Local News

  • Board of equalization and review votes to stay Coastal Companies’ property assessments

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Equalization and Review on Tuesday denied nine appeals filed with the board challenging county-assessed property values on behalf of developer Mark Saunders’ various enterprises.

    The board denied eight appeals that included 930 parcels in Ocean Isle Palms, Rivers Edge, Ocean Ridge SeaWatch and Eagle Point.

  • County approves contract for new medical provider for detention center

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved a three-year contract with Correct Care Solutions for comprehensive medical, dental and mental health services for inmates at Brunswick County Detention Center.

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Correct Care Solutions replaces Southern Health Partners for jail medical services beginning July 1, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said.

  • Sweepstakes workers decry town fees, threaten lawsuit

    Beach Internet Café beside Lowe’s Foods in Shallotte is a brightly lit storefront stocked with 46 computer screens, open from 9 a.m. to midnight, where people come in, buy Internet time and receive sweepstakes entries that could result in cash winnings.

    But come July, the shop could be out of business, now that the Shallotte Board of Aldermen has enacted a $1,000 per-machine fee effective July 1.

  • Shallotte approves budget with no tax increase; water, sewer fees will rise

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen has approved the 2010-2011 budget, with a total of $3,839,532 in the general fund and $3,365,927 in the water/sewer fund.

    The new budget keeps the tax rate at 27 cents per $100 valuation of property.

    “This will be a tight budget year in many respects as a result of the slow economy and the recession that began nationwide in January of 2008,” Hughes said in his budget message to the board Tuesday night.

  • YES! for summer camps at Brunswick Community College

    BOLIVIA—More than 30 children took to the stage Monday morning at Odell Williamson Auditorium. They rehearsed lines, music and staging for their upcoming production of “Dreamers.”

    Across the Brunswick Community College campus, another group of children began to learn how to speak Spanish.

  • ‘No major issues’ but town reminds beachgoers safety first

    It’s been several years since Ocean Isle Beach town commissioners voted to ban cabanas from the beach, but John Goodwin, police chief, said it’s a violation beach patrol officers address daily.

    “We don’t allow cabanas on the beach, and people are still trying to use them,” Goodwin said. “There’s nothing the officers can do. [They] have to go along with what the town ordinance says.”

    Although officers have to remind people daily, Goodwin said most everyone is cooperative and understands the rule.

  • Former board member seeking answers for principal's transfer

    A former member of the Brunswick County Board of Education and some members of the Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School community are questioning the board’s motives after voting to transfer the school’s principal to a central office position.

    Board members approved a seven-page personnel list during a reconvened meeting Friday, June 11. Jessie Mae Monroe Principal Patricia Rourk was included in the list and will be transferred to the central office and serve as a director in instruction and accountability services, effective July 1.

  • ABC profits questioned in Calabash, Sunset Beach

    An official with the Calabash Volunteer EMS is seeking legal guidance after learning a portion of Sunset Beach ABC proceeds may have been illegally diverted to the Sunset Beach Fire Department.
    Troy Thorup, board secretary and spokesman for Calabash Volunteer Emergency Medical Services, said the profits might have been improperly diverted from Calabash EMS to the Sunset Beach Fire Department years ago.
    Thorup has consulted a Greensboro attorney who has advised the EMS could have “a very good, open and shut case” if not one that is fraudulent.

  • Waccamaw Seniors voice concerns about facility in Ash

    ASH—On a recent weekday morning, a group of seniors crowded into a room inside the old Waccamaw School.

    Some worked on a jigsaw puzzle around a table. Two others exercised on equipment on the opposite side of the room.

    A quilt made by the ladies and handmade clothing ready to be sent to children in Haiti were displayed nearby. In other corners of the room are a desk for site manager Virginia Long to use and a sitting area with couches and a TV.

  • Trade Adjustment Assistance approved for shrimpers

    VARNAMTOWN—The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a petition for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance for shrimpers.

    Jackie Varnam, co-owner of Garland’s Fresh Seafood market and president of Brunswick Catch, said she received notification last week assistance had been approved.

    That means shrimpers will be eligible for up to $12,000 in assistance, but they have to be approved, Varnam said.