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  • The true cost to be governed: Are commissioners drunk on spending?

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about how much Brunswick County Commissioners earn through salaries, per diem and mileage reimbursements, FICA contributions, health insurance contributions, life insurance contributions, credit card transactions and discretionary funding at commissioners’ disposal.

    Financially, Brunswick County Commissioners have begun to cut themselves off.

  • Public reacts to commissioners’ spending

    BOLIVIA—The only things missing were the pitchforks.

    At Monday night’s county commissioners meeting, a standing-room-only crowd filled county commissioners’ chambers, most of the residents on hand for the decision about commissioners’ spending.

    The three people who addressed commissioners all had one thing in common—they were disappointed in commissioners’ spending and the policy, which has allowed commissioners to more than double their salaries through per diem and mileage reimbursements.

  • Commissioners nix discretionary funding

    BOLIVIA—After approving a new compensation policy at their meeting Monday, which raises commissioners’ base salaries in lieu of their previous practice, in which they earned $50 per meeting plus local mileage reimbursements, commissioners nixed their discretionary funding accounts.

    They unanimously agreed to eliminate their discretionary funding in the waning moments of a meeting where they received public criticism for their spending practices.

  • Rides bringing thousands of bicyclists to Sunset, Ocean Isle beaches

    SUNSET BEACH—Close to 2,000 bicyclists descended here Sunday as the two-day Bike Multiple Sclerosis: Breakaway to the Beach Ride ended for the first time in Sunset Beach.

    The first bicyclists crossed the finish line at the Village at Sunset Beach at 11:05 a.m. Sunday.

    Because the new high-rise Intracoastal Waterway bridge won’t yet be open, alternative plans were made to have this year’s ride end in the parking areas near Ingram Planetarium and the Village at Sunset Beach.

  • UPDATE: Calabash administrator says insults led to resignation

    CALABASH—Town administrator Hiram “Marzy” Marziano says he resigned last week after 10 months on the job because he felt insulted by some commissioners and didn’t deserve that kind of treatment.

    Marziano’s resignation was announced at a specially called town board of commissioners meeting Friday.

    His written letter of resignation, effective Sept. 15, was unanimously accepted by the board following a 20-minute closed session Sept. 17.

    Marziano, accompanied by his wife, Morgan, then exited town hall.

  • Commissioners’ spending: Travel for training seminars and conferences

    As part of the Beacon’s public records request and ongoing series about the true cost to be governed in Brunswick County, here is a look at how much the county paid for commissioners to attend training seminars and other conferences from July 1, 2009, until Sept. 9, 2010.

    Marty Cooke: $684

    •$150 check to attend North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ (NCACC) Annual Conference in August 2010. 

  • Commissioners’ spending: Credit card receipts

    As part of the Beacon’s public records request and ongoing series about the true cost to be governed in Brunswick County, here is a look at how much the county paid for commissioners’ credit-card receipts from July 1, 2009, until Sept. 9, 2010. County credit cards, available to all county commissioners, were used by commissioners Marty Cooke, Bill Sue and Scott Phillips. Commissioners Phil Norris and Charles Warren did not make any county credit-card transactions during the 14-month period, according to documents provided to the Beacon.

  • Commissioners adopt new compensation policy, ditch $50 meeting fee

    BOLIVIA—The people have spoken, and it appears commissioners have listened.

    At their meeting Monday night, before an eager, standing-room-only crowd, Brunswick County commissioners did away with a decades-old policy in which commissioners more than doubled—in some cases even tripled—their salaries through a $50 per-meeting fee and local mileage reimbursements.

  • Website to return to subscription-based service

    Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 29, The Brunswick Beacon’s website, www.brunswickbeacon.com, will return to a subscription-based news and information site.

    We’ll offer our valued newspaper subscribers complete access to all of the news and features currently in our print product, plus a number of online-only features such as videos, slideshows, reader interaction and more. A digital version of every issue of the newspaper will also be available to subscribers online.

  • Calabash town administrator abruptly resigns

    CALABASH—Town administrator Marzy Marziano has resigned, it was announced at a specially called town board of commissioners meeting Friday.
    Marziano’s letter of resignation, effective Sept. 15, was unanimously accepted by the board following a 20-minute closed session.
    Marziano, accompanied by his wife, Morgan, then exited town hall.
    “It’s not a forced thing; it’s totally my decision,” Marziano told a reporter while the board was in closed session.