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  • County to offer payment options for property taxes

    While nearly 85 percent of Brunswick County taxpayers have already paid their 2008 property taxes, the tax department is offering payment options for those experiencing hardships due to current economic conditions.

    Brunswick County Tax Collector Ken Perry said about 85 percent of Brunswick County taxpayers have already paid property taxes, and he expects that number to increase to 90 percent by the end of the month.

  • Bass files second complaint against Cardinal Pointe, faces eviction

    SHALLOTTE—Cardinal Pointe resident Amy Bass this month filed a second complaint against the apartment complex management alleging harassment. She has since been served eviction papers.

    Bass was to present her case against eviction in front of a magistrate in the Brunswick County Courthouse on Wednesday. She had planned to ask for a continuance until the complaint can be investigated.

  • Leland man killed in single-vehicle wreck

    A Leland man was killed after his car ran off the road and overturned early Monday morning near Leland.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. A.E. Morris, Lyman Dick Haskett Jr., 60, of 1992 Maco Road, was traveling south on N.C. 87 when his vehicle ran off the road and overturned around 5:40 a.m. Monday.

    Morris said Haskett, who was driving a 1995 Nissan pickup truck, ran off the road on the right shoulder, struck a ditch and overturned. The truck came to rest lying on its top.

  • Easley’s last ‘Booze it and Lose it’ nets more than 4,000 DWI arrests

    Former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley, who was succeeded as governor by Bev Perdue on Saturday, announced the last statewide driving while impaired campaign under his direction netted more than 4,000 driving while impaired arrests.

    In addition to 4,430 driving while impaired citations issued during the holiday “Booze it & Lose it” campaign, law enforcement officers also issued more than 155,000 traffic and criminal citations during the holiday campaign throughout North Carolina.

    The holiday campaign ran from Dec. 1, 2008, to Jan. 4, 2009.

  • Coastal homeowners’ insurance rates soar compared to inland counties’ rates

    Brunswick County is one of 18 coastal counties throughout the state slated to suffer severe rate increases in homeowners’ insurance.

    But not all North Carolina counties will see a rate increase, according to a recently approved rate schedule.

    N.C. Insurance Commissioner Jim Long approved a 29.8 percent rate increase for Brunswick, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Carteret counties rather than the 69.8 percent increase originally requested for the five-county region.

  • Redistricting options considered for Town Creek Elementary School

    BOLIVIA—The three proposed redistricting lines for Town Creek Elementary School include pre-K through fifth-grade students from Belville Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Bolivia Elementary schools.

    The proposed population for Town Creek Elementary is in the low 500s, which will reduce Belville, Lincoln and Bolivia’s student population by more than 100, regardless of which scenario is chosen.

    Belville Elementary School’s current population is 837 students, while 676 students attend Lincoln and 653 students attend Bolivia.

  • Woman mourns loss of canine companion

    SUPPLY—Debbie Chambers vividly remembers choosing her beloved Yorkie mix, Waldy, from a litter, taking him home, scrubbing his fleas off in the sink, bottle-feeding and raising him to become a member of her family.

    Although she’s kept many dogs over the years, Waldy was special, Chambers said. He was her constant companion and was treated like another child.

    Chambers recalled Waldy walking on his hind legs across the house, riding four-wheelers with her sons, jumping up and licking her tears away when she cried.

  • Shallotte applying for grants to add amenities

    SHALLOTTE—A new park and the first section of a river walk could be in the town’s future if the state approves two grant applications.

    According to town administrator Paul Sabiston, Shallotte is applying for a 50-50 matching grant from the state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) for a new park with multi-use ball fields, a tennis court and possibly a walking trail.

    Sabiston said the town is seeking a $500,000 grant, meaning Shallotte’s share would be $250,000.

  • Schools release redistricting drafts

    Brunswick County Schools has released preliminary draft copies of several redistricting options for Cedar Grove Middle School and Town Creek Elementary School, both scheduled to open summer 2009.

    Students currently enrolled at Bolivia Elementary, Shallotte Middle, South Brunswick Middle and Virginia Williamson Elementary fall within proposed district lines for Cedar Grove Middle School.

    Town Creek Elementary School's preliminary district lines include students from Belville Elementary, Bolivia Elementary and Lincoln Elementary.

  • Board receives funds despite economic hardships

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram presented The Brunswick County Board of Education with a check for $67,148.42 Tuesday night. The money, which came from the county’s seized drug fund, is something board chairwoman Shirley Babson hopes to in turn use towards drug education and awareness within the schools.

    “I hoped we might use some of it to look into the abuse of prescription drugs,” she said Tuesday, it is “so widespread, particularly into the high school.”