Local News

  • 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.

  • Days at the Docks planned for this weekend

    Holden Beach will once again be the site of the world’s only “bopple” race, live entertainment from local and regional bands, festival food and events to raise money for local charities this weekend.

    The annual Days at the Docks celebration, scheduled for the last weekend in April of each year, is also a kind of unofficial kick off of the spring tourist season on this Brunswick County beach.

    After a long, cold winter, this year’s organizers are ready to hit the strand.

  • Fennell, Rabon seek GOP nomination for 8th District Senate seat

    Two Republicans will face off during this year’s primary election as they try to secure the GOP nomination for North Carolina State Senate District 8.

    Bettie Fennell and Bill Rabon are both seeking election into the Senate seat, which has been held by Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. (D-Columbus) for more than three decades. Soles announced last December he would not seek re-election.

    Fennell, who lost to Soles in the 2008 election, said she decided to run again because she has “a lot to offer for this district.”

  • McIntyre seeks to connect green industries, government funding

    CASTLE HAYNE—U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre brought together representatives from government agencies who know how to leverage available funds, entrepreneurs who need funds to start their businesses and scientists who can make the businesses’ products reality at a Green Energy Summit Monday morning at Cape Fear Community College’s North Campus.

    “We can unleash all types of resources and turn it into cost savings,” McIntyre told the crowd. “We can provide you with the tools to create green jobs.”

  • Calabash sets Earth Day Spring Litter Sweep this Thursday


    This Thursday, April 22, is Earth Day, and the town of Calabash is celebrating by having a 2010 NCDOT Spring Litter Sweep from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Participants will work in teams of at least two picking up trash along Beach Drive, Persimmon Road and Thomasboro Road.

  • Phelps named new director of Brunswick Family Assistance

    Carol Phelps is ready to take on the challenges of her new job—executive director of Brunswick Family Assistance—during one of the most challenging periods in the nonprofit agency’s history.

    Phelps moved to Brunswick County in 2002 from Randolph County, where she worked for seven years at a nonprofit and for a number of years before that as a schoolteacher.

  • New superintendent takes questions from the community

    After being introduced as Brunswick County’s new superintendent, Dr. Edward Pruden Jr. took the floor and answered community and media questions for about an hour.

    When asked why he wanted the position, Pruden said it was part of his career path’s “natural progression.”

    Pruden has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and central office administrator in Virginia during his near 40-year career in education. He has served as the assistant superintendent for instructional administration since July 2007.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board approves four-foot side-yard fences

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has unanimously approved an amendment to allow 4-foot-tall open fences in side yards for corner lots abutting street rights-of-way.

    In addition to the height restriction, fences must be in buildable portions of lots and at least 35 percent open.

  • New chief chosen for Calabash EMS

     CALABASH—Calabash Volunteer Emergency Medical Services has a new chief.

    William “Buzz” McManus was recently elected by the EMS board and has been on the job for about three weeks.

    McManus, 63, previously worked for about 35 years in telecommunications in the foreign services with the U.S. State Department, which involved extensive travel overseas.

  • Calabash Elks Lodge kicks indoor smoking habit

    CALABASH—It was no April Fool’s joke when Calabash Elks Lodge No. 2679 officially gave up smoking April 1.

    That was the date the lodge’s new rule prohibiting smoking inside its building on Carter Drive took effect.