Local News

  • County considers radio system overhaul

    BOLIVIA—Commissioners have given Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano the green light to move forward with a plan to overhaul the county’s radio system.

    Marzano has come under fire and received pressure to overhaul the system from local fire officials to change the county’s SmartLink radio system and what many people consider its impediments.

  • Motion to keep the hardship financing program narrowly fails

    A motion to extend the county’s water and sewer hardship financing program for low-income customers failed at the Brunswick County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.

    During commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 18, a motion to extend the program failed with just two of the five commissioners voting for the proposal, which means the county’s program is not in compliance with state statute.

  • Commissioners OK reimbursement agreement with limitations

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a reimbursement agreement ordinance to allow the county to enter into reimbursement agreements with specific limitations.

    Commissioners first addressed the ordinance at their Dec. 6 meeting to consider the construction of two super streets on U.S. 17 near the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center, scheduled to open in summer of 2011.

    But commissioners previously expressed concerns the proposed ordinance opened the door to any public or private agency that wants to be reimbursed by the county.

  • Community meeting set to discuss construction and demolition landfill expansion

    A community meeting has been scheduled to discuss the proposed construction and demolition landfill expansion project.

    The meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, will be at the Brunswick County Utility Operations Center on Greywater Road, behind Lockwood Folly Park.

    The public is invited to attend.

    Commissioners first tabled the construction and demolition landfill expansion project in November 2010, after a public hearing drew considerable opposition.

  • Pedestrian struck by vehicle on Main Street in Shallotte

    A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle around the 4900 block of Main Street in Shallotte Wednesday morning.

    The call came in around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to Brunswick County Emergency Services Deputy Director Scott Garner, who said he had no more details about the incident.

    Check back for more on this developing story.

  • When they come for you, you’re going to jail

    What is the Brunswick County South End Task Force, and what do they do?

    “A lot of people see us on the streets with our task force jackets and want to know what it is,” said Detective Mark Jarman of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    “If you see us coming, you are going to jail,” said Detective Woody Dunn of the Sunset Beach Police Department.

  • Father and son perform together in a trio sharing God’s message

    Sharing a talent and a message with others, a Southern gospel trio includes a local father and son duo. By day the trio assumes the roles of banker, town administrator and college student. By night they are The Altarmen & Julie.

    For the past 17 years, Julie Owens and Albert Hughes have shared the stage singing together. Two years ago, depending on whom you ask, Keith Hughes joined the group during his senior year of high school.

    The father and son debate the length of time.

  • Shallotte Police Officer of the Year

    First Sgt. Chip McKeithan of the Shallotte Police Department won the officer of the year award for 2010. The recipient was selected by his fellow officers.

    “Every year, all of the officers vote on the officer of the year at the end of the year,” said Chief Rodney Gause. “I think they voted for him because of the way he has stepped to the plate.”

    McKeithan, born and raised in Ash, has been employed with the Shallotte Police Department for 11 years and five months.

  • Sink or Swim–Port groups not backing down

    Part 1 of a 2-part series

    Sink or Swim…Is NCIT holding its breath to resurface later?

    It has been widely reported across the state that the North Carolina International Terminal (NCIT) port project is on hold.

  • Neighbors express their concerns over First Tee expansion

    It comes as no surprise that The First Tee of Brunswick County is planning to expand its facilities.

    First Tee officials first approached the county for permits in 2008. However, as the time for construction to begin is drawing near and plans have been altered from their original concept, neighbors are expressing their concerns.

    A November article published in The Brunswick Beacon outlined the plans. The First Tee of Brunswick County wants to construct an 11,000-square-foot residential academy and a practice facility on 10 acres adjacent to its present location.