Local News

  • It stinks: Sunset Beach says no to reporter at sewer meeting

    SUNSET BEACH—An attorney with the North Carolina Press Association says closure of a meeting to the public last week so town and county officials could discuss sewer installation issues was not justified.

    The response came after Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Carol Scott told a Beacon reporter the June 13 meeting was not a public meeting.

  • Looking Back 1983-85

    Editor’s note: This is the next installment in a year-long series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon, which turns 50 years old this year. Each month, we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.

    It was an era of truckers’ strikes, corruption in government, and the end of driving on the beach at Holden Beach.

  • Raising up cattle just part of the schedule at Fulwoods’ Century Farm

    When Jerry Fulwood returns home after a hard day’s work at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, he’s usually greeted by a herd of cattle moos.

    It’s not that unusual at the family Century Farm that Fulwood shares with his wife, Louise, along with about 60 head of beef cattle and three watch-donkeys.

    The family farmland, encompassing close to 200 acres along Mintz Cemetery Road and another section along Old Shallotte Road, is where Jerry grew up and inherited the land from his dad, Henry Fulwood Jr., who died in 2009 at age 86.

  • Calabash adopts new $1 million budget for 2012-13

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners has approved a 2012-13 fiscal year budget ordinance calling for a balanced budget of $1,021,050 and an unchanged tax rate of 8.75 cents per $100 of assessed value.

    Approval came at the town board’s monthly meeting June 12.

    General fund appropriations are for operation of town government and its activities for the fiscal year starting July 1 and ending June 30, 2013.

  • Child gets 140 stitches after shark bite

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A 6-year old girl received more than 140 stitches after being bitten by a shark on Monday.
    According to Daisy Ivey, town administrator, an emergency call for an animal bite on the beach strand went out before noon Monday. The Ocean Isle Beach fire and police departments responded.

  • No raises included in this year’s county budget

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County employees will not receive a merit or cost of living adjustment during the upcoming fiscal year’s budget.

    No raises were included in the proposed budget, which takes effect July 1, but at Monday night’s meeting, commissioner Marty Cooke made a motion to give county employees a one-time 4 percent cost of living adjustment.

    Though his motion failed, Cooke said the county has the money for the raises.

  • Commissioners approve $194.1 million county budget with no tax increase

     BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved a $194.1 million operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Commissioners approved the 2012-2013 budget three votes to two, with commissioners Marty Cooke and Charles Warren dissenting.

    The budget takes effect July 1.

    The $194.1 million budget is 1.8 percent more than the current fiscal year’s $190.6 million budget, county manager Marty Lawing said.

    The property tax rate will remain the same at 44.25 cents per $100 of assessed property.

  • Ordinance change finalizes adoption of Sheriff Animal Protective Services

     BOLIVIA—With an ordinance change approved Monday, county commissioners replaced what was formerly the county’s animal services department with Sheriff Animal Protective Services.

    Beginning July 1, all animal control, including enforcement, shelter operations and adoptions, will now be under the umbrella of the sheriff’s office.

    Commissioners approved the switch at their June 4 meeting, but a unanimous ordinance change approval, which came Monday night, was required to make the move official.

  • Statewide unemployment less than 10 percent for May

    For the fourth consecutive month, statewide unemployment in North Carolina is less than 10 percent.

    According to unemployment estimates recently released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, North Carolina’s unemployment rate for May was 9.4 percent—the same statewide unemployment rate as April.

  • Public hearing on sewer assessment scheduled for July 16

    BOLIVIA—A second public hearing has been scheduled to solicit comments about the assessment method of the Brick Landing Plantation sewer improvement project.

    The total project cost to be recouped by an assessment is $805,066, and there are about 510 parcels in Brick Landing included in the Special Assessment District, Brunswick County Engineering Director Bill Pinnix said.

    Commissioners unanimously approved a 50 percent per-parcel and 50 percent lot acreage assessment method at their meeting Monday night.