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Today's News

  • 'No parking' approved for most Sunset Beach island streets

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council will be putting the brakes on parking on most portions of town-owned streets on the island.

    Approval of the measure came at a specially called meeting Feb. 18 after council and town parking committee members took a tour of the island aboard a Sea Trail shuttle bus for slightly more than an hour.

    Council took no action on other recommendations by a town-appointed committee, including an idea to implement a permit system that would charge visitors but allow residents to park for free.

  • Public, Warren spar over Warren’s service on DSS board

    BOLIVIA—The public-comment portion of Monday night’s county commissioners meeting quickly turned into a debate between members of the public and commissioner Charles Warren.

    Brunswick County resident Pat Sykes told Warren he should make a choice—either step down from the DSS board or step down as a county commissioner.

    “As public officials you have been charged with upholding the trust of the citizens of this county and obeying the law,” Sykes said.

  • Commissioners to ask General Assembly for authority to levy recycling fee

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have approved a resolution asking members of the local General Assembly delegation to give commissioners authority to levy a fee for countywide recycling.

    Steve Stone, assistant county manager, said North Carolina law allows municipalities to levy a solid waste or recycling fee, but not counties.

    For the county to implement countywide curbside recycling, a local bill would have to be approved in the general assembly giving the county the authority to do so.

  • Stone Chimney Road re-opening postponed until March 31

    SUPPLY—According to North Carolina Department of Transportation, Stone Chimney Road is expected to re-open for traffic March 31.

    The road was closed for repair to three bridges in August, and work was originally scheduled to be completed by Nov. 29, 2010.

    But in December it was announced the road would remain closed for a total 195 days, rather than the previously estimated 120 days.

    Most recently, it was announced the road would re-open for traffic Feb. 16.

  • Brunswick County VA Outreach Clinic to open by spring/summer 2011

    The good news is Brunswick County’s Veterans Affairs Community Outreach Clinic is set to open by late spring or early summer.

    The bad news is Brunswick County Veterans Services Director Anita Hartsell said she’s received no word on where the clinic will be.

    While progress is being made on bringing the much-needed clinic to a county with an estimated 15,000 veterans living in it, Hartsell has been left in the dark on many of the details about the clinic, most notably its location.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    After a four-month investigation, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Unit arrested a Supply man on multiple drug violations.

    On Feb. 16, agents arrested Johnnie Delmore Smith Jr., 48, of 2423 Vacation St., Supply. He was charged with four counts of trafficking a schedule II controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, one count of sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • 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:

    •Kidnapping and assault on a female on Robinson Park Trail in Supply; suspect got out of his vehicle and attempted to take victim with him.

    •Assault on a female and property damage on Atkinson Street in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect assaulted victim and caused property damage.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • County tax base sees 28 percent dip in values

    BOLIVIA—The 2011 countywide property revaluation is in the home stretch, and property owners are expected to receive their property values in the coming weeks.

    Brunswick County’s preliminary tax base is valued at $24 billion, down some $9.5 billion from the current fiscal year’s tax value of $33.6 billion.

    Properties hit the hardest in this year’s tax revaluation were vacant land and properties closest to Brunswick County’s oceanfront and waterways.

  • DSS board members to begin interviewing director candidates

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services have begun to review applications for the department’s next director.

    Since board members voted to fire longtime DSS director Jamie Orrock in October, Neil Walters has been serving as interim DSS director, overseeing day-to-day operations of the department as well as reviewing candidates with board members.

    Last Wednesday, Feb. 16, board members called a special meeting to go into closed session to review applications.