Local News

  • County adopts $198.6 million budget with no tax increase, no benefit reductions

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have unanimously approved a $198.6 million budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 with no reductions in staff, tax increases or reduction in benefits.

    To do that, however, the county is using $3.8 million from its fund balance, or savings account, something commissioners warned might result in cuts next year if the economy doesn’t turn around.

  • County confirms two adult cases of H1N1

    The Brunswick County Health Department has been informed of two cases of confirmed H1N1 novel virus in adults, one in Winnabow, another in Bolivia.

    The victims have been treated and asked to voluntarily stay at home for seven days, officials say.

    “We know the H1N1 virus is in our area. Seasonal flu is almost over so we will assume any person with flu-like symptoms has H1N1. There really is no need to test. The treatment is the same no matter which strain,” Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey said this week.

  • Federal grand jury reviews Easley's, family's travel records

    The same day a federal grand jury convened in Raleigh to scrutinize former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley’s travel records, Gov. Bev Perdue implemented a new policy for maintaining travel records.

    On May 20, when a federal grand jury assembled at the Terry Sanford Federal Building in Raleigh to review travel records subpoenaed through the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Perdue ordered the state departments of Crime Control and Public Safety and Highway Patrol to implement new required travel records retention for security details assigned to the governor and lieutenant governor.

  • Kindergarten teacher arrested on drug charges

    A kindergarten teacher at Virginia Williamson Elementary School has been arrested on six drug related charges.

    According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Candice Brooke Smith, of Apt. 3007 Royal Poste Rd., Sunset Beach, was arrested Monday on the following charges: one count of possession of drug paraphernalia; one count of possession of schedule II controlled substance; two counts of conspire to sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance; and two counts of obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery.

  • Future of Calabash Fire Department on neighboring towns' agendas

    CALABASH—A possible joint venture between the towns of Calabash and Carolina Shores for future operation of the Calabash Fire Department is still being mulled by the individual towns.

    Though town leaders in both towns have yet to formally come to a mutual discussion or negotiation table, they convened at a meeting last month to learn more about what an interlocal agreement would entail.

  • Calabash bestows first Beautiful Yard awards

    CALABASH—The loveliest landscapes in the seafood capital have finally been unveiled, as have a few landscaping secrets.

    Last week, Mayor Anthony Clemmons bestowed awards to four winners in the town’s first Beautiful Yard Contest.

    First place went to Randy Wilson’s freshly groomed yard fronting Beach Drive in downtown Calabash.

    Wilson, a Calabash native, says his outdoor living area surrounded by potted plants, hanging baskets and statuary is an example of the type of yard that doesn’t involve a lot of ground plantings.

  • Brunswick County receives hurricane grant, plans large-scale ‘disaster’

    On the morning of Saturday, July 11, a major training exercise will unfold in Shallotte, complete with a few homes being destroyed.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services was recently awarded a hurricane grant, and director Randy Thompson said they’re putting the money toward training for a large-scale disaster.

    To do so, they’ll create the disaster.

    “We’ve actually got a few homes we’re going to destroy,” Thompson said.

    The grant included money to lease the property on which the homes will be destroyed.

  • Budget undergoes last-minute scrutiny in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Recycling and a second fire station were among last-minute budgetary topics at a town council workshop last week.

    Council is expected to adopt the proposed $5,056,955 fiscal budget for 2009-2010 at its next meeting June 29. The meeting was scheduled a week early in lieu of a monthly meeting connecting to the July 4 holiday weekend. The new fiscal budget year takes effect July 1.

    The proposed budget includes retaining the town’s current tax rate at 9 cents per $100 of valuation and is about $200,000 below the current year budget.

  • Varnamtown aldermen to vote on budget Monday

    VARNAMTOWN—A public hearing for the town’s fiscal year 2009-2010 budget is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 22, at town hall.

    The Varnamtown Board of Aldermen is also expected to vote on adopting the proposed budget, according to mayor pro tem Ennis Swain, who chairs the town finance committee.

    Proposed $170,472 budget appropriations consist of $146,155 for town operations, $16,200 for the town park and $8,117 for the contingency fund.

    The proposed tax levy remains at 5 percent for each $100 of valuation on taxable property.

  • Frank Iler appointed to Bonner Stiller's seat

    State Rep. Bonner Stiller’s resignation from the N.C. General Assembly became effective Monday, and on Tuesday night, the Brunswick County Republican Party’s executive committee elected Frank Iler to replace him.

    The vote was 25-10 in favor of Iler, of Oak Island, over Brunswick County Board of Education Chairwoman Shirley Babson, who also sought the seat.

    Iler was set to go to Raleigh at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, he said, and was to be sworn in that evening.