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  • Sunset Beach council adopts new budget for 2011-2012

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council officially adopted a $5.8 million budget for fiscal year 2011-2012, which takes effect this coming Friday, July 1, and calls for a 10.5-cent ad valorem tax rate per $100 of valuation.

    According to a statement and figures issued by town budget officer Donna Rogers, the revenue-neutral rate for the town would be 12.5 cents based on general property reappraisal for the town. The rate that was adopted represents an increase from the property tax rate of 9 cents for fiscal year 2010-2011.

  • Former Sunset Beach chief building inspector resigns state board, surrenders certificates

    Former Sunset Beach Chief Building Inspector Jeff Curtis has resigned a state board and surrendered certificates earned over the years.

    Curtis has resigned his seat on the state Code Officials Qualification Board effective immediately, according to Kerry Hall, spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Insurance and Office of State Fire Marshal.

    Hall said Curtis also surrendered all of his certificates qualifying him for building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and fire inspections work as of July 1.

  • Fourth of July festivities

    The Fourth of July is being celebrated with all the bells, whistles and fireworks.

    The annual Ocean Isle Beach POA Fourth of July parade gets under way at 10 a.m. Monday.

    The North Carolina Fourth of July Festival Parade is set for 11 a.m. in Southport, accompanied by all-day food vendors, arts and crafts, and other events (see www.nc4thofjuly.com). Fireworks are at 9 p.m.

    Calabash festivities will begin at 3 p.m. Monday on the waterfront at Oak Street beside Capt. John’s Seafood House. Highlights include food vendors and old-fashioned games.

  • Brunswick included in governor-declared state of emergency

    Brunswick County is one of 29 eastern North Carolina counties included in a declaration of emergency issued by N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue.

    On Saturday, Perdue signed Executive Order 94, which declared a state of emergency for 29 eastern counties because of the wildfires already burning and the threat of continued and dry conditions.

    There have been no confirmed wildfires in Brunswick County, though Brunswick County remains under state and local burn bans.

  • May unemployment numbers a mixed bag across the state

    RALEIGH—State unemployment numbers for May were released Friday, and Brunswick County saw a slight dip into a singe-digit unemployment rate.

    Statewide, just under half of North Carolina’s 100 counties saw decreased rates in May, according to statistics released Friday morning by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina.

    The statewide unemployment rate was 9.7 percent for May.

    May unemployment rates decreased in 40 counties, stayed the same in 16 counties and increased in 44 counties, according to ESC statistics.

  • Brunswick Beat for June 22, 2011
  • State, county agencies issue burn bans

    State and county officials have issued a burn ban for Brunswick County.

    At 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner issued a burn ban for Brunswick County, which coincided with a burn ban issued by state officials for 27 eastern North Carolina counties.

    Garner said the ban was implemented because of severely dry conditions as well as local wild fires that have already burned tens of thousands of acres.

    Firefighters and others are battling large wildfires in Dare, Bladen and Pender counties.

  • Three firemen injured by collapsing roof

    SUPPLY—A house fire at 2582 Josh Circle SW, Supply, sent three firefighters to the hospital Monday night as it engulfed two structures.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services received the call at 9:08 p.m., Monday, June 20.

    Civietown and Tri Beach Volunteer Fire Departments were first to arrive on the scene. The house was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. Before the night was over, more than 50 firefighters were on the scene along with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Brunswick County EMS and Coastline Rescue.

  • 'Swamp Loggers' films in Brunswick County

    GREEN SWAMP—The Discovery Channel’s Bobby Goodson’s search for timber led him and his crew to the Green Swamp.

    “This is definitely not something you see in Brunswick County everyday,” said Shawn Lennon, property owner.

    Several weeks ago Goodson’s All Terrain Logging Inc., including Bobby Goodson and the cast and crew of the Discovery Channel’s hit reality television show “Swamp Loggers,” showed up in Brunswick County off N.C. 211 and Lennon Road.

  • “Ironman Grandpa” walks through Shallotte on his trek to Maine

    SHALLOTTE—The Shallotte Fire Department had an unexpected over night guest on Tuesday.

    “The chamber called on Tuesday and said there was a 72-year old man walking along US 17 from Key West to Maine,” said Paul Dunwell, Shallotte fire chief.

    Dunwell did a little online research and found the story of Al Slusser and immediately offered for the veteran a place to stay for the night at the firehouse. The fire department picked Slusser up at the rest area in Shallotte and brought him and his traveling cart back to settle in for the evening.