Local News

  • 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.

  • Coastal Communities, others file motions to dismiss case in N.C. Business Court

    A North Carolina Business Court Judge has granted plaintiffs until October to respond to the Coastal Communities’ and co-defendants’ motions to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of owners of 167 lots.

    Judge John Jolly Jr. ordered on Aug. 17 that the plaintiffs have until Oct. 6 to respond to the motions to dismiss—giving Coastal Communities and co-defendants until Nov. 15 until they have to respond to the plaintiff’s response, according to the order filed in N.C. Business Court.

  • Brunswick 365 – 2010 Photo Contest

    Show us what’s happening throughout the year in Brunswick County in the Brunswick 365 Photo Contest, sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon. Enter your best photos. They may appear in future Beacon publications.

    Enter one of the three divisions: Kids (Ages 12 and younger)  •  Teenagers (Ages 13-18)  • Adults (Ages 19 and older)

    There is an entry fee of $5 per photo in the adult division.  The kids and teenagers divisions are  free. Participants may enter as many photos as they wish.

  • Local resident calls contract work in Iraq ‘experience of a lifetime’

    Sunset Beach resident Loretta Danielik had recently been laid off from her career in finance and was volunteering at the Museum of Coastal Carolina while waiting for her next opportunity to come along.

    While volunteering one day, she started a conversation with a man who had recently worked as a contractor in Iraq. No stranger to military life, the former Air Force veteran spent nearly 30 years in the military with her ex-husband, who was an Air Force pilot.

  • Tickets for annual Communities in School gala on sale

    Tickets for Communities in Schools of Brunswick County, Inc.’s ninth annual benefit gala for children are now on sale.

    This year’s gala, Some Enchanted Evening, will be from 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Palm Court Tent at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach. Tickets are $100 each.

    Kimberly Bandera, Marketing and Events Director for CIS, said last year’s gala raised about $100,000—$14,000 of which was in scholarship donations. About 600 people attended last year’s event.

  • County, schools hope to finalize funding agreement by end of year

    It’s back to the drawing board for Brunswick County Schools and Brunswick County Commissioners, as they hope to create a new funding agreement by the end of the year.

    Officials from both sides decided to revisit the agreement earlier this year after initial disagreements regarding terms of the previous contract.

    “My real concern is the fact that we don’t have an agreement,” board of education member Scott Milligan said during a liaison meeting Tuesday. “As we sit here right now, there is no agreement.”

  • Carolina Shores board poised to reinstate banner rules

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have agreed to rescind a resolution suspending enforcement of a ban on commercial flags and banners.

    At a town workshop Tuesday, the town board agreed to have rescindment of the resolution, which it previously approved Aug. 5, on its consent agenda at its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 9.

    Town administrator Linda Herncane said the rescindment is recommended by the town planning and zoning board, which at its Aug. 18 meeting scolded the town board for suspending commercial banners and flags enforcement.

  • Acquisition of 5-acre park site on Sunset Beach agenda Monday

    Sunset Beach Town Council is scheduled to discuss potential acquisition of a 5-acre lot on the Intracoastal Waterway at its monthly meeting next Monday, Sept. 13.

    The discussion is listed under “new business” items on the agenda for the meeting that starts at 7 p.m.

    The topic has to do with an undeveloped 5.22-acre site behind Twin Lakes Seafood Restaurant that is being eyed by the town for a future town park. The property owner, Tidal Ventures, owned by Greg Gore and Sammy Varnam, has offered the site to the town for $3.75 million.

  • Sunset Beach meeting to go into closed session Thursday

    Sunset Beach Mayor Ronald Klein has called a special meeting of Sunset Beach Town Council for 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, to go into closed session.

    According to a press release, council will meet in closed session in accordance with N.C. General Statute 143-318.11 (a) (5).