Local News

  • Deputy tax collector position won’t be funded in 2011 budget

    BOLIVIA—While there are no across-the-board cuts or proposed furlough days in the proposed 2011 county budget, one commissioner- appointed position won’t be included in the budget.

    In addition to cutting 16 vacant positions, commissioners won’t fund the position of deputy tax collector in the upcoming fiscal year’s $190 million operating budget.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said the position, currently held by Heather Hardee-Bath, was the only commissioner-appointed position that won’t be funded next year.

  • Dog food donations pouring in at Paw's Place

    A pet-food snafu has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Paw’s Place, a local no-kill animal rescue facility in Boiling Spring Lakes.

    “It was a mix-up,” Paw’s Place founder and manager Nancy Janovetz said of the dog-food dilemma that developed last Friday.

    A Paw’s Place volunteer had gone to retrieve the 12-year-old facility’s weekly supply of dry and canned pet food donated by Walmart, only to learn the food had already been taken by mistake for another rescue facility.

  • MOTSU to conduct training exercises June 13-17

    Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point (MOTSU) will be conducting training exercises during the week of June 13-17. These exercises will take place in the Southport and Leland area as well as around the Sunny Point facility.

    Loud noises and explosions are possible during this week due to the training exercises being conducted.


  • Restaurants, banks to be considered as allowable uses in Sunset Beach district

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has approved having a public hearing for proposed zoning text changes to allow restaurants, banks and other professional services along the town’s “main drag” in the mainland business district.

    The text-amendment request was made by Carolina Dreams Golf LLC, as discussed at the June 2 planning board meeting.

    The public hearing is scheduled for the board’s next meeting June 16.

  • DSS board members blast commissioners’ settlement with former director

    BOLIVIA—Though he was fired for workplace sexual harassment last year, a settlement with county commissioners in April allowed former DSS director Jamie Orrock to resign or retire rather than be fired.

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services recently adopted a resolution opposing the settlement with Orrock, claiming it “embarrassed” the board and the DSS department.

    In October 2010, Orrock, who helmed the county’s DSS department for nearly 30 years, was terminated for workplace sexual harassment.

  • David steers traffic court appeal to Supreme Court

    BOLIVIA—The next stop for District Attorney Jon David’s traffic court program is in Supreme Court.

    After a North Carolina Court of Appeals panel denied David’s petition seeking to re-instate his traffic court program, David said he would continue his fight in the North Carolina Supreme Court.

    In April, Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly issued a scathing administrative order criticizing David for implementing a new administrative traffic court program, which utilized a driving school program called StreetSafe.

  • Sunset Beach allots full $2.1 million to buy future park land

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has approved allocating the full $2.1 million cost to buy a 5.22-acre waterway site for a future park from the town’s cash reserves.

    The unanimous vote came during Monday night’s standing-room-only monthly meeting, where citizens were given an opportunity to speak on the matter beforehand during a public hearing.

  • Commissioner files police report for intimidation

    Brunswick County commissioner Charles Warren has filed a report with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office claiming to be intimidated and harassed by fellow county commissioners.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mark Francisco said he is investigating two claims made by Warren.

    The first claim is that commissioners Bill Sue and Scott Phillips have conspired to intimidate, harass and racially profile against him.

  • Calabash to consider budget June 14

    CALABASH—A public hearing for the proposed 2011-2012 budget is on the upcoming meeting agenda of the Calabash Board of Commissioners, set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at town hall.

    The meeting will also include public hearings for UDO amendments and a zoning map amendment.

  • Carolina Shores nearing budget adoption

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are poised to adopt a new fiscal budget for 2011-2012.

    Town administrator Mike Hargett, speaking at the board’s monthly workshop Monday, said the board would take an initial vote on the ordinance of the recommended $1.4 million balanced budget, then follow up with identification of any modifications it would like to make.