Local News

  • Commissioners to consider discontinuing water and sewer hardship program

    A recent University of North Carolina School of Government ruling has prompted Brunswick County Finance Director Ann Hardy to recommend commissioners nix a water and sewer hardship program.

    Hardy said she recently received a legal opinion from the School of Government stating the county’s hardship financing program for low-income water and sewer customers was not in compliance with state statute.

  • Rabon begins first session in state Senate in leadership role

    Days after winning a historic election to the state Senate, Bill Rabon was elected to another role—Republican Freshman Senate Leader.

    “It’s a nice vote of confidence, and I appreciate it,” Rabon said of his election by his fellow “freshman class” in the state Senate.

  • Countywide tax revaluation in final stages

    BOLIVIA—The countywide tax revaluation—conducted every four years in Brunswick County—is in its final stages.

    Brunswick County Tax Administrator Tom Davis said tax officials are completing the final steps of the state-required countywide property tax revaluation process, which began three and a half years ago.

    “We are conducting the final review of the values that have been done in Brunswick County. We’re taking one final look before we send out the notices the first week of March,” Davis said.

  • Winter storm dumps snow, ice on Brunswick County

    A winter storm blanketed parts of Brunswick County in ice and snow, canceling school, court and county business Monday.

    On Tuesday, schools remained closed, but much of the county resumed business, with some agencies operating on delays. Brunswick County Schools were operating on a two-hour delay Wednesday, Jan. 12.

  • Board members consider raising the roofs

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education operations committee heard a presentation last Wednesday from professional engineer Chuck Howard, who explained how a flat roof can be turned into a sloped roof.

    Board members tabled a decision at their December 2010 meeting regarding a contract with REI Engineers in the amount of $86,800 in association with roofing repairs set to take place at eight schools throughout the county. Board members wanted additional information regarding the repairs and total cost.

  • Ocean Isle Beach officials recognize late town leaders for contribution and service

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach town officials recently recognized three late community leaders for their service and contributions to the town.

    At the beginning of Tuesday’s board of commissioners meeting, Mayor Debbie Smith presented two memorial proclamations in honor of Ocean Isle Beach founder Odell Williamson and former ABC board member Wendell Hughes.

    Smith presented a proclamation to Odell Williamson’s wife, Virginia Williamson, and to his granddaughter, Marnie Williamson. Odell Williamson died Oct. 3, 2010.

  • Town asked to let Ocean Isle Palms into town’s sewer system

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—County officials have asked the town of Ocean Isle Beach to consider entering into a short-term agreement with Ocean Isle Palms and allow the development to connect to the town’s sewer system.

    At Tuesday’s board of commissioners meeting, town administrator Daisy Ivey told commissioners the developers were facing economic hardships and “cannot construct the force main at this time,” according to information she provided to commissioners.

  • Park-site contract approved in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Council approved 3-2 Monday night a contract to buy a 5.22-acre Intracoastal Waterway site for a future park for $3.4 million.

    The vote is contingent on the town securing $900,000 in grant money, with the remaining $2.5 million to come from town funds.

    The vote came following a closed session, with town councilman Lou De Vita making a motion to buy the controversial site from Tidal Ventures and fellow council member Karen Joseph seconding it.

  • Park grant pursuit gets votes in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has given its blessing to pursuing a grant for a future town park.

    The vote came at a board meeting Jan. 6 after it was sought by Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker.

    Sunset Beach Town Council member Carol Scott told Parker she wanted it made clear approval was for pursuing a state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant and not for the purchase of the 5.22-acre waterway site the town is eyeing for its first public park.

  • Public input sought for creation of blue trail

    Ever wanted to spend a day on the water kayaking or canoeing, but weren’t quite sure where to go?

    You needed a blue trail.

    It’s not quite the same as a hiking trail, but a blue trail (also called a water trail or a paddle trail) is a type of outdoor recreational trail that allows you to find open space with nature along a river.

    Blue trails have been catching on all over the nation. And now residents of Brunswick County have the opportunity to help lead the development of a blue trail on the Waccamaw River.