Local News

  • ‘Little Governor’ pleads guilty to tax evasion

     RALEIGH—The man once called “Little Governor” because of his connections to former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to one count of tax evasion—50 counts of shy of the original 51 with which he was charged.

  • Agenda item change sparks public prayer debate

    BOLIVIA—The change to Brunswick County commissioners’ agenda was so slight, one likely wouldn’t notice it.

    But the change on the agenda from “invocation” to “moment of silence,” caught commissioners’ attention, and all but one wanted to change it back.

    Commissioner Scott Phillips moved to change the agenda item back to invocation, or “public prayer,” as he called it.

  • Events planned in conjunction with National Child Abuse Prevention Month

    The Brunswick County Community Child Protection Team has been working to bring awareness to National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is annually recognized each April.

    “What the team’s decided to do is every April we try to bring different events and venues to the community to get them involved, and so we have several things going on this month,” Linda Perry, parenting education director of Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc., said.

  • Board of elections residency seminar draws small crowd at Holden Beach Town Hall

    HOLDEN BEACH—Only a handful of people—many of whom hopped the ferry from Bald Head Island—turned out at Holden Beach Town Hall last week for a state board of elections seminar on voter registration and residency for voting purposes.

    Gary Bartlett, executive director for the North Carolina Board of Elections, said determining residency is “by far the most complicated issue in the elections process.”

  • Dredge places 70,000 cubic yards of sand on Ocean Isle Beach’s east end

    Ocean Isle Beach town officials are hoping for peaceful waters following the completion of a recent dredge.

    The Intracoastal Waterway annual dredging project has been completed, and about 70,000 cubic yards of sand was put back on the beach, between Shallotte Boulevard and East Third Street.

    “We were very, very pleased with the amount of sand we received,” Daisy Ivey, town administrator, said at a recent Brunswick Beaches Consortium (BBC) meeting.

  • Local developer on payment plan for $2.1 million tax bill

    Local developer Mark Saunders has signed a comprehensive agreement with Brunswick County to repay $2.1 million in delinquent taxes owed for his various developments under his flagship company The Coastal Companies.

    According to the agreement, the terms of the payment plan are $50,000 per month from March 2010 until May 2010. From June 2010 until December 2010, Saunders will pay the county $75,000 per month.

  • Days at the Docks planned for this weekend

    Holden Beach will once again be the site of the world’s only “bopple” race, live entertainment from local and regional bands, festival food and events to raise money for local charities this weekend.

    The annual Days at the Docks celebration, scheduled for the last weekend in April of each year, is also a kind of unofficial kick off of the spring tourist season on this Brunswick County beach.

    After a long, cold winter, this year’s organizers are ready to hit the strand.

  • Fennell, Rabon seek GOP nomination for 8th District Senate seat

    Two Republicans will face off during this year’s primary election as they try to secure the GOP nomination for North Carolina State Senate District 8.

    Bettie Fennell and Bill Rabon are both seeking election into the Senate seat, which has been held by Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. (D-Columbus) for more than three decades. Soles announced last December he would not seek re-election.

    Fennell, who lost to Soles in the 2008 election, said she decided to run again because she has “a lot to offer for this district.”

  • McIntyre seeks to connect green industries, government funding

    CASTLE HAYNE—U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre brought together representatives from government agencies who know how to leverage available funds, entrepreneurs who need funds to start their businesses and scientists who can make the businesses’ products reality at a Green Energy Summit Monday morning at Cape Fear Community College’s North Campus.

    “We can unleash all types of resources and turn it into cost savings,” McIntyre told the crowd. “We can provide you with the tools to create green jobs.”

  • Calabash sets Earth Day Spring Litter Sweep this Thursday


    This Thursday, April 22, is Earth Day, and the town of Calabash is celebrating by having a 2010 NCDOT Spring Litter Sweep from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Participants will work in teams of at least two picking up trash along Beach Drive, Persimmon Road and Thomasboro Road.