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  • County commissioners' budget retreat set for April 6-7

    Going into last year’s annual budget retreat, Brunswick County commissioners were looking at a nearly $8.5 million budget shortfall.

    This year, county commissioners will meet April 6-7 for the annual two-day retreat where commissioners will hear requests from department heads and, ultimately, decide who gets what they requested, and who will have to do without.

    But the economic forecast is slightly different this year than it was leading into last year’s retreat, county manager Marty Lawing said.

  • Woman arrested for attempting to smuggle drugs in jail in a Bible

    A Southport woman was arrested Friday, March 5, after agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit say she tried to smuggle drugs into jail—in a Bible.

    According to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office press release, Nicoll Christine Brennan, 26, of 4754 Blue Water St., Southport, was arrested after attempting to smuggle marijuana, pills and drug paraphernalia, which she allegedly had tucked inside the pages of the Bible.

    Brennan allegedly cut holes into the pages of the Bible, where she then stuffed the contraband.

  • Ocean Isle Beach commissioners hope to see driveway construction begin soon

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Town commissioners are hoping construction of a driveway off N.C. 179 will begin within the next 30 days.

    Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a 30-day extension to OI Investments for the construction of an entrance to The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach, off N.C. 179.

    William Niblock, of OI Investments, spoke to commissioners Tuesday and explained all driveways to The Retreat were initially to be constructed by Crescent Resources LLC, the developer of the commercial property at The Retreat.

  • Holden Beach dredging could take place over Easter holiday weekend

    Holden Beach officials don’t know whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take a several-day break from dredging the Lockwood Folly Inlet during Easter weekend.

    The Corps is scheduled to dredge the inlet some time during the first two weeks of April, which coincides with Easter vacation—one of the busiest times of the year on Holden Beach and Oak Island.

    The inlet is between those two barrier islands, and many commercial and recreational mariners use the inlet to go offshore.

  • Brunswick may be site for upcoming TV pilot

    Northern Brunswick County will be the site of some scenes in an upcoming untitled TV pilot planned for the area, according to local film and economic development officials.

    Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, said the pilot’s production company is set up in Wilmington and has started preparing for shooting, including finding locations and hiring people.

    Griffin and Jim Bradshaw, the director of the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission, scouted locations in the northern part of the county several months ago, they said.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: More winners of county talent show announced

    Another first-place winner of We’ve Got Talent!, the first countywide talent competition for Brunswick County high school students, has been announced.

    Connie Enis, curriculum coordinator for Brunswick County Schools, said due to a scoring mix-up, an additional first-place winner should have been announced the night of the competition.

  • Second rabies case confirmed in Brunswick County

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    A second case of rabies has been confirmed in Brunswick County.

    Fred Michael, public information officer for the Brunswick County Department of Health, said the case was confirmed as positive Friday.

    This second case reported this week also occurred in the Supply area and involved a German shepherd mix dog on Dixie Lane that fought with a fox on Wednesday night.

    The dog’s owner shot and killed the fox, then contacted animal services, which sent the fox’s remains to be tested in Raleigh.

  • Saving lives, giving hope

    Seeing a 16-year-old girl, stricken with polio as a baby, walk for the first time in her life after receiving surgery from Rotarians in India was something Vince Juric will never forget.

    That was just one of the many unforgettable experiences the Brunswick Plantation resident and member of the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club saw last month during his trip to India with other members of Rotary District 7730.

  • Shallotte promotes Gaither, Serkin, increases salaries

    Two Shallotte town employees have received promotions and pay increases as requested by the town’s new administrator.

    At its last meeting, the Shallotte Board of Aldermen approved promoting finance director Mimi Gaither to the position of assistant town administrator. Her annual salary will increase from $52,874 to $57,874.

    According to Hughes, Gaither will assume his duties when he is not in the office and will help with other non-financial duties as assigned.

  • Brunswick EDC courting 17 companies to set up shop

    The Brunswick County Economic Development Commission is in talks with representatives from 17 businesses about bringing their operations to Brunswick County.

    Industries ranging from metal fabricators to distribution centers and from green industries to boatbuilders are now considering Brunswick County as possible headquarters, according to EDC executive director Jim Bradshaw.