Local News

  • November home sales up in Brunswick

    Existing home sales in Brunswick County increased in November 2009 compared to the previous month and the previous year, according to the latest information from the N.C. Association of Realtors (NCAR).

    In November of 2009, Realtors in Brunswick County sold 181 units, up 65 percent from 110 units in November 2008. That also represents a 3 percent increase over October 2009, when 176 houses were sold.

    The average cost of a house also increased between November 2008 and 2009, from $232,147 to $248,291.

  • Future sewer costs still a concern in Calabash

    CALABASH—The town still needs to come to the aid of its citizens to help offset future sewer expenses, a resident told town commissioners at a recent meeting.

    “I feel some responsibility is here to provide some kind of help for citizens, whether budgeting some tax money or whatever,” said Calabash Acres resident Mack Sanders, speaking at commissioners’ Jan. 12 meeting.

    “I think the money should come from the town to help pay for this,” Sanders said.

  • Golf-course open zone consideration postponed by Sunset Beach Town Council

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has deferred consideration of a golf-course open-space zone, which is still being addressed by the town staff and planning board.

    “That’s something that’s still being worked on,” Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker said at council’s Jan. 11 workshop.

  • Draft calendar for 2010-2011 school year ready for approval

    The draft 2010-2011 school year calendar for Brunswick County Schools is complete and ready to be approved by the board of education.

    Deanne Meadows, executive director of personnel, presented the calendar to the policy/curriculum committee Tuesday afternoon. Staff members and parents representing each school put the calendar together.

  • Committee discusses bus stop diversion request

    Board members are not recommending approval of a request to divert a bus stop near a daycare facility.

    The board received a request from Christine Hewett, owner of Apples & Bananas Day Care in Calabash, asking the bus stop on Tree Acres Road be changed to the daycare facility.

    While the diversion is .16 miles, about 800 feet, the daycare is on an unimproved private section of Tree Acres Circle.

  • Hewett’s active sentence ends; begins two-year probation

    On Tuesday, Jan. 12, former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett became a step closer to being a free man.

    According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Hewett’s active sentence was set to end Jan. 12, beginning two years of supervised probation for his federal obstruction of justice conviction.

  • Labor department finds Brick Landing in violation of labor laws

    The N.C. Department of Labor has determined Brick Landing Plantation Golf and Country Club violated two provisions of the state Wage and Hour Act last fall.

    The action came in response to complaints from five Brick Landing employees claiming their employer failed to pay earned wages during the last part of September and October.

    When the department investigator contacted Dan Maples Design, the company that operates Brick Landing, officials responded that employees had later received payment. The investigator found they were still owed for other weeks later in October.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Emergency management unveils its disaster recovery plan

    BOLIVIA—Only a handful of emergency management agencies across the country have a disaster recovery plan, and last week, Brunswick County unveiled its own.

    The plan, intended to be used as a model for future disaster recovery plans across the state, would be implemented after an incident such as a hurricane, tornado, large-scale fire or other disaster, with the intent to bring the county back to a pre-disaster state, Scott Garner, Brunswick County Deputy Director of Emergency Management, said.

  • Calabash commissioners vote ABC member off board

    CALABASH—Town commissioners unanimously voted to remove a member from the town Alcoholic Beverage Commission board Tuesday after the other two board members complained about problems.

    Commissioners voted to remove Calabash ABC Board member Jack Bowes after ABC board chairman Hank Rutter said one member had been difficult to deal with and disruptive at ABC meetings.

    “We’re now at the point remaining board members will resign if something isn’t done with the third member,” Rutter told commissioners.

  • BEMC collects donations for Warm Homes, Warm Hearts campaign

    Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperation (BEMC) has kicked off its second annual Warm Homes, Warm Hearts campaign.

    The company is raising money to help local residents in need. Money raised will go toward Brunswick Family Assistance and the Columbus County Department of Aging to help local residents with heating and electric bills and other necessities during the winter season.