Local News

  • Shattered Justice: A look at those released on parole back to Brunswick County

     Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories about the life and death of Amy Caroline Frink, who, at 18 years old, was brutally murdered in 1994, and her mother Birdie’s fight to bring justice for her youngest daughter almost 16 years later. 

    In 1994, the state’s Fair Sentencing Act was replaced by the Structured Sentencing Act, but Birdie Frink wants the Fair Sentencing Act repealed altogether.

  • Elected officials, candidates among those who owe delinquent taxes

     Several elected officials from the county and various municipalities in Brunswick County have delinquent tax bills with the county’s tax department.

    Most officials who owe delinquent taxes have payment plans set up with Brunswick County, including Marty Cooke and his wife Catherine Cooke, who serves on the Brunswick County Board of Education.

    As a Brunswick County commissioner, Marty Cooke is one of five people who set the ad valorem tax rate for the county. As a father of four and business owner, he said he understands the burden on taxpayers.

  • Candidates vying for seats in two North Carolina House races

     Two Republicans and two Democrats are vying for the North Carolina House District 17 seat in the upcoming May 6 primary election.

    Democratic incumbent Dewey L. Hill is seeking re-election to N.C. House District 20, with challenges from another Democrat and a Republican.



  • Calabash tables 'Gateway to North Carolina' proposal

     CALABASH—A proposal to dub the Seafood Capital the “Gateway to North Carolina” was tabled last week by town commissioners.

    At their April 13 meeting, town commissioners indicated they don’t favor the resolution proposed by Mayor Anthony Clemmons because Calabash is already renowned as the “Seafood Capital of the World.”

  • ‘Little Governor’ pleads guilty to tax evasion

     RALEIGH—The man once called “Little Governor” because of his connections to former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to one count of tax evasion—50 counts of shy of the original 51 with which he was charged.

  • Agenda item change sparks public prayer debate

    BOLIVIA—The change to Brunswick County commissioners’ agenda was so slight, one likely wouldn’t notice it.

    But the change on the agenda from “invocation” to “moment of silence,” caught commissioners’ attention, and all but one wanted to change it back.

    Commissioner Scott Phillips moved to change the agenda item back to invocation, or “public prayer,” as he called it.

  • Events planned in conjunction with National Child Abuse Prevention Month

    The Brunswick County Community Child Protection Team has been working to bring awareness to National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is annually recognized each April.

    “What the team’s decided to do is every April we try to bring different events and venues to the community to get them involved, and so we have several things going on this month,” Linda Perry, parenting education director of Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc., said.

  • Board of elections residency seminar draws small crowd at Holden Beach Town Hall

    HOLDEN BEACH—Only a handful of people—many of whom hopped the ferry from Bald Head Island—turned out at Holden Beach Town Hall last week for a state board of elections seminar on voter registration and residency for voting purposes.

    Gary Bartlett, executive director for the North Carolina Board of Elections, said determining residency is “by far the most complicated issue in the elections process.”

  • Dredge places 70,000 cubic yards of sand on Ocean Isle Beach’s east end

    Ocean Isle Beach town officials are hoping for peaceful waters following the completion of a recent dredge.

    The Intracoastal Waterway annual dredging project has been completed, and about 70,000 cubic yards of sand was put back on the beach, between Shallotte Boulevard and East Third Street.

    “We were very, very pleased with the amount of sand we received,” Daisy Ivey, town administrator, said at a recent Brunswick Beaches Consortium (BBC) meeting.

  • Local developer on payment plan for $2.1 million tax bill

    Local developer Mark Saunders has signed a comprehensive agreement with Brunswick County to repay $2.1 million in delinquent taxes owed for his various developments under his flagship company The Coastal Companies.

    According to the agreement, the terms of the payment plan are $50,000 per month from March 2010 until May 2010. From June 2010 until December 2010, Saunders will pay the county $75,000 per month.