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  • Stories that shaped 2010: Will less compensation affect commissioners’ commitment?

    Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman Bill Sue said commissioners’ compensation package was reduced by 38 percent when they voted to do away with per-diem rates and voted on set salaries and mileage reimbursements at a Sept. 20 meeting.

    Being a commissioner, he said, requires a significant amount of time.

    “You don’t ever go out when somebody stops you to talk about county business,” he said.

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Commissioners’ compensation causes controversy

    BOLIVIA—The issue boiled down to two words—per diem.

    When local media outlets began looking at the Brunswick County commissioners’ compensation packages, a $50 per-diem [per-day] rate seemed to be the talk of the town.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office searches for 2 missing people

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is searching for two missing people.

    John Kevin Watts II, 17, of the Supply area and Robin Michelle Mitchell, 38, of the Leland area have both been reported missing within the past two days.

  • Crime Report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies last week investigated the following incidents, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Assault on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia; suspect got into a fistfight with victim.

    •Larceny on Holden Beach road in Supply; employee suspect took about $2,000 cash from the Quick and Easy gas station.

    •Assault on Bay Point Road in Calabash; suspect grabbed and pushed victim into a furnace cover.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •System fail to return atm card; the victim’s NC employment security commission card was not returned when the victim attempted to use it at the First Citizen’s Bank atm machine.

    •Fraud at Go Gas; victim put gas in vehicle in amounts of $47.33 and $29.99 and their card reflected two charges of $75 each.

  • Missing Person

    Robin Michelle Mitchell, 38, from the Leland area was reported missing to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, Dec. 27.

    Mitchell is described as a white female with blonde hair and brown eyes. She weighs approximately 145 pounds and is 5 foot 2 inches.

    Mitchell was last seen on Nov. 4 driving a bronze colored 2002 Mercury Sable towards the Wilmington area. Mitchell has not returned to her residence nor made contact with her family since her disappearance.

  • Healthcare in 2011: Officials get ready for reform, new hospital, other changes in the New Year

    Though federal reform hasn’t fully kicked in, changes in healthcare are already evident in Brunswick County.
    In 2010, a new facility for the nonprofit New Hope Clinic opened in Boiling Spring Lakes.
    In 2011, Brunswick Community Hospital will move to a brand new building north of the current facility on U.S. 17. And longtime Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey is retiring.
    “From our perspective, [healthcare] is not going to change this year,” Yousey said in a recent interview, speaking on his department’s outlook for the New Year.
    At the same time, they’re preparing for it.

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Sweepstakes back in business

  • Workshop Monday, meeting Jan. 6 in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners will convene at its monthly pre-agenda meeting at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at town hall.
    The board’s monthly meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6.
    Copies of meeting agendas are available through deputy town clerk Nicole Marks.

  • Fire board letter: Apologize

    The Calabash Fire Department is taking issue with the county’s emergency radio system as well as recent statements by county emergency services director Anthony Marzano.
    Last week, the Calabash board of directors sent a letter to Brunswick County commissioners stating Marzano owes the department and its firefighters an apology for “the public embarrassment experienced by the firefighters” following a Nov. 30 fire at Capt. John’s Seafood House in Calabash.
    The letter references an issue of radios working improperly during the fire.