Local News

  • Projects at county complex moving on track

    LELAND—Several construction and expansion projects planned for the Brunswick County Complex in Bolivia are on track and nearing completion.

    The new administration building is almost done, county manager Marty Lawing told commissioners at their three-day budget retreat last week at Magnolia Greens.

    When the new administration building is complete, it will feature new commissioners chambers.

  • Planning department wants historical survey

    LELAND—Two county agencies have told Brunswick County Commissioners they want to see a comprehensive historical survey for Brunswick County.

    At the board’s annual budget retreat last week, planning director Leslie Bell and libraries director Reecie Tate said their departments want to participate in updating the county’s historical survey last recorded in January 1976.

    The survey, which would be spearheaded by the planning department, is expected to cost around $100,000. It should be completed by June 2009.

  • Brunswick County to receive emergency food and shelter funds

    Brunswick County has been chosen to receive $48,872 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county by a national board, according to a news release.

    The board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), consists of representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and United Way of America.

  • Brunswick County candidate filings closed; final candidates announced

    Candidate filings have closed for the November 2008 election. Candidate filing opened at noon Monday, Feb. 11 and closed at noon Friday, Feb. 29.

    The following candidates have filed for office:

    N.C. State Senate

    •R.C. Soles Jr. (incumbent), Democrat, Tabor City

    •Bettie Fennell, Republican, Rocky Point

    N.C. House of Representatives (District 17)

    •Bonner Stiller (incumbent), Republican, Oak Island

    •Vernon Ward, Democrat, Shallotte

    N.C. House of Representatives (District 20)

  • TDA to soup up database, provide personalized info

    Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority members say they want to better utilize their Web site to provide more personalized attention to potential visitors. They want to make sure visitors remember the Brunswick islands when they plan their vacations.

    TDA members took the first step toward meeting that goal at last Wednesday’s meeting, voting unanimously to begin the process of obtaining new software, a new employee and a new way of responding to inquiries beginning July 1.

  • Board steps in at town hall

    CALABASH—Who’s in charge at town hall?

    Since the firing of former town administrator Donna Prince on Feb. 20, town commissioners have been pitching in to oversee business.

    Last week, they also appointed deputy clerk Kelley Southward to serve as interim town clerk but have not indicated when or if a replacement for Prince will be hired.

    Monday, just inside the entry to town hall on Persimmon Road, a sign on a glass window marked the darkened former administrator’s office where Southward will now be working.

  • Calabash salon named one of North America's fastest growing salons

    CALABASH—Totally Chic Salon & Spa in Calabash has been named one of the 200 fastest-growing salons in North America by the editors of Salon Today magazine, a business publication for salon and spa owners.

    Owner Karen Hardee said recently she was excited to learn the news after spending the last 14 years expanding the business.

  • Carolina Shores delays single voting district consideration

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners tabled consideration Tuesday of a proposal to create a single voting district in the town.

    At issue is N.C. House Bill 742, which created two voting districts in the town after Carolina Shores involuntarily annexed the Village at Calabash in 2003.

    Commissioner Tom Puls, who proposed tabling the matter, said the bill was adopted to ensure the newly annexed community, which became voting District 1 for town elections, always had representation on the board. Carolina Shores proper became District 2 for local elections.

  • San Rio requests tabled again

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen once again tabled annexing more than 78 acres off Gray Bridge Road and an amendment to the development’s Phase II master plan at the request of Wakefield Coastal, developers of San Rio.

    The developers say they are in the middle of working out an infrastructure agreement with the town that should be ready by the March 25 pre-agenda meeting. The agreement will focus on the size of the sewer pump station and sewer fee reimbursement terms, both of which were the subject of much debate between the town and the developers last month.

  • Physician assistant's license temporarily suspended by medical review board

    A Shallotte physician assistant has agreed to have his license suspended for 60 days and attend classes about prescribing medications to avoid a formal hearing for misconduct.

    Rocky Quillen, PA, of Shallotte Medical Center, signed a consent order with the N.C. Medical Board Feb. 20 admitting he directed members of the office staff to call in prescriptions for a member of his family under the name of the supervising physician and another physician assistant without their knowledge.