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Today's News

  • Leland approves 2016-17 budget with tax rate increase

    LELAND — Leland officials approved the 2016-17 budget, including a 3.18-cent tax increase, at a special meeting Thursday, June 23.

    The budget for 2016-17 totals $10.6 million, up from $8.4 million in 2015-16.

    The tax number on a Leland home valued at $212,000 with the proposed tax rate of .1833 would generate $388.60 compared with $321.18 at the .1515 tax rate. Leland had kept its tax rate at .1515 per $100 of property value since 2012-13.

  • Iler seeks to delete Palm Cove from de-annexation bill

    SUNSET BEACH — State Rep. Frank Iler has requested removal of Palm Cove from legislation authorizing de-annexation in Sunset Beach.

    As Senate Bill 875 continues to stall in the House Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations in Raleigh, Iler has requested removal of the east end island development in accordance with an agreement approved last week by town council to let Palm Cove have swimming pools, Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts said at Monday night’s town board meeting.

  • Belville raises tax rate to 9 cents for 2016-17

    BELVILLE — Belville commissioners approved a tax rate increase on a split vote Monday night, June 27.

    The town’s property tax rate is $0.0683 per $100 valuation.

    Commissioners voted 3-1 to approve the increase with Joe Breault, Donna Schardien and Noreen Slattery approving the decision while Pat O’Bryant opposed it.

    At the meeting, Town Administrator Athina Williams reviewed the $816,000 proposed budget, which recommended no tax increase, she first proposed to the commissioners during the May 23 town meeting.

  • No tax increase in Shallotte

     SHALLOTTE            — Shallotte passed its fiscal year 2016-17 budget as presented at a public hearing Thursday, June 23.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man accused of kidnapping

    An Ocean Isle Beach man is incarcerated on $1 million bail amid accusations he assaulted his wife, Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner, and held her against her will.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office charged 45-year-old Richard Channing Joyner Jr., of Ocean Highway West, with second-degree kidnapping and assault by strangulation.

    Brunswick County Detention Facility records show he was booked about 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 27, when the alleged crimes took place.

  • Scam Smarts Part I: Education, vigilance key to avoiding scams

    You’re at home, watching the latest game on your TV, when suddenly your landline rings. You pick it up, wondering if it’s a loved one giving you a call.

    It’s not.

    Instead, it is an excited voice telling you you’ve won a sweepstakes trip on a cruise. You feel the excitement bubble over to your side of the line. Then you pause, because there’s just one problem: You never entered a sweepstakes to win a cruise.

  • Scam Smarts Part II: Seniors main targets of Brunswick County scammers

    Recently, a 72-year-old Carolina Shores woman received some exciting news: She had just won the second prize in the Mega Millions lottery.

    There was just one problem: She hadn’t bought a lottery ticket.

    She became suspicious of the man calling from 408-2129 who told her she had won $1.5 million. The man, who claimed his name was David Whiteman, said all she had to do was go to customer service at Wal-Mart, wire $399 to Frank Carroll in Clinton for state and port taxes, and the money would be hers.

  • HB commissioners hold discussion, public hearing on budget

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach commissioners discussed and presented their proposed budget for fiscal year 2016-17 during their June 21 meeting.

  • Native plant garden completed in Mulberry Park
  • Man clad in underwear and socks steals truck from school

    Officers apprehended a Sunset Beach man wearing only eyeglasses, underwear and socks who they said stole a Brunswick County Schools truck from Shallotte Middle School on Thursday morning, June 23.

    Shallotte police Sgt. John Holman said 26-year-old Eric Faull Williams of Town Center Road,was taken into custody Thursday after a school employee told officials they were being followed by the man, covered in mud and grass, as he entered the school about 6 a.m., Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mose Highsmith said.