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  • 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?

  • Commissioners respond to what they think salaries include

    The personal sacrifices he makes for county business are why commissioner Scott Phillips says he earns his county commissioners’ salary. 

    “The phone calls, the phone messages, the individuals asking me and discussing county business when I’m out with my family, whether it be a ballgame or a movie, or a restaurant—that’s what I consider my base salary,” Phillips said.

  • Brunswick County Schools to air president's back-to-school speech

    President Barack Obama will give his second annual back-to-school speech at 1 p.m. today, but it will be the first time it will air live in Brunswick County classrooms.

    Superintendent Edward Pruden sent a letter to his staff Thursday, Sept. 9, stating the president's speech would be shown live in the classrooms but recognized there would be people opposed to whatever decision was made.

  • Shallotte Middle remembers 9/11

    SHALLOTTE—A larger than life American flag stood raised over the Shallotte Middle School lawn Friday morning as a 9/11 memorial service took place.

    Although Shallotte Middle School students were only a few years old on Sept. 11, 2001, they gathered with teachers, administrators and community members to honor those lost and make sure America never forgets what happened that fateful day.

  • Shallotte men arrested for breaking into vacation homes

    Two men have been arrested in connection with a string of break-ins to vacation homes in the Supply area.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, detectives arrested the two men—Daniel Hugh Hargrove and Max Ray Pinion—on Thursday, Sept. 9.