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  • Insurance commissioner to appeal court decision on Beach Plan deductibles, surcharges

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has appealed a court ruling in favor of coastal counties but has not sought to revoke the court-ordered stay on Beach Plan deductibles and surcharges during the appeals process.

    Wake County Superior Court Judge William Pittman ruled in favor of a lawsuit brought by Dare County and backed by coastal counties and municipalities, including Brunswick County, by enacting a stay on the Beach Plan and FAIR Plan deductibles and surcharges March 20.

    Goodwin announced the appeal April 15.

  • County commissioner to run for state Senate in 2010

    He’s been an elected official for just shy of one year, but Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke has set his political sights on Raleigh.

    Cooke plans to run for a seat in the N.C. Senate in November 2010.

    But to get there, Cooke would have to unseat North Carolina’s longest serving legislator, Sen. R.C. Soles.

  • Brunswick’s Iler named chairman of North Carolina Republican Party 7th District

    Former Brunswick County Republican Party Chairman Frank Iler was elected as chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party’s 7th Congressional District on Saturday.

    Iler, who succeeds New Hanover County’s Andy Koeppel as district chair, previously served as Brunswick County Chairman for two and a half years. More than 150 people showed up to Saturday’s district convention, which was at the Brunswick County Republican Party headquarters in Supply.

  • Counterfeit incidents likely related

    Counterfeit money passed at BB&T Bank in Shallotte Crossing and at the Kangaroo gas station on Main Street this month appear to be related, Shallotte Police reported.

    On April 8, a BB&T employee reported three counterfeit $20 bills were given to the tellers, one from Port City Java and the other from unknown origins.

    On April 21, a suspect passed a counterfeit $100 bill at Kangaroo. Officers were reviewing a surveillance tape and interviewing the same day.

  • School reviews bids for parking lot improvements

    BOLIVIA—Two school parking lots are expected to be under renovation this summer.

    The board of education was presented with contracts Monday for improvements and paving at Belville Elementary School and Leland Middle School.

    Steve Miley, executive director of operations, said these improvements would help improve traffic flow at both schools, and funding for both projects has already been approved and secured.

  • CIS continues to provide services as funding decreases

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) has experienced revenue shortfalls during the past fiscal year, but Cynthia Tart, executive director, said core resources, as well as new services, will still be offered.

    Tart said during the next fiscal year, the program would lose about $150,000 from funds and grants. The program was already short about $50,000 at the end of last year after the annual gala raised less money than expected.

  • Ocean Isle continues support of terminal groin legislation

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Beach towns are another step closer in their pursuit of a law that would allow the installation and use of terminal groins.

    According to Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith, Senate Bill 832 could possibly come out of committee this week.

    “If we make it through the Senate, which I’m optimistic about, and makes it into the House, I think that’s where our biggest challenge will be,” she said.

  • Schools to consider cutting sports seasons short

    Brunswick County athletes may have to sit out two games next season, as the Brunswick County Board of Education looks to reduce sporting seasons to reduce its budget.

    Les Tubb, director of career and technical education, met with all the high school principals, athletic directors and Superintendent Katie McGee earlier this month to figure out how to cut costs among athletics.

    The consensus, Tubb said, was to cut basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball and softball seasons to 21 games instead of the usual 23, which is the maximum amount the state will allow.

  • State declares a "cash flow emergency," asks schools to make more cutbacks

    The State Board of Education has already asked schools across the state to revert $117 million to the state budget, but a “severe cash flow problem” still exists.

    To achieve a balance by the end of the fiscal year, Gov. Bev Purdue approved the implementation of additional expenditure restrictions.

  • Building height amendment put on hold

    CALABASH—Raising building heights became a moot issue Monday when a local developer said he no longer seeks an increase.

    “Over the past three to four months, my zeal and endeavor to provide the best possible apartment complex in Calabash and subsequently Brunswick County did not take into consideration requirements commissioners work under,” developer Jim Myers said at a commissioners’ workshop to discuss ordinance amendments.