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  • Commissioners opt not to OK comprehensive traffic plan

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners will wait to receive endorsements from municipalities before giving the green light to the county’s comprehensive traffic plan.

    At their regular meeting Monday night, commissioners put off a vote to endorse the plan, saying they first wanted municipalities to have public hearings before voting on endorsing the plan.

  • Ocean Isle park scheduled for July '09 completion

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The town of Ocean Isle beach learned at its monthly meeting last Tuesday the park planned for construction on Old Georgetown Road is scheduled to be completed by July 2009.

  • Ousted tax administrator’s wife addresses board

    Diane Bagby is standing by her man.

    Her husband Tom Bagby recently resigned his post as Brunswick County Tax Administrator at the request of the board of commissioners.

    While Tom Bagby said last week he was surprised by the commissioners’ request for his resignation, Diane Bagby had much more to say at Monday night’s county commissioners’ meeting.

    Diane Bagby argued Tom Bagby was not given an opportunity to express his opinion after the board made its decision at its last meeting, even though he was at the meeting.

  • Local food producers, sellers organizing, getting the word out

    GRISSETTOWN—Farmers, ranchers and gardeners need to start thinking of themselves as marketers if they want to launch a successful local food initiative in Brunswick County.

    That’s what Annette Dunlap of the N.C. Department of Agriculture told a group of interested farmers and retailers gathered at Silver Coast Winery Friday morning for the first of many meetings to discuss the county’s growing local food movement.

  • Sweepstakes request dealt a delay in Calabash

    CALABASH—A request for a conditional use permit for a sweepstakes business was tabled Monday night by the Calabash Zoning Board of Adjustment.

    Chris Wisdo has submitted an application for a special/conditional use permit for 13 gaming-station computers in Calabash Plaza in the town's central business district.

    "We're considering a computer that offers a sweepstakes," said Wisdo, comparing the venture to contests offered by Pepsi and McDonald's.

  • Breaking NewsTractor trailer accident causes delays on U.S. 74-76

    Brunswick County emergency officials are urging motorists on U.S. 74-46 westbound and U.S. 421 southbound to use caution after an earlier wreck.

    According to emergency officials, a tractor trailer traveling south on U.S. 421 wrecked while exiting into the westbound lane of U.S. 74-76 around noon Tuesday.

    The U.S. 421 exit ramp as well as the right lane of U.S. 74-76 will be closed for an extended period of time for cleanup. Motorists are urged to use caution as they pass through this area and to expect delays.

  • Oyster festival deemed damp, but not dreary success

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Even the rains couldn’t keep people away from their oysters last weekend.

    Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce President Cathy Altman said last weekend’s N.C. Oyster Festival at Ocean Isle Beach was a success, despite a slow rainy start to the two-day festival on Saturday.

    “I think all in all it was successful, especially Sunday. Typically, Sunday is a slower day for us. This year, Sunday was like our Saturday,” Altman said.

  • EDC director says economy hasn’t yet harmed future plans

    Brunswick County Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw says the downward-spiraling economy is the worst he’s seen in his career, but it so far hasn’t deterred developers and industrial executives from considering the county as a site for future business.

    Bradshaw said recently he expects to make two announcements of new industries by the end of the year.

    “We’ve got clients who are still looking,” he said. “They haven’t phased back.”

  • Former Holden Beach police officer sues town

    A former Holden Beach police officer has sued the town of Holden Beach.

    Terri Oxford filed a lawsuit in Brunswick County Superior Court on Oct. 8 for gender discrimination and wrongful termination, violations of the N.C. Wage and Hour Act and for common-law violations of negligent infliction of emotional distress.

    Oxford, who worked for the police department from 1999 until 2008, claims in her lawsuit she was denied a promotion and wages because she is a female. She further claims she was harassed and retaliated against for complaining about discriminatory treatment.

  • Sunset Beach brakes for bike path tweaks

    SUNSET BEACH—Plans for future bicycle and pedestrian paths continue to be scrutinized in Sunset Beach.

    Last week, the Sunset Beach Planning Board instructed consultant Don Eggert of the Cape Fear Regional Council of Governments to tweak plans presented at an Oct. 16 meeting.

    The board wants Eggert to include paths on the Sunset Beach island, town administrator Gary Parker said.