Local News

  • Opposition mounts in landfill expansion project

    BOLIVIA— There’s a general consensus of “not in my backyard” among residents who live in the neighborhood near the proposed construction and demolition landfill expansion project near Bolivia.

    So much so that commissioners once again put off voting on the project, instead opting to host a community meeting for neighboring residents potentially affected by the landfill.

    Commissioners first tabled the project in November, after a public hearing drew considerable opposition.

  • U.S. population jumps to 308 million

    Officials with the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday released the results of the 2010 Census, and the U.S. population now tops 308 million people.

    According to Census officials, the official resident population of the United States as of April 1 was 308,745,538 people, a 9.7 percent increase compared to the 2000 Census.

    North Carolina’s population increased 18.5 percent, up 1.48 million people from 8 million to 9.5 million residents.

  • People line up for Christmas distribution with Brunswick Family Assistance

    By 7:30 a.m., people started lining up in the cold last Thursday to receive food and toys.

    Brunswick Family Assistance has provided this year for 948 families in need, said Lora Freeman, BFA’s assistant program manager. Freeman and festively clad volunteers greeted clients at the old Movie Gallery storefront Dec. 16 in Shallotte where toys were being distributed, including 12 bicycles that went out on lottery.

    Those family numbers include 1,022 seniors and children BFA assisted this year.

  • Commissioners OK school funding agreement for next two fiscal years

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved an agreement to continue funding Brunswick County Schools for the next two fiscal years.

    The new agreement for fiscal years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 provides schools with 36.5 percent of property tax proceeds collected after the county subtracts all general fund debt services.

  • Commissioners schedule public hearing for reimbursement ordinance

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners scheduled a public hearing for a proposed reimbursement agreement ordinance for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.

    Commissioners first addressed the proposed reimbursement agreement ordinance at their Dec. 6 meeting to consider the construction of two super streets on U.S. 17 near the future Brunswick County Medical Center, scheduled to open in summer of 2011.

    But commissioners previously expressed concerns the proposed ordinance opened the door to any public or private agency that wants to be reimbursed by the county.

  • Eighteen teachers receive national board certification

    Brunswick County Schools can add another 18 nationally board-certified teachers to its count.

    According to a press release from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), 18 teachers from schools across the county have earned their 2010 National Board Certification.

  • Sunset Beach Parking Committee sets four meetings in early 2011

    The Sunset Beach Parking Committee has scheduled the following meetings in the New Year.

    The meetings are scheduled for Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and Feb. 24.

    All of the meetings will begin at 9 a.m. and will be held in the Sunset Beach Town Hall Conference Room.

  • Sunset Beach still pursuing grant money for first town park

    SUNSET BEACH—The town of Sunset Beach is still in the process of trying to secure grant money for a 5.22-acre Intracoastal Waterway site being eyed for a future town park.

    Town administrator Gary Parker, speaking at a Dec. 16 planning board workshop, said no contract is in place as yet for the property, priced at an estimated $3.5 million, in order for the town to acquire it.

    “But in anticipation of possibly getting one in the very near future, we’re proceeding to apply for grant funding,” Parker said.

  • Old Sunset Beach bridge being dismantled

    SUNSET BEACH—Bill Prince is starting to feel nostalgic about an old bridge that sparks as much affection as it has consternation over the years.

    Prince is the only operator of the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge still on duty since the new $44 million high-rise bridge officially opened to traffic Nov. 11. In about two more weeks, the permanent NCDOT employee will revert to other duties after the old bridge is completely removed from the Intracoastal Waterway to a mainland site for a future museum.

  • Firefighters respond to blaze at J2 Custom Cabinetry

    Smoke could be seen high in the sky north of Shallotte Monday afternoon after several local fire departments responded to a blaze on Mount Pisgah Road. The fire engulfed a building at J2 Custom Cabinetry at 703 Mount Pisgah Road in Supply.