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  • Sunset Beach to continue pursuit of park site

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council voted 3-2 Monday to continue with negotiations and a possible new contract with owners of a 5.22-acre multi-million-dollar waterway site being eyed for a future park.

     

    The vote came after lengthy discussion that included mixed comments by 17 residents who spoke out during public comment time and each council member.

  • Holden Beach board bans items from being left overnight on beach strand

    Holden Beach commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday night requiring cabanas, tents, umbrellas and other personal equipment be removed from the beach by their owners each evening.

    Items must be removed between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. starting next Easter weekend.

    The delay is to give realtors time to inform vacationers of the change.

    The board discussed the situation for two years before making the change.

  • Board to examine PAC policy

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education want to know exactly who is serving on each school’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and how long members have been on board.

    According to board policy, a PAC member cannot serve more than three years at a single school. A list of current PAC members reviewed by board members Tuesday night shows one PAC member has served five years and several others have served for three. Some schools do not list terms for their members.

  • Museum Foundation’s executive director moving on to new opportunities

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation is searching for a new executive director.

    Executive director Scott Kucera, who has been with the foundation since 2005, has accepted an education extension and training specialist position with the Division of Coastal Management in Beaufort. His last day in Brunswick County is Oct. 8.

    “We have family in that area,” Kucera said, adding he and his wife both lived in the Beaufort area before moving to Brunswick County.

  • Commissioners deny request asking for increased height restrictions

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Commissioners denied a request for an amendment to the zoning text height ordinance Tuesday morning in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The request from Waterway Cove asked the height restriction in multifamily residential zones be increased to 42 feet from grade. The current height restriction is 36 feet.

  • Property owners believe dredging caused damage, asks town for assistance

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Property owners in Ocean Isle Beach are asking the town for assistance after this weekend’s rainfall left gaping holes in their back and side yards and washed out several areas under the house.

    Jim and Kim Brown of 30 Scotland St. believe what happened to their property is a result from the concrete canal dredging project, which occurred about a year and a half ago.

    Kim Brown said her husband repaired four sinkholes against their sea wall this past summer, and several of their neighbors have sinkhole issues as well.

  • Hospital to revert to county when Brunswick Novant Medical Center opens next summer

    When Brunswick Novant Medical Center opens the doors to its 74-bed, $107 million hospital in summer 2011, ownership of Brunswick Community Hospital will revert to the county.

    At their meeting Wednesday, Sept. 8, members of the Brunswick County Hospital Authority approved a resolution to revert the hospital and hospital property to county commissioners.

    The resolution states the hospital is to be transferred to the county “as is.”

  • GOP chairman reacts to commissioners’ per diem, mileage spending

    George Bell, chairman of the Brunswick County Republican Party, said he believes in President Ronald Reagan’s unwritten 11th commandment—never criticize a fellow Republican in public.

    In the past two weeks, Bell said there has been turmoil within the ranks of the Brunswick County GOP, even those who have broken Reagan’s rule over commissioners’ per diem and mileage reimbursements, which, in some cases, have more than doubled their salaries.

  • DSS board extends director’s suspension for 30 days

    BOLIVIA—At an emergency meeting Friday, Sept. 10, members of the Brunswick County Social Services Board extended DSS director Jamie Orrock’s suspension for another month.

    After a closed session at the emergency meeting, members unanimously approved extending Orrock’s suspension for the next 30 days beyond Sept. 11, when the initial suspension was set to expire, with board member Elsie Peterson absent.

  • The true cost to be governed: A glimpse at commissioners’ salary, mileage, per diem and insurance costs DOCUMENTS INCLUDED

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about how much Brunswick County Commissioners earn through salaries, per diem and mileage reimbursements, FICA contributions, health insurance contributions, life insurance contributions, credit card transactions and discretionary funding at commissioners’ disposal.

    Just how much does it cost to be governed in Brunswick County?