Local News

  • Property values down, Ocean Isle Beach officials talk budget

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Balancing a budget is never easy, but this year it’s even harder for commissioners and town officials in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Recent tax revaluations hit the town hard. Ocean Isle Beach suffered a 33 percent decrease in property values. The goal of commissioners and staff is to create a revenue-neutral tax rate for the 2011-2012 fiscal year starting on July 1, 2011. They said that means tough budgeting decisions will have to be made.

    Last Thursday, the board and staff met for the first of several budget workshops.

  • Leland man sentenced on federal firearms charges

    NEW BERN— A Leland man was sentenced to prison for federal firearms charges.

    According to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson Robin Zier, Christopher Harold Goins, 35, of Leland, was sentenced to 240 months, or 20 years, in federal prison for firearms charges.

  • Landfill expansion draws full-house crowd

    BOLIVIA—Though commissioners were careful to articulate they might not approve a future landfill expansion on the site, they took the necessary steps toward the expansion by approving the potential site’s rezoning Monday night.

    In a 3-0 vote with commissioner Charles Warren absent and commissioner Marty Cooke abstaining, commissioners approved rezoning the land slated to house the expanded construction and demolition landfill from rural residential to industrial general, the only zone that allows a landfill as a permitted use.

  • Commissioners OK patient move for July’s hospital swap

    BOLIVIA—Novant Health has enlisted the help of the county to transport patients when hospital officials open the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center this summer.

    At their regular meeting Monday night, commissioners approved an agreement between Novant Health, the owners of Brunswick Community Hospital and the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center, and Brunswick County, which would allow Brunswick County EMS to transport patients from the old hospital to the new hospital.

  • HOA-POA reps converge with concerns in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Road repairs, a recent fire, swimming pool concerns and mosquito-spraying—or the lack thereof—are among issues aired at a March 30 meeting of the Carolina Shores HOA-POA Advisory Committee.

    Formed last summer, the committee meets monthly as a means of providing better communication and comparing notes among the six communities that compose the town. It also makes recommendations and suggestions to the town board of commissioners about community concerns.

  • Residents ask town for help in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have indicated they’re agreeable about helping residents of a town subdivision with lights and security issues.

    Lighthouse Cove residents Mandy Pope and Jeanne Taylor, at Monday’s town workshop, told the town board the community has been in limbo since construction there has stopped.

  • Public records policy tabled in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has tabled consideration of a proposed public records policy and form following debate Monday night.

    Town councilwoman Carol Scott said she has problems with the proposed policy that has requirements “not legally required by [state] statute.

    “I’m not sure I’m ready tonight to pass this at all,” she said.

  • Calabash, Carolina Shores, Sunset Beach salary chart


    Mayor/town commissioners

    Salaries are from July 1, 2010 to Feb. 28, 2011

    •Salaries reflect gross pay

    •The mayor and commissioners are not covered by the town’s health, dental, vision, life insurance and short-term disability plans.

    Mayor Anthony Clemmons: $900

    Town commissioners Bill Dixon, Forrest King, Mary Knight, John Melahn and Jody Nance: $600 each


  • True costs of government: Calabash, Carolina Shores, Sunset Beach

    As a continuation of Sunshine Week coverage, the Beacon this week takes a closer look at expenses in the towns of Calabash, Carolina Shores and Sunset Beach.

  • Find fun, rewarding volunteer opportunities at Brunswick County Volunteer Fair & Expo

    BOLIVIA—Are you interested in becoming more involved in your community but aren’t sure how to start? Do you have extra time that could be spent helping others?

    Find out about fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities at the Brunswick County Volunteer Fair & Expo, which will be from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the Virginia Williamson Events Center in the Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.