in the N.C. House of Representatives due to family and professional obligations.

    Now, Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke has announced he won’t seek R.C. Soles’ seat in the N.C. Senate as he had previously planned, citing similar pressures facing his family.

  • Split board votes to enter into agreement with CIS for grant application

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Education was nearly split last week when deciding if it would enter into an agreement with Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. for a partnership in a $1 million grant application. The grant does not require the school board to match any funds.

    Patsy Thrift, CIS program operations officer, said the four-year grant would provide at-risk students at Cedar Grove, Shallotte and Leland middle schools an after-school program using science, health and fitness initiatives.

  • Town approves budget with no tax, water or sewer increases

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Commissioners approved the town budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, voting not to increase tax rates, water or sewer services in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The budget includes a general fund of $4,073,769; a water and sewer fund of $2,531,653; and other funds totaling $2,251,601.

    “This was a tough, tough year. A tough budget,” commissioner Dean Walters said. “I’m not happy with it.”

  • Brunswick-Columbus industrial park to receive $500K for water lines

    The N.C. Department of Commerce has awarded Columbus County $500,000 to help provide water for a joint industrial park being planned by Brunswick and Columbus counties.

    The International Logistics Park of North Carolina is a 1,280-acre site on the Brunswick-Columbus border at the U.S. 74-76 corridor.

  • Calabash Lakes homeowners pull together while town pulls bond on Portrait Homes

    CAROLINA SHORES—Homeowners in Calabash Lakes continue to manage now that Portrait Homes is no longer part of their picture.

    Bob Litz, newly elected president of the fledgling community’s homeowners association, said the HOA board met June 2 with a representative from Portrait Homes and their management company, Encore Management.

    “They have agreed to turn over the HOA to the homeowners, and that’s going to occur by the end of the month and then we’ll know more after that,” Litz said Monday.

  • Nonprofit funding slashed in light of budget woes

    BOLIVIA—Less than half of the agencies that serve Brunswick County residents have been recommended to receive any county funding in the upcoming fiscal year budget.

    Of those agencies for which funding was recommended, many are slated to receive less than they did in the current fiscal year.

    Twenty-four nonprofit agencies requested a total of $885,685, but county manager Marty Lawing recommended only $496,000 in nonprofit contributions in the budget.

  • Hospital farmers' market promotes health, wellness

    SUPPLY—On a recent June afternoon, the farmers’ market at Brunswick Community Hospital was abuzz with produce-seeking hospital employees, volunteers and visitors.

    Launched April 23, Brunswick Community Hospital plays host to a weekly farmers’ market every Thursday, where customers can browse fresh offerings of Indigo Farms without the drive out to Ash.