Local News

  • Judge denies Warren’s request for injunction

    BOLIVIA—Superior Court Judge Jack Hooks on Wednesday denied Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren’s request for an injunction to stop a hearing to remove Warren from the county’s Department of Social Services board.

    Hooks’ order, filed at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Brunswick County Superior Court, allows county commissioners to legally proceed with the removal process. The order also nullified a temporary restraining order preventing the hearing.

  • Carolina Shores workshop, retreat set for Monday at SBIC

    The monthly workshop of the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at BCC’s South Brunswick Islands Center on U.S. 17.

    The workshop will be followed by the board’s annual daylong budget retreat at the same location.

    Agendas should be ready by mid-week.

  • Sunset Beach council to resume talk about garbage roll-back

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Council is set to revisit rescinding the town’s roll-cart citation and fine program at its monthly meeting next Monday night, Feb. 6.

    At their monthly workshop Jan. 24, council members agreed to rescind the program following lengthy discussion that included input from several residents and business owners.

    Council also agreed to have an unsightly and messy island trash bin removed. They said it would remain out for at least a month, however, until word gets out that it will be removed.

  • Brunswick County schools get grades from state

    The State Department of Public Instruction recently released “report cards” for school districts and individual schools in North Carolina for the 2010-2011 school year.

    The school district’s average student population is higher than the state average in elementary and high schools. Brunswick County Schools average 579 students in elementary school, compared to the state average of 497 students, and 880 high school students compared to 794 statewide.

  • The Brunswick Beacon looking back: 1962 through 1966

    Editor’s Note: This is the second in a yearlong series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon. Each month we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.

    SHALLOTTE—A half-gallon of milk cost 35 cents. Twenty-nine cents got you a 10-pound bag of potatoes. A can of Maxwell House coffee was 69 cents.

    And the hometown newspaper, first the Shallotte Press before quickly changing its name to The Brunswick Beacon, cost 5 cents.

    The year was 1962.

  • Sea Trail reorganization plan proposes selling assets

    SUNSET BEACH—A proposed reorganization plan for Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center cites details about selling assets at the resort.

    The intent of the plan, submitted Jan. 26 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, is outlined by Matthew Smith, managing director with The Finley Group Inc. of Charlotte, described as an advisory firm for “operationally challenged organizations.”

  • Sunset Beach annual retreat is Feb. 21

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have its day-long annual retreat on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Osprey Room A of the Sea Trail Conference Center.

    Council’s agenda is as follows:

    8:15-8:45 a.m. breakfast; 8:45-9:30 a.m. budget preparation process; 9:30-10:15 a.m. community meetings; 10:15-11:15 a.m. beach patrol vs. reserve officers; 11:15-noon bike trails/pedestrian walkways; noon-1 p.m. lunch break; 1-3:30 p.m. capital improvement, five-year financial plans review; 3:30-5 p.m. project schedule review.

  • Carolina Shores candidate says proxy vote misleading; leader says not

    CAROLINA SHORES—A candidate for a Carolina Shores POA directorship claims POA leaders are trying to slip in a bylaw change as members cast their votes this Saturday at the POA clubhouse.

    Peter Kirkby, a candidate for one of three POA board of director seats up for renewal, says the board slipped in a bylaw change that members must sign when they cast their votes for candidates at the 3 p.m. members-only meeting Feb. 4.

  • UDO open house Feb. 15 in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town of Carolina Shores will have an open house 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, to discuss land use and the town’s unified development ordinance.

    Business owners and residents and anyone else with property interests in the town are invited to attend. Town staff said it would be an informal forum to discuss development of the draft UDO ordinance as well as future land issues. Consultants will be on hand to discuss the planning process.

  • DSS board members vote to hire fired attorney

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have fired him.

    He’s currently involved in litigation against the county—representing Department of Social Services Chairman Charles Warren in a legal battle against county commissioners.

    He continues to bill the county for work he did after his contract was terminated.

    And on Tuesday afternoon, three of five DSS board members voted to hire him—again.

    Attorney Gary Shipman previously served as the DSS board’s attorney but commissioners fired him last January.