Local News

  • Ocean Isle collects 98.85 percent of 2008-2009 taxes

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Less than 1 percent of last year’s taxes remain unpaid to the town of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Tax collector Wendy Barbee provided the board of commissioners with a settlement report from the 2008-2009 fiscal year at Tuesday’s meeting. The report shows 98.85 percent of all taxes have been paid, which leaves 1.15 percent—$43,589—uncollected.

    “Kudos to Wendy Barbee,” Mayor Debbie Smith said. “She has been diligent,” in working to collect taxes.


  • Business owner, others seek annexation to Oak Island while St. James seeks to take them in

    MIDWAY ROAD—Mike Richards, owner of Midway Trading Post at the corner of N.C. 211 and Midway Road, is in the midst of his own annexation fight, but not in the state legislature. This fight is much closer to home.

    On May 8, Richards signed a petition to have the trading post property non-contiguously annexed to Oak Island in an effort to avoid St. James annexing the property. Other property owners in the Midway area have done the same.

    On May 12, the town of St. James called a special meeting and adopted a resolution of intent to annex the property.

  • Calabash board upholds sweepstakes denial for business

    CALABASH—The Calabash Board of Adjustment has upheld a decision to deny a business owner permission to install 30 sweepstakes computer stations.

    The action came after the owners of Nesbitt’s Jackass Saloon failed to show up for an appeals hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday.

    Business owner Ronald Nesbitt had filed an appeal from a previous decision by the town, seeking to install 30 sweepstakes computer stations at his business at 947-4 Carter Drive.

  • Sheriff’s office to open second substation in Leland

    LELAND—With 263 square miles to patrol in the northern end of the county, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is preparing to open its second substation in Leland.

    Headquartered in Bolivia, the sheriff’s office opened its first substation in Carolina Shores in May for residents in the southwestern part of the county.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Emergency director: Structural collapse drill deemed a success

    The victims lied motionless on the ground—bloodied, bruised and wounded—as they waited for emergency personnel to descend on the scene.

    Behind them was little more than rubble: shards of broken glass and wood in the place where a home once stood. The whirring of emergency radios grew louder as emergency crews approached the scene, where more victims were inside the mangled house.

  • No additional active tuberculosis cases reported

    SUPPLY—Wearing tightly fitting masks over their faces and jail-issued attire, shackled inmates were escorted from Brunswick Community Hospital to the jail transport van waiting to take them back to the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    The 31 inmates whose tuberculosis skin tests were reactive to TB received chest X-rays at Brunswick Community Hospital last Friday to determine if active TB developed in their lungs. County health director Don Yousey said none of the 31 inmates or two staff members with positive skin tests had active cases of TB.

  • Mass evacuation bus first in southeastern North Carolina

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Department’s latest grant-funded procurement is the first of its kind in southeastern North Carolina.

    Funded by a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant, the emergency services department recently acquired a $324,000-mass evacuation bus, which is the first one in this part of the state, Brian Watts, Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services Director said.

  • Planning board discusses dumpster ordinance, recommends updating UDO

    Shallotte Planning Board members are eager to have the town’s dumpster screening ordinance enforced, but some members still have questions.

    At Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, board member Ray Lyles questioned the ordinance that requires businesses to screen its trash dumpsters on all four sides without regard to the area of town.

    “It still needs to be worked on,” Lyles told other board members. “There should be a graduated system rather than blanket coverage.”

  • Farmers market regulations approved in Calabash

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have approved adding regulations for a future farmers market.

    All that’s needed now is a site.

    Mayor Anthony Clemmons said the town planning board had reviewed the rules and had come back with a favorable recommendation to forward to commissioners.

    “The concept here is the town, with the community service committee as sponsors, to sponsor a Calabash farmers market,” Clemmons said, adding a location is yet to be determined.

  • Animal shelter halts dog adoptions for two weeks

    BOLIVIA--Brunswick County Animal Services has suspended dog adoptions for at least two weeks after two cases of distemper were confirmed.

    During the past week two dogs at the shelter developed a respiratory illness. Laboratory results confirm the cause of the illness to be distemper. Canine distemper is caused by a virus that is a highly contagious disease of wild and domestic carnivores.