Local News

  • Clock is ticking on sale of county hospital

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County officials received a $1.75 million offer in October for the old county hospital.

    At the county meeting Dec. 3, the newly installed county board approved a contract with the buyer that will finalize the deal on Feb. 15, 2013.

    “This agreement starts a clock,” county manager Marty Lawing said. “This has a long history. Last September (2011) the property was deeded back to the county. We used the upset bid process to sell the property but had a couple deals fall apart.”

  • Foreclosure reviews available through end of the year

    December is the last month homeowners in foreclosure can request an independent review from Brunswick Housing Opportunities.

    Resea Willis, a counselor at Brunswick Housing Opportunities, said people are eligible if the home is their primary residence and they entered foreclosure between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2010.

    Willis said anyone who has been through a foreclosure, whether they felt they were treated fairly or unfairly, should take advantage of the review.

  • County will go to court to keep path to hospital sale clear

    Brunswick County officials made plans Monday night to finalize the sale of the old Brunswick Community Hospital property by Feb. 15, 2013.

    But to clear the way for a smooth handover, the county filed a declaratory action, a civil compliant in Brunswick County Superior Court, against a former bidder for the property.

    County attorney Huey Marshall said the complaint was filed Nov. 2 and served to

    Jacobs Real Estate Advisors LLC and Katierich Asset Management LLC on Nov. 13.

  • Sheriff to speak in Carolina Shores on Thursday

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is making progress on issues of law enforcement, town officials say.

    Town officials recently met with sheriff’s officials, and Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram is supposed to speak at the town board of commissioners upcoming monthly meeting at 3 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 6.

    The sheriff’s office is as committed to “providing the level of service as they’ve always provided to the town,” said town administrator Mike Hargett, speaking at the board’s monthly workshop Monday morning at town hall.

  • Sunset Beach work session Dec. 11

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have a work session at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the town hall conference room.

    Council is expected to take action during this work session.

    Scheduled agenda items include a pier-head alignment discussion involving the planning board and Holley Snider of the Division of Coastal Management.

  • Sunset Beach approves new agreement for Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH—Following a closed session Monday, Sunset Beach Town Council has unanimously approved a new agreement with Coastal Companies, developer of unfinished Jaguar’s Lair, contingent on the bonding company endorsing the agreement.

    The new agreement sets new terms for required improvements for Phase VI Section 1, and agrees “to continue to negotiate the terms for sections 2A, 2B and 2C” in the subdivision that have not been completed.

  • Calabash debates financial management

    CALABASH—Debate has ensued about the town’s finances and how they’re being handled.

    At a special called meeting Nov. 29, town commissioner Daria Buccilli claimed $35,000 is “out of balance” in town accounts.

    Town clerk Kelley Southward said some information hasn’t been entered into the system, which is being done now by town staff.

    Buccilli cited problems with payroll, taxes and a BB&T charge card.

  • Tax-exempt financing approved for Calabash Fire Department

    CALABASH—The Calabash Fire Department should be closer to construction of a new station as the county and towns it serves consider and approve resolutions for $1.5 million in tax-exempt financing.

    Brunswick County approved a resolution in June. Calabash approved a resolution at a special called meeting Nov. 29.

    The intent of the resolution was to help the fire department close on a loan for its new station at the corner of Persimmon and Thomasboro roads, where the old station was dismantled in early November.

  • Celebrate Christmas at the Old Bridge on Monday night

    SUNSET BEACH—The old Sunset Beach bridge may be retired, but it’s still lighting up the holiday season.

    For the second year, the preserved span will be the scene of holiday festivities with Christmas at the Old Bridge, a seasonal celebration slated for 5-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10.

    The Old Bridge Preservation Society is inviting the public to participate in an evening of caroling, Christmas treats and entertainment at the old bridge, which will be decked out in holiday finery at 109 W. Shoreline Drive.

  • SOLD OUT: Willie Nelson & Family perform Friday at BCC

    BOLIVIA—It isn’t every day Willie Nelson rolls into town.

    But come this Friday, the legendary singer and his family are on the road again, making their first bus stop ever at Brunswick Community College to fulfill a sold-out 7:30 p.m. gig in Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    “We are sold out,” auditorium manager Mike Sapp said last week of ticket status in the 1,500-seat auditorium where history will be made when Nelson performs his first-ever Brunswick County concert on Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7.