Local News

  • DSS board extends director’s suspension for 30 days

    BOLIVIA—At an emergency meeting Friday, Sept. 10, members of the Brunswick County Social Services Board extended DSS director Jamie Orrock’s suspension for another month.

    After a closed session at the emergency meeting, members unanimously approved extending Orrock’s suspension for the next 30 days beyond Sept. 11, when the initial suspension was set to expire, with board member Elsie Peterson absent.

  • The true cost to be governed: A glimpse at commissioners’ salary, mileage, per diem and insurance costs DOCUMENTS INCLUDED

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about how much Brunswick County Commissioners earn through salaries, per diem and mileage reimbursements, FICA contributions, health insurance contributions, life insurance contributions, credit card transactions and discretionary funding at commissioners’ disposal.

    Just how much does it cost to be governed in Brunswick County?

  • Commissioners respond to what they think salaries include

    The personal sacrifices he makes for county business are why commissioner Scott Phillips says he earns his county commissioners’ salary. 

    “The phone calls, the phone messages, the individuals asking me and discussing county business when I’m out with my family, whether it be a ballgame or a movie, or a restaurant—that’s what I consider my base salary,” Phillips said.

  • Brunswick County Schools to air president's back-to-school speech

    President Barack Obama will give his second annual back-to-school speech at 1 p.m. today, but it will be the first time it will air live in Brunswick County classrooms.

    Superintendent Edward Pruden sent a letter to his staff Thursday, Sept. 9, stating the president's speech would be shown live in the classrooms but recognized there would be people opposed to whatever decision was made.

  • Shallotte Middle remembers 9/11

    SHALLOTTE—A larger than life American flag stood raised over the Shallotte Middle School lawn Friday morning as a 9/11 memorial service took place.

    Although Shallotte Middle School students were only a few years old on Sept. 11, 2001, they gathered with teachers, administrators and community members to honor those lost and make sure America never forgets what happened that fateful day.

  • Shallotte men arrested for breaking into vacation homes

    Two men have been arrested in connection with a string of break-ins to vacation homes in the Supply area.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, detectives arrested the two men—Daniel Hugh Hargrove and Max Ray Pinion—on Thursday, Sept. 9.

  • Hospital to revert to county when Brunswick Novant Medical Center opens next summer

    When Brunswick Novant Medical Center opens the doors to its 74-bed, $107 million hospital in summer 2011, ownership of Brunswick Community Hospital will revert to the county.

    At their meeting Wednesday evening, members of the Brunswick County Hospital Authority approved a resolution to revert the hospital and the hospital property to county commissioners.

    The resolution states the hospital is to be transferred to the county “as is.”

  • Town officials in support of proposed veterans park

    SHALLOTTE—Shallotte aldermen are in support of a local effort to build a veterans memorial park.

    Bob Janovic of the Shallotte Elks publicly asked aldermen for support of a park Tuesday night. The Elks along with representatives from the Shallotte National Guard Armory have been planning the construction of a veterans park to be build in a yet to be disclosed location in Shallotte. Janovic showed aldermen a photo of a park in Wentworth local supporters hope to model the local park after.

  • Commissioners discuss definition of official meeting; revisit per diem reimbursements

    BOLIVIA—What is a meeting?

    After a recent newspaper article outlining county commissioners’ per diem and mileage reimbursement, which was followed by radio talk-show criticism and public criticism at Tuesday night’s meeting, commissioners decided to revisit the definition of a meeting, and how they’re compensated for it.

    County commissioners chairman Bill Sue, who was first elected commissioner in 1994, said commissioners were reimbursed $35 from 1991 until 2001, when the county finance director recommended it increase to $50.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Lost computer on Faith Drive in Southport; victim’s laptop computer fell off roof of victim’s vehicle.

    •Assault on Red Bug and Gray Bridge roads in Supply; suspect hit victim with a metal pole.

    •Property damage on Squire Court in Leland; suspects threw eggs at victim’s vehicle.