Local News

  • Irene’s aftermath: Brunswick approved for FEMA assistance

    The winds have died down, the flood waters have receded, and now it’s time to survey the damage left from Hurricane Irene’s path through Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County’s state of emergency was lifted at noon Sunday, Aug. 28, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said.

    The state of emergency had been in place for Brunswick County since Friday, Aug. 26. N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency for all the coastal counties, including Brunswick County, late Wednesday, Aug. 24.

  • UPDATED: County won’t provide curbside pickup of storm debris

    UPDATE: At their Aug. 31 pre-agenda meeting, county commissioners approved waiving the tip fees for vegetative waste and debris at the county landfill Sept. 2-17.

    All municipalities are included.

    BOLIVIA—After assessing the damage and debris caused by Hurricane Irene last weekend, Brunswick County officials have opted not to provide curbside pickup of storm debris.

  • Second member resigns from county DSS board in one month

    BOLIVIA—The roster of the county’s Social Services board is dwindling.

    On Aug. 15, longtime board member Moses Stanley resigned from the board when he accepted a job in the superior court judge’s office. The county’s code of conduct, adopted by commissioners last December, prohibits county employees from serving on elected or appointed boards.

    Then last week, Tina Jackson resigned from the board, bringing the current roster of the five-member board to three.

  • Local activists submit petition to commissioners about judicial assistant position

    BOLIVIA—Two local activists have taken issue with a recent budgetary move by county commissioners that allowed Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis to fund a position in her office.

    At their July 5 meeting, county commissioners unanimously approved a request Lewis made to transfer funds from her special court programs to fund a judicial assistant position, which she said was lost through reduction in force by the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts.

  • Tropical depression becomes Tropical Storm Katia

    The National Hurricane Center is now tracking Tropical Storm Katia.

    As of the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. update, the storm was 720 miles west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands.

    The update said Katia “continues to strengthen over the eastern tropical Atlantic,” but the storm poses no threat to land at its current location.

    Maximum sustained winds are 60 mph, and she is tracking west-northwest at 20 mph.

    Forecasters expect Katia to be upgraded to a hurricane by Wednesday.

  • Commissioners approve interest-free payment plans for water tap fees

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners recently approved interest-free payment plans for property owners to connect to the county’s water system.

    At their Aug. 15 meeting, commissioners unanimously approved the payment plans, which are available interest-free for one, two or three years.

    The plan was brought about because many people were opting not to tap onto the county’s water system, citing the cost to do so, Brunswick County Finance Director Ann Hardy said.

  • School make-up day set for Oct. 10

    School district officials have scheduled a make-up day for last Friday’s school closing.

    After first planning to release students early in preparation for Hurricane Irene’s arrival, school officials cancelled school on Friday, Aug. 26.

    Monday, Oct. 10, will serve as the student make-up day for the Aug. 26 closure.


  • No change in Brunswick’s double-digit unemployment in July

    RALEIGH—Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for July remained at 10.3 percent.

    June’s unemployment rate was also 10.3 percent, according to information provided by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina.

    July’s 10.3 percent unemployment rate is a slight decrease from the July 2010 unemployment rate of 10.4 percent.

    Of Brunswick County’s labor force of 51,012 workers, 5,233 were unemployed in July, according to ESC estimates.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Calabash debris removal

    The town of Calabash is accepting hurricane debris from residents at its maintenance yard on Persimmon Road from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Just stop by town hall 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays to obtain a decal. Town workers also will conduct curbside removal for bagged hurricane yard debris and limbs no longer than 4 feet or wider than 4 inches. For more information, call town hall at (910) 579-6747.

  • Debris pickup starts Aug. 30 in Sunset Beach