Local News

  • Commissioners OK patient move for July’s hospital swap

    BOLIVIA—Novant Health has enlisted the help of the county to transport patients when hospital officials open the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center this summer.

    At their regular meeting Monday night, commissioners approved an agreement between Novant Health, the owners of Brunswick Community Hospital and the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center, and Brunswick County, which would allow Brunswick County EMS to transport patients from the old hospital to the new hospital.

  • HOA-POA reps converge with concerns in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Road repairs, a recent fire, swimming pool concerns and mosquito-spraying—or the lack thereof—are among issues aired at a March 30 meeting of the Carolina Shores HOA-POA Advisory Committee.

    Formed last summer, the committee meets monthly as a means of providing better communication and comparing notes among the six communities that compose the town. It also makes recommendations and suggestions to the town board of commissioners about community concerns.

  • Residents ask town for help in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have indicated they’re agreeable about helping residents of a town subdivision with lights and security issues.

    Lighthouse Cove residents Mandy Pope and Jeanne Taylor, at Monday’s town workshop, told the town board the community has been in limbo since construction there has stopped.

  • Public records policy tabled in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has tabled consideration of a proposed public records policy and form following debate Monday night.

    Town councilwoman Carol Scott said she has problems with the proposed policy that has requirements “not legally required by [state] statute.

    “I’m not sure I’m ready tonight to pass this at all,” she said.

  • Calabash, Carolina Shores, Sunset Beach salary chart


    Mayor/town commissioners

    Salaries are from July 1, 2010 to Feb. 28, 2011

    •Salaries reflect gross pay

    •The mayor and commissioners are not covered by the town’s health, dental, vision, life insurance and short-term disability plans.

    Mayor Anthony Clemmons: $900

    Town commissioners Bill Dixon, Forrest King, Mary Knight, John Melahn and Jody Nance: $600 each


  • True costs of government: Calabash, Carolina Shores, Sunset Beach

    As a continuation of Sunshine Week coverage, the Beacon this week takes a closer look at expenses in the towns of Calabash, Carolina Shores and Sunset Beach.

  • Find fun, rewarding volunteer opportunities at Brunswick County Volunteer Fair & Expo

    BOLIVIA—Are you interested in becoming more involved in your community but aren’t sure how to start? Do you have extra time that could be spent helping others?

    Find out about fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities at the Brunswick County Volunteer Fair & Expo, which will be from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the Virginia Williamson Events Center in the Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

  • Grand opening for relocated Ocean Isle Beach Dollar General this weekend

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A grand opening for Dollar General, located on Beach Drive, is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, April 9.

    The first 50 shoppers at the store’s grand opening will receive a $10 gift card, and the first 200 will receive a Dollar General tote bag.

    The new, freestanding store located at 6675 Beach Drive SW replaces the Dollar General that was located on Seaside Road. Spokesperson Mike Machak said the store had been in operation since 1999 but is now closed. The new location is about 3 miles away.

  • Find ‘The Champion Within’ with Bruce Jenner at BCC

    BOLIVIA—Are you a champion?

    Learn to find “The Champion Within” with Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner, who will speak Tuesday, April 12, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the Brunswick Community College Campus.

  • County settles with longtime former DSS director for $190,000

    BOLIVIA—He was fired for workplace sexual harassment last year, but former DSS director Jamie Orrock will now be allowed to have resigned or retired rather than been fired.

    In October 2010, Orrock, who helmed the county’s Department of Social Services for nearly 30 years, was terminated for workplace sexual harassment.