Local News

  • County switches to self-insured plan for employees in upcoming fiscal year

    BOLIVIA— In an effort to combat rising healthcare costs and to take advantage of the county’s wellness program, Brunswick County Commissioners switched to a self-insured plan for employee healthcare coverage.

    Brunswick County Human Resources Director Debbie Barnes told commissioners to keep their current plan with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the county would have to absorb an $860,000 or 9.3 percent increase.

    Commissioners OK’d the switch to self-insured at their May 16 meeting.

  • Brunswick County receives preservation award from Historic Wilmington Foundation

    WILMINGTON—Brunswick County Commissioners were among the winners of the Historic Wilmington Foundation Annual Awards, announced last week in Wilmington.

    George Edwards, executive director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation, said Brunswick County Commissioners were honored with the preservation award for leadership for completing the county’s first comprehensive historic resources survey in Brunswick County.

  • VA signs lease for Brunswick veterans outreach clinic

    SUPPLY—Brunswick County will finally have its own veterans’ clinic.

    On Wednesday, May 18, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) signed a lease for medical office space in Supply for a veterans outreach clinic.

    Brunswick County Veterans Services Director Anita Hartsell said the clinic was a big win for the county’s estimated 15,000 veterans.

  • Veterans health fair this week in Calabash

    The Brunswick County Veterans Service Office would like to invite all veterans to attend the veterans health fair taking place at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7288 in Calabash.

    The health fair will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Post at 900 Carter Drive, Calabash.  

    Veterans will be able to enroll in VA healthcare, obtain information and discuss health issues with nurses and pharmacists, and talk with their county veterans service officer.

  • DA David appeals judge’s traffic court order

    RALEIGH—District Attorney Jon David has fired back.

    Last Thursday, May 19, in Raleigh, David filed a petition in the North Carolina Court of Appeals appealing an April 15 administrative order issued by Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly.

    Dick Ellis, spokesperson for the N.C. Court of Appeals, said the petition appealed Jolly’s administrative order, which, among other things, ordered a stay on a fledgling traffic court program started by David.

  • Wartime memories: Veteran recalls surviving Pearl Harbor seven decades ago

    CAROLINA SHORES—Relaxing on the sun porch of his home overlooking the golf course, Hal Todd can still recall the attack that launched World War II for the U.S. on Dec. 7, 1941, nearly 70 years ago.

    He remembers, because he was there.

    “You want to talk about Pearl Harbor?” says the jovial 90-year-old.

    “Well, I could make up a lot of lies about that one,” he adds, chuckling. “Because nobody can check it out.”

  • Special meeting called in Calabash

    CALABASH—A special meeting for the Calabash Board of Commissioners has been called for 5 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at town hall.

    The purpose of the meeting is:

    •To review a proposed draft of the 2011-2012 fiscal budget and set a proposed tax rate.

    •To schedule a public hearing for proposed draft of the budget, to be considered at commissioners’ next monthly meeting at 6 p.m. June 14.

  • Devaun Park developers embroiled in legal clash

    CALABASH—Devaun Park was launched as a pristine, serene neighborhood with tree-lined streets and comfortable, upscale homes with wide front porches in a natural setting overlooking the Calabash River.

    But things aren’t so peaceful these days between Devaun Park’s developers, Vaughn Stanaland and Scott Stewart, who are involved in a legal battle involving money and management woes.

  • Bluegrass festival picking and singing Saturday in Holden Beach

    Four renowned North Carolina bluegrass groups are headlining this weekend’s seventh annual Mostly Bluegrass Spring Festival 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday at the Holden Beach Pavilion.

    The lineup includes A Deeper Shade of Blue of Monroe, The Huckleberry Brothers of eastern North Carolina, The Far City Boys of western North Carolina and Ted Jones and the Tarheel Boys of Smithfield.

  • DA re-opens Bald Head officer death case

    District Attorney Jon David is re-examining evidence and information surrounding the October 1999 death of Bald Head Island police officer Davina Jones.

    Jones died Oct. 22, 1999, from a single gunshot to the back of her head while on duty. Her body was found late that night near Old Baldy Lighthouse.

    By the following day, Jones’ body had been removed from the island, the shooting scene cleaned up to make way for a wedding, and her death deemed a suicide.