Local News

  • 'Turbo-tourists' a key to county's economy; Hall predicts end of downturn

    Tourism leads to more people choosing to live permanently in their vacation destinations, which is a key factor in the economy of North and South Carolina, particularly in coastal areas like Brunswick County.

    That’s what Patrick Mason, co-founder of the Center for Carolina Living, said at last week’s Joint Economic Growth Summit at UNC Wilmington. And if an economic forecaster’s prediction of an economic turnaround is correct, 2010 is a good time for

    Brunswick County to capitalize on this trend.

  • N.C. Open Meetings Law: Shining the light on public business

    All public bodies in North Carolina are subject to the N.C. Open Meetings Law, N.C. General Statute 143-318.11.

    A public body is defined by N.C. General Statute as “any elected or appointed body, committee, commission, board or other group that is composed of two or more members who are authorized to exercise legislative, policy-making, quasi-judicial, administrative or advisory functions.”

  • Volunteers once again coming to aid of Brunswick County Animal Shelter



    Brunswick County Animal Services is reviving a volunteer program, this time to assist with follow-up of its spay-neuter program.

    David Swain, director at the county animal shelter on Green Swamp Road (N.C. 211) said about 20 people have offered to help.

    “So I’ve got plenty right now for what we have,” he said.

    March 8 was the cutoff date for people interested in participating to submit names.

    Swain is compiling a list he hopes to have in place this week.

  • Calabash Fire Department gets $132,335 federal grant to buy equipment



    CALABASH—Fire Chief Randy Bork has a list of items a recently bestowed grant will be used to buy for the Calabash Fire Department.

    That’s because the $132,335 U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant has a built-in earmark for how it’s to be spent.

  • County to aid effort supporting commercial fishing site



    Brunswick County commissioners have informally agreed to help move forward efforts to secure a commercial fishing resource site next to the new Oak Island bridge.

    The approval comes with a stipulation local fishermen will need to form their own nonprofit organization, because the county doesn’t want to get involved in the commercial fishing industry.

    A majority of fishermen voting at a recent meeting in Bolivia indicated they favor establishing the site next to the new Oak Island bridge.

  • Commissioners appoint committee to meet with New Hanover about Southeastern Center

    BOVLIA—Two county commissioners and two county administrators will meet with officials from Southeastern Center for Mental Health and New Hanover County to discuss a funding agreement for Southeastern’s proposed new administrative building.

    Commissioners on Monday appointed commissioners Phil Norris and Charles Warren to join county manager Marty Lawing and assistant county manager Steve Stone to discuss with New Hanover and Southeastern officials Brunswick County’s future share of the news 25,000-square-foot facility proposed by Southeastern.

  • Carolina Shores OKs drainage help in community



    CAROLINA SHORES—Larry and Cherry Thurman loved building and retiring to their new home on a cul-de-sac overlooking a pond two-and-a-half years ago.

    But an abundance of recent rain has brought the water a little too close for comfort in the backyard in the Village at Calabash community.

    Since January, rising water from the 5-acre retention pond has spilled into their yard. Because the pond has no drainage system, the water hasn’t ebbed and continues to stand just a few feet from their house.

  • Men featured in 'A Better Man' share stories with Brunswick County audience

    Four of the stories in “A Better Man: True American Heroes Speak to Young Men on Love, Power, Pride and What it Really Means to Be a Man,” came to life Monday at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Ron Johnson, Rusty Petrea, Tim Seibles and Leighton Smith came to Brunswick County to share stories of how they became better men. They gave words of advice and encouragement that could benefit anyone—man or woman.

  • Board to vote whether to continue drug tests

    BOLIVIA—Legal counsel for the Brunswick County Board of Education is recommending a policy change, which will no longer require drug testing of potential employees.

    Brunswick County Schools currently requires all potential employees to pass a drug test, and other employees may be randomly tested upon suspicion.

  • School officials consider relinquishing Pre-K to private sectors

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools officials are considering relinquishing the Pre-K program from all district elementary schools and giving the available slots to private sectors in an attempt to save the district money during the next fiscal year.

    Faye Nelson, director of instructional and accountability services, presented the idea to members of the Brunswick County Board of Education at a finance committee meeting Tuesday afternoon.